Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse

Dead to Me
.ePUB, 424 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2021 by Agora Books

About the Book:
Hampstead Heath, Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance and become fast friends. They share their romances and heartbreaks, their struggles and dreams. But most of all, they share a sinister secret. Upon their meeting, Verity and Ruby could not be more different: Verity is the epitome of money and class; Ruby lives a life of squalor and survival. Despite the disparity, an instant affinity forms a resilient bond between the two girls. Yet, as the outbreak of WWII rumbles throughout Britain, Verity and Ruby’s relationship starts to develop fault lines. Ruby finds herself blissful and in love, while Verity is haunted by a shadow from her past. Separated by more than just distance, the two friends struggle to maintain their relationship until Verity does the one thing she can never take back. With Britain blitzed by the raging war, will Verity and Ruby find a way back to each other before it’s too late?

My Review:
This was an exceptional, historical fiction story starting in 1935 and ending in 1943. The characters throughout the time frame were completely captivating. The relationship of Verity and Ruby was very compelling, heartbreaking and heartwarming...all the emotions that came together. 

The story is told with such love and care that you feel you are right there with them. Lesley Pearse manages to connect the reader with the characters so you know them well. Her descriptions of the area make you see and smell the sea.  

I enjoyed this story and the characters tremendously and Ms. Pearse can count me as a fan. I really look forward to reading more from her. Please note: The book must be read with tissues handy for both happy and sad tears.

Thank you NetGalley, Lesley Pearse and Agora Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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