In this gripping sequel to Belle, bestselling author Lesley Pearse continues the tumultuous story of heroine Belle Reilly. Belle has left behind her scandalous and dangerous past as a courtesan to marry the devoted and dedicated Jimmy. Just as everything seems to be falling into the place for the newly married couple, though, the First World War breaks out and one of Belle’s former lovers, the dashing Etienne, shows up and threatens to throw her life into turmoil. While Jimmy and Etienne head off to fight on the front lines, Belle and her best friend, Miranda, daringly decide to risk their lives by becoming two of the only six female ambulance drivers at a French hospital and come face to face with the cruelties of war. Pearse artfully blends historical fact with fiction, providing a believable backdrop for her feisty heroine and her romantic dilemma.
The Promise, Lesley Pearse, $24.