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The Yorkshire Pudding Club [Kindle Edition]

Milly Johnson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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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.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (15 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUTGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 www.millyjohnson.co.uk. She is on Twitter @millyjohnson and FB www.facebook.com/milly.johnson1

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puddy Great 6 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I approached this book fairly cynically, I had to admit, but it was surprisingly easy to slip into and I loved the author's fresh and quite unusual voice. I enjoyed the twists and turns of a very slick plot and the beautiful balancing of Janey and George's 'penances'. There was obvious affection in the writing for the characters and the setting, which endeared me greatly to the author (yes I'm from Yorkshire originally!), and I do look forward very much to her next offering, a chapter of which was supplied in the back. I was expecting a sequel - but was surprised with a quite different story which sounds as much, if not more, up my own personal street. A worthy first novel and one that deserves the rather 'lovely' reviews (to quote just about everyone) that I have found in the press and on the net. Well done!!!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Joy! 17 Feb 2007
By Carron
Format:Paperback
I confess babies and motherhood books etc don't really do it for me but I read this after a friend raved about it to me.I was as surprised as anyone to find myself reading 'just one more page' before I put it down (I got to a third of the book just 'reading one more page') What can I say about it? Refined older chick-lit. The pregnancy thing didn't get in the way for me because the real story is about friendships between characters that talk just the way I talk to my own friends - and I feel as if I would know them if I ever met them in the street (most odd!), so many lines that made me laugh out loud, storylines that made me physically sob (even odder for me as a hard old childless cynic!), an ending that sent me to bed smiling like a moron - and the first chapter of the author's second book in the back that had me searching on the net to find out when that's due out (and I couldn't find it - HELP!) A book that was a very lovely surprise to me and I would highly recommend it, a box of chocolates and a weekend with the door shut and the phone off the hook to enjoy it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely, lovely! 5 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I have noticed on other reviews that the word lovely keeps cropping up in association with this book and now I have read it, I can see why. I enjoyed the book so very much - but the ending is what will make me recommend it so heavily. I cannot remember sobbing so hard at a book in a long time. I won't spoil it by saying if they were happy tears or sad tears, but it affected me greatly.

Just lovely!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go.. 9 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I often do. This book goes to show how wrong we can be! I would normally have never picked this book up based on the cover and even the title. This came as part of a multi-pack of 10 summer reads and after reading the favourable reviews on here, i decided to read this one first. Wow, what a book! I was hooked from the first page and loved each of the three women the book is centered around. This story feels like a great big warm hug and is absolutely perfect for cosying up on the sofa on a rainy afternoon with a big mug of tea. Milly Johnson is a big talent and I cannot wait to read her other offerings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Join the club! 23 Jan 2009
By Dinah85 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
`The Yorkshire Pudding Club' focuses on the lives of three South Yorkshire friends, Helen, Elizabeth and Janey. The opening of the book sees them travelling to sit on an ancient fertility symbol on hillside, to help Helen who has been trying to get pregnant. The three friends are very different, Helen, an heiress, has all the material trappings a woman could want, but is trapped in a cold, abusive marriage. Elizabeth is warm and bubbly, but emotionally withdrawn and finds it difficult to let people in, resulting in a string of unsuccessful relationships. Janey has a lovely husband and a warm marriage, she is a driven career woman and never wanted children.

The three friends all fall pregnant within a few weeks of one another. The book follows them through the nine months of their pregnancy, up until the birth. `The Yorkshire Pudding Club' is essentially intelligent chick lit, the dialogue is snappy and humorous, and there are plot twists and character insights on a regular basis to keep the reader interested. The three characters approach pregnancy in an intrinsically different way, and I think this helps readers find an approach they can relate to.

I had heard a lot about this book, and wanted to read it for a while, although I had been under the impression it would be a bit more meaty than it turned out to be. The chapters tend to focus on one of the characters, and alternate between them.

The three main characters are well written, and I felt I could relate to their situations. Elizabeth was the most identifiable to me, she felt very warm if confused, and her personal background was well explained. I also felt Simon and George, Helen and Janey's husbands were well characterised, although Elizabeth's love interest was less so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Rachel
Format:Paperback
This is one of those rare and wonderful books which you cannot put down once you start to read, and can't bare to finish.

If you are, or have ever been, pregnant then you will definitely identify with the ups and downs the characters go through, but it is so much more than just about pregnancy. You really care about the characters, and what happens to them in their various relationships.

I only wish there was a sequel to tell us of their experiences of dealing with their babies, toddler groups, starting school etc.
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Published 16 hours ago by David Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!!!
A wonderful story of friendship, pregnancy and love. A funny and moving story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Will be rushing to see what else Milly has written.
Published 1 day ago by JJB500
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 day ago by Emma James
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Very much enkoyed book. Happy, feelgood stuff !! Good chickflix type reading!!
Characters likeable & I wanted to know what happened to them x
Published 3 days ago by Tracey Azura
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Published 4 days ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Loved every minute, didn't want to put it down. Feel good stories but with lots of drama and a definite page turner!
Published 5 days ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant a book up can't put down
A great story of true friendship, true life and true good hearted Yorkshire folk. Can wait to read more of Milly's books.
Published 5 days ago by claire
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars isn't enough!
I need another star for this book.
Loved it!
Published 6 days ago by charlest240
5.0 out of 5 stars Another happy ending.
My wife was hooked! Although she says Milly's stories are a bit predictable and always end with the leading ladies finding their man and a happy ending, she still enjoys the twists... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Derek Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Millie Johnson's books and this was as good as always.
Published 9 days ago by Anne Hull
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