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I always enjoy the worlds that Milly Johnson creates and settling down to read The Perfectly Imperfect Woman, I was looking forward to getting to know the Wychwell community. The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is 5* of awesomeness.  🙂

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman Milly Johnson

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 4964 KB

Print Length: 464 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (22 Feb. 2018)

Language: English

ASIN: B0746P2QM1

Available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audio formats with the paperback release in July.

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.


Marnie is truly a fabulously flawed character (and one of the best I’ve read in a while).  She is totally relatable for any age group and the mistakes could be ones we make ourselves.  I really felt for her when she thinks she’s a magnet for others believing the worst of her, a belief obviously set down in childhood and reinforced by the things that happen.  I was so defensive on her behalf around her family, Caitlin  and her job, wanting to poke their eyes out.  Isn’t a great when you’re emotionally invested in a character!  In fact I was emotionally invested in them all to some degree … even Kay and Una … and I’ve shed some tears alongside the laughter.

The first time Marnie meets the Wychwell crew at the Mayday event had me laughing – definitely one of those Milly Johnson moments.  Not an auspicious start for any type of relationship between Herv and Marnie 😀 I was intrigued with the undercurrents in the Wychwell residents relationships, not only the connection between Marnie and Lilian Dearman but also the residents with each other.  What were they hiding? Who could you trust? There’s plenty of secrets to uncover.  I didn’t guess the biggest one of all!

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is much more than a romance read with conflicts, secrets and magic sprinkled throughout.  And of course cheesecake (what IS the special ingredient I wonder).  I wanted to slow down and savour every word but found it impossible.  Milly Johnson has written another page turner that ticks all the boxes for me.  Don’t miss it!

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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