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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

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

From the Queen of Feel-good Fiction! Lara Cliffe and her three friends are off on a mini break for her hen party. It's three weeks before her wedding to 'Steady Freddie', one of the kindest men on the planet. But something is worrying Lara. Her friends say it's wedding jitters, but she isn't so sure. Fifteen years ago the love of her life, Danny Belfont, walked out on her three weeks before their wedding and she has never been able to fully get him out of her heart. Then, on the overnight ferry, Lara finds out that Danny is playing in the onboard band and he spots her in the crowd. Will she meet him the next night to talk? As the wonderful city of Amsterdam works its magic on Lara, she tries to sort out her thoughts. And if fate has brought Lara and Danny back together ... is it really for love or for something quite different?

A Winter Flame

A Winter Flame

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it's like finding a pot of gold' Heat Tis the season to be jolly... But can Eve find happiness through the frost? A heartwarming and hilarious novel from the Sunday Times 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?

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew The top five Sunday Times bestseller - discover the magic of Milly

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew The top five Sunday Times bestseller - discover the magic of Milly

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2019

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'A warm hug of a book' S Magazine 'Must read' Express 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it's like finding a pot of gold' Heat The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter. Behind every successful man is a woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie 'the trophy' plays her part in front of the cameras. But the words that come out of Sophie's mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone. But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won't be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie? Praise for Milly Johnson: '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' JANE FALLON 'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL 'Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE

The Mother of All Christmases

The Mother of All Christmases

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Full of love and laughter' Daily Express 'Full of characters you can identify with and an uplifting sense of warmth' Debbie Johnson `Johnson is a bona fide commercial blockbuster author and her latest offering is a treat ... a properly juicy novel' Grazia `Always rooted in the deep issues that shape and shake women's lives ... Sprinkled with festive cheer' The Lady Eve Glace - co-owner of the theme park Winterworld - is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she's decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them ... Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren't typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep? Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the `Christmas Pudding Club', a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches? From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman, The Mother of All Christmases is a gorgeous read full of love, life, laughter, a few tears - and crackers! 'Brings love, life and laughter' Yours 'A festive-themed, big-hearted feast bursting with love, laughter, tears, a cast of characters that readers will love as much as their own best friends' Lancashire Post 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it's like finding a pot of gold' Heat

The Yorkshire Pudding Club

The Yorkshire Pudding Club

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! Heartwarming, uplifting and lovely, this is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe and The Queen of Wishful Thinking. Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it's a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time. And she has no idea either how it could possibly have happened, seeing as she and her ecstatic husband George were always so careful over contraception. For Elizabeth, it is mind-numbing, because she knows people like her shouldn't have children. Damaged by her dysfunctional childhood and emotionally lost, she not only has to contend with carrying a child she doubts she can ever love, but she also has to deal with the return to her life of a man whose love she must deny herself.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2018

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! `With mystery, romance and humour, every page of this enjoyable tale is glorious' heat `A lovely romantic comedy and, with its cast of colourful characters, is another masterpiece from queen of romance Milly Johnson' My Weekly `Heartwarming' Bella From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Queen of Wishful Thinking - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter. 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 a heart-warming and hilarious 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. Praise for Milly Johnson: '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 `Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL `Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE

Petit Four

Petit Four

Author: Milly Johnson, Colleen Prendergast Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2017

Available for the first time: audio editions of Millys brilliant short stories: Here Come the Boys, The Wedding Dress, Ladies Who Launch and The Barn on Half Moon Hill. Milly Johnson is the sparkling and irrepressible author of six bestselling novels. She is also a columnist, greetings card copywriter, poet and after-dinner speaker. Her books are about the universal issues of friendship, family, betrayal, babies, rather nice food and a little bit of that magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. This audio edition is read by Colleen Prendergast and Esther Wane, who have narrated books byCathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Milly JohnsonsThe Queen of Wishful Thinking.

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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Queen of Wishful Thinking

Queen of Wishful Thinking

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

When LewisHarley 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

The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

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? 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 '

Borura deru

Borura deru

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2016

Emlekezetes nyaralasnak indult. De szerepelt a tervek kozott alkalmi romanc is? May, Lara es Clare a legjobb baratnok, akik elkeseredetten vagynak egy kis kikapcsolodasra. A kozelmultban mindharman nehez idoszakon mentek keresztul, es igazan nagy szukseguk van a levegovaltozasra. Tiz napra foglalnak szallast egy luxusszalloban, am amikor megerkeznek, radobbennek, hogy egeszen mashol kotottek ki, mint gondoltak. Rossz faluba tevedtek... Ren Dullemben semmi sem az, aminek latszik. A bajos macskako es a kepeslapra illo hazikok kozt rejtelyes titok lappang, melyet a falusiak hosszu evek ota oriznek. Miert olyan baratsagtalan es gyanakvo mindenki? Miert viselkedik olyan goromban a nyaralohaz tulajdonosa? Es miert el olyan keves no a faluban? A kulonos legkor ellenere a harom baratno ugy dont, hogy kihozza a helyzetbol a leheto legtobbet. De valoban ilyen pihenesre volt szukseguk? Vagy ez a furcsa kis falu es a sok titok eletre szolo dontesekre kenyszeriti oket?

Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage

Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it's like finding a pot of gold' Heat New beginnings, old secrets, and a place to call home - escape to Wildflower Cottage for love, laughter and friendship ... Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart. Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escaped from her past to find happiness here, but now her place of refuge is about to come under threat. Can she keep her history at bay and her future safe? Two women join forces for one shared cause - with unexpected results ... Milly Johnson writes from the heart about the universal issues of friendship, family, betrayal, rather nice food and a little bit of that magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. The perfect escapist read!

Barn on Half Moon Hill

Barn on Half Moon Hill

Author: Milly Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2016

Cariad Williams has been writing to Franco Mezzaluna since they were kids. But he has never written back. And now he has become a famous film star. Whats more, he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where Cariad works. The only problem is that she has boasted to her friends that he is her boyfriend and now everyone will find out about her lie... An exclusive short story from Milly Johnson to raise funds for the Care for Claire charity.

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe

Author: Milly Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2015

Her marriage is all washed up. It's time for a clean start... Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy's 'best girl' - or so she thought. But then she discovers that he's been playing away for the past twenty-four years, and that the chocolates she believed he bought her as a sign of his love were just a cover-up, and she is determined to get revenge. Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy's right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy's life from the inside. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Cafe, they'll make him wish he had never so much as lookedat another woman. Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kind chocolate-brown eyes start to melt her soul. Can the ladies of the Sunflower Cafe help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon cure her affliction and make her smile again...?