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Camellia is devestated when her mother, Bonnie, is found drowned in a river but it's far from being the only shock to come. As Camellia delves deeper into the past, she realises that life with Bonnie was built on lies and runs away. Will Camellia ever discover Bonnie's secret?
I was hooked from the first few pages and loved Camellia's character. She goes on a huge journey (both emotionally and to a latter extent, physically) in her quest to uncover Bonnie's secret and without giving too much away, it's also an emotional ending but not for the reasons that you'd expect.
Events in this book loosely follow on from the ending of another of Lesley Pearse's book - Ellie. Despite having read the aforementioned book, it took me a good while to piece together that this was in fact the case and having remembered how that book ended, I was able to guess how that secret would pan out. That doesn't make the book any less enjoyable though and you don't necessarily need to be read the earlier book to read this one as there are enough details included to make sense of things. I do feel however that having read Ellie, I was more able to appreciate the context of the secret, although as that isn't from Camellia's viewpoint it isn't strictly necessary for reading this book but it does help to put Bonnie (and another female character) into context more.
As seems to be quite typical with the Lesley Pearse books that I have read so far, there are scenes containing violence and sex, which won't be to everyone's taste. Having read some reviews I gather that this put some people off the book but I didn't find to be in particularly bad taste.
All in all, this is definitely one of the best Lesley Pearse books that I've read so far (along with Belle and Georgia) and I'd thoroughly recommend it! If you're a fan of Lesley Pearse already, I'm sure that you'd enjoy this and if you've yet to discover her, this is a great place to start (along with the other two titles I've referred to).
Camellia Norton is orphaned at fifteen when her mother's body is fished from a river in rural Sussex. And when she discovers a cache of letters amongst her mother's effects she realises that the past she has always been so sure of has been built on a tissue of lies. Devastated, she runs away to London, and loses herself in a metropolis that offers opportunity, temptation and danger, especially to a young girl hungry for love and acceptance. But her past won't stay buried forever, and eventually Camellia begins the long journey towards uncovering the truth about her background, and also, ultimately, about herself.