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The Happiest Ever After by Milly Johnson : a review

I’m delighted to be sharing my review about The Happiest Ever After by Milly Johnson.

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book cover for The Happiest Ever After by Milly Johnson.  A dark haired woman is walking away with seagulls flying around her

The Happiest Ever After by Milly Johnson

  • Category : Contemporary Romance
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster UK (15 Feb. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3261 KB
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The Happiest Ever After Summary

Polly Potter is surviving, not thriving. She used to love her job – until her mentor died and her new boss decided to make her life hell. She used to love her partner Chris – until he cheated on her, and now she can’t forget. The only place where her life is working is on the pages of the novel she is writing – there she can create a feistier, bolder, more successful version of herself – as the ­fictional Sabrina Anderson.

But what if it was possible to start over again? To leave everything behind, forget all that went before, and live the life you’d always dreamed of?

After a set of unforeseen circumstances, Polly ends up believing she really IS Sabrina, living at the heart of a noisy Italian family restaurant by the sea. Run by Teddy, the son of her new landlady Marielle, it’s a much-loved place, facing threat of closure as a rival restaurant moves in next door. Sabrina can’t remember her life as Polly, but she knows she is living a different life from the one she used to have.

But what if this new life could belong to her after all?

The Happiest Ever After Review

I always enjoy a Milly Johnson story but OMG, this was the best!  My emotions were all over the place with this one!

This author has such a skill with writing relatable characters and I identified with each and every one in The Happiest Ever After.  I’m sure a lot of readers will relate to Polly’s experiences from the men in her life – whether that’s at work or at home.  Such a contrast between her life with Chris as Polly and her life in Slattercove as Sabrina (although it’s not all plain sailing with Marielle and her friends!).  Maybe it’s just me but a surprise like that?  Pants.  Sums up her relationship with Chris really.

This story was all about the feelings for me, the highs and the lows.  Milly gets some crackers in there amidst the sad stuff and The Daily Trumpet – if you’ve ever read any of Milly’s stories, you’ll know how funny they are.  This time I also enjoyed how they created tension at a key moment in time.  I shook my head in despair! … but didn’t really expect anything else.

Nothing stays the same, change happens and the people who slot into place aren’t always the right ones for us.  The Happiest Ever After shines the light on the message that no matter how hopeless a situation might be, we do have the power to take control and find our own way.  

As well as being a fictional story that draws you in, I’m sure this will also give inspiration and hope to others who might be going through similar things in their own lives or who aren’t feeling heard. 

The Happiest Ever After is a positive and uplifting story that will take you through ALL the emotions.

Don’t miss it!

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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 has sold millions of copies of her books sold across the world. The Happiest Ever After is her twenty-first novel.    Milly’s writing highlights the importance of community spirit and the magic of kindness. Her books inspire and uplift but she packs a punch and never shies away from the hard realities of life and the complexities of relationships in her stories. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility and joy of second chances and renaissances. Twitter @millyjohnson

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