Hope is the next historical novel from the acclaimed Lesley Pearse. Her existence would be the ruin of her mother...Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household to a nearby village. There, her true identity a secret, she grows up in the arms of the poor, but loving, Renton family. But the day comes when Hope must pay her way. What could be more natural than being taken into service by the Harveys? However when she sees something she should not, she is threatened and blackmailed into leaving her beloved Rentons forever. Destitute on the streets of an unfriendly city, Hope's courage and kindness are recognized by a doctor. A talent for healing sees her taken on as nurse and destined for the horrific battlefields of the Crimea. But will Hope ever come home and uncover the true story of her birth? Hope by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Gypsy and Remember Me - is a historical novel of past scandal and its consequences in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Fans of Susan Lewis will love the twists and turns of Lesley Pearse's work. Praise for Lesley Pearse: With characters it is impossible not to care about ...this is storytelling at its very best . ( Daily Mail ). Lose yourself in this epic saga . ( Bella ). An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry . ( Woman's Weekly ). With her gripping and moving storylines best-selling author Lesley Pearse has captured the imaginations of millions in the UK and abroad. Her other titles The Promise , A Lesser Evil , Till We Meet Again , Secrets , Charlie , Father Unknown , Gypsy , Trust Me , Faith , Never Look Back , Remember Me and Hope are also available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren.