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Pillow Talk

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,145 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews

"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 fo

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Published (first published August 1st 1983)
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Joanna Mcdonald
May 08, 2008 Joanna Mcdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
This was absolutely superb, the best romantic novel I have read in a while. The characters were quirky and funny and the way they protrayed them and there lifes would make even the hardest of hearts melt.

I would actually say that this is one of the few books that I would happily read again.

I hope theres a sequel, I would love to know how Petra and Arlo got on, married, kids etc etc lol xxxxxxxxxx

Utterly fabulous. I will definately be reading more of Freya North.
Aug 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pillow Talk reminded me of Twilight in that while you're reading, you are caught in the story, but the second you put the book down, you say, "WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ?!?"

In this story, Mary Sue, oops I mean Petra Flint, reminisces about some weird stuff that happened when she was a kid, dumps a jerk boyfriend, texts her friends (in irritating textspeak more befitting a ten-year-old than a grown woman), makes some kickass jewelry, and finally hooks up with the Boy of Her Dreams (TM). Also,
Sep 03, 2012 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The changing from past to present tense and from 3rd to first person within a few paragraphs is very distracting. There is always a break in the text before the change, but it keeps the story from flowing.

I hoped it would be good when I picked it up. I enjoyed it for the first 20 pages or so, but after that I really felt like I was slogging through it. It took me several weeks to finish. I ended up skipping about 100 pages, past the inevitable heartbreak, to where things got going again. I kept
Rea Sinfield
May 30, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can now say I am no longer a Freya North reader virgin!

I have had many friends recommend Freya North reads to me but I have never been pulled enough by the covers and the blurb of her books. I had no other books to read and found this one and that nagging voice in my head said to give it ago.


Like I said in my opening the books which I have seen by Freya North do not call out to me. It certainly doesn't stand out from other books. The main part of the front cover is Freya North writ
Jennifer Estep
Pillow Talk by Freya North is a contemporary romance.

London jewelry designer Petra Flint is surprised to hear a song on the radio by a boy that she once knew, and Petra wonders whatever happened to Arlo Savidge. She doesn't know that Arlo now teaches music at an English boys' school -- and that their paths are about to cross again after several years. When Petra and Arlo meet again, they find themselves reminiscing about the past and trying to forge a future together. But a series of misundersta
Jun 19, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining story. My only previous experience with British chick lit is Jill Mansell, and though this was not as frothy or laugh-out-loud funny as her books generally are, it had a similar sensibility and feel. If the genre is a chocolate cream pie, Mansell would be the whipped cream and North the chocolate mousse--equally light and delicious, but with a little more depth of flavor.

In this case, we explore the concept that you never get over your first love (especially when it was mostl
Jun 13, 2011 Niecole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first of Freya North I ever read was Pip, and I really enjoyed it.
I’ve always loved the way British authors write, with their quirky little things that they say, and the dry humour that they have.

Pillow Talk makes you laugh, it makes you want to cry, it makes you want to swear at the stupid bimbo and it makes you feel that love does exist.

The story is about Petra Flint, a 32 year old jewellery designer that lives in London, oh and she sleepwalks (which makes out for a very funny s
Jan 13, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans, gemstones obsessives
This isn't the sort of book I normally read so if you like light and fluffy chick lit then this would probably suit you. I got it free with a magazine and decided to try it out.

I found it all a bit stupid to be honest. The story was alright (if obvious) but the characters were vapid and the changes of perspective and tense were hugely irritating.

If you are completely obsessed with tanzanite then you'll probably enjoy this book which is heavy on descriptions of it. Personally, one description w
Good book - easy read - what a revelation about people who sleepwalk and the embarrassing scenarios it can lead to.
Atlanta Whitlock
I bought this book quite a few years ago and when I started reading it I loved it, this is the story about a girl who for years has been sleepwalking when it's time she really needs to be asleep in the comfort of her own home. However as you start getting into this book you will fall in love with the characters.

Petra Flint works in a studio down in London, she is such a talented jeweller. She has been in a relationship with Rob for about ten months, so that's fairly new for her but since them b
Sandi Whipple
Jun 02, 2014 Sandi Whipple rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Petra, troubled by a past she can't seem to put behind her, lives in London and designs jewelery. She hasn’t seen or heard from Arlo Savidge since they were teenagers. He was a successful musician, but is now a music teacher. Seventeen years later, she hears a song of his on the radio and wonders whatever happened to him. She doesn't know he teaches music at a boys' school. When they finally meet up again, they reminisce about the past and try to rekindle what they once had. But they both have s ...more
Jun 13, 2009 Nell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this but I found the pov changes and the odd use of tenses jarring. It kind of reminded me of the Time Travellers wife.
Lost interest about halfway. It's too slow moving for me. I might get back to it in the future.
Jeanette montgomery
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. This book is the first book of Freya North's I have read and can't wait to read others by her.

I love the characters and her relationship with all her friends, kind of reminds me of my friends and valuable they are and will be there no matter what.

I loved her relationship with Peter and how they deal with there issues and how it plays out.

