Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it’s a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time. And she has no idea either how it could possibly have happened, seeing as she and her ecstatic husband George were always so careful over contraception. For Elizabeth, it is mind-numbing, because she knows people like her shouldn’t have children. Damaged by her dysfunctional childhood and emotionally lost, she not only has to contend with carrying a child she doubts she can ever love, but she also has to deal with the return to her life of a man whose love she must deny herself. Heart-warming, up-lifting, tear-jerking and lovely, THE YORKSHIRE PUDDING CLUB is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy. How it revitalises one woman’s tired marriage, strengthens another’s belief in herself and brings love and warmth to a cold and empty life.
I will start by telling you that I LOVE Milly Johnson. I haven’t yet read all of her books – although I do own them all. I love Milly’s style of writing – her books, to look at, are your standard chic-lit books. Pastely coloured covers, stories about groups of friends (normally a trio of friends), all with something going on – one in an unhappy marriage, one who is single….you get the idea. When you actually read one of Milly’s books they are so not what you expect. There is an element of mystical forces about them and this one is no different.
The story starts off with 3 friends all visiting the Cerne Giant as one of them is struggling to get pregnant. Straight away I was “there” – mainly because the Cerne Giant is about 7 miles up the road from me! I knew straight away where the story would go with the 3 friends and their visit but I still read on because I just love her work.
I really enjoyed the characters. Helen was a bit annoying – she filled the role of character you want to grab and shake very hard perfectly. Janey I warmed to but I did think she was a bit of a selfish cow. Especially as her husband was so lovely. I did expect her to have been an adulterous woman just because of how she was. Elizabeth was my favourite. I really felt for her. Sometimes she frustrated the hell out of me, but I did really liked her.
There are some unexpected twists along the way, and there were parts where I cried (I told you, I’m a “read ’em and weep”-er!) but all in all, I loved this book. Not my favourite Milly Johnson book – that would be White Wedding – but still a worthy competitor.
A great read all year round.