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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  619 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Meet Sally – well-mannered primary school teacher. Sally has decided to re-invent herself as a femme fatale and all-around sex goddess. Meet Richard – architect, confirmed bachelor and the unknowing target of Sally’s masterplan – to be the erotic heroine of his life. Join Sally and Richard on their roller-coaster ride of self-discovery and seduction in this fresh and funny ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Arrow (first published November 4th 1996)
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Feb 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, it's no good; I can't take it any more! I tried to ignore the weird changes of tense and the insistence on trying to fit a one-liner at the end of every chapter. I continued in the face of purple prose, yawned through descriptions of Richard shopping and cooking, showering and dressing for his romantic meal with Sally. Obviously I was supposed to be appreciating what a wonderfully domesticated and tasteful man he is. Next I endured a mouthful-by-mouthful review of the meal itself, including ...more
Nadia King
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I literally inhaled this book. North's descriptions will transport you. Sally and Richard were believable, relatable and gorgeous characters. A perfectly executed romance. Highly recommended for fans of romance.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
When i first started reading Sally the character really grabbed me. I loved the way she was reinventing herself and how the story followed her life, but by the time i finished the book the character had irritated me and i only finished the book in curiosity to see what happens, not because it was a story that you couldn't put down. The character to me is irritating and infuriating.

The other character of the book Richard was my favorite. Its what you would want a man to be, who loves you and want
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok - not as good as some of her later work
Rosie Review
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
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Re-released with new artwork, Sally is still as good the second time round as the first. The way it’s written is so personal; the interaction between author and reader. Almost more like a play, where the narrator (the author) interacts with the reader. It’s wonderful reading it again, a book written in a time where mobile phones or email wasn’t so popular as it is now. No mention of a computer or mobile ever! It’s a reminder of how relationships we
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked it, it was a lazy read, but its just one of those books, i just had to finish. Its writing was one of the things that got me reading it and always put a smile. I had a soft spot for Richard from the get go, i mean Sally's described him as quite a dishy man :)
The story takes us through the life of Sally Lomax who sets out to seduce a classic bad boy she meets through friends of friends. Well you would expect that alot of drama would ensue but really it plateaus. Sallys character has me a
Barbara Elsborg
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I just did a review of Ms North's latest that I wasn't so keen on, I thought I'd better redress the balance because this author is an auto buy for me - I do like her.
Sally - is an usual story - the style is unique and it's one that wouldn't please everyone. But I really liked it. The setup is that Sally who's really a very extraordinary girl but thinks she isn't, is determined to be a sex vixen and have a no strings affair. She chooses carefully but of course life isn't that simple. I love
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Very simple story line. Boy girl meet. Boy girl fall in love. Girl is scared of love. Girl accepts love. Boy girl reunite.

Very simple.

Very simple.

But it was well written. I don't know how FN managed to turn such a simple story into something amusing - but she did.

I LOVED the narrator, which is maybe why I continued reading the book. I liked the limited number of characters.

I didn't like the 10 year age gap.

Sally was an extremely childish and strange person. Not strange in a funny way. I tho
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this book. Have loved others from this author but this one was just boring. There was no real plot and I found my self disliking Sally more and more as the book went on. She was playing games the whole way through and I still don't get why she would decide she loved him - he would say something and she would go home in tears. I was getting annoyed at how selfish she was and the only thing I could endure was the bit when she went to visit her grandmother which I thought was ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, the good: Freya North has a lovely warm gossipy style of writing that really draws you in and makes you care about her characters.

The bad: there was barely any plot to sustain this story. Sally's reasons for the way she acted were paper-thin and didn't justify the running time. Sally, herself, ended up being pretty unlikeable. There were too many sections involving soul searching when the reader already knew exactly where this story was going.
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Het boek leest vlot en de twee hoofdpersonen, Sally en Richard, zijn sympathiek. Toch is het boek niet heel bijzonder. Een beetje standaard chicklit. Vrouw ontmoet man en na wat ups & downs krijgen ze elkaar. Ik heb tussen twee en drie sterren getwijfeld. Ik heb toch voor drie gekozen, omdat het geen slecht boek is. Maar eigenlijk is het boek maar 2,5 ster waard. Helaas bestaat die optie (nog) niet bij Goodreads.
Feb 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
Die Lehrerin Sally Lomax, 25, will ihr langweiliges, braves Leben verändern: Als Femme fatale möchte sie die Männerwelt erobern und ihr Vergnügen haben. Bei einer Party lernt sie den gut aussehenden Architekten Richard kennen, mit dem sie sogleich eine Affäre beginnt. Alles geht gut, bis Richard ihr gesteht, dass er sich in sie verliebt habe - Sally ist entsetzt: Das hat sie nicht geplant. Aber Richard bleibt hartnäckig ...
Sally made me think, and that was more than most bawdy books do. This, I assume had more sex than a 50 shades (not that i ever read that, but many said it was more about talking about S&M rather than actual sex) but had an actual character trying to sort through her life. Playing a role and trying to decide if that was one she would like.

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Lucy Rodrigues
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good, fairly easy to read introduction to Freya North. I think the main issue I had was that the characters just avoided talking to each other which got a bit frustrating really, otherwise a very cute read!
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Freya North is one of my favourite authors & this is her first novel. I struggled a bit & about 2/3rds of the way through, I realised that I didn't much like Sally, the main character.

Much prefer the McCabe sisters books.
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was going through relationship problems and I could really relate to the characters and I was gripped through the book to see if the characters were going to have a happy ever after ending
Daisy White
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Having read Chloe, and loved it, I was really excited to read this one, but unfortunately Sally annoyed me so much I couldn't finish it. She is an incredibly selfish and irritating girl, and the plot was very bland. I left the book as Sally fell off a cliff.
this started well but deteriorated into tedious navel gazing that went on and on. I found myself skim reading to avoid it. the narrative style was intrusive and irritating. the least enjoyable Freya North novel I've read to date, I've enjoyed her more recent novels much more.
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This book started off ok but gradually just got a bit dull. I like the interaction between the characters but i just found that a lot didnt really happen and whereas i like Sallys character i couldnt really relate to her
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really easy reading... very enjoyable. Didn't need to think about it at all!
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
So easy to read
Michelle Sibley
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Terrible!!! Author couldnt decide which tense she was writing in and from who's perspective. Was very badly written, no story line and i wouldnt read another Freya North book again to be honest.
Vicky Green
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
wasnt too impressed with this book, didnt flow as well as her later books
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Meh. Wasn't fussed in this one mainly due to no sympathy at all with the main character. The perfect man tells her he loves her and so she runs away??? Stupid woman.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book has a good idea but the realisation of it wasn't that good. The author bit off more that she could chew.
Holly Hollyson
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book all the better for remembering that Sally was in Chloe! It was an easy-to-read chick flick. It wasn't particularly insightful. But highly diverting!
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I re read this following the kindle in the bath incident. Sadly, my love for it has waned. So I'm going to stop writing about it.
Johan Chalmers
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Freya's first book - an old friend I return to occasionally. Freya's style has changed over the years so it's good to return to Sally from time to time
rated it it was ok
Jul 28, 2011
Julia Pidduck
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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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