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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (7 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007180330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007180332
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freya North's first novel, Sally, was published to great acclaim while she was still in her twenties. Her subsequent books, Chloe, Polly, Cat, Fen, Pip, Love Rules, Home Truths and Pillow Talk have all been bestsellers. In 2008 Freya North won the RNA Book of the Year award with Pillow Talk. Her most recent novel, Secrets, was a huge top five bestseller.

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Praise for Freya North:

‘Freya North makes serious observations about the fear of the commitment in this funny debut novel' Womans Journal

'Read of the month…settle down and indulge' Cosmopolitan

'Passion, guilt, envy love and sex, topped with lashings of laughs. Freya North has done it again, only better' Express

'Freya North is on a roll…stamped with foxy, feelgood flair' She Magazine

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When you fall in love do you follow your heart or use your head?

Thea Luckmore believes in love - the magic spark of true, old-fashioned, romantic love. She's determined only ever to fall head over heels, or rather, heart over head.

Alice Heggarty, her best friend, is always falling in lust - with dashing rogues who invariably break her heart. As yet another disastrous relationship ends, Alice makes a decision. It's time to marry and she knows just the man.

For Thea, a chance encounter on Primrose Hill ignites that elusive spark she's preoccupied with… Saul Mundy promises to be the perfect fit and Thea finds herself falling in love and loving it.

But though newly wed Alice encourages Thea to settle down and conform, she finds that she's not as keen as she thought on playing by the rules. Alice starts to break them left, right and centre… At the same time, Thea's world, in which love reigns supreme, is shaken to core.

When it comes to love, should you listen to your head, your heart, or your best friend?


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JE8 on 3 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
I've read quite a few Freya North's books and have rushed through them, loving the characters and wanting to get to know them more, but there was something about this book which I can't put my finger on, which did not 'click' with me in the same way as, say Chloe, Secrets or Pillow Talk. I don't like to be critical as it must be so difficult to write novel after novel, and yes, it is still a pleasant read. But saying that, if you are approaching Ms North's works for the first time, I would recommend the others I've mentioned above first to see whether you like her style of writing. I started with Chloe and absolutely loved it! I've lent it to a friend and never had it back ... which I think says it all!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book for 'light relief' after a previous couple of heavy novels I'd made my way through. It didn't quite reach my unfair expectations - the shocking secret that Thea discovered about Saul is not what I expected it to be. But I found most of the others outcomes quite predictable.
Some of it was a bit too 'nice' for my liking ... maybe I'm just jealous that there are people out there that can afford to buy in London at all, let alone within their 'chosen postcodes', and furnish their apartments with items that don't come from Ikea!
Like one other reader, I found the graphic sex moments a little too descriptive for my liking.
It was thought provoking and I felt it dealt with some issues that some typical chick-lit fails to mention. So well done Ms North!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
The more recent Freya North novels have stepped away from her 'arty farty' books of the 1990s and as a result, provide the reader with much better material. This book, charting the lovelives of the four main characters, Alice, Thea, Saul and Mark works very well and they appear to be believable, albeit rich and living in some rather swish postcodes in north London!

North puts a lot of emotion into her writing and most of this is conveyed by Alice and Thea. There is a certain amount of rather 'descriptive to say the least' sex scenes in the book, but they don't detract. Read or buy this book if you want to immerse yourself in a good book before bed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. G. CRANE on 18 Jun 2007
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This book had me glued from the moment I read the first page.

I hadnt read any of Freya Norths other books so I had no expectations and I have to say that this is the only book Ive ever read where I couldnt predict the ending from about chapter 4.

If you cry watching chick flicks-this is the book for you, you'll close the last page and go aww[...]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Kone on 30 May 2006
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From the cover etc, you think Love Rules will be just a light-hearted romp featuring two best friends but though it is entertaining, it is deeper too. Major issues were tackled informatively and sensitively - about whether one gains greater contentment from listening to one's head and not one's heart - or greater happiness from following one's heart and ignoring one's head. There's an amazing sub-plot too - a real shocker when all is revealed. I actually said "Oh My God" out loud! Freya North really got me thinking about whether infidelity has a sliding scale. This is not a heavy book - but i did have a little cry in it! Probably because the characters are so believable. I would say this is warm, witty, humane and intelligently written - a cut above chick-lit stuff.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 27 Sep 2005
Format: Paperback
Having read all Freya North's other books, I've never really decided if I particularly like her style of writing but I have to say this is her best one yet. Only on the rare occasion in this book does she revert to dialogue between the reader and the characters which has so annoyed me in the past. I did feel that some of the sex scenes could have done with a little less information but perhaps I'm just a prude!
Overall, a very good read with a more unusual storyline to the other chicklits around.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Virtue on 24 Jan 2007
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One of the best books I've read in the past five years, Love Rules tells the tale of best friends Alice and Thea and the trials and tribulations of love - identifying it, finding it, keeping it and living it. Ms North writes great characters and plots - and the relationship between the best friends is as believable as the relationships the girls have with the men in their lives. I fell in love with Saul (Theas boyfriend)very early on in the story, and the twist in their relationship had me questioning myself! Suffice to say, I wouldnt have done what Thea did... A great read, buy this, then buy all Ms Norths other books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jun 2005
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This book is Freya North's best work yet, having read and thoroughly enjoyed all of her books I enjoyed this book even more. I read the whole thing within 3 days, it was compelling. You can affiliate with all of the characters, it made me laugh and cry! Brilliant - Can't wait for her next book!!
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