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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007326661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007326662
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Secrets:

‘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, Pillow Talk and Secrets have all been bestsellers. In 2008 Freya North won the RNA Book of the Year award with Pillow Talk. She lives in Hertfordshire with her family.


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By Sukie VINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2011
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This is the first book I've read by Freya North in years - it certainly won't be the last. I found this a pleasure to read - sparkling, witty prose with likeable characters and a good plot.

The story is about Vita, trying to make a go of it alone in Pear Tree Cottage after a messy break-up with Tim. Unfortunately she and Tim own a business together - a gift shop - so it's impossible to sever the ties completely. Elsewhere in the town, Oliver, a tree surgeon is still coming to terms with the death of his wife three years ago, and is raising his teenage son alone.

When Vita's pear tree starts causing problems - namely parakeets and wasps - it brings her and Oliver together. A second chance of love might be possible for both of them but will it be a case of once bitten, twice shy?

Freya North has a light touch but knows exactly what she's doing with her characters, and I enjoyed reading this very much. My only criticism is that the tension seemed to drain away halfway through as the outcome was already pretty clear by this point. I also found it irritating the way she switched from past to present tense intermittently, sometimes within the same paragraph. Overall though, this novel is warm and fun, with some great characters and I'd recommend it as an easy summer read.
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By S. Lumley VINE VOICE on 14 April 2011
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Devoured this in a couple of days distracting myself from the mayhem of my builders! Enjoyed previous books by Freya North and this was reasonably good. Vita is the main character who at times made me want to throw the book out the window. Most of the time she appears to be living in cloud cuckoo land - reading slushy novels rather than running her business - no wonder the dastardly Tim cheated on her. However, the author leads you to sympathise with Vitas new and unwanted single status. So she moves rather unenthusiastically in to a house and becomes quite crazy and stressed over some wasps. Hmm! But thanks to the wasps she meets the rather lovely Oliver ... So all in all a fun, undemanding, maybe a tad too predictable, but charming summer read.
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Loved this book, as I have read a few of Freya North's and not enjoyed them.

Vita lives at Pear Tree Cottage and is getting over her last love Tim, but it is not easy as she owns a busy with Tim.

Oliver is getting over the lose of his wife DeeDee she was killed in a road accident and they have a son together Jonty.

Vita has a problem with her pear tree as it has a wasp problem so she calls someone in to deal with the problem and along comes Oliver. They don't hit it off straight away as they both see other people. But after a second visit they do hit it off.

There are lot's of twists and turns and you are just wanting them both to be together and sometimes you just want to shout at them - Really enjoyed this book.
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I was really surprised by the luke warm bordering on negative reviews of 'Chances'.
The previous reviewer thinks Ms North should move away from a themed book but I love that she researches different subjects so thoroughly and can spin them into a tale that absorbs the reader on different levels. Yes some of her characters make you want to scream at them at times but isn't that the same of real life?..be so boring if we were all perfect ;)
I was hooked straight away and was unable to put it down until I'd finished -then wished I'd taken more time as I have to wait till her next book !....have already started re-reading 'Pillow Talk' which has been my all time favourite Freya book ....
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I enjoy this author's novels and this was no different. I found myself completely immersed in the novel and the characters were very likeable. The relationship between the two "main" characters was interesting and had a unique slant to it but I'm not sure how realistic it was. The ending was disappointing and I feel like I didn't quite "get" it.
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This is a good book by Freya North.

It tells the story of Vita.....heartbroken and trying to live on her own for the first time in years.

She has left her boyfriend, due to his infidelity, but must still share a business with him.

The story is about how she takes a chance on love and what happens.....she meets Oliver and he is broken hearted too.....will their chance meeting lead to love and contentment?

A lovely easy read, for a holiday or just to relax and enjoy.....
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I've LOVED reading this. Freya North writes with such warmth, truth and tenderness and although I have loved all her books, I have to say that this is my favourite to date! I have been silently urging on Oliver and Vita, the main characters, in their quest for love, feeling their disappointment and confusion and practically crying at their happinness and joy.
It's fun, feisty, a little sad, has a healthy quota of sex, hopeful and happy. A truly fabulous feel-good-book.
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When I first started reading this book I could already tell that this was going to be such a deep, well thought out story, I fell in love with Vita as you can see that even though her relationship with Tim has ended, Tim doesn't exactly treat her very well and that fact that she's willing to just sit there each day and take it amazes me. Vita knows that since their relationship ended that they both need to move on, but with them both being business partners for 'That Shop' it's not exactly that easy for her. When they broke up due to Tim cheating on her Vita was honestly heartbroken as the love of her life took her love for granted.

For a while now Vita has been wondering whether she will ever be able to find the right guy for her and settle down, however little does she know that her luck is about to change. One day in Vita's garden at home her beloved pear tree seems to be causing problems for her so when she calls out a tree surgeon her path crosses the most striking guy Oliver even though they both don't get off to the greatest of starts. However over the course of a few weeks, things seem to be improving for both of them.

Vita still has to deal with Tim everyday but when Tim tries to win her back, things seem to get a bit complicated for them. Will Vita give Tim that chance that he's after or will she send him away. Will Vita get closer to Oliver in hopes of settling down, but will she ever be able to compete with the memories of Oliver's late wife.

Honestly you will be drawn into this story from the start, Vita is such a loving person that everyone just gets along with, but honestly the amount of crap that she puts up with from Tim shows that she is such a strong person. As I was reading through the book I honestly hoped that Vita would get that happy ending that she was after. Freya has such a beautiful way with words. Take a chance and give this book a chance, you never know until you read it.
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