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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' (available as paperback or ebook):

  • Amazon, 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 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
  • Goodreads, 5 stars. Nicola Pearson has a lot to prove. It’s the mid 90’s and she’s forging a career in the male-dominated banking world of Sydney. But one man, Tom Forrester, is different – and off-limits. Not just because he is her boss, but because once office hours are over, she becomes the loving single mum of her young daughter Thea. Tom is intrigued by Nicola, despite the fact that she is a single mum, and goes against his usual caution, sending anonymous Valentine’s roses. When he bumps into Nicola one weekend with her daughter, the doors to his past and his first marriage swing wide open and questions resurface. Nicola keeps Tom at bay, still hurt after her husband left her, but as Tom becomes friends with her young daughter, all Nicola’s insecurities surrounding her precious daughter come back to the fore. This story will keep you turning the pages as Tom and Nicola’s pasts reveal themselves and their growing attraction becomes stronger until the answers they’ve each been searching for are uncovered. Rachael
  • Goodreads, 5 stars. This cleverly titled book is a very "good read". The plot reflects a wide knowledge of the banking world which is the writer's background. Some aspects of that world immediately bring to mind the current revelations about the experience of women working in our Federal Parliament. I first thought that was uncannily prescient but on reflection it seems the behaviour is all too common. The romantic relationship of the two main protagonists maintains momentum throughout with credible but fascinating twists and turns. This is not just a workplace romance but a much broader discovery of other interesting worlds of experience. I always learn something unexpected from this writer's work and I strongly recommend her book. Frances
  • Kobo, 5 stars. Well worth the read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love reading books set in places I am familiar with, and people whom I feel I could know. This author writes with a knowledge of her subject. Yvonne B.

News and Updates

'Trading Secrets' was released on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 2021. It is available as an Ebook or paperback through this link


'Trading Secrets' is a 'getting to know you' kind of story -


This book is based on personal experience but is not a true story! -


Whet your appetite with the opening pages, where Nicola meets Tom -


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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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