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Remember Me - Lesley Pearse
Member Name: HelenW
Remember Me - Lesley Pearse
Advantages: Brilliant plot
This is the first Lesley Pearse novel I have read. I was recommended it by my mum and to be honest, I didn't think it looked particularly thrilling! I know I shouldn't have... but I judged it by it's cover! This copy has a different front cover, a purple background with the sea in the distance, and a young girl staring wistfully into the distance. I gave it a go based on the blurb on the back, as it told me about Mary Broad, who was sentenced to hang for highway robbery. I'm a fan of historical fiction, but having been very busy with work for a while, I wanted something that wasn't particularly taxing on the brain.
The blurb immediately caught my interest as I am very interested in the history of the legal system. Working in the legal industry, I am interested in what happened in the system before due process and the concepts which make us a civilised nation today, like being innocent until proven guilty.
The story begins with Mary Broad, resident of Fowey in Cornwall in 1786. She is the daughter of a fisherman, in a small, fairly poor village. She lives with her parents and her sister in a time before the mod cons which we take for granted today! She is rather unlike her sister, as Mary is quite adventurous, independent and fits in better with the fishermen than with the women of the village; her sister is more the working in domestic service type, who will be married with children relatively soon!
Mary 'gets in with the wrong crowd' and ends up being arrested for highway robbery. She is consequently tried (with no defence) and sentenced to hang. Mary and many others had their sentences reduced to transportation to Botany Bay.
I will not give away any more of the plot, as it's so gripping that I wouldn't want to give away any spoilers.
During this novel, I really admired Mary. Her character is very independent and feisty. Bearing in mind the position of women in society at the time, Mary is an incredibly forward young lady who is not afraid of hard work or to challenge a man. Even before suffrage, she could challenge not only men, but men in authority. She begins as a relatively naive young lady, but grows and develops as a person into a force to be reckoned with!
The way this novel has been written by Lesley Pearse entwines history (based on a true story) and artistic licence. The characters were really brought to life and it was as though you actually knew the people.
Throughout the book, I laughed, cried and felt bitter dissapointment by the twists and turns. I was so hooked on this book, that I read it in 2 days because I just had to know what happened.
This novel is available for £7.99 print price or £3.99 on kindle. My mum found it in the oxfam shop for 99p, although I would highly recommend it even for the print price.
I will most definitely be keeping an eye out for some more Lesley Pearse novels!
Summary: A must-read