A Summer Fling Paperback – Apr 29 2010
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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 www.millyjohnson.co.uk or follow her on twitter @millyjohnson.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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.
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.