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My One True North

by Milly Johnson

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on My One True North

A delightfully readable, emotional, warm and witty relationship tale. This is Milly Johnson’s 17th novel, and I still look forward to them, each feels fresh, different, and I just know I will have a lovely reading experience. Friendships form and love whispers hello at a counselling group, will it be recognised or even welcomed? If you haven’t read any of her books before, just be aware that there are plenty of emotional subjects to discover along the way, you just have to read the book synopsis here to know that! The prologue sent a shiver coursing through me, grief has kept company with many of the characters. Milly Johnson approaches the more difficult side of life with true compassion. Here, there are also some wickedly funny excerpts from the local paper which balance the story beautifully. Although your heart may well ache during, the overall feeling that I was left with after, was that I had just been given the hugest, squashiest hug. My One True North is a truly lovely read, and after I had turned the final page was left feeling fully satisfied and contented.

Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Liz Robinson

My One True North Synopsis

The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew - a gorgeous read full of hope, warmth and heartfelt emotion.

Laurie and Pete should never have met.

But fate has pushed them together for a reason.

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group - and meet each other.

From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning. Except, the more they talk, the more they begin to spot the strange parallels in their stories. Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.

But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.

My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.

My One True North Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A story of grief and happiness, lies and truths, impossible to put down. Full review


This is a story about grief, friendships, love and finding out all about secrets. One that you won't want to miss. Full review

Hannah Symonds

An enjoyable and heartwarming tale of Laurie and Pete recovering from the sudden deaths of their partners. Both have unresolved issues to explore with the assistance of Molly and coffee and cake. A story of new beginnings and friendship and love. Highly recommended. Full review

Heather Howarth

Excellent! Milly's best book yet! Loved the main characters! You're in for a real treat when you read this!! Full review

Samantha Clarke

A great feel-good novel about loss and finding love again. Full review

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

A fantastic read for anyone who has felt the pain of losing someone close. With an interesting twist and the essence of hope springing from disaster. Marvellous. Full review

Julie Bertschin

A love story with a twist, My One True North tells of two people who lost their partners on the same night. The main characters, Laurie and Pete, discover the truth about the tangled web of their past as they become increasingly entwined. Full review

Fiona Maclean

Milly Johnson really writes the most beautiful books. They are books that give you hope when you are feeling like everything is getting a bit too much and make you feel as though you are talking to a friend. Full review

Melisa Broadbent

My One True North Press Reviews

'A dazzling, contemporary masterpiece, full of heart, soul and humour' -- Pam Norfolk - Lancashire Evening Post

'If your March reading list is all about warmth and cosiness, then Milly Johnson's latest novel should be top of your reading pile. From the writer of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew (which is fabulous, by the way) My One True North is full of the heartfelt optimism we need at this time of year' - Yahoo Book of the Month

'Milly Johnson brings her trademark warmth, humour and compassion to this tale of love, fate, second chances and the importance of giving your heart time to heal. The perfect read for a rainy day spent under a blanket' - Culturefly, 8 of the Best New Books To Read This March

'A heartfelt and emotional story . . . It's another wonderful feelgood read from a talented author' - Daily Express

'A heart-warming and engaging read' - Woman's Weekly

'A heartfelt novel from one of our favourite authors' - Bella

'The feeling you get when you read a Milly Johnson book should be bottled and made available on the NHS' -- Debbie Johnson -

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471178528
Publication date: 23/07/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471178498
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471178528
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Milly Johnson

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, and with millions of copies of her books sold across the world, Milly’s star continues to rise. In 2020 she will be a featured author in the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads and World Book Night campaigns. My One True North is her seventeenth novel. Milly writes from the heart about what and where she knows and highlights the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength ...

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