The Setup by Lizzy Dent


There are two men in my life. But this is not a love triangle.

Mara Williams reads her horoscope every day – but she wasn’t expecting to be in a whole other country when destiny finally found her. Just as a fortune teller reveals that her true love is about to arrive, a gorgeous stranger literally walks into her life. And now Mara is determined to bring them together again . . . Surely even fate needs a nudge in the right direction sometimes?

But while Mara is getting ready for ‘the one’, the universe intervenes. Her new flatmate Ash is funny, and kind, and sexy as hell . . . There was no predicting this: it’s as if her destiny just arrived on her doorstep.

So will Mara put her destiny in fate’s hands – or finally trust herself to reach for the stars?

My thoughts:

Thank you Viking Books for the invitation to read and review The Setup, and a copy of the finished hardback book. I loved reading The Summer Job by Lizzy last year (you can read my review at

I’m pleased to say that this is another uplifting read from Lizzy Dent, The first couple of chapters introduced Mara to Joe. Girl meets boy whilst pretending to be a fortune teller (the real one has just dashed off to have a baby), and invites Joe to visit Broadgate in Kent in August to meet the woman he will all in love with.

Mara now has a few months to make changes to her life in Broadgate, ready to meet Joe properly. However she didn’t listen properly to the fortune teller because when her new flatmate, Ash, arrives, he ticks all the boxes but she can only think of Joe.

Mara is stuck in a small life but starts to move forward, to make new friends, to make changes at work (wish we had a local lido during the current UK heatwave) and to get to know her new local community better. But can she forget Joe and realise how good Ash is for her? I may have wanted to shout at Mara a few times to tell her to look closer to home…

This is a non spoiler review, so I will need you to read the book to find out the answer to my question. Although The Summer Job is still my favourite book by Lizzy, this book is a close second place and I’m happy to recommend it. An excellent book to enjoy reading on a sun lounger in the summer of 2022.

Author Bio:

Lizzy Dent (mis)spent her early twenties working in Scotland in hospitality, in a hotel not unlike the one in this novel. She somehow ended up in a glamorous job travelling the world creating content for various TV companies, including MTV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, the BBC and ITV. But she always knew that writing was the thing she wanted to do, if only she could find the confidence. After publishing three young adult novels, she decided to write a novel that reflected the real women she knew, who don’t always know where they’re going in life, but who always have fun doing it. The Summer Job is that novel.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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