- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (29 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184983203X
- ISBN-13: 978-1849832038
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 265 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Autumn Crush Paperback – 29 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Milly Johnson is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster and contributes regularly to her local Barnsley press, as well as appearing at literary festivals, plus radio and TV appearances. She is very active on social media.
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The story begins with a flat share between Juliet and Floz. Juliet's brother Guy and their friend Steve spend a lot of time in the flat. It is obvious from the beginning who will end up with who - the fun, as ever with this type of book, is watching them get there. Each character has some sort of trauma or difficult background in their lives and, of course, they are all oblivious to feelings of others.
Apart from the flat share the book centres around the two men's involvement in the British wrestling circuit, Steve's wish to open a restaurant, the love life of Juliet's gay friend Coco, and Floz's career as a writer of rhymes for greetings cards. Apart from these plot points the author does ouch on a couple of more serious issues which affect the characters but doesn't dwell on them. The variety of settings is interesting (yes, even the wrestling, much to my surprise) and so is the crowd of minor characters which gives a rounder picture of the lives that they live.
This is an amusing book which occasionally becomes touching. It's a quick and easy read and there really is nothing surprising included but it's written with a sure hand and includes lots of details and side issues to make the main story more realistic. This is one of a series based on the seasons by this author but despite the linking titles they have no characters in common and are very much stand alone books. I've read a lot of this genre and I think that these are easily soem of the best in terms of readability and also in believability.
We also meet Juliet's twin brother Guy and his best friend Steve. Guy is a chef that is working for a pig of a man and in his spare time he wrestles with his friend Steve. Steve is a wrestler who would love to do his job all of the time but with the declining interest in the sport has to settle for plastering as well. Steve and Guy are fabulous characters and with the unusual nature of the wrestling in the story it made it that littler bit more interesting.
The book flows really well and at an easy pace where you become wrapped up in their normal world with a little bit of excitement added when the girls watch the wrestling matches that Guy and Steve take part in. After seeing Juliet and Steve's disastrous night where they get drunk and end up in bed the story gets that little bit funnier too.
I loved the characters and the fact that this story was about four normal people who have different goals and their personalities make it very interesting. The one element of the story that surprised me was the one involving Floz and her secrets from her past, and this extra nugget of information made me read much quicker in an attempt to find out what it was all about.
When I reached the ending I was smiling from ear to ear as the book panned out exactly as I had hoped. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Milly Johnson book and have already got another couple waiting to be read. It reminded me slightly of Carole Matthews in her early days and I am really looking forward to the next one.
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