When Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work… Anna, 39, is left reeling after her fiancé’s departure with a younger woman. Then there’s Grace, trapped in a loveless marriage. Can she prevent 33-year-old Dawn from making the same mistake? At 28, Raychel would seem to be the happiest, with a loving husband and their cosy nest for two. But what dark secrets make Raychel so unwilling to open up?
Under Christie’s kindly hand, the girls know they have some difficult choices to make. Indeed, none of them quite realised how much they needed the sense of laughter and loyalty that abounds when five women become friends.
©2010 Milly Johnson (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
Audio Book Fiend
I really enjoyed this book overall. I loved feeling like I was getting to know the characters. To be honest, I would have liked the women themselves to be a little more flawed and for the ending to be more realistic. I liked the writing enough that I'm buying an earlier book by this author, so I think that's a good endorsement.
Enjoyable Fun Interesting
Christie she was a very complex character
Everything, she is fantastic
Yes it was moving when Grace's situation came to light.
Less time spent on the dark side.
Too much dreary plodding through the down side.
Milly Johnson is a great writer and her work always flows nicely. There are some nice bits in here, it just spends way too much time plodding through the miserable dark sides of its main characters lives. Johnson is a pleasure to read in general because her stories set up a character or characters in a life that isn't what they could achieve, examines why they are settling for less than they are, and then takes us through the transformation process to achieve a better life. This is the pattern with all the Milly Johnson books I have read, and I enjoy very much her examination of what causes women to get into less-than situations and what sort of processes and transformations they go through in order to live to their full potential.In this book, unlike "A Spring Affair" (one of my favorites and the one that caused me to get more Milly Johnson in my library), the character development in pretty shallow, the motivations are over simplified, minimal time is spent on internal transformation and growth, and worst of all the dreary story of Dawn and her miserable fiancé (and his wretched family) just goes on and on and on and on. It's depressing to read about and there's not much to be learned from it, it just drags on interminably.If you want a good chic lit empowerment story try "A Spring Affair" by the same author, it's much better-at least two thirds of the book are about the joy of growing and becoming yourself, and only the first third is an exploration of what happens when you don't stand up for yourself.
What would I do without audio books?!!
Although the ending was a bit storybook romance, this is a great light read if you are looking for an encouraging novel about love. I also enjoyed the positive and healthy relationships the women had at work . . . a feel-good novel overall.
This book was really fun! Five women work together and really don't know each other. They end up becoming very close. They help one another through some difficult and happy times. The book is funny and has a good story line with some serious parts. Dawn is making plans to get married, Grace is unhappily married, Anna is unhappily single because her boyfriend left her, Raychel is happily married and Christie is their new, wonderful boss.
I had not paid attention to how long I had been listening, and when I thought the author was going to wrap it up, the book pleasantly continues. I was happy with the ending of each woman's story line. Whether or not everything is realistic really does not matter. This is a good book.
I normally only listen to books once so no.
That they were all in it together and they stood by each other.
My only comment would be to have heard in detail more about the other 3 births, not just the details of the babies afterward. The first one was so funny it was a bit of a let down not to be able to experience it with the others.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
Yes I would, it's a lovely story of friendship
All of it is good, but I love it when they all go to Christies house to watch Anna on Jane's Dames
I love all of them so much!! But I really love the guys in this one, Al, Vlad and Nicki
I would but it's a bit long to do that.
Another fantastic Milly Johnson book. I have listened to this book twice
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
I very much enjoyed this story. There were a lot of characters to remember - so it took a few chapters for it all to gel but once I got into the flow, it was excellent. The different stories of all 5 women were so interesting and kept me enthralled. Milly Johnson so knows how to write a good book!
Enjoyed the story line. Not as good as some of her other books but loved that we got an update on the old characters from other books too
Addicted to audiobooks and "chick lit"
Milly Johnson does a fantastic job of writing a believable friendship that is both supportive and fun, without the sap.
Anna. Written in a very real, believable way while participating in a storyline that seems a bit a fantastical.
Dawn. Prendergast gave her such a fun, sarcastic demeanor while not making her a token comic relief.
I loved this book. This is my third Milly Johnson and I have enjoyed them all. If you like Marian Keyes you should like these.
"Good characters, but somewhat formulaic!"
I liked some of the characters enough to want to finish it (I tend not to go on with books I'm not enjoying). However, having read/listened to White Wedding by the same author, I really disliked her once more churning out an, at best foolish, female character who got to the alter, and even married, having known for months that she did not love the horrible individual that was the groom! I actually really enjoyed White Wedding, despite having to seriously suspend disbelief. However, between the two books (it turns out this one was published before WW), the idiot bride was done to death and beyond. In addition, this author clearly has a thing about using an overweight character as a means to illustrate the negative (yes really)! This tendancy was relentlessly repeated through the three books of hers that I have read/listened too. I forgave it in the Teashop on the Corner because it was such a good book. I tolerated it in White Wedding, despite it being destracting, because I really liked the characters and enjoyed the book. However, three books using this scapegoating that could not be aimed at any other group, combined with more idiot bride and I'm done!
No, for the reasons sited above.
This author can write great characters and interesting storylines. Unfortunately, in my view her style is lazy, as she regurgitates themes, cheap shots and even favourite words. What a shame.
"A Summer Fling"
Excellent book. Had me hooked from the first minute until the very last. I could relate to all the characters and it had me crying at some points and then laughing out loud (on a crowded train) at others.
"What a wonderful audiobook"
This is the first time I have listened to anything by Milly Johnson, but it won't be the last! This book made me laugh out loud as well as making me shed a little tear. It is a lovely gentle story about the lives of women who work together - and I always love a story that has a happy ending! It is wonderfully written and I didn't want to stop listening from the start right to the end - however sleep and work got in the way!
"Wonderful book loved it"
I travel every week and therefore listen to 2-3 books a week . Today I have a wonderful day listening to this story funny , witty with a lovely story some books can get same samey not this one
"Feel good factor in buckets ……"
Not normally a fan of chick flick type genres – but wanted something light and not too taxing on the old grey matter. It’s a bit far fetched and exaggerated, but underneath the author has perfectly summed up the real life experience and situations of many women. I could empathise with every character, as I have at least one friend who has had the similar experience of each of the characters. This a tale that is mostly funny, but also pulls at the heart strings and I was willing the characters to make the right choices. The narrator does a brilliant job of telling the tale and the accents – hilarious. It made me appreciate my own girl friends both in and outside of the workplace. I will certainly be looking to Milly Johnson in the future.
"First book by this author I have listened to."
There is a certain excitement when you find an author you have never read or listened to before. I have looked up all the other books completed by Milly Johnson and I will certainly read them. A summer fling, a book about a group of woman who support each other with the help of their female boss. Each person is a story within a very readable novel. I loved it, it was funny and really well written. A group of women not bitching but supporting each other was a lovely change. Some of my funniest and enjoyable holidays have been with a group of women and no we were not on a man hunt. We enjoyed each others company and this book gave that sort of feeling. Brilliant.
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