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Can You Keep a Secret is the newest book by Sophie Kinsella, who wrote that quirky, funny Shopaholic trilogy. Emma, a modern girl with modern problems and a fear of flying, confesses all her secrets to the man beside her on a bumpy flight back from a disastrous business meeting. Not a big deal, right? At least not until she sees him at work ... and realizes he owns the company! Now, every time Emma turns around, Jack Harper is there, grinning at her in a way that says he knows more than he's saying.   Which he does. Emma's so sure she has ruined her opportunity for a promotion, but Jack seems as eager to keep their meeting a secret as Emma is.   Yet, he won't leave her alone. He talks to the family that tends to neglect her, he asks her to clandestine meetings. He's driving her crazy--in more ways than one. When Emma dumps her boyfriend Connor, who she hadn't realized until she met Jack that she could never love, she and Jack embark on a somewhat strange relationship. Emma thinks Jack's perfect, until he publicly humiliates her with all those things she told him on the plane!
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Dial, Mar 2004, 21.95, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0385336810

Emma Corrigan feels life as she has had a fabulous year though the Pollyanna young woman always sees the optimistic side of things. Still she has a right to feel great as she stays employed at Panther Cola for nearly a year and is seeing the perfect Ken-doll like boyfriend Connor. She even thinks she is on the right track for a promotion now that the opportunity has occurred for her to show off her talent.

However her chance flops and a desponded Emma flies home expecting the worse at the office. She vents on the plane to her row mate while flying in nasty weather telling her deepest secrets about her weight, NATO, and other things. The next day at work Emma meets her plane partner Jack Harper, Panther Cola CEO visiting the British Branch.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   office romance among coworkers Who:    -   grandpa If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused    -   confident

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   secretary Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   blissful


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   20%    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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