I came across the author Milly Johnson many years ago when she released a book series about the fictional theme park, Winterworld. I’ve been hooked ever since and wanted to do an author spotlight to share my book reviews and tempt you all with something from Milly’s bibliography.
Milly Johnson has a wonderful way of writing and her love of Yorkshire is clearly evident. Her novels are easy to read but difficult to put down. They are full of captivating characters, some even have wonderful names such as Diggory Hoyle the gravedigger and Ells Bells (Elliott) the vicar.
Milly’s books are released as hardback, paperback, ebook and some as audiobooks. Her novellas are exclusive to ebooks, with a couple giving profits to charity.
Read on and see what you think.
In this post, you will find reviews of:
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage
The Queen of Wishful Thinking
The Barn on Half Moon Hill
Milly Johnson Book Reviews
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson
Had I read the cover blurb, I might not have chosen to read The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew. I picked it up on the premise that it’s a Milly Johnson novel so it’s bound to be brilliant. I’m so pleased I did.
The story is set around Sophie Mayhew, a woman from money and heritage who is married to a politician heading for the role of Prime Minister. That is until he makes a mistake that could cost him everything.
In the first part of the book we revisit Sophie’s boarding school years, discover how Sophie and John met, and the week prior to the scandal known as ‘doorstepgate’. Whilst it is so far away from most reader’s real lives, it is one that is well documented in the press and films. The portrayed lifestyle of the upper class is one that is of interest to many.
Having an interest in psychology and a good eye for mannerisms, Sophie has everyone sussed out. Whilst she would love a special friend to confide in, she knows not to trust anyone. Life in this political circle is full of falseness and one-upmanship. The same goes for her family too.
Sophie is different from the rest of the wives, and indeed her family members. She doesn’t fit in well and she actually has compassion for people, unlike the rest of them
As the scandal breaks, Sophie decides not to stand by her husband and flees to a small Yorkshire village by the sea while she recovers from the shock. Here she is shown some lovely northern hospitality and the adventure to find her true self begins.
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew is filled with delicious characters that you will love to hate, alongside others you’d love to meet. A fabulous read that has everything from scandal to warmth and compassion. Even Robbie Williams gets a mention.
I just kept reading this to the detriment of everything else. Highly recommended,
By the way, does anyone know what the crunchy pie that Elliott and Luke served is?
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is like a fairy tale for grown-ups with wicked witches, village myths, and English history.
Our main character Marnie was starved of food and affection from her family, and has only one lovely memory from her childhood – that was when she spent a glorious summer holiday learning to bake with an elderly neighbour. Her love of baking followed her into adulthood where she meets an eccentric elderly lady called Lilian in a baking chat room.
The pair meet up in real life and find delight in each other’s company. After another disastrous relationship ends, Lillian encourages Marnie to move into one of her cottages in Wychwell, a small village in the Yorkshire Dales which has a very dubious history attached to it.
I thought I’d guessed the storyline about a quarter of the way in, but I was so wrong. I enjoyed a delightful reading experience watching it unfold with several surprises along the way.
This was another unputdownable book from Milly Johnson that is witty, magical, and heartwarming, filled with villains and eccentric characters.
Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage
Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage is set in the Wildflower Cottage Animal Sanctuary that is home to a collection of wild birds, shire horses, a 3 legged donkey, a huge cat and a big dog!
Our main character, Viv, heads off to Yorkshire for a summer job after university to gain some admin experience in a small business, although there is a hint from the offset that she has other reasons for being there.
Running alongside this, we meet Viv’s mum and her menopausal friends The Old Spice Girls.
It did take me a while to get into this one as there was quite a lot of characters, but once you get to grips with them all, it’s easy reading as the story unfolds. I love the setting of the sanctuary and its inhabitants, along with the myths and history surrounding the village.
The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson
The Queen of Wishful Thinking is set around an antique shop in Yorkshire with the main character Bonnie secretly getting ready to flee an unhappy marriage.
This book handled some pretty heavy storylines including depression, suicide, death, miscarriage, and several unhappy marriages. I did find it a little darker than other Milly Johnson novels.
However, it is still a good read as it is interspersed with humour and has a colourful cast of antique dealers that includes Vintage Valerie, Starstruck, Medal Mickey, Stickalampinit, Mart Deco, and Clock Robin. I will leave you to guess their specialties.
There is also humourous little snippets from the local newspaper making apologies for misprints which raised a giggle.
The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson
Although it is a stand-alone story in its own right, The Barn on Half Moon Hill features a quick return trip to Winterworld and was a prequel to the book that came out in the winter of 2018.
Whilst it is only a short story, it is a lovely bit of escapism for an hour that certainly acted as a teaser of what was to come, or as a taster of Milly Johnson’s style of writing if you’ve never read her before.
Available exclusively as an Ebook for only 99p, all proceeds go to a very worthy charity, Care for Claire, a tragic tale of a lady who lost everything! What a lovely way to donate to charity and get something for yourself at the same time. It costs the same as a bar of chocolate but lasts longer and will leave you guilt-free. Go ahead put the kettle on now, click through to Amazon, and put your feet up for an hour or two.
Milly Johnson Bibliography
I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day (Oct 2020)
My One True North (2020)
The Dreams of Lara Cliffe novella (2020)
A Cat Shaped Space poetry (2019)
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew (2019)
The Mother of All Christmases (2018)
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman (2018)
The Queen of Wishful Thinking (2017)
Petit Four audio collection (2017)
The Barn on Half Moon Hill ebook novella (2016)
Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage (2016)
Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe (2015)
Ladies Who Launch ebook novella (2015)
The Teashop on the Corner (2014)
Here Come the Boys ebook novella (2014)
It’s Raining Men (2013)
The Wedding Dress ebook novella (2012)
A Winter Flame (2012)
White Wedding (2012)
An Autumn Crush (2011)
Here Come The Girls (2011)
A Summer Fling (2010)
A Spring Affair (2009)
The Birds and the Bees (2008)
The Yorkshire Pudding Club (2007)
Have you read any books by the author Milly Johnson?
Which ones have been your favourites?
I will come back to add more reviews to this post with each new release, and I may well reread some of the old ones too.
Why not check out more of my recommended reading below or perhaps read some of my other themed book posts including a poetry book review by Milly: