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The Out of Office Girl

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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
Paperback, 313 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Headline Review (first published 2010)
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Kate’s Book Spot
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it felt like pure escapism and made me feel sunny and happy like I had actually been to Italy with Alice. Even the cover oozes summer, warmth and happiness. The celebrity factor made it even more interesting for me, to be able to enter the dream world of celebrities and luxury in the sun is just the type of thing I love to read about.

Alice was a lovely character, she is a likeable down-to-earth girl who I really felt I could relate to. Some of the disasters she faces
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, chick-lit
Forse 4 stelle sono troppe per un libro non particolarmente impegnato e abbastanza prevedibile, ma nel suo genere questa storia è davvero molto carina.
Alice lavora nel mondo dei libri, in una prestigiosa casa editrice e per una serie di motivi, si trova ad occuparsi dell'autobiografia di un attore molto famoso, per il quale ha sempre nutrito una bella cotta.
Per seguire le interviste che costituiranno il libro, Alice lo raggiunge in Sicilia, dove l'attore si sta godendo una vacanza completamente
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun and cute summer romance perfect for sunny days spend reading in the garden!
I really enjoyed reading this novel - even if the protagonist Alice was pretty annoying at some times, but her love interest on the other hand... he was an amazing (but cliché) character! I loved reading their scenes together.
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
The Out of Office Girl by Nicola Doherty is a sweet Chick-Lit in the vein of Bridget Jones but mainly takes place in Italy. Alice isn't in Italy for vacation. She's a publishing assistant, who hopes one day to be an head editor at the publishing company she has worked at for four years. Her boss is a nightmare, but Alice remains silent, hoping she'll get a promotion. The publishing company is hoping for a big hit with the tell all biography of superstar actor, Luther. But he's dragging his feet ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
La ragazza fuori ufficio è un libro frizzante, ricco di humor, caratterizzato da personaggi verosimili e accattivanti: la protagonista è carinissima, una vera "ragazza normale" con tutte le paturnie del caso; dialoga veramente con chi ha davanti e la scrittrice ci mostra efficacemente perché le persone decidono di aprirsi con lei o coinvolgerla nelle loro vite; niente è prevedibile, ma la storia si dipana naturalmente e in modo sensato (a parte forse il finale, che ho trovato un po' ovvio per la ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The book started off promising and was very funny and grabbed my attention but somewhere in the middle of the book it lacked focus and drive & I was starting to lose interest. The ending really brought the book back to life just disappointed with the middle of the book. But overall I've given it 3 Stars ***
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating : 5/5

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 him
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Nicola Doherty is a debut author this year, and who doesn’t love a debut author? I do. I love finding brand new authors, even more so when such authors are referred to as the new Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella is my absolute favourite author ever, so the idea of finding a new author just like her is both absurd, but brilliant. Absurd because, well, there’s no one quite like Sophie Kinsella, but brilliant, because Sophie Kinsella has one of the best writing styles ever, so it stands to reason t ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre quand j’ai commencé ce roman, mais après avoir lu quelques avis assez sympas, j’étais curieuse de voir ce que cela allait donner. Et je dois dire que c’est une romance agréable à découvrir.

Alice est une assistante éditrice qui va se retrouver par le plus grand des hasards engagée en tant qu’éditrice pour aider à écrire une autobiographie. Un essai qui pourrait changer sa carrière pour toujours. Mais quand elle apprend
Zanna Hugo
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the sunniest, happiest little book I’ve chosen for myself in a while. I felt like I was on holiday with Alice, and reliving my own happy memories of Italy.

Sometimes you need these easy, joyous books to offset the darker, heavier ones with literary punch and prowess. As summer is starting to draw to a close, the heavier books are sure to return. But I’m thankful to have found this delightful, vibrant read.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review
In ‘The Out of Office Girl’, assistant editor Alice is assigned to interview her celebrity crush Luther in Sicily for his autobiography. However, Luther is more interested in having fun and spending time in clubs while his agent, Sam isn’t making things easier for Alice as he’s against the autobiography. As Alice begins to run of time coupled with the pressure from her boss, she faces a major challenge on her own.

In the beginning during the first few chapters, I had a good feeling about this boo
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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After spending some time in Italy this summer, I'm finding myself drawn to books set there. Call it a remedy for the post holiday blues; reading about it means I can pretend I'm still there! I got myself into a bit of a rut with chick-lit so I decided to avoid it for a while, but when I read the blurb for this novel I knew that I had to give it a go! I'm so glad that I did. Once I got into it I raced through it in a couple of days. Alice Rob
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Nicola Doherty and won't be my last :) This was a clean good romantic comedy in the likes of Lindsey Kelk (one of my favorite authors) so I am glad I stumbled into this one. Alice was very likeable and the book gave an insight into how tough it is to probably obtain source material, write and edit a book even if it is something that sounds like a fluff read (autobiography of film actor doesn't really scream Pultizer prize) It was a fun read with myriad of characters - there were ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, humour, pas-mal
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Tout va mal dans la vie d’Alice : sa carrière d’éditrice est dans une impasse, elle vient de se faire larguer comme une vieille chaussette (et par texto) par son mec et elle se morfond à Londres en regardant des comédies musicales ringardes à la télé. Coup de bol, quand sa terrifiante manager, Olivia, a la bonne idée de se faire expédier à l’hôpital, Alice est envoyée à sa place en Sicile pour assister Luther Carson, un acteur beau gosse qu’elle idolâtre depuis to
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
3,5 stars

This book is nice. And I don't mean this in a bad kind of way. It IS nice. The bad thing though is that it is nothing more. Just nice. And to be honest, I expected something more than just a nice summer read.

