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Milly Johnson - Author

About the Author

Milly Johnson is a joke-writer, greetings card creator, newspaper columnist, after-dinner speaker, poet, actress, winner of Come Dine with Me, Sunday Times Top Ten author and recipient of Yorkshire Society Award For Arts and Culture 2015. You can find more about the Yorkshire Society at www.yorkshiresociety.org.uk


She is half-Yorkshire, half-Glaswegian so don’t expect her to buy the first round.


She likes cruising on big ships, sparkling afternoon teas, sunshine and birds of prey. She does not like marzipan or lamb chops.


She is proud patron of two fabulous charities: Yorkshire Cat Rescue

(www.yorkshirecatrescue.org) and The Well (www.thewellatthecore.co.uk) which is a complementary therapy centre for cancer patients.


She lives happily in Barnsley with her two teenage sons, Teddy the dog and two very spoilt cats. Her mam and dad live in t’next street.


Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café is her eleventh book.

Featured books by Milly Johnson

The Queen of Wishful Thinking

The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it's like finding a pot of gold - and this gem is no exception ...laughs, drama, romance and high jinks aplenty, there's nothing about this novel not to love (5 stars)' Heat When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father's business, but she isn't happy there. So when she walks into Lew's shop, she knows this is the place for her. As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve? The Queen of Wishful Thinking is the brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Teashop on the Corner - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter. 'A glorious, heartfelt novel' ROWAN COLEMAN 'Absolutely loved it. Milly's writing is like getting a big hug with just the right amount of bite underneath. I was rooting for Bonnie from the start' JANE FALLON, bestselling author of My Sweet Revenge Praise for Milly Johnson: 'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL 'Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE '

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The Teashop on the Corner

The Teashop on the Corner

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

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?

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It's Raining Men

It's Raining Men

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Winner of the Romantic Comedy Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. Best friends May, Lara and Clare are desperate for a holiday. They have been dreaming of a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, long walks in the country and just a bit of time away from it all. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, a small Yorkshire seaside town, it seems it is not the place they thought it was… May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls hook line and sinker at first glance for one of the inhabitants - but he's already taken… Lara is living with James and his awful step-children who taunt her with tales of his younger, prettier ex whom they adored - the woman who Lara walks in to find James in bed with despite all his protestations that he wouldn't touch her again with a barge pole. Reeling from the hurt, she needs the sea air of Dullem to heal her. What she doesn't need is to be constantly in battle with the owner of the holiday cottage - a man who is every bit as bitter and resentful and untrusting of the other sex as she is. Clare's kind, steady boyfriend Lud wants her to go and live abroad with him for two years, but she's just been offered the promotion of a lifetime. It gives her the excuse she needs to end the relationship and find some single excitement which happens to turn up in the form of a very bad boy who is everything Lud isn't - impulsive, wild and dangerous. Will this holiday be the break they all need? Or will the odd little town with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point…?

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White Wedding

White Wedding

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

It's the day they've always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare ...? Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph? Bel's best friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can't quite say the words, 'I don't want to marry you anymore.' Then, just when she's about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet? Their childhood friend Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiance Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what's really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom? And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness - though maybe not quite in the way they expected ...

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Here Come the Girls

Here Come the Girls

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster. Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time. But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?

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Other books by Milly Johnson

Feher eskuvo

Feher eskuvo

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2014

Erre a napra vartak. Ez lesz-e a nap, amelyen valora valnak almaik? Bel, egy csokoladedinasztia orokosnoje az alomeskuvojet tervezgeti elete szerelmevel, Richarddal, amikor bekovetkezik a katasztrofa, es az addig hibatlannak hitt vilag darabokra hullik korulotte. A fagylaltszalon-tulajdonos Violet arra keszul, hogy orok huseget fogadjon Glynnek, akit mar reges-reg nem szeret, am megsem kepes kimondani a rovidke mondatot: mar nem akarok a feleseged lenni."e; A mindent onerobol elero uzletasszony, Max ugy tervezi, hogy a hazassagkoto teremben mondja ki a boldogito igent jokepu volegenyenek, Stuartnak, de ahogy kozeleg a nagy nap, egyre jobban magaval ragadja a regi abrand: a bazi nagy lagzi es annak mesebe illo kellekei. Mindharom no a Feher Eskuvo menyasszonyiruha-szalonban keresi a tokeletes alkalomhoz leginkabb illo, megfelelo kellekeket. A szalon tulajdonosa, Freya a garancia arra, hogy a kivalasztott ruha meghozza majd nekik az ahitott boldogsagot, bar kozel sem biztos, hogy ugy, ahogy eredetileg elterveztek...

The Teashop on the Corner

The Teashop on the Corner

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

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?

