I have been so lucky to meet wonderful Milly Johnson, author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman, on several occasions and I have many of her books on my TBR, but I am ashamed to say I have never reviewed one here on Linda’s Book Bag before. I’m delighted to put that right with this review and am so looking forward to having supper with Milly at our local Literary Festival in the Deepings next May! I’m enormously grateful to Emma at ED PR for sending me a surprise copy of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman.
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman will be published by Simon and Schuster on 12th July 2018 and is available for purchase through the links here.
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.
Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.
My Review of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Marnie Salt is about to have her life turned upside down!
Oo. The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is such a smashing summer read. I had a smile on my face throughout, even when, at one point, I shed a small tear, and I frequently snorted at the humour in the story. I think The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a book every woman (and I don’t care if that sounds sexist) needs to pack in their suitcase this summer as it would make the perfect beach read. It is pure escapism with the perfect balance of reality and common sense to make it utterly believable and satisfying. I really enjoyed every moment of it.
What Milly Johnson does so brilliantly is to make the reader think ‘Yes! Exactly!’ as she has the ability to articulate emotions of all kinds, be it love or hate, embarrassment or pride, fear or courage, so well. I was right with Marnie every step of the way – even when I could see she was being an idiot, because she felt so real. Milly Johnson creates characters we care about so that they leap from the page as genuine people. Some of that reality comes through the exceptional dialogue. There’s a natural rhythm to conversations and speech with a cheeky level of expletives that is completely apposite and which made me laugh. And speaking of characters, I am totally in love with Herv and even the village Wychwell is an utterly convincing character in its own right.
The plot is a corker because Milly Johnson keeps the reader guessing throughout. This is no straightforward romance. There are village politics, secrets and some myths too so that I was completely entranced by, and immersed in, the story. I’d love to see this as a television series as there are some fabulously comic scenes, there’s poignancy and a thorough exploration of love and identity of all kinds which would be brilliant on the small screen.
I think The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a the ideal escape from the mundanity of everyday life. Just thinking about it now brings a smile to my face. It’s entertaining, it’s funny, and it’s just wonderful. A real pick-me-up read. I loved it.
About Milly Johnson
Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being a prolific author, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet, BBC newspaper reviewer, and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.
She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.
She writes about love, life, friendships and that little bit of the magic that sometimes crops up in real life. She likes owls, cats, meringues, handbags and literary gifts – but hates marzipan. She is very short.
You can follow Milly on Twitter @millyjohnson and Facebook. Milly has an excellent website too where you can sign up for her brilliant monthly newsletter with exclusive, news, offers and competitions.