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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000732670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007326709
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This will make you smile, sigh and cheer as this story proves love can be found in the most unexpected places’ Sunday Express

‘An addictive read that encompasses the stuff life is made of: love, sex, fidelity and, above all, friendship’ Glamour

‘An original, direct, funny voice’ Independent on Sunday

‘The novel is peopled by rich and rare characters … a delicious creation, sparkling in every sense’ Daily Express

About the Author

Freya North is the author of many bestselling novels which have been translated into many languages. From teenage girls to elderly gentlemen, Freya’s novels have won the hearts of legions of readers worldwide. In 2008, she won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Pillow Talk and was shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel Award in 2012 for Chances. She lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden.


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I will start off by saying I've always been a big Freya North fan and I own every book she's written. I adored Love Rules, Pillow Talk and Fen, and I really enjoyed all her books named after the heroine, they were all different. Unfortunately I feel really disappointed by the last two books (Chances and Rumours). I would say, actually, that the last three books could have all been written from the same template. The heroes and heroines seem very similar to each other and her last two books in particular have lacked grit which has meant they have felt worryingly like bland chick lit (which I tend to avoid like the plague in favour of something more interesting and gritty). Stella and Vita (from Chances) could easily be the same person: the quirky, rather shy, innocent Gamine who shops in M&S, uses old-fashioned "endearing" phrases and wears plain white cotton underwear (from M&S, natch). There was not enough suspense and there was no "will-they-won't-they?" It was assumed from the outset they would get together and stay together and everyone seemed very happy for them - it was all a bit too bland in contrast to Love Rules which kept you guessing up until the last page.

I didn't like how the characters interacted and the sex was lacking. There wasn't much of it, and what there was seemed a bit cringey and not very romantic. I would go as far as to say it felt clunky.

Ultimately this book is a light-hearted read, but lacks depth, grit, twists, good sex, original characters and a compelling story line. The characters are too similar to previous offerings, particularly the heroine. I'm really sorry Freya!
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2012
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I read Freya's last book and liked it, but I wouldn't say it blew me away. With her latest release Rumours, I actually picked it up and started it but then put it down as I was struggling with it. Very occasionally this happens to me and I just go back to it. Stupidly, I left this too long to go back to. I had it in the back of my head that maybe I wouldn't like it, silly woman that I am! When I picked up Rumours for the second time I wondered what on earth made me put it down the first time?!?

Stella Hutton is a single mum who has landed a new job working at her Uncle's estate agency. Her colleagues are not the most appealing of people and very early on I quite liked Stella as she was just an ordinary woman trying to make the best of a bad situation. On the other side we have Xander who grew up in Longbridge Hall where Lady Lydia lives. Stella soon realises that rumours are the thing that keep these villagers gossiping. When there is a hint that Longbridge Hall may well be for sale, things start to unravel.

Stella finds herself battling against all and sundry and Xander is one such person. He at first appears very guarded, bordering on the permanently grumpy. However, it didn't take that long for the story to reveal the reasons for his attitude surrounding all the rumours. Before long I realised that I was at the halfway stage and reluctant to stop reading, even for work! Lady Lydia who seems to be the glue that holds this all together is actually quite a difficult character but one that I immediately loved. Maybe because she was so difficult that's why I liked her so much. The second half of the book was just as good, if not better than the first half.
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By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2012
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Rumours is a gentle little story. There's nothing too lascivious, nothing violent or unpleasant, which may be a disappointment to some. I'm surprised how violent much of the literature intended for women often is, but this most emphatically is not. There's a pleasing symmetry to the story, but it moves rather slowly; I found myself getting a little impatient for something to happen, and it's really a bit predictable. But perhaps that's what romantic books are supposed to be like. I don't suppose I'm the target audience, although I enjoyed Bridget Jones.

Having read this book, my wife headed off to find more books by Freya North, so I think she probably enjoyed it more than I did.
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I've been an avid Freya North fan for over 10 years, and for over 10 years I have never been disappointed.

For me, Rumours allowed me to indulge in my own love of old houses and stately homes. I love the fact that Norths books are all set around a theme, whether it be sculptures, trees, bridges or the Tour de France! Each of them leads me to go away and learn more of the subject. Escapism & education all rolled into one!

The characters of Stella & Xander are typical of the Freya North. Immediately loveable, down to earth, and people you can relate to. Lady Lydia Fortescue was a great character and it was a lovely to see her soften throughout the book. The interaction between her and Mrs Biggins, the housekeeper, made me chuckle with laughter.

The story is set around Longbridge Hall which Lady Lydia tasks Stella to sell, much to the disapproval of Xander who grew up there. There are a host of colourful characters entwined in the history of the hall & no one apart from Lady Lydia really wants it sold.

It was a constant page turner. As usual I couldn't put it down. The will they, won't they (of course they will, I know they will!) get together, the need to understand Lady Lydia and her reasons for wanting to sell such a beautiful house, to know what Stellas ex husband did and of course, what happened to Longbridge Hall.

As I said, I wasn't disappointed. Yet again, Freya North has delivered her readers another beautiful, unique story but with all the familiarity they come to expect from her heroes & heroines!
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