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Hidden Treasures [Kindle Edition]

Fern Britton
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Book Description

The best-selling novel by Fern Britton author of The Holiday Home and The Seaside Affair. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Celia Imrie.

Helen Merrifield decides to start afresh and put her old life behind her in the picture-postcard Cornish village of Pendruggan. Throwing herself into the local scene, Helen finds herself at the mercy of the rather desperate Vicar, but she is secretly drawn to the brooding local historian, Piran.

Meanwhile, Helen’s best friend, Penny, decides that the village is the perfect setting for her new TV series. When the cast and crew descend, the village is thrown into a tizzy, but Helen has her hands full fending off her philandering ex-husband, who seems determined to charm his way back into her bed.

Should Helen hold on to the past? Or will Cornwall give her something new to treasure?


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Praise for New Beginnings

’little corker of a book!’ Heat

‘Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page’ Good Housekeeping

‘hugely entertaining novel’ The Ticket

‘A rollicking good read!’ Best

Praise for Fern: My Story

'Compelling and utterly candid' Daily Mail

'Fern is a survivor' Good Housekeeping

'A must-read! the mother of daytime TV opens up' Heat

'I defy anyone to read this and ultimately not to feel buoyed with optimism in this hugely readable autobiography we are reminded of just why we love her' Sunday Express

‘A page-turner’ Woman Magazine

‘Every bit as warm and sharp as her debut’ The Mirror

‘A fun, life affirming tale’ Good Housekeeping Magazine

‘Charming, quirky and entertaining’ Closer

About the Author

Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1835 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CDL4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (478 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 2 April 2014
By P.taft
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun and easy read sometimes it's good to read a non thinking book as I call them a little book of joy in this troubled world
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second time Lucky!! 11 Jun. 2012
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I read Fern Britton's New Beginnings last year but I put it down just after half way through as I was finding it a real challenge to carry on as it wasn't gripping my attention. I decided to give Fern another try and so decided to read Hidden Treasures.

With her children now off hand it is time for Helen to leave her cheating husband and make a new life for herself. Helen is making her new life in a quaint Cornish village of Pendruggan. Before long Helen is making a new set of quirky friends and has also caught the attention of more than one man's eye!

Thing is romance is not on the top of Helens list as she wants the chance to be free and independent. Helens best friend from London Penny, is soon heading to Penduggan to start shooting a new T.V series which also brings the help of Helen's ex, who is intent on getting Helen back but will Helen open her heart to any of these men she has caught the attention of?

I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book I am glad I gave Fern Britton another try. The book gets off to a great cosy start and introduces us to some typical quirky country folk who were a joy to read. I really loved Simple Tony and I wish he had featured more in this book but maybe in this case less was more.

If you are looking for romance this is a great read for you with a love triangle turning into a steamy love square! The author really kept us guessing when it came to who Helen would end up with, if anyone, but the big shock for me was a relationship which formed between Helen's best friend Penny and a certain someone!

I really enjoyed this book and found it very hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor 4 May 2014
By Harmony
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Got this free as part of world book day promotion on kindle. Thank goodness I paid no money- very poorly & simplistically written, characters 2 dimensional and unrealistic. I like this sort of book usually, good to relax with, but will not be seeking out any more by her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a lot of editing 9 Mar. 2015
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
‘Hidden Treasures’, which I downloaded on a special offer, free for my Kindle, starts with an intriguing prologue about an elderly lady. However most of the book is about a middle-aged woman called Helen who has just moved to a small village after leaving her philandering husband. She meets local folk and settles in, then her friend Penny comes for a visit...

There's a lot of potential for a pleasant light village-style book here, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work. After the first chapter, which I enjoyed, the writing meanders into irrelevant and tedious details of day-to-day life, a village talent night, and a long, drawn out description of a TV production which takes place in the village.

By the time I was half-way through the book I was almost ready to give up - except that I had been intrigued by the start, and I was rooting for the nice Vicar character, one of two people who felt real in the early stages of the book. I didn’t much like the outcome or the ending, but I did, at least, keep reading.

My overall feeling is that it's a great pity that this book was not thoroughly edited, as it could have been a great story. There are some interesting and memorable characters, and the hint in the prologue could have been so much more significant than it was.

But clichés abound, viewpoints switch almost at random, and the majority of the book is irrelevant and unnecessary. Cut to about half its length and with some significant editing of the remainder, it could have been so much better.

Not recommended. But at least I didn't pay for it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasures, a really enjoyable read 25 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading Hidden Treasures by Fern Britton. The setting is Cornwall and Fern transports you there. The characters soon become friends as you read and you long to find out what happens to them. It made me laugh and totally absorbed me. A real page turner for me. I had a couple of very late nights because I just couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read New Beginnings and hope Fern is already writing her next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 11 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Story predictable, pedestrian and characters one dimensional. Writing style immature and fussy!
I can only assume this book was published because of the 'name' of the writer rather than any literary merit. I find that in itself disappointing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe this got published. 3 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh dear I have a lot to learn about reading ratings, which is why I've decided to rate this book. There's no literary quality to this book. It's full of terrible cliches. It's as if the writer has taken a look at a recipe book listing stock ingredients ; spurned female, country cottage, cliched good looking difficult male, misunderstandings, and a happy-ever after then peppered it with branded items, that read like a shopping catalogue. Did Aga and Cath Kidson get a royalty? Come on publishers are your standards really so low?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggling to finish this 28 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book because it was free, and because I like Fern Britton. Clearly the publishers must as well, because if anyone else had written this book I doubt it would have been published. There is a place for chick lit (for want of a better definition of the genre), but it still needs to be well written, engaging and to have vaguely believable characters. Packing a large chunk of the book with endless details of the mechanics of film-making is tedious and irrelevant. I am now past the point of caring who ends up with whom, as the majority of the characters seem self-absorbed and vacuous. Would I want to know these people in real life? NO! Maybe Fern should attend a Jilly Cooper master-class, because although JC's work may not be at its peak now, her early works were stuffed full of humour and people you actually cared about. If there are any treasures in this book, they are indeed well hidden!
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