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Milly Johnson – The Wedding Dress

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I decided to read this as it combines my favourite author with my current occupation – weddings!

Unfortunately, I kind of wish I hadn’t read the set of three short stories. It carries on from White Wedding, and although I wanted to know more about the characters when I finished reading that, I think this book was a little bit of a disappointment.

Not in writing, Milly Johnson doesn’t disappoint like that, just that the three short stories were really short, and I finished each of them feeling a little rushed and still hoping for more. I’d hoped that the stories would give me a bit of closure, but I kind of felt deflated. It would have been nice if each story was longer, or just a little more fleshed out, I think this would have made me much happier.

My main problem however, was in the editing of the book, there were a fair few obvious mistakes that left the book feeling less than professional. I’d love to be an editor, getting paid to read books (yes, I’m sure there’s more to it than that), but when a wrong person’s name is used, it just leaps off the page at you (or at least it does to me).

For a 99p ebook, it wasn’t bad, just not what I was expecting!

Review: Milly Johnson – White Wedding

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Milly Johnson - White WeddingWell it’s been a long time since I started reading this book, over six weeks in fact. But I’ll blame that on Game of Thrones since this book was abandoned in my bedside drawer while I went on a fantasy epic.

But after finishing Game of Thrones, and realising that I was going to a wedding last weekend, what a perfect time to pick this up again. Except not really, since I was hoping for a beautiful wedding to get me in the mood and nothing seemed to go right for these poor three girls.

Pretty much straight away you get a good idea of the personalities of the three ladies and where you think their story is heading. And although I may have been right in all three instances, there were some twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting.

I did find it hard to feel any empathy for either Max or Violet. I felt a connection to Bel, I really liked that character. But Violet was a bit wet for my liking (although understandably so) and Max was just way too stuck up and out there to be someone that I would like. But even though I couldn’t feel for the characters, I still couldn’t wait to read more about them to find out if I was right about their happy endings.

I did find this a very easy read, nothing too taxing for my poor brain, which was just what I needed after GoT. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite of Milly’s books, although I think I did it a disservice by reading it in two parts such a long time from each other, so maybe a re-read would make me feel better about the experience. Although with the length of my to-read pile, that isn’t coming any time soon!

3/5