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Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson

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.

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.

Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Author: Milly Johnson
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 22nd February 2018
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Our Review

Omg what can I say, this was magical, moving, hilarious and explosive. I've always loved all of Milly's books and thought they were amazing but this is like she has smashed away the edges of the box and become a whole new, even more fantastic Milly. This book is her in paper form, I could imagine her sitting in the kitchen with a cuppa (or a Prosecco) and telling me this story. This is a master class in creative writing if ever I saw one and I'm gutted that I've finished it as I loved my time in Wychwell.

Marnie Salt has never felt loved by anybody, apart from an old lady called Mrs Mcmaid who spent time with her as a child. Marnie didn't even receive any affection from her own mother and she throws herself into her career and into the arms of a very undeserving man. But one incident changes all that and she finds she loses both.
Thanks to a lovely old lady called Lillian Dearman she finds a new home and decides to make cheesecakes for a living, Mrs Mcmaid had given her a secret recipe many years before.
Lillian has an unusual request for Marnie which is to help her find an old well which would unearth some secrets from hundreds of years ago and I've got a funny feeling that some of those secrets we are yet to discover as I'm hoping we will be going back to Wychwell some time soon.

There was so much to this story along with such an array of interesting characters, the intrigue about the Manor House and the mystery of the pink lady ghost, Milly cleverly drip fed us the history of the village through the eyes of Lillian in the form of an old history book, and this was intertwined with flashbacks of Marnie's heartbreak. A scenario near the end which was beautiful and I really didn't see coming, a hunky love interest by the name of Herv and someone to hiss and boo at by the name of Titus, not to mention many laugh out loud moments as Milly's humour shone through, provided all round entertainment.

This has quickly become my favourite Milly book of all time and I sincerely hope we can revisit Wychwell in the not too distant future.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 13 published novels, 2 short story books and 2 novellas, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet, BBC newspaper reviewer, and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

You can find out more about Milly on her website

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