Monday, February 1, 2010

A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson

5 Star

Lou Winter reads an article about spring cleaning in her dentist's waiting room and decides to follow it's advice, unaware just how much this decision will change her life. As she starts to clear the clutter she begins to see her life more clearly, while her husband, Phil, grows disgruntled that she's become more interested in cleaning up than tending to his needs. The more she cleans her house, the more she feels the need to clean up her life, but can she make the necessary changes?

Lydia - 5 Star

Move over Jane Green, Jill Mansell and Madeleine Wickham, there’s a new queen in town! I absolutely LOVED A Spring Affair and think it deserves more than 5 stars!  After reading it, I thought Milly Johnson could easily become my new favourite chick lit author and when I read another one of her books (review of The Yorkshire Pudding Club coming soon) I awarded her this title and will read anything and everything she writes now.  I absolutely LOVE finding fabulous new authors and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the rest of her books and those she writes in the future.

Her characters are so well developed, her stories flow effortlessly and the tension ramps up and keeps you reading.  I was hooked on this story immediately and could not put the book down and read it in 3 days. This book even had me clearing out clutter almost as soon as I had begun the reading it (and this is not something I’m very good at).  My only complaint is that it kept me up late three nights in a row so I was half asleep while reading it and I was upset that it ended so quickly! 
I can’t wait to read more of her novels and my last complaint is that they take 1-2 months to order from Amazon Canada and I’m glad we got Kathryn’s sister to bring two of her books when she visited over the holidays, but I’m sure this will change as Milly Johnson gains international notoriety for her fantastic stories.

Kathryn - 5 Star

Really loved A Spring Affair - definitely a “coming into her own” kind of story and a great positive read.

Lou is living with a man who treats her like a personal slave- although she doesn’t see it this way.  He’s had affairs in the past and she’s tried to put these behind her and make the best of a relationship she really feels is right for her.  At the beginning of the novel Lou picks up an article about spring cleaning your home- it completely changes her perspective and forces her to take control of her life.

A spring affair appealed to me on more than one level. I get a real kick out of clearing out a few times a year so this jump started me on a mission to tackle the 6 clutter drawers in my house!  It also drew me in because Lou is very likeable. Right from the start you just want her to dump her ridiculous husband but you still feel that she’s trying to do the right thing for herself and so you feel as if you want to cheer her on no matter what decision she makes.  Perhaps the man is worth holding on to?  I also really appreciated Milly Johnson’s other characters throughout the novel.  She has a good way of writing people so that you can understand their motives and position quickly and concisely.  

A Spring Affair is definitely worth reading and be prepared to start tackling the clutter! 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK, for our review copy!

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