About Millie's Fling
Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever. But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.
With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned...
Reading Group Guide
1. The book opens with a stressful scene, as Millie tries to talk Orla out of committing suicide. What do we learn about Millie during the scene? How do you think you would have handled such a difficult situation?
2. After breaking up with Neil, Millie swears off romantic entanglements and comes up with the Celibet. Does taking a break from men seem to make her life more or less complicated? Have you ever sworn off relationships for a period of time? What was the result?
3. When Millie and Hester go through Hugh’s wallet, they think they have his life story figured out—only to be proven wrong. What would the contents of your purse or wallet say about you to a stranger? Would the picture be accurate?
4. The scathing review of Orla’s last novel inspires her to make a big change in her writing style. What about the article motivated her? Has an event like this ever changed the way you have acted?
5. Despite having a wonderful boyfriend, Hester can’t seem to get Lucas out of her head. What is it about a first crush or first love that sticks with us? Do you think you would be as affected as Hester is if your first love came back into your life?
6. After the tragic death of his wife, Hugh decides he will never fall in love again. Is that a realistic decision to make? How does the fact that Hugh is mourning his wife’s death affect his relationship with Millie? Is his guilt understandable, or is he too hard on himself?
7. While Millie hides her crush on Hugh from Orla, Orla decides to do some matchmaking to spice Millie’s love life up. One of Orla’s set-ups for Millie is the handsome actor Con Deveraux, who has a secret of his own. Why is Con living a double life? Do you agree with his choice?
8. Nat was able to forgive Hester for her infidelity. Were you surprised by this? Was Hester’s infidelity different than Giles’s infidelity, or, in your opinion, are both equally unforgiveable?
9. Throughout the book, people seem to surprise Millie—as she says, she often gets “the wrong end of the stick.” Which character did you find to be the most surprising? How were they different than you first imagined them to be? Can you identify with Millie’s habit of getting the wrong impression of someone?
10. Millie’s fling with Hugh first appears to be a total disaster, but it leads to love in the end. How do you know when someone is the person for you? Can true love spring out of less than ideal conditions?
11. Given how the book ended, how do you imagine Orla’s book will turn out? What will make it into the plot? Do you think Orla will achieve the “ordinary” story she set out to write?