Title: My One True North
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 5 March 2020
Laurie 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.
But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.
My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.
I have enjoyed a number of Milly Johnson’s previous books and this latest one, My One True North, is yet another great offering.
Milly’s writing is quite simply marvellous. Despite the book focusing on the sobering themes of loss and grief, it nevertheless manages to be an uplifting story. Certain parts of the book caused me to well up with tears imagining Laurie and Pete’s heartbreak and loneliness, and in the next moment I would find myself laughing out loud at the antics of the Daily Trumpet reporters.
The characters are well done. I was particularly fascinated by Alex and Tara. Two people who were on the brink of causing so much heartbreak and yet the author has been surprisingly generous in her characterisations and I found myself having some sympathy with their situation, despite the hurt they have left behind. Whilst Laurie and Pete are great protagonists, both warm and generous and absolutely deserving of happiness, it was some of the supporting characters who really caught my attention, from the awful Reid and Cora, Alan the editor of the Daily Trumpet and Griff, Pete’s twin brother – the author introduces the reader to a range of appealing and believable characters.
I enjoyed the book very much. It is a heartwarming, entertaining and uplifting tale of love, secrets and loss, truly a love story with a twist.
Big thanks to Sara-Jade at Simon and Schuster UK for providing me with a copy of My One True North.
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 changes. 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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