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Milly Johnson
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4 Feb 2008
Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiance Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement. And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy. So, like the Scottish country jig 'The Birds and the Bees', the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam's master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416525912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416525912
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 10 published novels, a book of short stories and a novella, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.

She wrote her first book 'Judith in the Land of Buns, Biscuits and Cakes' whilst still at school - an opus that remains tragically unpublished. It was only when a ex-boss called Barnsley 'A Joke Town' that she resolved to write a book about Barnsley folk and to show that the town is actually quite a nice, friendly place to grow up and live in.

She writes about love, life, friendships, rather nice food and a little bit of the magic that sometimes crops up in real life.

When not writing, she is usually shouting at her two teenage sons to put things AWAY, watching Jeremy Kyle or being walked by her Eurasier dog Teddy, who also has a column in the local paper and gets paid more than she does.

Milly's website is She is on Twitter @millyjohnson and FB

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About the Author

Five-foot-tall Milly Johnson is a half Barnsley, half Glaswegian writer of greetings cards, novels and shopping lists featuring gin and buns. When not writing she is either reading, learning Italian, mixing with the Yorkshire glitterati, getting up the council's nose about a Dodworth Road Pedestrian Crossing or ironing school clothes. She lives with her two boys and a quartet of mad animals near her Mam and Dad in the middle of Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee-oootiful 29 Jan 2008
By Southpa
I've been waiting for weeks to write a review of this here, having been given a preliminary copy of the book. An intelligent, humorous read - great depth and lightness, humour and pathos, the same qualities that endeared me to this author in book I - although tackled I thought here with a lighter, matured touch.

This is a book you won't put down - annoyingly you'll want to know who ends up with whom and then (I warn you) you'll be annoyed you reached the end, Escapism to leave you with a big beaming smile on your face!

I like this author.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the bee's knees 5 Feb 2008
Ohhh...I just loved this one, I didn't want it to end. I've been looking forward to it for ages after really enjoying the Yorkshire Pudding Club... and the good news is that Milly Johnson has triumphed again!

The plot is about Stevie, Matthew, Jo and Adam. Stevie's all set to marry Matthew in a few weeks when a complete stranger (Adam) knocks on her door and informs her that Matthew is having it away with Adam's other half Jo. Stevie is devastated but Adam has a plan to split up Matthew and Jo, and asks Stevie to help him with it.
Initially she resists, but then goes along with him, only to discover that she's actually enjoying spending time plotting with Adam...

This is great fun and very well-written, with real warmth and wit. The characters are fab, and it all feels very fresh and original. I laughed out loud countless times, and was sorry to see it end. Sweet as honey!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Marian Keyes... 4 Feb 2008
... you must read Milly Johnson. There are two writers in this genre who can move me to tears as well as to out-loud laughter. Marian Keyes is one, Milly Johnson is the other. Milly has a true talent for making her readers feel very deeply for her characters, both her tough-but-soft female characters and her strong and sexy heroes. This is real, heart-felt life here and you can tell the difference. If you need a book to lose yourself in and one you'll want to read all over again as soon as you finish it, this is the one for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy 5 Feb 2008
Having enjoyed the first book by this author I was sceptical she would fall prey to that 'second book curse' but this was even better, and quite different and yet both books have warmed up the cockles of my heart in the very nicest way. I ran the full gamut of emotions - laughed out loud at some bits and very much felt for Stevie in her isolation. I want that cottage and that man and those friends and that little boy - that's the way that book left me. And the end-line left me in tears - but I won't spoil it. A wonderful read and one that I shall enjoy reading all over again in a few months.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read hundreds of books mostly "chick lit" ,i love reading , and i have to say Milly Johnson is great , this book had me laughing out loud on the bus to work, and even a few tears here and there, you realy get engrosed in this book, all of a sudden you look up and you are at your stop.If you want a heartfelt and uplifting and extremeley funny read , this is the one.It is true that its a bit predicatable especially if you have read a lot of books, but its still written realy well, and though it doesnt suprise it certainly makes you feel good. fantastic , would highly reccomend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is no secret that most "chick lit" novels are predictable - and this is easily the most predictable one I have ever read. Even if I outlined the plot in detail right here, I would not be able to ruin any surprises for you because there aren't any.

Having said that...

It is also deliciously sweet and very, very funny. It is a witty piece of work that had me laughing out loud on the tube of all places - and I loved the way she wrote the character of Adam with a Scottish accent because I could really hear him speaking in my mind and it added greatly to my enjoyment of the novel.

It was clear which characters we were supposed to greatly dislike and which we were supposed to love because they were written such that there was no other outcome.

As per normal novels of this genre, everything came together beautifully in the end and all loose ends were perfectly tied up. I guess this is what makes these kinds of books an indulgence between heavy reading for me. I was lucky enough to nab a Kindle copy during a sale but at any price up to about 4.99, you can't really go wrong. Great as a guilty pleasure or to borrow for a once-read. I would read more by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Book Of The Year (So Far) 12 July 2008
I have just read this book twice in the space of two weeks. Why? It was a fantastic read: touching, witty, sharply observed characters, wonderful little laugh out loud one liners, and most importantly (obviously, for any modern chick lit fan!) a happy ending.
Stevie, the heroine, is not perfect, neither is her life and that's before it is turned upside down. There are characters to love, some to hate, some to melt your heart and some to fall in love with.
I was truly gutted to have finished reading this book, and just wanted it to go on and on and on.
Bring on Milly's 3rd book (as fast as she can write it!!!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down-able 24 Oct 2008
I have to say from looking at the cover of this book, I wasn't overly excited about reading this book, but I has read all of the great reviews for it on Amazon, so thought I would give it a go.

I'm glad I did because it was wonderful - heartwarming, surprising, well written and funny - and I was genuinely gutted when I finished it!

I have rushed out to by Milly's first book. Can't wait til it arrives!
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