Author: Freya North
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc
Publication date: January 1st 2012
Target Audience: Adult
Length: 496 Pages
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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 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…
Secrets was a good choice for a nice summer chick lit read. A sort of soft sweet read, this one didn’t blow me away but I enjoyed it enough to make my way through 485 pages to get to the end.
I think that what I liked most about Secrets was the setting…a small seaside town in England, it’s very essence so unique and different from all the towns around it. I loved Wolf beyond words…easily my favorite character in this tale. If I wasn’t a crazy cat lady…I’d want a dog just like him:) I was also charmed by all of Joe’s talk about bridges and the metaphors woven throughout. Amazing imagery both literally and figuratively.
As with most small town tales, secondary characters add so much to the fabric of this story. I loved the realistic friendships that this one portrayed both between female friends and also the friendship that developed between Tess and Seb. To be honest a small part of me was actually rooting for Seb all along….
Which leads me to the things that I didn’t like so much. Joe. I am so torn about Joe…parts of him, I fell in love with right along side Tess, but even larger parts completely turned me off. Maybe it is just that Freya North really got into the male mind and it’s not a place I enjoy! lol But I found that I could not tolerate Joe’s mindset in so many instances…it just completely turned me off to the point that I had to ignore huge parts of him to actually enjoy the “Happy Ending.”
Also, this is a long one and I’ll be honest…I didn’t really feel as if all of that length was needed. The pacing was the second of my two main concerns with this read. I think this one could have been pared down and it would have made for a much more enjoyable read.
All in all this was a fair experience, I don’t think I would necessarily recommend this book, but I might try another of the author’s offerings in the future.