The Teashop on the Corner - Milly Johnson
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At her beloved husband's funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride, is determined to take everything from Carla - her home, her money, and her memories.
When Will Linton's business goes bust he at least thinks that with the support of his trophy wife Nicole he will rise to the top again. But Nicole isn't going to stick around with 'a loser' and Will finds himself at rock bottom.
Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home by her 'concerned' daughter-in-law Sherry and son Gram. Then the love of Molly's life walks in through her door - a man who broke Molly's heart into little pieces many years ago. But he says he is dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her.
All people in need of a little love and compassion which they find by chance in the stationery and teashop on the corner run by the ever-cheerful Leni, a woman that site developer Shaun McCarthy finds annoying beyond annoying for her ability to remain unrealistically upbeat about everything.
But is the world of Leni Merryman as full of rainbows and sparkles as everyone thinks? Or is her smile papering over many cracks in her heart that will soon be shattered unwittingly by her new friends?
Oh my, what a wonderful book.
I'm a huge fan of Milly anyway, but this is something special it really is.
We follow quite a few people in this story, each bound together by the lovely, calming aura of lovely Leni Merryman at the newly opened Teashop on the corner. We watch friendships blossom between Carla Price a newly widowed wife with a huge heart and a huge lack of self confidence. Sixty-Eight year old Molly Jones a shy, but happy twin with a repulsive daughter in law and a huge broken heart. Hard arse and cold property developer Shaun McCarthy. Retired doctor and charmer Pavitar Singh. Kind and honest Will Linton a hard-working roofer who's just lost his business, home and wife, and lastly Fourteen year old Ryan O'Gowan, Leni's Saturday boy from the wrong side of town and from the wrong sort of family. Together they give us such warmth, pleasure and sadness as we see them not only together, but all in their individual situations.
I can't express enough how much this book emotionally floored me. It is fantastic. As always with a Milly Johnson novel it's light, charming, easy to read and packed full of northern humour. A treat for our eyes, minds and soul. You start on page one giggling during a funeral please. I know, how bad that sounds, but believe me it's not and I know you will be giggling too. The suspense element has you gripped and it surprisingly lasts right through to the final pages without dragging or becoming tedious. The flow is perfect and even though you do have to work a bit at the beginning to get to know the characters it's totally worth while.
Packed full of northern charm, donkey rides on the beach, missing jewellery, the worth of a kindle, literacy wonderfulness, death, love, friendship and a special bond between new friends and lots and lots of cake. An emotional roller coaster proving that there still is good in people.
worthy of more than five stars.