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Here Come the Boys (short story)

Here Come the Boys (short story)

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2014

An exclusive ebook short story from top ten bestseller Milly Johnson. Also includes a sneak peek of her new novelThe Teashop on the Corner. Angie Silverton and her husband are taking a much-needed holiday on the cruise ship Mermaidia, so the last person she hopes to bump into is her one-time best friend Selina who stole the love of her life and married him twenty years ago. And what she needs even less is to be marooned in Malaga with Selina when both of them manage to miss boarding the ship in port. It will take three days for them to travel across Europe to catch up with the ship again in Croatia. And in the company of each other twenty-four/seven, a lot of old baggage is going to be unloaded. Praise for Milly Johnson: 'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL 'Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE 'An irresistibly feel-good read' JANE COSTELLO

It's Raining Men

It's Raining Men

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Winner of the Romantic Comedy Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. Best friends May, Lara and Clare are desperate for a holiday. They have been dreaming of a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, long walks in the country and just a bit of time away from it all. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, a small Yorkshire seaside town, it seems it is not the place they thought it was… May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls hook line and sinker at first glance for one of the inhabitants - but he's already taken… Lara is living with James and his awful step-children who taunt her with tales of his younger, prettier ex whom they adored - the woman who Lara walks in to find James in bed with despite all his protestations that he wouldn't touch her again with a barge pole. Reeling from the hurt, she needs the sea air of Dullem to heal her. What she doesn't need is to be constantly in battle with the owner of the holiday cottage - a man who is every bit as bitter and resentful and untrusting of the other sex as she is. Clare's kind, steady boyfriend Lud wants her to go and live abroad with him for two years, but she's just been offered the promotion of a lifetime. It gives her the excuse she needs to end the relationship and find some single excitement which happens to turn up in the form of a very bad boy who is everything Lud isn't - impulsive, wild and dangerous. Will this holiday be the break they all need? Or will the odd little town with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point…?

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Four Seasons Collection

Four Seasons Collection

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2013

All four of Milly's bestselling seasonal titles - A Spring Affair, A Summer Fling, An Autumn Crush, A Winter Flame- in one exclusive ebook edition, with an introduction from Milly on the inspiration behind the novels.

A Winter Flame

A Winter Flame

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Tis the season to be jolly... But can Eve find happiness through the frost? A heartwarming and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe and The Queen of Wishful Thinking. Eve has never liked Christmas. So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme ... And that's not the only catch. Her aunt's will stipulates that Eve must run the park with a mysterious partner, the exotically named Jacques Glace. Who is this Jacques, and why did Aunt Evelyn name him in her will? But Eve isn't going to back down from a challenge. She's determined to make a success of Winterworld, no matter what. Can she overcome her dislike of Christmas, and can Jacques melt her frozen heart at last?

Wedding Dress (short stories)

Wedding Dress (short stories)

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2012

From the much-loved Milly Johnson comes three new short stories, exclusive to ebook, along with a sneak peek at her new novel, A WINTER FLAME. If you have not yet had the pleasure of reading WHITE WEDDING, beware that the title story, THE WEDDING DRESS, is a mini sequel and contains spoilers!

White Wedding

White Wedding

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

It's the day they've always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare ...? Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph? Bel's best friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can't quite say the words, 'I don't want to marry you anymore.' Then, just when she's about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet? Their childhood friend Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiance Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what's really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom? And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness - though maybe not quite in the way they expected ...

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An Autumn Crush

An Autumn Crush

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Four friends, two crushes and a secret ... After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate, little believing that in her late thirties she'll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Hattie, raw from her own relationship split, and the two woman hit it off. When Juliet's twin brother Guy meets Hattie, he is overcome with a massive crush, just as his friend Steve develops the hots for Juliet. But being a shy, gentle giant, Guy communicates so clumsily with Hattie as to give her the opposite impression. Can he turn Hattie's affection for his family into love for him? And then Juliet makes a discovery, which will turn their lives upside-down ... 'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL

Here Come the Girls

Here Come the Girls

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster. Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time. But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?

ebook of the month
A Summer Fling

A Summer Fling

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

When five women become friends, it's one for all, and all for one! A heartwarming and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe and The Queen of Wishful Thinking. When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire ... Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiance, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she's not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there's Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart? At 28, Raychel is the youngest member of their little gang. And with a loving husband, Ben, and a cosy little nest for two, she would seem to be the happiest. But what dark secrets are lurking behind this perfect facade, that make sweet, pretty Raychel so guarded and unwilling to open up?

A Spring Affair

A Spring Affair

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2009

THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! 'Clear your house and clear your mind. Don't let life's clutter dictate to you. Throw it away and take back the control!' When Lou Winter picks up a dog-eared magazine in the dentist's waiting room and spots an article about clearing clutter, she little realises how it will change her life. What begins as an earnest spring clean soon spirals out of control. Lou's loved ones grow disgruntled. Why is clearing out cupboards suddenly more important than making his breakfast, her husband Phil wonders? The truth is, the more rubbish Lou lets go of, the more light and air can get to those painful, closed-up places at the centre of her heart. Even lovely Tom Broom, the man who delivers Lou's skips, starts to grow concerned about his sweetest customer. But Lou is a woman on a mission, and not even she knows where it will end . . . For fans of Katie Fforde and Cathy Bramley, A Spring Affair will warm your heart. What people are saying about Milly Johnson: `An irresistibly feel-good read'Jane Costello `There should be a public health warning with this book: only read if you can afford to lose a day. I emerged from its pages in a mood of sublime contentment' Debby Holt `Another gem from Milly Johnson' The Sun `An irresistibly warm and romantic read' S Magazine `A warm, funny, and touching tale about friendship, relationships, and everyday lives. I loved it' Matt Dunn