The Out Of Office Girl by Nicola Doherty
From London to Italy with love…
Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer.
She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message. But things are about to change…
When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis. Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book. Luther himself is gorgeous, charming and impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it definitely involves mixing business with pleasure. Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble…
I had planned on this being a book for my holiday and with the best of intentions I managed to wait all of two days after it had been delivered, before starting it. The cover was so enticing that I knew there was no way I could wait weeks to read it
Alice the main character is just getting over a relationship that ended via text when she is sent to Sicily to finish off a project her boss Olivia had been working on. This is Alice’s chance to prove herself as well as meet Luther the actor she has lusted after for many years.
When Alice first meets Luther, she sees this gorgeous movie star that she will be working with and cannot wait to start the book with him. But soon she learns that Sam (Luther’s manager) isn’t keen on the book going ahead and that Luther himself isn’t at times prepared to put his all into the project.
This means that chaos ensues as the race to meet the deadline is on.
Alice is an easy character to identify with due to how Nicola Doherty has made her seem so believable, the fact that she thinks, she always manages to put men off by saying or doing something is a quality we can all identify with at some point in our lives
Along with Alice there are some really lovable characters in the book, in particular Marisa, Sam and Luther and throughout the story we see Alice form new friendships with all of these which take on different dynamics within the story.
There are some nasty characters in the book; Annabel, Claudine, Simon and Olivia, but what makes this nice is that they don’t take over the story. They flit in and out without making your blood boil.
This was an amazing read and highly recommended as a holiday read (if you can wait). It was funny, touching and pure escapism.
One of the best parts for me was the first kiss, i won’t ruin the story by telling you who it was with but I will say that everyone deserves a first kiss like that, it was so beautifully written.
The only thing that left me sad about this book was that I wished it was longer, I felt like I was in Sicily and as with most holidays I wasn’t ready to come home.
A great debut novel from Nicola Doherty, which begs the question when is the next one out?