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Nicola Pearson is a new recruit to the Federal Bank in Sydney, hired to devise a new system to manage the trading risks of the bank. It is the mid-90s and she has to prove herself professionally and intellectually to win over the dealers, especially their boss Tom Forrester. He has recently returned from a three-year stint in London to run the Federal Bank’s financial trading operations.


Nicola has been left in the lurch by her ex-husband and does not trust men, lacking confidence in her judgment of them although she is confident of her workforce skills. She lives quietly, keeping her private life to herself and worrying over a secret.


Tom is also divorced, following a marriage experience which left him very disillusioned. The world sees him as living in the fast lane and Nicola is not his usual ‘type’ but something about her calls to him.


He gradually recognises she is bottling up a secret. Does he hold the key to relieving her worries and changing her life

Readers' Comments


For 'Trading Secrets':

  • Amazon, 5.0 out of 5 stars, Charming Office Romance and More. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet romance. If you are looking for a romance between mature adults with an interesting twist, then I recommend this one. The author's love of Sydney, NSW, and in-depth portrayal of a woman making her way in a male-dominated banking industry shine. Both provide a glorious setting for Tom and Nicola to find their happy ending. I'll be looking for more from this author. P Johnston
  • Amazon. 5.0 out of 5 stars. A wonderful read. Set in the fast paced world of banking, Nicola Pearson is a single mum, working in a mans world. Her boss Tom Forrester finds her intriguing and wants to get to know her but Nicola is wary of men and has her daughter to consider. Will a secret that they are both hiding help bring them together? Lilian  Magill

News and Updates

'Trading Secrets' will be released on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 2021.


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Publication Details


Trading Secrets
Louisa Valentine
Louise Wilson, South Melbourne, VIC, 14 February 2021 
Ebook, 240 pages 
Paperback, 302 pages 

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