My One True North by Milly Johnson @millyjohnson @TeamBATC @BookMinxSJV @ed_pr @megan_denholm #TheClqrt #MyOneTrueNorth #MillyJohnson #BookReview #BookBlogger

Simon & Schuster July 2020

Book Description

Laura 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…

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

My Thoughts

Firstly, huge thanks to Megan at Ed PR for sending me a copy of this novel back in the summer, I had a lot of reading commitments then so it took me a little while to get to this book, but actually reading it now was perfect, a delightful read to lift my mood during lockdown 2!

I enjoy contemporary fiction ( I prefer this term to Chick Lit, which I feel reduces and limits the genre), and I picked up this book looking for something fairly light, a happy ending and an entertaining story. This book ticked all of those boxes and more. Milly Johnson’s credentials as an author are evident through the quality of writing. I was struck whilst reading how much I enjoyed this book, which was an uplifting read but also tackled, sensively, some very sad issues.

Laurie and Pete meet at a wonderful support group for those experiencing loss, the attraction between them is instant but as well as both grieving, things become much more complicated. Two very engaging characters form the heart of this book which truly shines a light on the strength of family and friendships (or not) and the kindness of those we encounter. As I read the book I formed a premature opinion that it was a, ‘lovely’ read, and it was, I stand by this but it wasn’t all plain sailing and there was a section that was definitely darker, for a number of reasons.

For me this was very much a case of the right book at the right time, it was exactly what I was looking for and more! I talk often of The Switch by Beth O’Leary (review here) being my uplifting read of the first lockdown, and now I have a recommendation for the 2nd lockdown, yes if you need cheering up consider, My One True North and let me know what you think!

About the Author

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. Milly was chosen as one of the authors for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads 2020 campaign. 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 and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility of second chances. She is an exceptional writer who puts her heart and soul into every book she writes and every character she creates.

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