In fact, this book is a bit blah during the whole middle part. When Alice, the heroine, tries to get her book from Luther and all, it is all just some random facts about showbiz and all. Don't get me wrong, I believe Nicola Doherty knows about the things she wrote about and I am su
Tim Roast
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Out of Office Girl" follows Alice Roberts at a point in her life where she is just coming to the end of a relationship, and is feeling pretty insecure about herself because of it. She is also insecure over her job as an assistant editor in a publishing house. One of their books that she is working on is that of Hollywood-badboy Luther Carson, who is failing to deliver. "He talks a good talk, but whenever we actually sit down to do anything, which isn't very often, it's like catching quicksi ...more
Vivienne Begg
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for something light. I’m a technical editor by day but still cannot stop reading. I thought the book would be nothing special but I was pleasantly surprised.
Nicola’s writing is brilliant and I felt as if I was there. Descriptions of the landscape and characters really brought you in to the story. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy - book editor wants to meet and fall in love with her Hollywood movie star but the twist was great.
I have been reading on my commute and at lunchtime. Got to the p
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Loved the plot and character development as well as the setting - I fantasise about visiting Italy a lot so this was an absolute dream to read about the beautiful Italians and the beaches and towns and food and cafes!!

Overall I wanted a light fluffy read and this was exactly that and I would recommend it if you like contemporary romance, particularly set in exotic locations or in summer. However, sometimes I felt like there was something mi
Lj Neame
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surprised me. Quite well written and a lot of fun if v predictable. As the love-to-hate-her movie star wannabe, trying to flog the vampire flick "Love's Last Bite", where she plays a "very important" supporting role, the heroine's bête noire was great and would have loved to see more of her. Much of the action takes place in Sicily, and was surprised by the ad at the end of the book promoting the company that flogs villa rentals, including the one that love interest Luther stays in. Are we to ex ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
All in all, this wasn't a bad read. It's very typical of the genre in that it was quite obvious who Alice was going to end up with. It's just the way in which the author gets there.

This particular journey was well written with characters that made me like (or dislike) them. My particular favourite character was Poppy. Every girl needs a friend like her.

The character of Luther made me think about celebrities and the obsession fans have of them. We put these people up on very high pedestals which
Francesca Tonni
La quarta di copertina recita: se ti piace la Kinsella, è il libro che fa per te. Quando l'ho letto ne ho avuto un po' paura, il nostro è un rapporto contraddittorio, ma il libro è fresco, la storia carina, la protagonista è un'insicura, ma a parte perdere la valigia in aeroporto, chissà perché è "scontato" per uno straniero in Italia, non le succedono tutte quelle traversie al limite del grottesco delle protagoniste della Kinsella. Direi decisamente un buon mix tra la K. e Bridjet Jones, consig ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
This is a light read about Alice who is sent to Sicily to work on the autobiography of Luther Carson, a Hollywood star. She is just a lowly assistant but suddenly finds herself out of her depth in a glamorous world. Many aspects of the story are rather unbelievable and Alice can be a tad annoying at times but she does meet some interesting characters, it is a fun read and it does make you want to jet off to Sicily away from the cold British winter!
It is well written, and it was a pleasant surprise that actually I enjoyed much more than I had anticipated.

I especially liked the way the description of Luther's character actually made me think about how celebrities normally are portrayed.

Most of all, it's nice, like it is NICE.
It just made me "feel good". I liked it.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
An easy read and a perfect book for summer. I enjoyed it immensely and finally loved my habit of going to the bookstore and picking the first book I see. The Out of Office Girl is the book for everyone who likes brief and heartwarming stories. And Sam, Luke’s agent, *swoon* Enough said!
♡ Trishalyn ♡
I liked this book. I did. But I feel that the romance between Sam and Alice is not developed. It just happened. And the story also seems.a.bit bland and boring in the middle of the book. I did enjoy the scenery the book depicted, Italy, so yeah:)
John Wainwright
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me quiet while I have been bedridden with a stroke

Really liked the people in the book, it brought them to life, I will probably read the whole series and for me it deserves 5 Stars, other people may think differently. It helped me through my illness.
María Valdecarros
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well, at first when I bought this book I wasnt't sure I would like it, but I was totally wrong. I loved the story from the first page.

I stayed awake a few hours more than usually because I had having such a great time...

May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Typical easy reading chick lit fare. First half better than the second. It seems to run out of steam a little mid way through. However, it's definitely not the worst I have read! Enjoyed the Italian setting too
Jess Collings
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
It started off well & seemed promising but I found it very dull & difficult to read as it went on. It became predicable & I got 1/3 of the way through before giving up. such a shame as I loved her other books.
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Hi, I'm Nicola. I cannot write funny bios.

I grew up in Monkstown, Co. Dublin and studied English at Trinity College, Dublin and at Hertford College, Oxford. I worked in publishing for several years before writing my first book The Out of Office Girl, which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 in the Romantic Comedy category.

My second book, If I Could Turn Back Time, is out