I noticed this book was on offer recently for Kindle and as it was one of the few Milly Johnson books I hadn’t read, I snapped it up. With it being an older book (published in 2012) I hadn’t really intended to write up a blog post, just to add my review to book retail sites as usual – authors love that you know, you should really do it! But I enjoyed the book so much, I just had to add a mini review here.
White Wedding is the story of three women who meet in a bridal shop when shopping for ‘The Dress’ and with weddings planned fairly close together, they soon become firm friends. Bel’s wedding is first but she has learned something which may throw a spanner in the works. Max is next and although she has agreed a small, quiet ceremony with her fiance, what she really wants is a big fat gypsy wedding! Violet is last and although her fiance is infatuated with her, she feels trapped and can’t see a way out.
So we have three very different women, three very different weddings and three love stories that aren’t perhaps quite the ones you might expect!
You just can’t go wrong with a Milly Johnson book. They are funny, uplifting and full of memorable characters, both for good and bad reasons. Friendship is always a strong theme, as is finding love in unexpected places. Best of all, you are guaranteed a feel good ending and who doesn’t want that right now?
From the back of the book
It’s the day they’ve always dreamed about. But will it turn out to be a nightmare?
Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph?
Bel’s friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can’t quite say the words, ‘I don’t want to marry you anymore.’ Then, just when she’s about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet?
Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiancé Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what’s really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom?
And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness – though maybe not quite in the way they expected …
About the author
Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She is the author of 17 published novels, 4 short story ebooks, a book of poetry and a Quick Reads Novella (‘The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe’) and was an erstwhile leading copywriter for the greetings card industry. She is also a poem and joke-writer, a newspaper columnist and a seasoned after dinner speaker.
She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016, the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015 and the Romantic Novelist Association Outstanding Achievement award in 2020. See her popular acceptance speech here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxzeFTvHXDo&fbclid=IwAR27aZML4er_dZLgD2e-URQdBoOK3L9hM8mauFpn3aFvAws7y3VVtXsYTvI
She writes about love, life, friendships and the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience and celebrate her beloved Yorkshire.
Her latest book – My One True North tackles the subject of moving on after grief with a light and joyous touch. The Daily Trumpet makes a large appearance and previous novels ‘The Teashop on the Corner’ and ‘Here Come the Girls’ are referenced.
Milly’s website is http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk. She is on Twitter as @millyjohnson, Instagram as @themillyjohnson and has a Facebook page @MillyJohnsonAuthor. She also has a monthly newsletter http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk/newsletter with exclusive, news, offers and competitions.