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Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never get hurt…
Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it.

After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination.

With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura k
Paperback, 308 pages
Published July 3rd 2015 by Bookouture
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I am a HUGE of Sue Watson and if you have a rather filthy sense of humour, and like a good giggle her books don’t fail to raise a smile. MAKE SURE you read the description of what type of book it is before you read it and then slate it…it clearly states it’s a funny and uplifting romantic comedy. Thankfully this does exactly what it says on the tin. Laura Watkins is your average divorcee who is working to make ends meet and is trying to ensure her daughter doesn't go off the rails following a di ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sue Watson is an author that brings a smile to my face, her writing bounces between energetic and thought provoking. One minute I'm laughing until I'm crying, the next sitting reflecting and sometimes crying again - all in a good way of course.

Summer Flings & Dancing Dreams is just brilliant, I loved every page. It's a book about relationships between mothers and daughters, about living life for yourself, not through others, a book of self discovery with humour softening the edges.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I honestly don't know where to start with my review apart from that I absolutely loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams has got to be one of the most uplifting books I've read in a while. Through the main character Laura, there is a strong message that she and the readers learn that it doesn't matter how old you are never ever give up on your dreams.

With chapter titles such as 'Slut Dropping Zumba Queen and Someone Else's Leggings' and 'Th
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With every book that I read of Sue Watson's I become more and more impressed by her sheer storytelling talent. Each book is an improvement on the last and they are all pretty spectacular to start with...and Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is no exception.

Laura is a 44 year old single mother, who is at the start of an amazing journey. During this book we see her start as a worker in a supermarket, doing the same thing each day, with Strictly Come Dancing being the highlight of her week, and she
Vicki - I Love Reading

I want to just say Fantastic, loved it. And leave it at that. lol.

But I can't. But I did. lol.. I started reading this pretty much as soon as I down loaded it. I had read 2 of sue's other books. Love Lies and Lemon cakes. And Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cakes and bloody loved both of them. So when I got the heads up this was available on Netgalley I raced in to request it. And I started it while cooking tea, I can honestly say I don't think i've stood at the oven grinnin
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, kindle, net-galley
This book really has everything- laughter, fulfilling dreams, sexy strangers in exotic gorgeous settings, friendships and pretty dresses!

Laura has been a single mum and after her daughter goes travelling she thinks it’s time to spread her own wings a bit. Her friend persuades her to go to a Zumba class and lends her the clothes- which split embarrassingly and produce such a funny scene.

One of the onlookers laughing is actually taking ballroom dancing lessons and they deci
Renita D'Silva
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sue Watson does it again! A beautiful, feel-good, heartfelt read that had me laughing out loud and falling in love with her amazing characters who are all so very real and relatable. Loved this wonderful story and did not want it to end. I will be reading all of Sue Watson's wonderful books again as they are so much more than just stories: they make readers feel alive,feel good about themselves, they urge us to appreciate and enjoy life. I, for one, cannot wait for this amazing and incredibly ta ...more
Petra Quelch
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always hear so many lovely things about Sue Watson so naturally I was very eager to sample her latest book Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams. It is also my first read from this author as well as the first book I've read (EVER) about a dancing theme! So I dived into the world of dancing steps, tulle, taffeta and ballroom competitions.

When we first meet Laura, her life is pretty much ALL about her grown up daughter Sophie, her elderly mother and the dreaded job as a check out chick at
Suze Lavender
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laura isn't living the life of her dreams, the highlight of her existence is watching Strictly Come Dancing by herself on a Saturday night. She knows all the steps as during her childhood she'd seen her parents do them numerous times, but she's never danced herself. Laura's daughter Sophie is heartbroken and needs a change, so she's going to travel and that will mean Laura will be home alone without much to look forward to. That's why Laura drags herself to a Zumba class together with her workma ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

And our favourite queen of romcom did it again. After that delicious lemon cake in her previous book, there is no danger for your weight this time, I’m afraid. Only for your hips! Because, this time, Sue Watson takes you to the ballroom, to the stage, to Spain, to the ultimate dance through the life!

Meet Laura. The mother of the bride. A single mother who has devoted her life to her only daughter
Paris Baker
Originally posted on Paris Baker's Book Nook.

Sue Watson has quickly become a new favourite author for me since last summer, and I was over the moon when I heard of her upcoming release, and couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it.

Laura is 44, and it’s safe to say that her life has fallen into a bit of a slump, so she allows herself to be coerced into attending a Zumba class. Shortly after class beginning, it’s quite clear that Laura has made a desperate mistake, but her
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was such a glorious, fun filled, sparkly read to make you feel you are beautiful and capable of anything.

Laura is a single parent who is awoken from her everyday life by a remark from her daughter. Laura decides to join her friend in a zumba class, to make a change from her usual night in at home watching TV. The zumba class scene is a reading moment I won’t forget in a long time. Brilliant writing by Sue Watson. This scene was so funny but also it was quite sensitive to the sit
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is a light-hearted, funny and touching novel that is exactly what one would love for a summer beach (or any other time of the year) read.

The story centers on Laura Watkins, a divorcee who's life centers around working, caring for her daughter and watching Strictly Come Dancing. Realizing she needs to do something to break the cycle, she decides she needs a change like taking a Zumba class which leads to so much more.

