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Pillow Talk [Kindle Edition]

Freya North
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Darkly funny and sexy-literary escapism at its finest."


By day, Petra Flint is a talented jeweler working in a lively London studio. By night, she's a sleepwalker troubled by a past she can't put to bed and a present that leaves her clinging to an unsuitable boyfriend. Arlo Savidge was once a budding heartthrob musician. Then tragedy struck and he chose to forsake stardom and all future affairs of the heart for a quiet life in the countryside as a music teacher.

Petra and Arlo haven't seen each other since they were teenagers-when their feelings ran deep but the timing wasn't right. Now, seventeen years later, they run into each other once more. Might first love get a second chance-or will what keeps them up at night keep them apart forever?

Praise for Pillow Talk

"I defy anyone who doesn't fall in love with it."


"Warm, sexy, satisfying."


"North charts the emotional turmoil with a sexy exactitude."

-Marie Claire

"Another North gem."


Editorial Reviews


"[Freya North] does a brilliant job of telling the tale with heart and soul. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"I loved this book. I found Petra and Arlo to be such an utterly charming couple and North walked the line between humor and romance very well." - Books Like Breathing

"While this book is deemed chick lit, it's not all bunnies and bows. It has depth and meaning laced with light and laughter. A truly enjoyable read that will leave you thinking about the characters long after the last word has been read." - Royal Reviews

"Pillow Talk is a warm passionate contemporary romance starring two flawed people who as teens were in love and now as adults remain in love." - Genre Go Around Reviews

" This is an awesome romantic story that will help you escape for the day. It is a wonderful story of love, romance, tragedy, and enduring love. The storyline is so well written it moves flawlessly from the beginning to the end." - Eva's Sanctuary

About 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. Visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1347 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00514OXLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The plot is fairly common: boy and girl meet in a school rock concert and fall in love, and somehow, don't stay in touch. Then by chance, meet again 17 years later in a remote town in Yorkshire, immediately recognize each other, find that they feel the same intensity of love as before. The book dips in and out of the school years (17 years ago) to the present. So far so good. But after this the plot thickens and becomes of a mud-like consistency... there are a series of searching for each other travelling up and down between London and Yorkshire, and an out-of-character fling the hero has with a catty co-worker, the ensuing jealousy and accusations of "you lied to me!", the heroine's sleep-walking incidents and related amateur psychology, her bad relationship with her divorced parents, and her relationship with a wise old lady who shaped her youth. Of course all ends well and the hero and heroine get together in the end as expected. Excruciatingly drawn out to 430-odd pages. Perhaps could have been written in 250 pages or so, cutting out all the irrelevant details?

This book being in the genre of "light and easy" chick lit, is trying to do too much outside of its scope. The author tries to impart tangential and inconsequential knowledge on music and appreciation of music through the hero, and of jewellery making and rare gem stones through the heroine. The history of a rare gem stone called tanzanite is repeated in multiple places in the book. The heroine is even named Petra (Greek for "stone") Flint (stone again!). The style is not the easy flowing style I have come to expect of this kind of book - the sentences and analogies too contrived for my liking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saucy Story Of The Love We Can Find When We Let Go August 22, 2011
Petra Flint is a jeweler living in a shabby flat in London. She is quite happily creating her beautiful wearable works of art and semi-happy with her emotionally stunted boyfriend, Rob. They are polar opposites in most respects but Petra seems determined to find the knight in shining armor behind Rob's distant demeanor and seemingly nonchalant attitude towards their relationship. One bone of contention between them: Petra's sleepwalking habits which cause her to do a number of highly embarrassing and sometimes dangerous things such as locking herself out of buildings in the buff, urinating on the floor or heading head first onto the corner of a fireplace when she trips over furniture. She has no idea why she sleepwalks and no one, from doctors to her divorced and distant parents, can help her figure out why.

