Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review! The Teashop on The Corner by Milly Johnson

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?

Review: Another wonderful story from Milly Johnson. I found the book pretty compelling reading, with a good mix of humour and drama. There is a good selection of strong and interesting characters. 

I liked the way that we are introduced to all the characters separately before they are slotted into place beside each other, coming together in this amazing teashop/gift shop, or 'sort of literary cafe' as the owner calls it. Each of the characters, including the teashop owner, Leonora Merryman (or Leni to her friends), has their own really powerful story that gradually emerges as the tale progresses. I suspected that there was something more even to Leni's background than was apparent on the surface, and this proved to be correct in the end. 

I would have to say that, lovely as it was, I wouldn't have liked to walk into the teashop as a new customer - it would be like joining a club where everyone knew all the others and shouted across the room to their friends over the top of your head. I was quite amused by the literary-themed gifts that Leni had sourced for sale in her shop. I have been assured that such things do exist, but had never dreamt it before. The cakes that Leni produced each day for sale in the teashop sounded wonderful, and just the description of the scones had my mouth watering. 

This will be an entertaining read for people of any age. Be ready with the tissues though. It had me in tears several times. 

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