Summer in the City
Robyn Sisman
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Summer in the City
Robyn Sisman
320 pages
February 2005
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Suze Wilding and Lloyd Rockwell work for the same advertising firm, but on different continents. Suze lives a carefree single life in London, not really caring about tidiness or convention. Lloyd resides in New York City, has a serious live-in girlfriend, is conventional and organized. Yet when their company provides them with an opportunity to swap jobs for the summer, they end up living in each other's apartments and living completely different lives.

Suze becomes close to Sheri, a woman who is out to climb the corporate ladder. But when Suze hears some puzzling information about an account Lloyd deals with, she starts digging a little deeper to see what she can discover. Suze contacts Lloyd and they form a tentative friendship across the miles. Could there be hope for two complete opposites--in love and in business?

Summer in the City has so much potential to be a hilarious story about clashing cultures, but it falls a bit short. The main focus is not really on the relationship development between Suze and Lloyd or their adventures living in another country. Summer in the City mostly centers on the job issues and sabotage, which detracts from the lighthearted premise. The big differences between Suze and Lloyd cause some misunderstanding and consternation which is funny at times. Each character learns something about themselves through the course of the book.

The secondary characters of Lloyd's girlfriend/fiancée Betsy and her mother, as well as Lloyd's co-workers, add a great deal of enjoyment to the plot. The dialogue is fast-paced and the book itself is not overly long, making for a light read. If Summer in the City had played up the love story and played down the work issues, this would have been fantastic chick lit. As it stands, Summer in the City is an enjoyable diversion for a warm summer day.

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