North of London on the moors of Yorkshire finds Arlo Savidge, teacher at Roseberry Hall, a school for boys. He has been hiding away behind the school's great gates and trying desperately to forget something terrible from his past. For the past five years, since he was last in a relationship with his fiance Helen and since the tragedy that he refuses to speak of occured, he has sworn off women to keep the feelings of love far away. If the feelings of love and passion are kept hidden, the grieving and guilt cannot find him. His body refuses to let him off the hook fully, however, and he finds himself an insomniac. While he makes friends with his coworkers at the school he never truly lets anyone into his heart and feels quite satisfied just being a teacher of music, his great passion.

These two people, living very different lives, are connected delicately by a shared history going back seventeen years to when they were both in school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a review July 2, 2011
By A&D
Pillow Talk is a tender romance. It tells about two adults who were in love once and who found their love again. They are not perfect and they don't consider themselves be perfect either. This novel is set in London. There is a jewelry designer called Petra Flint living. She hears a song on the radio written by Arlo Savidge. As it happens Arlo hears a song that reminds him of her. They were in love 17 years ago when they were teenagers. They meet again and there is still the spark in between them. They start seeing each others but they don't tell all of their secrets to each other because of their fear of being rejected.

The author Freya North describes admirably the contemporary London and lifestyles as well as the emotions flying between these two adults.
I would recommend this book to all romance hungry readers. The book does not have a fast pace and therefore, if you are looking for a quick action then this is not the right book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit with a Good Dose of Humor August 27, 2011
I always love a good story, especially when there seems to be a little twist of fate. North spins a good story about two people destined to find each other again after many years apart. Petra has sleepwalked almost all of her life. She can't figure out why she does it. It's been detrimental to her and to her relationships. Then she runs into Arlo, her high school sweetheart. Is the timing better for them?

There were a few things that weren't necessarily bad about the book but still had me doing a bit of a double take. For instance (and I'll try not to give away too much), I was way confused about the thing that is keeping Petra sleepwalking. It seemed to come out of nowhere and was just really weird and almost out of place.

One thing that I really liked about the book was North's writing. She has a very quick wit and the ability to make me laugh (or rather chortle) out loud. The book is definitely quirky and not your run of the mill romance, which I definitely appreciated. I kind of found myself wondering what happened to Petra and Arlo once the book ended. I think that if you find yourself wondering about the characters after the book ends, it means the characters were pretty awesome.

Bottom line: Want quirky romance? Here's your book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is one of the best romantic stories I have read lately. I strongly recommend it. Very touching!
Published 4 months ago by montse roquet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We'll worth reading
Published 10 months ago by Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars Too slow & uneventful
I can't even remember reading this book. That's how unmemorable I found the characters and storyline to be.
I know I sound rude, and I'm terribly sorry. I love Freya North. Read more
Published 11 months ago by MSmurf
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
Not quite as edgy as other recent Freya North books, but a nice gentle read with interesting characters. I enjoyed the tales of sleep walking.
Published 12 months ago by Lisa Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved it
Page turner, characters with many layers, funny, sexy, real old fashioned romance. And a lot to be learned about self appreciation.
Published 14 months ago by Nile Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Feeling
Never have I read Freya North's writing before. I enjoyed this book so much. started off slowly for about 10 pages then wow off I went. I was reading till 3 in the morning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathy
2.0 out of 5 stars No charm or wit
This book goes on and on about an H & H who have the potential to be interesting, but whom the author drives into the ground. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jhl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I'm a bit torn about this book and would give it 3.5 stars if that were possible. On the one hand it is a fun chick-lit tale about two people who were "meant to be" together and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical chick-lit
When I started this book, I expected something along the lines of Jill Mansell or Sophie Kinsella's work. Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Jamester
4.0 out of 5 stars pillow talk
This book is fantastic it has so many funny parts, sad parts, romantic parts and serious parts.

I read this book in 3 days as I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by m4dru5h
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