My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - < 1 day
Pages - 544
Publisher - Michael Joseoh
Source - Bookstore
Blurb from Amazon
Dead to Me is a story about loyalty, love and the strength of friendship in the face of adversity, from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse.
On London's Hampstead Heath two girls meet by chance: well-mannered and smartly dressed Verity and dishevelled and grubby Ruby. Yet the mismatched pair form an instant friendship strong enough to survive their parent's disapproval.
When war engulfs the country - sending Ruby to Devon while Verity struggles to find a new beginning under a shadow from her past - the girls are convinced they will always be there for each other.
Until the day one breaks the other's heart . . .
Can Verity and Ruby find a way back to each other before it's too late?
Ruby survives by whit, fast thinking and doing what she can to eat. Verity has never known hardship, she has the best of clothes, education, food, yet not a spoiled child. A chance meeting sees the two girls cross paths and become fast friends. Ruby educates Verity on the harsher side of life, Verity to Ruby how to be more ladylike, educated, speak properly. When their roles are reversed and the girls separated the girls managed to find each other once again and their friendship tested, can they survive what life has to throw at them?
Oh I do enjoy Pearse's stories although there is so much darkness from some of the horrible sides of humanity it seems wrong to say enjoy. The book spans across the 1930s and what a rollercoaster it is. Pearse has never shied away from writing about some of the cruelty of humans but she also brings to life some of the very best and better aspects of humanity. There are elements of abuse in this and issues faced by desperate young women of that time but nothing is gratuitous.
A few chapters turned into 330 pages for me, whether you love or hate the characters (and there are some of both for me) you can't help but want to know what next for them. Some of the characters had me in a rage, some "awwww" you know you are going on a bit of an emotive trek when you pick up one of her books. 4.5/5 for me this time, still got a few of this authors to read and will be getting to them as soon as I can. If you haven't read her yet you NEED to, something for everyone!