I think it's got all you need from a book, it takes you on a journey, I really didn't want the book to end.
Every once in a while, it is important for a girl to read a trashy romance novel, especially if she's on vacation. Fortunately, Freya North's Pillow Talk is smart and entertaining, as well as a page-turner. Petra Flint is a talented jewelry designer in London. She starts the novel dating a horrid businessman and taking all of his crap. When they inevitably break up, she escapes the city to go north. There, she runs into a high school sweetheart and romance stirs up. However, these things are nev ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all,I should say thay I really enjoyed this book before I get into the rest of my review. I thought it wa sa very nice story but it could be very maddening at times. It took almost hal fthe book for the characters to meet in person and then evem longer for anything to happen. In some ways that worked out because you got to know the two leads an dcould see that they were completely perfect for each other. At the same time, I was reading a romance andi wante dthe author to just get onwith ...more
Colleen Turner
Aug 22, 2011 Colleen Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 embarrassin ...more
I really wish GR would allow users to give 1/2 stars in the rating. I really think this book is worth 2 1/2 stars as opposed to two but I decided to round down. This book started off well and for the first 1/3, I found it easy to read. North gives us an engaging story up to that point and a heroine that is easy to relate to. Her sleepwalking also made her sympathetic. Her boyfriend, Rob, was a cliched "bad boyfriend" that you tend to find in these types of books but that wasn't too bothersome. N ...more
This was a free book that I was able to get, so I figured why not? I'm glad I picked it up and got the chance to read it, because it is a wonderfully charming and well paced book. Of course, it fed my love of all things British with characters that were well formed enough to create a clear picture in my mind of who they were and what they looked like.

I applaud Freya North's descriptions and her obvious investigation and study of things like sleepwalking and Tanzania. (both play a big role in th
Mary Davis
Jul 03, 2012 Mary Davis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction readers
Recommended to Mary by: Nook Free Fridays
Shelves: books-read-2012
B&N Synopsis:

"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 th
Dhwani Swadia
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To be honest I did not complete the entire book. Simply because the story was oh so obvious right from the start, and personally, I do not like to read stories where everything is so cliched, and works out exactly as you think it would.

The story starts with Petra being in an emotionally abusive relationship with a jerk face of a “handsome and rich” guy who treats her like a piece of furniture. But, like every true heroine she thi
Josephine Barly
Jun 11, 2014 Josephine Barly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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. I bought this book without giving it a second thought, and I'll still read her newer novels. I just found this one dull, boring, slow-paced, and I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters.
I'm hoping to get stories that are closer the McCabes, or Love Rules, as I found this title to drag on and slip my mind the minu
Karen Barber
A quick read, perfect for the start of a summer holiday. Rather obvious in many ways, but enough high spots to keep me going. When it's done right - the scenes recounting Petra's relationship with the wonderful Lillian, or the scenes dealing with Petra's sleepwalking and its effects- it's great; in too many other places it was simply something to read. Enjoyed it at the time, but in the same way I would enjoy eating a huge bar of chocolate.
Mar 03, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freya North is one of my favourite authors & this is superb, of course. It has just won Romantic Novel of the Year.

A story of first love and second chances from the bestselling author of Love Rules The sleepwalker. By day, Petra Flint is a talented jeweller working in a lively London studio. By night, she sleepwalks. She has 40 carats of the world's rarest gemstone under her mattress but it's the skeletons in her closet that make it difficult for her to rest. The insomniac. At one ti
Bekki Pate
Apr 21, 2014 Bekki Pate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was boring, cliched and the worst freya north book I have read. Usually her characters are fun and quirky but I found Petra and arlo one dimensional and their 'issues' not really that dramatic. It was a struggle getting through this book as the scenes created for drama weren't realistic and just felt they were there for the sake of it.
I will however keep going with her books so hopefully her next one will be better.
Dec 22, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! A great well described book with lots of fascinating words. My vocabulary has gained a few more interesting words! I love how 'English' it was too. A look into English countryside and London life...I enjoyed the romance of the story-it was one of the best I've read in a long while! I'm going to search for more Freya North novels to put on my list.
Jan 29, 2012 Feistytiger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is not one of her better novels and it reads like most of her others. Its very predictable, follows the same pattern of story line as the rest of her books and makes for an OK, Chick Lit book. The only time i would recommend this novel is for a holiday read, where you don't want to think about a novel and you want a nice predictable book to delve into.

The story itself was very predictable (even though I have read it before it was some years ago). The characters themselves are not very deep
Nov 14, 2014 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on my last visit to London I bought this novel. I love ms north. And this novel did not disappoint. A bit more graphic sex than I was expecting, but it had been a while since I had read her. I do love this style though. Girls and boys trying to sort out love.
Jul 17, 2014 Rosesareread rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable - while I was actually reading it, but afterwards I have trouble remembering it! One criticism though. I find the descriptions of sex acts in her books totally gratuitous and I find I keep turning pages until I find the page when it's obviously moved on! :-(
Kathleen Kelly
Pillow Talk is a story told in the present and the past of two people, Petra and Arlo who knew each other in school and come across each other again after 17 years. These two people have had heartaches of their own to deal with during those 17 years. Petra is a jewelry maker and works with three of her best friends in a studio that they share in London. Arlo is a teacher at a private school for boys in the country and is also a musician. These two people lead totally different lives but a chance ...more
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Freya North is the author of many bestselling novels which have been translated into numerous languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido: fiction with strong and original characters. To hear about events, com ...more
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