With the help of Tony Hernandez, a
Ann Cooper
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book! I didn't know quite what to expect but had no idea I would become so involved within a few pages!
Laura had had a boring life and she suddenly has the opportunity to brighten it up. Instead of merely watching Strictly, and enjoying the programme, she finds herself learning to dance.
What a journey she goes on! I so admired her courage and daring as she ventures out into the world with Tony's support. Tony is not the traditional hero but you'll have to read it to f
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was good, but the writing left something to be desired. The author kept repeating the same things over and over to the point that I felt like screaming, "I get it!". Also, the grammar was atrocious. I don't know if this is just in the Kindle edition or what, but completely unacceptable! This book was edited????????
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

This is only the second book by Sue Watson that I've read, but I'm growing more and more very fond of the author herself and of her down - to - earth, very realistic writing. What I so love in Sue's books is the fact that she's writing about normal women, not long - legged bimbos for whom everything comes so easily, no, but about women who had a past, who experienced a lot and for whom it's really hard to live the life they want, and about women who, eventually, pluck up their courage to follow
Arielle Jagow
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is a classic Sue Watson novel filled with love, laughter and…a happily ever after? It was a beautifully entertaining story about embracing your passion, chasing your dreams and living life to the fullest.

Single mother Laura just wasted away her extremely hard-earned money on her daughter’s disastrous wedding that didn’t end with a marriage. Her young daughter Sophie was stood up at the altar by her fiancé who turned out to be a no-show. Although Sophi
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Forty-four-year-old Laura is stuck in a rut; her life mainly consists of her boring job at the local supermarket and evenings in watching Strictly Come Dancing with a large glass of wine. When Laura's daughter Sophie is dumped by her fiancee on her wedding day, she decides to go travel around the world to mend her broken heart. Leaving Laura behind with a lot of free time and the urgent message from her daughter to take the chance to finally make a change
Tanya Phillips
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Laura Who is a single mum of a grown up girl that she has done her very best to bring up she also has a mum in an old persons home who seems to have very little time for her daughter. After being stood up at the altar Sophie, Laura’s daughter is off travelling the world leaving her mum with something she said after the non-wedding playing on her mind. Laura has a very low opinion of herself and after some persuasion by a friend decides to give Zumba a go (after all it is a for ...more
Sophie was devastated after her husband to be sent a text calling off their wedding just as she arrived at the church for the ceremony. Having brought up her daughter,, as a single Mum, Laura Watkin’s is dismayed by the news but is even more shocked to hear how Sophie is determined to get out an live rather than end up like her Mum. This makes Laura reevaluate her life, especially when Sophie goes off to travel the world. Laura knows it is time for her to change her life and that, as a forty-fou ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is one of those stories that you simply need to read. The description of this novel does not do it justice. Just sayin’.

At some point in life, a single parent who has raised their child and set them free upon the world just has to say…. my time now. This is such a fun story of a woman stepping out and going for the things that she needs in her life. Nothing too crazy, just the chance to step out there and try so
Anna (BooksandBookends)
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After her daughter's wedding is cancelled and she is told by her daughter that she doesn't want to end up leading a life like hers, Laura has had enough of her boring everyday life. By starting to say "yes" to things, Laura ends up doing Zumba and learning what a "pelvic floor" is... Zumba isn't quite cut out for Laura, but the sequins and love of the glitterball may well run in the fami
Rebecca Stonehill
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, fesity, laugh-out-loud treat of a book! Although a minor character, I found Mandy, the 'torture chamber' beautician particularly hilarious and her exploits on occasion made me laugh so hard my sides hurt. I loved the settings of the West Midlands as well as Granada (a place very close to my heart) and enjoyed following the journey of the uninspired protagonist as she transforms from repressed, low-confidence Laura to passionate, gutsy dancer, Lola. On this special journey, she can fi ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, funny, uplifting and didn't take itself too seriously. Hilariously silly chapter titles and a sense of fun meant this book flew by! A perfect holiday read or when you just want an uplifting book to change the mood. Highly recommended!!

I will be looking out for more from this author.

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is a quick light read, maybe a little too light. I definitely enjoyed the unique ballroom dancing theme, but otherwise the book really didn't do a lot for me. I didn't find it particularly funny or believable. I read Watson's "Snow Angels, Secrets, and Christmas Cake" and enjoyed that one much more.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
As my blog is mainly crime fiction, I picked up this book after seeing it recommended from friends. It certainly made me laugh and has the feel good factor. Although it is not my genre of choice, I have suggested a few friends I know read it and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on

I knew it. I just absolutely knew it. What I knew was that, whatever Sue Watson provided her readers with next, it was going to be top-notch, hilariously funny and ultimately, a lesson learnt, whether that be in love or life. Having read two of Sue's gorgeous novels prior to her latest Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams, I have been waiting with baited breath for exciting book news from the author, and I could barely contain my excitement when Sue's cover and title
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book difficult to get into but was suddenly hopeful when I discovered a character with hearing loss...I loved how it highlighted the way those with hearing dismiss those with hearing loss yet it wasn't long before the genuity of hearing loss was dismissed in favour of using it as an excuse to avoid a conversation. Personally I felt this let down the initial well researched characteristics of those involved with hearing loss. Over all there was a little bit too much repetition, it wa ...more
Cynthia Cordell
This has an amazing story in between its front and back book covers. Laura is a check-out worker at Bilton's. She remembers what it was like when her mother and father competed as dancing professionals. Through some intricate circumstances she meets Tony who is a dance instructor. He calls Laura the name Lola and unleashes the dancing capabilities within her. When Tony is attacked by some thugs, Laura has a chance to use his plane tickets and travel to Spain where she studies Flamenco dancing. T ...more
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Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

She's now written thirteen novels - many involving cake - and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for