Friday, 19 June 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson

What They Say:
Love, laughter, friendship and chocolate. The heartwarming new novel from Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, Milly Johnson

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 Café, they'll make him wish he had never so much as looked at 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 Café help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon cure her affliction and make her smile again…?

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

What I Say:
I would like to thank Milly Johnson and Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I first heard an extra from this book when I went to the Books in The City Blogger event in March and to say I was excited to be reading this would be an understatement.  I was going to save it for my holidays in July but after going to the #TeamMilly afternoon tea on Saturday I knew I couldn’t hold off any longer.

When Della stumbles on information about Jimmy cheating on his wife it’s not this that sends her into a tiz, it’s who he is cheating with.  Della has always been in love with Jimmy and he has always thrown her just enough affection to keep her on side.  Della is so upset she goes to visit Jimmy’s wife Connie who she has always been jealous of.  Connie is devastated by the news but they decide to join forces to teach Jimmy a lesson and put him out of business.

The story is told from various POV along the way and you get to see that Jimmy really is stupid by thinking with a part of his anatomy instead of his head.

I really liked Connie and Cheryl as they are both fighters despite what has been thrown at them and I really was rooting for them both to come out on top.  Della, I felt sorry for her, in a lot of ways she had wasted her life on a boss who played on her feelings for him.  Jimmy, I can’t say I didn’t like him, he was a loveable rogue who got found out and lost a lot because of his own selfish mistakes.

This really is a feel good read that at times had me laughing out loud especially when Connie changed Diamond Shines website.  The cleaners in the story were hilarious and some of the antics you wouldn’t believe.  I would thoroughly recommend this especially if you want a read where most of the characters are slightly older than in every other book around at the moment.

Keep these wonderful books coming Milly, I can’t wait to read the next one.

5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

Milly Johnson is a Sunday Times top ten bestselling author. Her novels 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. Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe is her eleventh book.

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or follow her on Twitter @millyjohnson.

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