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Secrets of the Apple

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Warning: The hero and heroine do not hate each other on page one and tear their clothes off on page three. There is no mention of “the ice around his heart,” or any character’s “crumbling walls.” There may be some laughing and possibly a little crying, but no brain cells will die in the reading of this book. Oh, and don’t be bothered should there be a tiny bit of death and ...more
Paperback, First, 368 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Mayday Games & Publishing (first published March 23rd 2012)
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Seth Hiatt
Mar 16, 2012 Seth Hiatt rated it it was amazing
Let me say first and foremost that I am married to Paula, so anything I say will be totally biased. Let me instead quote the Kirkus Review of the book IN FULL:

Full Kirkus Review:

"Detailing how family dynamics, cultural diversity and past relationships shape who we are, debut novelist Hiatt subtly explores the cavern between a successful life and a meaningful one. Kate, a young idealistic American, and Ryoki, a wealthy Japanese businessman—both divorced—pair up professionally when Ryoki needs an
Zoe and the Edge
Feb 16, 2013 Zoe and the Edge rated it really liked it
A fabulous book with a poor ending.

I read this book with this phrase constantly in my mind. “That was different.” The author is very sensitive, for lack of a better word. Her delivery is spot-on. I adored her original phrasing. The romance is delectable. Slow and easy but definitely happening. The way the author hand-crafted Ryoki's love for Kate is exquisite. It feels real and masculine, not at all sappy. It is tangible and the best bit of all, is that Ryoki's love is not blind. He really sees
Marie Hall
Oct 25, 2012 Marie Hall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Marie by: Saw an ad on Kindle review for it
Wow, why aren't more people talking about this book?

Maybe because readers don't know it exists. Because I have to think if they knew, they'd love it as much as I did. I'd give it more of a 4.5, than a 4.

The story is about love, a clash of cultures, overcoming not only social barriers, but also discovering that you should never judge a person's character based off first impressions. If it sort of sounds like P&P, I think it's because it did lean heavily on an Austenesque influence. Though, a
Oct 06, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not enough words to say how much I loved this book. Paula Hiatt created a story that drew me into wanting to learn so much more about the Japanese and Brazilian cultures and to visit the locations described in her book. As someone who is from two different cultures myself I feel a natural affinity to stories and people who are multiracial. No one really gets the dynamics involved in trying to balance both worlds unless you are a mixed. It is both very rewarding and very difficult to relate to pe ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slow building, believable romance that completely grips you from beginning to end. Paula Hiatt does a beautiful job of injecting cultural differences, past relationships, expectations, and importance of family into this story.

The story is told from Ryoki’s view and thus as a reader, we are never really sure of what Kate is ever thinking or feeling left to only contemplate and hope as Ryoki does throughout the story. It was frustrating at times as I wanted a look into Kate’s head. But I’m glad
Sep 26, 2012 Caro rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was really, really good. It was so good, actually, that I was going to give the book 5 stars, which I don't do so often. Unfortunately, I thought that the story dragged at some point and the ending felt extremely rushed. Therefore 4 stars.

The tale is about Ryoki Tanaka, a Japanese businessman, and his secretary, Kate.
Ryoki is sceptical at first because Kate is't actually a trained assistant, but rather a linguist. Still, he soon discovers the hidden talents that lie be
Scott Haraburda
Dec 15, 2013 Scott Haraburda rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book.


A modern international love story is the primary theme of Secrets of the Apple. It’s a story that draws the reader into the growing emotional relationship between Ryoki, a Japanese executive, and his assistant and family friend, Kate, an English instructor. In addition to the primary love theme, the author uses thrilling suspense of murder and kidnapping throughout the story to keep the reader’s interest.

It becomes clear in
Oct 11, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
A slow, drama filled, romantic story of two lives coming together. Paula Hiatt is a true poet, meaning she put words to motion in this novel and produced a really great story. Secrets of the Apple transcends two races and two cultures. It is like that perfect cup of coffee, separately the ingredients are subpar but mixed together in a precise timely fashion it makes the perfect blend; the perfect cup. This novel follows the business adventures of Ryoki esteemed, wealthy and attractive business m ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Kirstie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First of all, I'd like to thank Paula for a copy of this book. I really enjoyed it. I received a copy of this book from the First Reads giveaways.

The whole time I was reading it I had mixed emotions about how I felt about it. I often found that I couldn't quite place my finger on the reason why I found it so enthralling to read, because in theory, it's quite a simple plot line. But once I got into reading, I just couldn't stop turning the pages.

