The Teashop on the Corner – Milly Johnson


Paperback: 512 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19th June 2014)

Book Description: Life is full of second chances…if only you keep your heart open for them. Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Leni Merryman’s Teashop on the Corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on. Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward. Molly Jones’s ex-husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it is too late. And Will Linton’s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again. Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in The Teashop on the Corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it most…? A story of love, friendship and second chances that will warm your heart and rekindle your hope.

My review: 

As anyone who has ever spoken to me in “real life”, followed me on twitter or read this blog with know – I am a HUGE Milly Johnson fan. I pre-ordered this book months ago and promised myself that as soon as I had finished the Hilary Mantel book, this would be my first read. Maybe that is why I got so frustrated with how long it took me to read that book.

I am sat typing this with my cheeks still damp from the last hour of my life which has been spent sobbing my heart out at the last 100 or so pages of this book.  WOW! Milly, you have done it again. 

The story is so heartwarming and lovely – it’s about a group of random people who meet and become friends under the most random of circumstances. YES you can see many things coming fro early on in the book and yes, there are some surprises along the way and, of course, as with all Milly Johnson’s books, there is an element of magic involved. 

I loved the characters – I loved Carla, Molly, Leni, Ryan, Shaun, Paviter and Will so much, I really hope they pop up again in a future book.

It was exactly what you would expect from Milly Johnson – but brilliantererer! Every time i finish one of Milly’s books I say “this is my favourite one so far”! This one is definitely the one which has made me cry the most. 

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