By Milly Johnson
Oh, what a lovely book! It had everything I love in a novel: Women and men you actually get emotionally attached to and root for, both comedy and wit, heart-tugging emotional moments, Moments that make you cheer, villains to hate and for the good guys to triumph over, some nice romance, and a super happy ending. I loved that the 3 friends all started out a mess but it didn’t take all of them the whole book to get sorted out. I love suspense, which this one had, but it was also nice that it was kind of staggered throughout the plot.
When my librarian had to do an inter-library loan to get me a Milly Johnson book, she commented that she had been a bit hard to find: “She is a very very English author.” She didn’t know the half of it. I thought I was very conversant with British slang and colloquialisms. I’ve been reading non-American writers all my life. From Mary Stewart to Maeve Binchy to Marian Keyes to Lianne Moriarty to Harry Potter. I know what chuffed means; I know what a torch is; I know what a jumper is; I know what whinging means. I thought I had heard it all. But this book, on almost every page, I had to stop and think about some word she used and puzzle out the meaning, or quickly look it up. I could have skipped over it and gone on, but that’s not me. Here is a small sampling: Faff, Plonk, Sarnie, Tena Pants, Switch Card, “It felt like November 5th in her head” (I guessed correctly on that one), trundle, P45time, Natural clever clogs, Winkle pickers, Shergar, Key Stage 1, and On her tod. It was a negative at first, but it turned into a positive once I got used to it and the book really got going. It was a little slow at first.
I would recommend Milly Johnson to anyone who likes Kristan Higgins, Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, or even Liane Moriarty. She’s lighter than some, but more complex and serious than, say, Kinsella. I’ve only read the one so far, but now that I know how good she is, I’ll have no hesitation buying the kindle editions going forward. **5 out of 5 stars**
March 10, 2019