Lesley Pearse

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Narrated By: Sophie Ablett

Duration: 17 hours and 36 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Secrets by Lesley Pearse, read by Sophie Ablett.

Without her mother she is alone in the world . . .

Twelve-year-old Adele is placed in a bleak, cruel children's home after a family tragedy drives her mother to madness. But when trust is betrayed Adele has no choice but to run away . . .

Alone and friendless, she heads for Sussex, to seek out the grandmother she has never known. However the journey, without food or shelter, leaves her desperately ill. Surrounded by the beautiful Rye Marshes, Adele is nursed back to health.

Can she now dream of a new life? But what will happen when her mother reappears, bearing shocking family secrets?


Historical fiction, Generational sagas, Fiction: general & literary

Listen to a sample

An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry

Woman's Weekly

It's 1930, and Secrets tells the tale of one girl caught in family mystery, a struggle against cruelty, and a quest for love . . .

from the publisher's description

With characters it is impossible not to care about, this is storytelling at its very best