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A Summer Fling (THE FOUR SEASONS) by Milly Johnson

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 496 Pages.

Published: 29 April 2010 by Simon & Schuster UK

ISBN: 1847392830

EAN: 9781847392831

When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire. . .

Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiancé, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she's not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there's Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart?

At 28, Raychel is the youngest member of their little gang. And with a loving husband, Ben, and a cosy little nest for two, she would seem to be the happiest. But what dark secrets are lurking behind this perfect facade, that make sweet, pretty Raychel so guarded and unwilling to open up? Under Christie's warm hand, the girls soon realise they have some difficult choices to make. Indeed, none of them quite realised how much they needed the sense of fun, laughter, and loyalty that abounds when five women become friends. It's one for all, and all for one!


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

An entertaining read

This is an ensemble story - four women, united by their job in the HQ of a supermarket chain, and each with relationship problems. When Christie comes into the role as manager of the section replacing the despicable Malcolm the women who have been working alongside each other begin to open up and share their issues until they meld together as a team and a support network. Each women has a different issue and during the course of the story each will be resolved and the women will begin to value themselves and make good choices for their lives. It's feel good and a mite unrealistic but very enjoyable reading.

The author sets her story in the town of Barnsley which is pleasant for those of us who know the area - it is also good to have the characters doing a real job with real issues rather than being self-employed, artists or owning an art gallery/flower shop/cake shop/cafe which seem to be favoured occupations in this genre. You do feel that these women are similar to you and the problems that they have with relationships are very realistic. The fact that they are resolved by the end is satisfying and the story concludes as the women find their own strength, not by some outside or magical help - although, of course, men do feature highly !

This is a good, fun read. It doesn't strain credulity too far and it celebrates women's strength and right to make their own decisions (and mistakes). The book moves along quickly as it shifts from one story line to another and each is different enough so that you are not confused and can easily pick up the thread. A very enjoyable read.

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