Secrets

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"A fab read!"
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They drive each other crazy. And they both have something to hide. But we all have our secrets. It's just that 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 ...

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Overview

"A fab read!"
Closer

They drive each other crazy. And they both have something to hide. But we all have our secrets. It's just that 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 blank, and she's a bit of an enigma. But there's something about her—even though sparks fly every time they meet. And it looks like she's here to stay ...

"Intimate and involving ... romance bubbles." —Metro

"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

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RT Rating: 4/5 Stars

It is simply a very well-crafted story of two people who find themselves and their future in each other.

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"RT Rating: 4/5 Stars It is simply a very well-crafted story of two people who find themselves and their future in each other." - RT Book Reviews

Secrets is a surprisingly quick and engaging read. The story is generally well crafted with subplots to support the romance

I could practically feel the brisk sea breeze, hear the waves lapping on the beach, and smell the tang of the seaweed. I wanted to be there.

With likeable characters, humour and warmth, Secrets is a pleasant romantic fiction novel.

"I highly recommend this book for any fan of heroines with heart and stories with real class." - Between the Pages

"This was a great book that helped me find a few hours of needed escape during an intense time of stress." - Under the Boardwalk

This was a charming love story of two very different individuals who find what they want in life through each other.

I give Secrets 4 out of 5 stars

Overall a fun and interesting book, perfect to curl up with to beat those winter blues.

I really enjoyed this book.

I completely recommend this book to anyone interested in a sweet contemporary read that is very enjoyable

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402260148
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,437,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Freya North gave up a PhD to write her first novel in 1991. She has written ten novels, all of which have been bestsellers. She lives in London with her family. In 2008 she won the RNA Award for Romantic Novel of the Year for Pillow Talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Loved this book

    I first read pillow talk as it was a daily deal at B&N and loved it. So i jumped on when I saw SEcrets and wasnt disappointed. Loved this one too. I so wish i could find some of her other books here in the states. B&N only has these two books available :(

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    I loved this book! Read it!

    I loved this book! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Secrets by Freya North is a great book, but a little lengthy.

    Secrets by Freya North is a great book, but a little lengthy. When I started it, I was like 400 something pages, "groan". But once I got started, the pages started flying and I was like, "moan" when it was all over. I'd give it a 3.5/5 if I could.

    Tess and Em Adams have run away from London and moved North to house sit for Joe Saunders. Joe wasn't really looking to hire Tess, but she takes the job over the phone and they meet the next day. Tess is 30, Em is 2, and Joe is in his 40s. Right off the bat, each is surprised because Tess didn't say anything about a child, while Joe never mentioned Wolf, his dog. And Joe knows Tess is not your regular house sitter because he's had them in from the agency before and Tess is set on making his house a home for her and Em.

    Joe is not relationship kind of guy. He's a bridge builder and has a woman in every city. Tess is attracted to Joe, but she's afraid to make a move or give him a sign. She's not sure he wants her or not.

    The title of the book is Secrets, and while yes they each have their own secrets, they really aren't secrets of the Earth shattering, or life shattering type. But I didn't feel too let down by that, because even when Joe and Tess were getting it together, they still kept secrets from each other.

    I've read all of Freya North's previous books, and I enjoyed Secrets. She's done a great job at writing her characters and making them lovable and you can understand them to some extent. The setting by the sea is lovely and her descriptions of the house, bridges, and the town are very picturesque and vivid. I was impressed by the amount of detail she put into the book. She has another book coming out this year and I am eagerly looking forward to it. Ms.North is one author who's books have only improved with time and one whose books should not be skipped.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    Loved this book!

    The book opens with Tess and her daughter Em hiding from someone who is banging on their door. Tess then takes a job as a house sitter for Joe, a world travelling bridge builder. She takes her ancient car, her meager belongings, and heads to Saltburn and escape. When she gets to the house, she discovers a large seaside home complete with handsome owner and large scruffy dog. Tess and Joe work out her work schedule and Tess settles into a routine. She works on the house, meets the locals, and starts to develop an attraction to Joe. Joe on the other hand, has a girl in every port where he goes to work. He starts to find comfort in having Tess at home for him when he returns, but he is not ready to give up his life and freedom. There are other forces at work in the relationship; both have secrets that will cause problems. I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see Tess become part of the Saltburn community and become less fearful about her life. She builds a whole new life for herself and her daughter that may or may not be permanent. Her secret is always there ready to come out but the reader likes Tess and hopes it is something that can be resolved. Joe is a nice guy who sometimes behaves selfishly, especially when he starts to have feeling for Tess but continues his freewheeling ways. His secret comes out earlier and doesn¿t add to the nice column but there is a twist that is revealed later. Both Tess and Joe have to put the past behind them and work towards happiness. The telling of the routines of their lives helps us understand them and what their issues are. Loved the book, loved the ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Dissapointed

    I loved Pillow talk. But this one :(.... I found it boaring. Couldn't finish reading it. Tess has a very boring life and the author repeats her rutine over and over again. I

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    I really like Freya's writing style and stories. She tells it in

    I really like Freya's writing style and stories. She tells it in such a way you feel as though you are there beside the characters. I wish more of her books were on the Nook or ebooks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Great read...

    I'm not usually a mooshy love story kind of girl, but this was a sweet story. The only thing I didn't care for was her beach secret. I thought it was far fetched and didn't really go well with the theme. Glad that was toward the end of the book. The ending was very predictable, but necessary. Definitely recommend the read, though.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Good book

    I found it was not as good as the first one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    I Love this book

    I have read all the books by Freye North and they are all great! I wont give away the story but this one is for keeps. Love, heartbreak and romamace what more can a girl need? You fall in love with the main man then not so much till he redeems himself. True riverting reading, where is the next one?

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