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Hidden Treasures [Kindle Edition]

Fern Britton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fern’s warmth, insight and humour combine to deliver a hugely enjoyable novel that will speak to women everywhere.

Helen Merrifield has said goodbye to her philandering husband and her swish West London house, to live in an idyllic country cottage in the heart of a postcard-perfect village in Cornwall.

Putting the past behind her, Helen throws herself into country life and soon makes a new set of eccentric friends. To her surprise, Helen finds herself the love-interest of two very different men: the kind, gentle, desperate-for-love-and-sex Simon and the darkly enigmatic local historian Piran.

Whilst Helen is getting to grips with her new life, her oldest and dearest friend, Penny, a hot-shot TV Producer, has decided that the village is the perfect setting for her new TV series. When the cast and crew descend, two worlds collide, and Helen is thrown headlong into 5am wake-up calls and temperamental celebrities.

In the midst of all this, Helen stumbles across a forgotten old tin chest full of Edwardian treasures. Who do they belong to? Will the unpleasant historian Piran help her to find out or will Simon have the key?

And, as Helen finds herself the focus of Simon and Piran’s attentions, it looks like her ex-husband is planning to put in an unscheduled appearance. Will Helen embrace the future, or is it too difficult to let go of the past?

*Look out for Fern’s latest novel, A Seaside Affair, available to buy now!*



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Review

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.


Product details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,647 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
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frothy nothings? 13 July 2014
By Maddie
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to enjoy this book only the second I've read by fern britton, (the first I hated) but it didn't live up to the glowing reviews from others. Books can have a love hate relationship with people I know, but the entire novel was littered with odd cliches and stereotypes. Toward the end came "in his little Porsche with the roof off and several canvases strapped onto the roof" page 358. A Porsche roof disappears into the space at the back, totally out of view so what we're the canvases strapped to?? And another "she gave him a powerful liquid look" what is that?? Love hate lust laughter? The book was littered with odd phrases I just didn't get, but I lost the will to write anymore down. Perhaps it's just me and fern isn't my kind of author. The story line was good but perhaps written by somebody else would have been great. I didn't hate it though hence 3 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read 30 Dec. 2013
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Very engaging characters, couldn't wait to finish it. Well written and easy to follow. Now going to read the next Fern Brtton book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
I enjoyed this book
Published 2 days ago by Avril Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
Heart warming great read. Couldn't wait to read this book, it is well written with a lovely story of life in a Cornish village and the difference one woman moving there made. Read more
Published 2 days ago by tweetypie 321
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written,excellent writer
Great,lovely story couldn't put it down
Well done Fern enjoyed every chapter,cannot wait to read the rest of the books
Published 4 days ago by chris
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I did not find it an enjoyable read.
Published 10 days ago by YORK, UK
4.0 out of 5 stars Just right for a summer holiday!
Great read, light hearted and easy reading. My first Fern Britton book but certainly not my last! Can't wait to start the next one.
Published 11 days ago by Nonna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday reading
This book has a real good factor . I enjoyed being lost in village life .looking forward to the next story.
Published 19 days ago by sue hamblin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Easy to read very enjoyable definitely a great book for the beach.
Published 21 days ago by stephanie ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hidden treasure
Loved this book from beginning to end, the characters, setting and the little mystery. A good holiday read no taxing on the brain.
Published 1 month ago by Miss Kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Tony Bateman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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