Teashop Around the Corner

By Milly Johnson

That will be lovely, darling,’ said Margaret. She was such a lucky woman: she had her Bernard and their beautiful daughter Melinda, a vet working in a gorgeous part of the Dales. Molly had an unhealable broken heart and a son, daughter-in-law and grandson who made the Addams Family look like The Brady Bunch.

They began to come three days later. The first postcard had a picture of Leeds Town Hall on the front. Dear Ms Merryman. I read your story on the internet and I felt compelled to write to you.

Another gem from Milly which follows her usual winning template about 3 women who find their way and get their lives and relationships straightened out. This one held no surprises, but the joy is in the journey. As usual with many of her books, the romance takes the second stage to the ups and downs of 3 damaged and victimized women (and men too!) who find their strength and fulfill their dreams by the end. The romances are pretty sweet though. I liked that this book featured a wonderful kid who is also rescued from an intolerable situation. I would love to see more of Ryan O’Gowan.

This one had me boohooing from about the 80% mark on. And also laughing and reveling in the various comeuppances. I don’t think Milly is capable of writing a bad book. And she is so funny! I do admit that usually one of her main characters will always irritate me to no end and this book is no exception. Molly is just so stupid and weak at the beginning, but I always forgive them by the end with one notable exception in another book. In this one, Molly’s epiphany,especially, is nothing short of epic. **5 out of 5 stars**

March 19, 2020

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