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My One True North Reader Reviews

My One True North


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

My One True North by Milly Johnson tells the story of two people who lose someone they love within moments of each other. Laurie and Pete are both grieving in their own way for their lost loves. They meet through a local counselling group and strike up a friendship unaware of each others history.

As their friendship blossoms, they both discover that their dead partners were deceiving them, and the plot thickens.

The style of writing of this novel is so easy to read, you just want to keep on reading to find out where it takes the characters and how they deal with the aftermath of the tragedies. There are twists and turns, highs and lows, short chapters to keep you guessing told in diary format. I loved this book and will hunt for some more Milly Johnson books to peruse!

Hannah Symonds

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

I couldn't wait to read the latest book by Milly, I am a big fan of hers. This story centres around Laurie and Pete they have both lost their partners and are both find it hard to cope. They meet at a support group and a bond between them grows, as their bond becomes more, never in a million years would you guess what they discover about their previous lives. This is a story about grief, friendships, love and finding out all about secrets. One that you won't want to miss.

Heather Howarth

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.

I met Molly in the only Milly Johnson book I have read which gave me some background for this book. Molly set up a self-help group for individuals who have recently been bereaved. Pete and Laurie meet but each has unresolved issues from their partners’ deaths to work through before they can move forward. Molly works her magic through coffee and cake helping her visitors to talk about their lives in a safe and supportive environment.

I very quickly empathised with both main characters - I worked out the dilemma at the centre of their relationship but this did not detract from the very human emotions described. They were ably supported by a group of well-drawn character.

An enjoyable and heartwarming tale which I read in 2 sittings.

Samantha Clarke

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

Excellent book! Milly's best yet! Really engaged with the main characters! You're in for a real treat when you read this!!

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

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

I enjoyed this book immensely. It's a real feel-good story. It deals with the effects of the loss of a partner, experienced by each of the two main characters, Laurie and Pete, who meet at an unusual support group , where the members get together every week for cake and coffee and discuss their feelings with Molly, the kind and wise group leader.

Gradually Pete and Laurie realise that they have a great deal in common, but there are many obstacles to their getting together, and although you keep hoping it will happen, it doesn't go to plan at all.

There are great characters in the story and a lot of humour, but also words of wisdom about dealing with grief.

I would recommend this book highly and will look for more books by the same author.

Julie Bertschin

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.

My One True North cannot fail to move you.

It is a story which reflects the whole gambit of emotions we feel when we lose a loved one; the pain, anguish, sorrow and emptiness which comes in waves and hits us on a daily basis. Having lost both my parents recently I could identify with the range of feelings and the stages of grief that cripple both of the main characters in this novel.

The support group is a lifeline which they find comfort from, being amongst other people who have themselves suffered the same loss. The questions behind the sudden deaths of both partners have to be answered before their wounds can heal.

It is the discovery of the answers to those questions that draw the story onwards, gripping the reader to find out the truth, along with the hope that these two people can find peace and happiness when the pieces of the puzzle have been completed. Our ability to forgive what has happened in the past and move on with our lives to find our own "one true north" is the at the heart of this beautiful story.

Fiona Maclean

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.

My One True North grew on me and the increasingly intertwined tale of Laurie and Pete was gripping. A love story with a twist, the story tells of two people who lost their partners on the same night. A chance meeting at a support group and mutual attraction leads to a blossoming relationship. The story itself is a tangled tale. It took me several chapters to really start enjoying this book - establishing the plot seemed a little drawn out. I loved some of the little devices used by Milly Johnson though, the Daily Trumpet apologies did make me giggle. This is a long but easy read, the kind of book I'd take away for a fortnight's holiday. By the end, both characters seem entirely credible and are endearing. It's the kind of book where you finish wishing them well for the future...

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471178498
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),