Secrets

Secrets

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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A Personal Note from Freya

This, my 10th novel, gave me the chance to set another book in my beloved North East. Pillow Talk won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award whilst I was writing Secrets. Often, the title only comes right at the end. The working title for this novel was ‘Runaway Home‘ – which (secretly) I still prefer. It was time for a new cover-look for this novel – and I fought hard for something totally different to what I’ve had before and what’s ‘out there’. Having worked as a picture-researcher when I was a struggling unpublished author, I chose covers for other people’s novels. I became very good at it – and also rather opinionated. I am my publishers’ worst nightmare – but my finicky perfectionism is, I feel, worth it in the long run. This is also the first novel when I’ve featured a dog, a child and a house as characters in their own right. And worked hard to combat whimsy. In the name of research, I also had to cross over the top of the Transporter Bridge, 160′ over the River Tees – facing my vertigo head-on to do my characters justice. How many romantic interludes in contemporary fiction have been set in Middlesbrough, I wonder…

Reviews

‘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

Introduction to Secrets

Well, most of you know that my new novel, Secrets, is set in a sea-side town in the North East of England and features a bridge-builder and a runaway… but many of you have been saying ‘yes yes Freya, but what’s the book ABOUT?’ Well, the easiest way for me to tell you more is to give you a sneak preview of the ‘blurb’ on the back cover! So here it is, a world exclusive, just for you…

They drive each other crazy.
And they both have something to hide.

But 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 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…

Well, I hope that’s whetted your appetite! The publication date for the UK is May 5th – though it’ll be available as a special edition at the airports from February… I’ll be letting you see the cover shortly (another world exclusive, folks) and I’ll be telling you more about the book too… Hopefully without revealing too many ‘secrets’ and giving the entire plot away in the process. But you know me, I’m such a blabbermouth….so watch this space!