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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847392830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847392831
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Milly Johnson is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, poet, columnist, joke-writer, radio presenter-in-training and winner of Come Dine With Me. She likes cruising on big ships, owls, Pellers Ice Wine, shopping for handbags in Venice, Ikea meatballs, the sea and having her hair done. She hates marzipan, doing accounts and sandpaper. Her novels are about the universal issues of friendship, family, betrayal, babies, rather nice food and a little bit of that magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. Find out more at or follow her on twitter @millyjohnson.

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I don't think there will be anything Milly Johnson writes that I don't enjoy. All of her novels are lovely and unique, even though they may share similar themes, and they all find a place in my heart. This one was no different.

A Summer Fling follows five different women that work together and we watch their friendship slowly evolve as their individual lives become more complicated. Anna has been left in pieces after her fiancé left her at 39, while Dawn, aged 33, is planning her own wedding to a man not worthy of her affection. Raychel, aged 28, seems the happiest, but has dark secrets and Grace, in her 50's, is trapped in a loveless marriage. These women worked together for years yet remained distant until their new manager, Christie, takes over and coaxes them all into coming out of their shells.

I did find the beginning to this novel a tad slow and didn't fully get immersed into the story right away, but seeing as how the story is told from 5 women's perspectives, it only makes sense that it would take some time to get to know each character. Once I did though, I got sucked into the story and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with these women.

This was a great chick lit novel centering around friendship and encompassing stories of love, finding it in strange places, learning to let go of toxic relationships and finding happiness. Milly Johnson covers such an array of topics and in typical fashion for her, some of the stories she spins aren't chock full of roses. There are heavy topics here and I love this about her work. Her heroines aren't full of sunshine all the time and have real issues, instead of which pair of shoes to buy, which much more realistic than some of the other chick lit out there.
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I love Milly's characters. I can never put her books down because I always want to know how the women make out. That they get their happy endings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same from Milly Johnson Oct. 24 2013
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I had just finished reading Here Come The Girls, and this novel pretty much follows that same format. We have four female characters and their lives are intertwined via working in the same office. I had a difficult time keeping these women straight in my mind, but after a while this sorted itself out when their personalities became clearer.
I had an "Oh, no" moment when they first mentioned vampires, but fortunately it did not go in that direction.
I hope this author will tackle something a little different, like a single main character, in her next book. While the stories have been entertaining, the similar format is getting boring.
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I bought this~ April 25 2013
By A Funny Girl - Published on
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I am so pumped that I took a chance and purchased this book. Milly Johnson had been recommended to me by a fellow book lover and I am so glad I purchased it. It only took me about a year to get around to getting a book by this author (isn't readily available in the US). I loved absolutely every character in this story and love the way that these women's stories overlapped one another and yet each had their own unique storyline. If you love chick lit, especially the UK authors you would absolutely love this book. I am about to try and buy another of Ms. Johnson's books. If you like Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde you will love this quaint novel based in Yorkshire.

The main setting of this story is at an office. At first the Department of Cheese and Department of Bakery I thought were perhaps some type of government Departments, but soon I realized that it is in fact the administration of a retail store. All of our main characters work together in the Bakery Department.

We meet Grace a 50 plus mom of three who twenty-three years ago married a man basically because she fell in love with his children. Grace views work as a place to escape from her unhappy home life. She has passed up two opportunities to take an early retirement, unbeknownst to her husband. Her husband meanwhile is trying desperately to get her to retire and is becoming increasingly upset that the company has passed her time after time for retirement, he's ready to buy a Caravan (RV for us American's) and live out retirement roaming the countryside. We see some really interesting dynamics between the two of them and the rest of her family.

Then we meet Dawn who is about to get married. Dawn was orphaned as a teenager when her parents died tragically in an accident. Dawn's fiance isn't the greatest gent in the world, but she fell in love with his family. Although, now the closer the wedding date gets the more she starts seeing how obnoxious his family is.

Then we meet Raychel who is happily married to Ben. I must admit that there was a point in the story that I didn't know quite how this relationship was going to turn out ok. Ben is an absolute great man and he loves Raychel beyond words. There love is a shining example of what we should all strive for in our own lives. Rachel's childhood was worse than horrible and she has a secret that has plagued her since she was a kid.

Then there's Anne who likes to be in the background. Her fiance recently left her for a young thing and is not only going through a grieving process, but feels completely horrid about herself and the way she looks. She is surprised to catch the attention of someone she thinks is stalking her. Her secret admirer has his sights set on her and is ready to turn her world upside down.

Christie is new to the Bakery Department and suspicions abound when she suddenly comes in as a Department Head. The women however find her a breath of fresh air and her new management style allows them all the opportunity to bond and form lasting friendships. Christie is kinda the glue that holds these women and the storyline together.

This was a long book and I found myself up until four in the morning desperately trying to get to the end. I literally found myself enjoying every word of this story as one might savor each sip of wine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me a little of a Jill Mansell book Jan. 15 2015
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Four women who have been working for Malcolm in the bakery department(of their office) have their lives changed when they find themselves working for a new supervisor. They go from being relative strangers to fast becoming friends. Each woman is dealing with something in her life. Dawn is planning a wedding but some days she is more attracted to being a part of the family then the groom himself. Especially since speaking her mind is now considered nagging. Anna is reeling from a break up with her fiancee Tony. Grace is feeling unappreciated by one stepdaughter as her whole role in life to her is of babysitter. She also is starting to wake up to her husband's shortcomings in particular how he treats his son Paul for being gay. And while very happy with her husband Ben, Raychel is still troubled by some things from her past. Each woman's life changes and grows in many different ways as they grow closer to each other and their wonderful boss.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough... Nov. 29 2013
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I liked this book, really. But (you knew that was coming...) the Dawn and Anna story lines were very top heavy whereas the Raychel and Grace tales were threadbare. They both started out interesting but then completely petered out which was disappointing; especially about Grace (which could and should have had so much more info). Christy's also ended with whimper. I "read" this book as an Audible and it was entertaining; however, it was lopsided in turns of storyline balance. A decent beach or cooped up at home read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer fun!! Aug. 5 2015
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I literally read this book in about 3 days. I could not put it down. Perfect for a vacation read.
The story of 4 co-workers and the way their lives intertwine is scary, funny, sad, and romantic.
Trying to decide which Milly Johnson book to try next!

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