Lara Cliffe and her three friends are off on a mini break for her hen party. It’s three weeks before her wedding to ’Steady Freddie’, one of the kindest men on the planet. But something is worrying Lara. Her friends say it’s wedding jitters, but she isn’t so sure. Fifteen years ago the love of her life, Danny Belfont, walked out on her three weeks before their wedding and she has never been able to fully get him out of her heart.
Then, on the overnight ferry, Lara finds out that Danny is playing in the onboard band and he spots her in the crowd. Will she meet him the next night to talk?
As the wonderful city of Amsterdam works its magic on Lara, she tries to sort out her thoughts. And if fate has brought Lara and Danny back together … is it really for love or for something quite different?
If you want a little gap filler inbetween reading then any of the quick reads books are for you. I actually won this one in a competition set up by Milly Johnson. It is a quick read so it is only about 100 pages. I devoured it in one sitting as it was too good to leave. A nice easy read that makes you feel as though you are there with the girls. There is quite a lot of drama packed into this short read, the characters and plot were wonderful but I know Milly Johnson’s books are the best anyway. If your looking for a short story that packs a punch this is the book for you.
Laurie and Pete should never have met. But fate has pushed them together for a reason.
Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners.
Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group – and meet each other.
From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning.
Except, the more they talk, the more Laurie begins to spot the strange parallels in their stories.
Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.
But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.
I couldn’t wait to read the latest book by Milly, I am a big fan of hers. This story centres around Laurie and Pete they have both lost their partners and are both find it hard to cope. They meet at a support group and a bond between them grows, as their bond becomes more,never in a million years would you guess what they discover about their previous lives. This is a story about grief, friendships, love and finding out all about secrets. One that you wont want to miss.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you lovereading for sending me the book.
Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.
But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.
But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?
This is a corker of a read from a very talented author. Milly always writes with relatable characters and her words just seem to make sense. There are two sides to this story, one of the political life and the other of the authentic Yorkshire seaside Village. I know where I would most rather be. Another brilliant read from Milly, her books just keep getting better and better.
Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …
Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.
Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?
Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?
When tackling sensitive issues you can always rely on Milly to deliver. There are sensitive and relatable issues in the story that had me in tears. Not being a mother myself I can’t understand what these women go through but I have a really good idea. I like the idea of the Christmas pudding club which the doctor comes up with, I still hope that we meet up with these ladies again in another book. They all have their own stories but fate brings them together in this heartwarming and emotional read.
I just wanted to say if you look in the front cover of the paperback, you will see ECHOES IN AN EMPTYROOM has been quoted. This is much appreciated. Thank you.
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.
Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
Milly Johnson’s books never fail to bring a smile to my face and I get so excited about reading them. As always there is one character that you can relate to and I really found myself warming to Marnie. I was really rooting for Marnie to stand up to some of the characters and I am glad she did. I loved the sound of the different flavours of Cheesecake she made too. A heartwarming story that will leave you wanting more, I wonder if there will be more from Marnie in the future. Who Knows?
When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.
As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
I was so happy to finally get my hands on this book not just because I love reading Milly Johnson’s books but because I am incredibly lucky to be on the back of this book. I was over the moon. I really loved this book and I have to say I think this is Milly’s best one yet. It was lovely to see the antique dealers all coming together for each other and some of their nicknames were pretty funny. The story is set in the same location as The Teashop on the Corner so it gave the story a bit of familiarity. There is sadness in the book and I did really feel sorry for Lewis, but I loved Bonnie and how strong willed she is and how she fought to change her life. If I was ever in her situation I would love to be as strong as her. Brilliantly written story, one I will not forget.
New beginnings, old secrets, and a place to call home: the heartwarming new novel from top five bestseller Milly Johnson
Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart…
Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escaped from her past to find happiness here, but now her place of refuge is about to come under threat. Can she keep her history at bay and her future safe?
Back home, Viv’s mother Stel thinks she might have found a man who will treat her right for once. Ian is kind, considerate, and clearly head over heels for her. That’s what she has wanted all along, isn’t it…? Escape to Wildflower Cottage this summer for love, laughter and friendship…
I have loved all of Milly’s books but this one is definitely my favourite. There are animals and a romance what more could you want. This was a satisfying read and the characters were brilliant, they all had their own problems and some were serious. I loved all the detailed information Milly has put into the research for the birds, I found it really informative. A really lovely feel good story.
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When Connie discovers that Jimmy Diamond, her husband of more than twenty years, is planning to leave her for his office junior, her world is turned upside down.
Determined to salvage her pride, she resolves to get her own back. Along with Della, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, and the cleaners who meet at the Sunflower Café, she’ll make him wish he had never underestimated her.
Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kindness starts to melt her soul. Could he be her second chance at happiness?
Can the ladies of the Sunflower Cafe help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon make her trust again?
I have read all of Milly Johnson’s other books and completely adored them, I didn’t think Milly would be able to top her previous book the Teashop on the Corner but she really has. This book was superb, it is quite a chunky book but I devoured it in two days straight. There were quite a few characters in this book most with what I would call real life problems, I loved reading all there stories, I really liked Connie and Della I could see myself in them sometimes. I thought Brandon the chocolatier sounded lovely, who wouldn’t want a hunky man but one that works with chocolate it is every woman’s dream. This is a brilliant book that will have you in stitches as there are some very funny moments, it has a twist in the plot that you could never imagine but it will leave you with a big ahhhh!! at the end. This is definitely one of my favourite books for this year. Pure Delight!!
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Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster.
Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people’s houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time.
But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?
I love Milly Johnson’s books, they always seem to put a smile on my face. I managed to read this book in two days as I was so looking forward to seeing how the girls got on with their cruise. I loved the fact all of the girls had a true friendship and that the problems they had were real life problems. Beautifully written, a lovely summer read. I enjoyed reading about the cruise ship too as I have never been on a cruise. Loved all the characters and really look forward to reading my next Milly Johnson book.
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After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, little believing that in her mid-thirties she’ll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Floz, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. When Juliet’s twin brother Guy meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. But being a shy, gentle giant, he communicates so clumsily with her as to give her the opposite impression. Guy’s best friend Steve has always had a secret, unrequited crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, Steve and Juliet end up in bed, after moaning about the lack of sex in their lives.
Convinced that Juliet doesn’t feel the same way, Steve agrees to a ‘just-sex’ relationship, until they can both hook their dream partners. Just when Guy has finally plucked up the courage to tell Floz how he feels, he finds she has rekindled an old romance. Floz has never had much love in her life and is obviously thirsty for affection. She loves the whole Miller family, from Juliet and Guy’s warm, loving parents, to their ancient one-eyed black cat. But can Guy turn Floz’s affection for his family into something more – into love for him? Then Juliet makes a series of discoveries which will turn the lives of all four friends upside-down and turns that Autumn into a season where love can be harvested.
Milly Johnson books are such a delightful read, that I seriously can’t stop reading them. This book has not one but four main characters, who are all equally important in the story. I thought Gus sounded like a hunk though I am easily swayed by a man who loves his food and is a good cook. All the characters feel like normal people who are going through personal issues and Milly manages to bring happiness into their lives. Another easy, warming read. I am already looking forward to the next book on my list.