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Freya North
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Book Description

30 April 2009

We all have our secrets. It’s just some are bigger than others…

Joe has a beautiful house, a great job, no commitments – and he likes it like that. All he needs is a quiet house-sitter for his rambling old place by the sea. When Tess turns up on his doorstep, he’s not sure she’s right for the job. Where has she come from in such a hurry? Her past is a blank and she’s something of an enigma.

But there’s something about her – even though sparks fly every time they meet. And it looks as though she’s here to stay…


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007245947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007245949
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,069 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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‘Secrets will make you smile, sigh and cheer as this story proves love can be found in the most unexpected places’ Sunday Express

‘…another surefire hit for Freya’ Heat

‘This quirky novel is a lively holiday read’ Star Magazine

‘A fab read’ Closer

About the Author

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 and was shortlisted in 2012 for Chances. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family.


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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top read from Freya North 3 May 2009
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Tess has run away from London to Saltburn with her small daughter and she more or less gives bridge builder Joe no option but to employ her as housesitter when she answers his ad. However, she doesn't fully unpack her car nor does she drive it again after she arrives. Joe on the other hand, doesn't tell her everything about the house and his life there, resulting in a shock for Tess when he is away on a work trip.

We follow Tess and Joe as they get to know each other and start to fall in love. The question is, when will they trust each other enough to tell the secrets of their past?

The north east features heavily in the book, which, as a Londoner who adopted Yorkshire as my adult home, I really like. And the theme of bridge building, both real and metaphorical, is strong throughout. The book is unashamedly romantic without being overly cliched and cheesy, very similar in tone to Pillow Talk.

Freya North's early work had a particular style that most either loved or hated. For me, she started to get really good when she introduced the McCabe sisters (Fen, Cat, Pip and their uncle). Her work from Love Rules onwards has got even better. So I was looking forward to reading this and I wasn't disappointed.

Freya North has matured into a writer who writes intelligently and with feeling about both the joy and pain of love. She's not afraid to get her main leads together by the middle (or even beginning) of a book, so we can follow their fledgling relationship as it matures through the stages of crush, lust and love. She often examines what love really means and this book is no exception.

If you liked Pillow Talk, you'll love this. It's not as serious in tone as either Love Rules or Home Truths, but if you liked those, you'll also like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read 24 July 2010
By Carol
Format:Paperback
As soon as I opened this book, and looked at the first page, I knew it would be good. Tess running away from her past, and her secrets, with her little daughter Em, and Joe living in the big house with Wolf the dog. Tess applies to be the house sitter, as Joe is away a lot building bridges. Love, lust, tears and shared secrets all make this a great read. I had a job to put the book down, and was very sorry when I got to the end. Freya North sure knows how to write a good book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good 28 Feb 2010
By Karen
Format:Paperback
I read a couple of Freya's early books when they came out but wasn't that keen. To be honest I brought Secrets as the third in a 3 for 2 but was very pleasantly surprised. I agree with previous reviewers that some of the sex scenes feel as if they are there for the sake of it but overall found myself getting drawn more and more into the book and the characters. The secrets weren't a big wow but this didn't matter as by that time in the book it was more about the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you keep quiet? 12 July 2009
Format:Paperback
another excellent romantic novel from Freya North. I find it amazing that she can tackle serious issues without preaching, in the context of a really enjoyable, well written, story, and come up with a different focus each time. I usually learn something from her writing as well as being thoroughly entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and heart warming 27 April 2011
By jenny
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was'nt disapointed. I found it heart warming and the story flowed. I was'nt sure if I liked Joe during the story but he changed his ways in the end. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but brilliant 25 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
OK so you can guess from the start that they'll get together properly by the end. BUT can you be sure? The more you get to know the characters the more you want them to be happy with each other. The main secrets aren't too exciting but the way they deal with them and with each other is. I read it in three days, having just finished Chloe and Polly. There's no doubt I'll read the rest of her books, I've just ordered three of them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alls well that ends well 2 Sep 2010
By lachbc
Format:Paperback
I chose to read this on the back of the fact that I have thoroughly enjoyed Freya's mini series associated with the McCabe family. (I am hoping we haven't heard the last from them!) Secrets is about a single mum and her daughter escaping to the north of England from London in order to get away from it, (her secret past). They end up becoming housesitters to an engineer who travels the world designing bridges. The plot is a little slow in places, but it is worth persuing with and although enjoyable the ending is a tad predictable. If you like a story that ends well, read Secrets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets by Freya North 14 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
What a brilliant book, loved it and couldn't put it down till it was finished.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars flo merino
It was quite slow moving and too drippy and a bit predictable. What happened to joe's mistresses?. Unconvincing and unfair!
Published 1 month ago by flo merino
3.0 out of 5 stars (
Good enough plot somewhat over laboured. But it has enough plot to keep the reader intrigued. And it is a good bedtime read not too involved or harrowing.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Edna Rennie
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read, love a happy ending!!
enjoy freya norths books and have read pip so far. a lovely romantic story with a glorious happy ending! feel good book!
Published 9 months ago by c davies R jones
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone has a secret ...
... although in today's world very few of keep them! It's good to know some people can still keep a good secret and I'm not alone in not wanting to shout out in the CCTV/Big... Read more
Published 10 months ago by N
4.0 out of 5 stars An overall good read- chick lit plus
This is more serious than chick-lit, more grown up I guess - in that it presents love and relationships as neither black nor white - more shades of grey. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Buy the best
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Freya North is very possibly the best author ever! Her books have gripping storylines, loveable characters and are so east to read. X
Published 14 months ago by Jayne Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets
An authoress that I have only just started to read, I enjoyed this book it was a good read and held my attention the whole way through.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. K. M. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!
Secrets was my first Freya North book I read, following an ad on a bus one summer. As soon as I spotted it in the supermarket, I bought it and couldn't wait to read it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, beautiful setting
I've been a loyal fan of Freyas for years now and out of all her books Secrets is my favourite, its the one I would most frequently re-read, I think thats a great review of a book... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nikki Mahood
5.0 out of 5 stars We all have a secret
Another Fantastic read by Freya North. I have both Kindle and paper format and I can't help read this over and over again. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JoJo
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