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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

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Good Overall

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 10-07-12

Another Millie Johnson must read

If you could sum up A Summer Fling in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable Fun Interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christie she was a very complex character

What about Colleen Prendergast’s performance did you like?

Everything, she is fantastic

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it was moving when Grace's situation came to light.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Uplifting story of five women

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Traci
  • Huntersville, NC, United States
  • 04-04-12

Great book about friends and relationships

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Meep
  • Seattle
  • 09-14-12

Not up to standard

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less time spent on the dark side.

What was most disappointing about Milly Johnson’s story?

Too much dreary plodding through the down side.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love these books and narrator.


Love these books and narrator. Real-ish women characters, real problems, good coverage of this age group.

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Feel good story of friendship.

Loved the story of women coming together.
Inspiration for you to know about the women who are in your life.

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  • Linda
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 12-30-14

Funny & Witty Read!

Would you listen to A Summer Fling again? Why?

I normally only listen to books once so no.

What did you like best about this story?

That they were all in it together and they stood by each other.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Aimee
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 11-13-14

A Summer Fling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, it's a lovely story of friendship

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Summer Fling?

All of it is good, but I love it when they all go to Christies house to watch Anna on Jane's Dames

Which character – as performed by Colleen Prendergast – was your favorite?

I love all of them so much!! But I really love the guys in this one, Al, Vlad and Nicki

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would but it's a bit long to do that.

Any additional comments?

Another fantastic Milly Johnson book. I have listened to this book twice

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Feel good book which i really enjoyed

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!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-08-11

Great book

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • 08-22-15

I enjoyed this book

Would you consider the audio edition of A Summer Fling to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

Would you be willing to try another book from Milly Johnson? Why or why not?

I loved Tea Shop on The Corner

Did Colleen Prendergast do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dreams come true

Any additional comments?

Milly writes a good book and does it well but I'm gong to try other authors for a while before I read another of hers

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ms helen worsfold
  • 03-03-15

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lesley
  • 07-14-11

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 06-09-11

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-17

Lovely!

I love all of Milly Johnson's stories and Colleen Prendergast performs them so perfectly. This story has been so easy to listen to while I do house work or when I'm hiding in bed.

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  • Flutterbi
  • 05-02-17

Wonderful

What did you like most about A Summer Fling?

I got lost in the characters of this book, wonderfully written and the storylines even though very diverse fit together wonderfully

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Summer Fling?

I daren't say I would give the plot away, but I think Grace's storyline had the best "on the edge of your seat" part.

What does Colleen Prendergast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Colleen Prendergast is my favourite narrator she gives every story she reads it all, and is the way I read in my mind.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Here come the girls

Any additional comments?

This would make a wonderful film.

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  • Lu
  • 04-17-17

Light, and easy, predictable listening.

Light, and easy, predictable listening. This is kind of what I'd expect from a book of this genre and type. It isn't eye opening or particularly memorable and may well merge with other similar books of it's type, but i did enjoy it for an easy and feel good listen. Not a book I would buy but I'd happily read/listen to it and get sucked in by the well drawn characters and the novel's heart. I should add that the narrator does a great performance and makes an average chicklit book more enjoyable.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 11-30-16

If it's the one that you want , get it

Brilliantly funny extremely enjoyable tale of spice style girl power. Five very different lady characters brought together in five different story lines made the listening " un-stoppable" The one liner funnies made me laugh out loud and though this is not my normal genre I am glad I took up the recommend to read/listen and that recommend I wholeheartedly pass on. Terrific

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-19-16

a second listen will be a must do

Colleen's voice is really evocative of the different characters. The story is occasionally infuriating but held my interest until the end.