The characters of Ryoki and Kate are wonderful, and
Jul 15, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Is it possible for a Japanese man and an American woman to find love in each other? Can two people overcome cultural differences, not to mention their own pasts? In this book, the author has given the reader a fantastic look at how love is born, nurtured and grows between a Japanese man, Ryoki, and his assistant, Kate. At first glance they are about as different as two people can be, but over the course of the book, they manage to overcome their differences. Ryoki has his Japanese background for ...more
Linda Fast
Aug 22, 2012 Linda Fast rated it it was amazing
Secrets of the Apple is not an exciting book nor is it a page turner. What it is, is a wonderfully written book that is realistic and heart warming. I usually do not care for romances but this was not a typical sappy boy gets girl, loses girl and gets her back sort of book. It is a book that shows how a business partnership, boss and assistant progress through their work and how a friendship grows which turns into a caring and repectful love even though they really do not think it will work. Ryo ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
Started: 1/30/13

Finished: 2/2/13

This book had a good plot. The two main characters Ryoki and Kate had an interesting connection and the gentle way they fell in love was very well written. I enjoyed most of the book, however, there were times when the writer went off to describe this or that and I felt myself glossing over the filler to get to the good stuff. This was not a funny book but there were a few times I did laugh out loud.

“You’re certainly not a racecar driver,” he said as the closing
Aug 08, 2012 TONIA DELLINGER rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of the Apple is essentially about a japanese man and an american woman finding love with each other. Ryoki and Kate seem so destined to be together but they have some muck in the way. Some of the muck is themselves. There are cultural differences that play a big role as to why the 2 didnt get together sooner. They also have some past relationship issues and it seems they will never be able to move forward for fear of making the same mistakes. I thought this was a very good book. the auth ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Netgalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review

Ryoki is an executive with a tendency to care more about work than people. He has to be in control of things, he works all the time and when he does have an off day he spends it drinking and sleeping with meaningless women. He meets Kate who is his temporary asistant, he starts to see things differently. This book was a slow love story, it focused on the importance of family. This book was well written, the characters had layers
Jun 19, 2013 Karinosa rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley-reads
I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

This book for me was not a page turner and didn't have me wondering or excited. It is well written and lengthy, but makes you see Ryoki's point of view from a cultural standpoint. I am a fan of romance and would have liked a little more action in terms of stating the obvious feelings for one another. Another thing is that the author wrote some of the points of view from the maid's and other characters in the book. I particularl
Oct 12, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Secrets of The Apple by Paula Hiatt is a romantic novel. The story is about Ryoki a very serious Japanese businessman and his american assistant. Secrets of The Apple is not an insta-love romance. It is a slow, realistic approach to two people following in love.

I will be honest, it took me a little bit to warm up to this story. It is not a fast-paced romance. Ryoki is not a typical hero but he grew on me and the more I read, the more I liked. Different can be good, very very good. I am so glad
Feb 07, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
One of the best books I've read in a long time.
It was slow, long and fascinating. I didn't want to put it down and when it was finished I had to start from the beginning again because I wasn't ready to let go of the delicious contemplative feeling it created.
I don't know much of the Japanese way of thinking so the love story in this book was like a strange and captivating foreign world to me. I loved it. I didn't necessarily relate to the characters but they were credible with strong integrity
Apr 14, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing
A clean romance story between a rich Japanese man (told from his perspective) falling in love with his temporary assistant, an American. It tells how he grows from not respecting her to learning he can't live without her. Through the story you are wishing you could get into her head. He was such a hardened businessman, shut off from his emotions from his divorce. She is such a strong woman recovering from her own divorce a few years before and waiting for her English professor position to open a ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Carissa rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. I really enjoyed the character-driven plot. Ryoki and Kate were deep and multi-layered characters. I loved the complexities of their relationship and seeing the growth in Ryoki’s character (who I really couldn’t stand in the beginning). I enjoyed the author’s clever writing and the humor sprinkled throughout the story. Any book that makes me stay up too late and delay pressing duties deserves at least four stars.

Four St
Gloria Herrera
Mar 09, 2013 Gloria Herrera rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! This is a love story between a Japanese CEO and and American English professor. The clash of cultures, personal experiences and tempers make for a riveting and sometimes very amusing story. The characters are well developed and the prose is lyrical. This is a love story of a love that surpasses the physical and into a more spiritual level of union. Definitely recommended!
Klaudyna Z.
Nov 30, 2012 Klaudyna Z. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
This book just didn't do it for me. It was pretty boring and I felt like it just dragged along. It didn't really peak my interest until about 85% in. The only reason I kept going with this book was because I was interested in what happened and I usually like to finish books. But I didn't really enjoy this book at all.
Kathy Roling
Dec 01, 2013 Kathy Roling rated it it was amazing
This was a very good read about a young Japanese man whose mother is half American. Ryoki hires Kate as his assistant when he is sent by his father to run the Brazilian branch of their huge company. Interesting characters and storyline. This is Paula Hiatt's first book and I'm hoping its not her last. She writes well.
Patricia lambert
Jul 18, 2013 Patricia lambert rated it liked it
I won this book through first reads.

I though the story itself was interesting enough. The beginning starts strong but I found the story dragged along and then the ending seemed kind of rushed.

I did like the writing so I would consider reading this author again.
Nov 11, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
I started this thinking it would be a quick, light read. It turned out to be a pleasure, more interesting and complex than I anticipated and I enjoyed every page.
Dec 29, 2013 Luciana rated it liked it
This book was suprisingly good. I loved the cultural differences that affected the slowly budding romance.
Jul 26, 2012 Tanya3k rated it it was amazing
A great love story that stresses the importance of family and motherhood.
Jul 21, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it
Could not get into this book. Abandoned.
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