- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847392830
- ISBN-13: 978-1847392831
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 397 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Summer Fling (THE FOUR SEASONS) Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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Milly Johnson is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster and contributes regularly to her local Barnsley press, as well as appearing at literary festivals, plus radio and TV appearances. She is very active on social media.
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By the end of this book, I felt as though I had made five new friends, so involved was I with their lives. I cried with them, laughed with them, and at the final outcome for one of them I punched the air with joy. If you're anything like me and enjoy a good dose of chick-lit, you'll love this book and probably buy all of Milly Johnson's other books so you can devour them too. And then pester her to write some more!
We have the stories of 5 different main ladies and in book like this there's usually a character you don't like in the main set but I actually like all of them even though I thought Christie was a bit too good to be true, she was almost Mary Poppins like perfect. There are some devilish side characters too who you hope and pray they get what's coming to them. And then there's the likes of Vladimir Darq (I think I spelt it correctly?!) who is one of those characters that you kind of wish you could meet in real life.
I loved the fact that the book flitted between the stories of the main gals but I never felt lost at all and I soon learnt who was who in this saga. Not many authors can pull that off without major confusion to the reader.
All in all an excellent read and I look forward to more of Milly's books.
The story is based around a group of women who work together in the head office for a supermarket. They know each other but only on the most superficial basis, acquaintances rather than friends, hiding their inner problems and turmoil behind polite smiles and chirpy ‘good morning’s! This all changes with the arrival of the new head of department, Christie. With her strong personality, love of bright colours and warm heart, Christie brings the women together and they all find the friendship and support that they have previously lacked, causing them to all take a long hard look at their lives.
There is Anna, suffering in silence after her fiancé leaves her for a younger woman; Dawn who is in the process of planning her wedding by herself; Grace, stuck in a loveless marriage to Gordon, Raychel, married to the love of her life but struggling under the weight of a terrible secret and, finally, Christie, the new boss and the lady who is going to bring them all together.
The characters themselves are all very believable and I felt as though I really got to know them throughout the length of the story.
Whilst I really liked all of the female characters, I particularly warmed to Raychel, a damaged sole who, having married the love of her life, should be full of the excitement of young love and looking forward to starting her married life, and yet she is living with such a terrible dark secret that she struggles to look ahead past their day-to-day existence.
The book is set in Barnsley, Yorkshire, in the north of England, which feels as though the perfect setting for the story, the supermarket and the characters.
It would be easy for this story to have become very anti-male, bearing in mind that a number of the men in this particular book are insensitive at best. However Milly has managed to write a very pro-female book without it taking on too much of a militant-feminist feel!
This book is overwhelmingly about friendship and the strength and support that friends can provide when everything seems to be falling down around you. The woman are all going through some desperately bad times and yet their burgeoning friendship brings some light and hope into all of lives. The book also deals with some difficult subjects, such as homophobia, racism, domestic violence, adultery and miscarriage in a sensitive and compassionate way.
This is the kind of book where you could sit down with a cup of tea for a Sunday afternoon read and completely lose yourself in the story, not looking up again until you realise that it’s gone dark outside. It is a truly heartwarming tale packed with humour, fun, emotion and compassion.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am look forward to reading more from the pile of Milly Johnson’s books that are currently sat on my bookcase waiting to be picked up.
The story follows five women - Grace (married to Gordon and step mother to his kids); Chrissie (the girls new boss); Raychel (married to Ben); Dawn (about to get married to Callum); Anna (recently split up who fiancé Tony). All the women have separate little stories and troubles and they become firm friends.
This is what I love about Milly's books - she's not afraid to tackle some serious issues but really well. Grace's story was probably the saddest. I really liked all the women and found myself racing through the book, wanting to know what happened.
This is my favourite Milly Johnson book so far and I really hope she writes a sequel to it. I want to know more about the characters!
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A really good read, the characters were great Millie Johnson has got a fantastic knac for writing.