Thursday 12 July 2018

Review ~ The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson

Happy Paperback Publication  Day

Simon & Schuster
12 July 2018

My thanks to the publishers and to edpr for my copy of this book

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it

What's it all about..

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.

What did I think about it..

Whenever I open a Milly Johnson book I feel like I am sitting down with a cherished friend and having a natter over a cup of coffee and a slice of the delicious cheesecake which features so prominently in The Perfectly Imperfect Woman.

Marnie Salt is the epitome of every woman who has been beguiled and then left in the lurch by a man who bolstered her ego and then abandoned her to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. But never down for long Marnie picks herself up... hurt and bruised, most certainly, but with the offer of a clean break, she leaves her stressful marketing job and moves to the magical Wychwell, a delightful village in the Yorkshire Dales, where the rather wonderful and deliciously, eccentric, Lilian Dearman helps to put Marnie back together again.

Whilst reading the story over the last couple of afternoons, The Perfectly Imperfect Woman has filled my heart with sunshine. So typical of this author’s distinctive writing style, I have laughed out loud at the outrageousness, ranted at the perversity and bad behaviour of some of the characters and cried copious tears at the loss of others.  I've walked the village streets of Wychwell with Marnie Salt and enjoyed every single moment of the journey.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is an absolutely perfect recipe for a delightful summer read. A delicious dash of romance, a sparkling cup of friendship and a generous pinch of this author’s special ingredient…magical story telling.

Credit: Charlotte Murphy

Milly Johnson is a Top Five Sunday Times bestselling author of fourteen novels with plans for many more. Her novels are about the universal issues of friendship, family, love, betrayal, good food and a little bit of that magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. 

Milly is a columnist for her local newspaper and is also an experienced broadcaster on radio and TV. She is also patron of several local charities, including Yorkshire Cat Rescue and The Well at the Core, with community and animal welfare both things that are very close to her heart.

Twitter @millyjohnson #PerfectlyImperfect



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