What a start to a book! 3 pages in and my heart was broken already. I don’t think that’s ever happened so early in a book before, but then we returned to the teashop on the corner and all was well in the world (well, kind of).
Both Pete and Laurie have lost their partners in tragic circumstances, and neither of them are coping well with the grief, they are both lost and unable to find their way forward.
They meet at Molly’s club, a place for bereaved people to meet and talk. And it’s an odd bunch of people, so much so that neither of them think they’ll return after their first week. But there’s something special about that bunch of people, and they begin to work their magic on both Pete and Laurie.
We can see straight away that Pete and Laurie are meant to be together, but they’re both going through an incredibly difficult time, and there are some twists and turns in the way which will completely derail the path of true love, but that didn’t stop me rooting for them!
I have to say, I though that I had the plot completely figured out, but Milly managed to throw me completely off and surprised me in a way I would never have guessed!
For me, this book was fabulous. Sensitively exploring the humanness of grief and the struggles that come with it, this topic could have been really tricky and traumatic. But in true Milly style, you come away with a warm heart and a smile on your face.
The different characters in Molly’s club show you how grief can exhibit itself in completely different ways for each person, but there’s no right way except your own way, and you will come out of the other side a stronger person, it may just take time.
I was so happy to be reunited with familiar places from previous books, and to have the Daily Trumpet featured so prominently really made me smile – I love the funny corrections that have threaded themselves into previous books, so to have this weaved into the plot was great.
I say this every time, but you can’t go wrong with a Milly Johnson, they’re guaranteed to make you smile, and a perfect way to lose yourself in another world for an afternoon.