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Publisher Description

Take a journey across America with a poor Victorian flower girl in her epic journey to a better life, from the internationally bestselling author Lesley Pearse

As voted by readers as their favourite Lesley Pearse novel


One good deed takes her into another world . . .

Sixteen-year-old Matilda is a poor Covent Garden flower girl until the day she saves the life of Tabitha, a minister's daughter. Welcomed into Tabitha's family, Matilda is offered the chance of a lifetime.

She leaves behind London's slums and enters the darkest corners of New York. Traveling across the vast plains to the Wild West, she finds herself in San Francisco, a city in the grip of the gold rush.

Streetwise and strong-willed, Matilda forges a new life for herself and Tabitha among pioneers like Captain James Russell - a man to whom she is deeply attracted.

Yet a civil war will soon rip apart this new nation . . .

Can Matilda and those she loves brave separation and carry on, never looking back?


'With characters it is impossible not to care about . . . this is storytelling at its very best'
Daily Mail

'Heart-warming and evocative . . . a real delight to read'

'Lose yourself in this epic saga'

'Utterly riveting, brilliant'

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

Fiction & Literature
May 4
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Angelblu28 ,

Never Look Back

Wow! Never have I ever read a book that still haunts me months after I've finished it!
I get through 2-3 books a week and this one I just cannot get out of my head.
Lesley Pearce has outdone herself in this one.
I recommend it to everyone I know who's an avid reader like myself.

Mordigan ,

Never Look Back

The first Lesley Pearse I have read and now I am hooked. A beautifully written book that has become a favourite. The research that went into writing this book is outstanding, making it not just an amazing life story of the main character but also an informative historical novel. Loved it!

Denise Bacon ,

Never look back

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt like I was there and going through everything with the characters they seemed so real. I will definitely be reading this author again

Denise Bacon

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