Tuesday, 24 January 2012
#209 (#7 of 2012) - Belle ~ Lesley Pearse *NEW AUTHOR*
ISBN or e-book:
Belle and Jimmy
Brief outline of Plot:
Daughter of a well-know Abbess in Seven Dials, Belle is kidnapped after at the age of 15 after witnessing a murder. The kidnapper sells her for a huge sum and she's taken to Paris to await her fate at a brothel that deals in under-age young virgins. Eventually, she sold on again to New Orleans, but manages to find her way back home.
Rating and conclusion:
5+ - considering the subject I was worried that I wouldn't like this book, or would find it upsetting. In actual fact it was so beautifully written that I have cleared the library of all the other books they had by this author. Unfortunately, that didn't include the sequel to this book entitled Belle's War.
Take it as a must that you have to read this book. The characters were well constructed and the whole issue of child prostitution was dealt with sympathetically. I can highly recommend this one, and can't wait to read the sequel coming out soon called "The Promise"