Quick Book Review | The Teashop on The Corner by Milly Johnson

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 19 June 2014

“Life is full of second chances…if only you keep your heart open for them.

Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Leni Merryman’s Teashop on the Corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on.

Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward.

Molly Jones’s ex-husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it is too late.

And Will Linton’s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again.

Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in The Teashop on the Corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it most…?”

My Thoughts: This was a friendly, cosy read. A fabulous bunch of characters who caused some unexpected tears but left me feeling uplifted.

I give The Teashop on The Corner 4 stars.

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White Wedding – Milly Johnson

“They met on the search for the wedding dress of their dreams.  But will they find more than they bargained for…?

Heir to a chocolate dynasty Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding to Richard,the love of her life, when disaster strikes and everything she holds dear starts to fall apart.

Ice-cream parlour owner Violet is engaged to Glyn though she fell out of love with him long ago.  But, unhappy though she is, somehow  she can’t quite say the words, ‘I don’t want to marry you any more.’ 

Self-made businesswoman Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiancé Stuart, but as the day approaches she can’t quite shake her childhood dream of a big fat fairy-tale wedding with all the trimmings.

All three women are brought together at the White Wedding bridal shop, on the search for the perfect dress for their big day.  It’s owner Freya guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness – though maybe not in quite the way they expected…”

I really enjoyed all the previous Milly Johnson books that I’ve read so I was looking forward to reading this one which is her latest novel.

I loved the idea that these three women, who had never met before, came together in a bridal shop and ended up forging a really close, strong friendship.  This friendship was very natural and, at times, comforting which made me feel that fate had brought them all together.

I really liked all the main characters, Max was so enthusiastic and I loved that because it was very entertaining to read, she was a strong character who knew just what she wanted and how to get it.

I felt incredibly sad for Violet – just reading about her life made me feel like a bird trapped in a cage.  I loved her vision for the ice-cream parlour and as it was all coming together I found myself wanting to go there, to experience the delicious-sounding ice-cream she was making.  She had a lovely Nan who I really took to because she reminded me of people in my own life, one part that I particularly enjoyed and giggled at was the bottle opener incident so look out for that if you read it!

Bel was a fun, cheeky character and I had a feeling she was up to something, I had a little guess at what that might be and was pleased to find out that I was right!  What ensued was entertaining and explosive so keep an eye out for that part too!  I also thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent in her family’s cottage, it was funny and I felt like it helped me understand her better.

There were many things in this book that had me laughing out loud and a few moments that made me feel very sad, sometimes I did find it a little bit predictable but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book in the slightest.  Actually there were a couple of big shocks towards the end that I really hadn’t seen coming so it wasn’t all predictable.

Had I not already been married I think I probably would’ve felt very nervous about the whole idea after reading this book, this might be worth considering if you are planning a wedding yourself!

This is a fun and, at the same time, emotional book that I really enjoyed.

White Wedding can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon
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To find out more about Milly Johnson visit her website here.

The Birds & the Bees – Milly Johnson

 

Having read some of Milly Johnson’s other books I was keen to get stuck into this one and I wasn’t disappointed when I did.

In this book Stevie Honeywell is a romance writer, she has a son from her first marriage and is planning her second wedding when she discovers that her hubby-to-be Matthew has been having an affair with her so called friend Jo.  She finds out about the affair from Jo’s boyfriend Adam MacLean, he barges into her house looking for Matthew who is supposedly on a business trip but in reality is away on holiday with Jo!

Adam is a large, loud Scottish man who thinks Stevie is at fault because the scheming Jo has been telling him that Stevie is a greedy, lazy alcoholic! Jo has also been telling Stevie that Adam is violent and controlling so Stevie and Adam both blame each other for their partner’s affair and seriously dislike each other.

My favourite part of this book is when Adam devises a plan to make Jo and Matthew jealous – he decides that if he and Stevie pretend to be together (even though they can’t stand the sight of each other) then Jo and Matthew will come  running back.  The events that follow this decision had me laughing out loud many times and Adam’s character in particular was fantastic, from his description and the way his Scottish accent was written I could picture him so easily.

Aside from the laughter there were some lovely romantic times when Stevie and Adam were growing closer and  discovering that Jo’s descriptions weren’t exactly accurate.

This is a wonderful story of heartbreak, deception and discovery and I loved every minute of it!