As many of you will know, I love to read and chick-lit books are my favourite. I like to browse the book section in charity shops in search for a bargain book. One which I recently found for £1.50 was this one: An Autumn Crush which is a chick-lit book by Milly Johnson. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2011 and so it is fairly recent. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
The Plot as it appears of the blurb: After a bruising divorce, headstrong Julia Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flat, little believing that in her mid-thirties she'll find anyone suitable. But along comes self-employed copywriter Floz, raw from her own relationship split, and the two women hit it off. When Juliet's twin brother Guy meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. But being a shy, gentle giant, he communicates so clumsily with her as to give her the opposite impression. Guy's best friend Steve has always had a secret, unrequited crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, Steve and Juliet end up in bed, after moaning about the lack of sex in their lives. Convinced that Juliet doesn't feel the same way, Steve agrees to a 'just-sex' relationship , until they can both hook their dream partners. Just when Guy has finally plucked up the courage to tell Floz how he feels, he finds she has rekindled an old romance. Floz has never had much love in her life and is thirsty for affection. She loves the whole Miller family, from Juliet and Guy's warm loving parents, to their ancient one-eyed black cat. But can Guy turn Floz's affection for his family into something more - into love for him? Then Juliet makes a series of discoveries which will turn the lives of all four friends upside-down and turns that Autumn into a season where love can be harvested.
I liked the plot; it's quite a 'simple' and 'every day' kind of plot yet it's a good one with lots happening. Whilst some parts were predictable, there were loads of events in the story which I did not see coming a mile off. However, I will admit that it did take me a while to get into the book; at one point I did feel like giving up reading. Although after a few chapters (around 10), I got really into it, so much that I found the book really addictive and hard to put down. I liked how there were lots of little different stories in this book and not just one big storyline, as it made the book more interesting. Whilst the book isn't hugely 'Autumn-y', I did think that it made a refreshing change, especially as a lot of chick-lit books revolve around summer or winter/Christmas themes. So it was nice that this book was about Autumn. The story wasn't just about love, it was also all about friendships and how important it is to have friends.
I loved the characters in this book. There are four main characters; two women and two men. They were so nice and easy to relate to and just genuinely easy-to-believe characters. I was especially surprised by the two men in the story; as usually with chick-lit book, there is usually horrible men, so this was a nice surprise. Out of the four main characters I couldn't choose a favourite as I found them all to be likeable. The characters were so nice that you just wanted good things to happen to them. They were the kind of characters that were so nice that you just wished were real people. The characters aren't the typical 'chick lit' kind of characters either, which makes a refreshing change. The characters are all quite 'strong'; they've all had tough lives and yet they never go around feeling sorry for themselves, which is good, as a lot of chick-lit book revolve around someone (usually the main character) who has been dumped, then mope around for a bit and then suddenly they're taking on the world. So it was nice that this book was a little bit different.
I liked that the book is written in the third person. The majority of chick-lit books I read are in first person and so revolve around the main character. So it was great that there were four main characters in this book and that the book was written in the third person as it made a refreshing change. It also meant that the story moved on quickly because of this. For example Juliet would do something and then it would go straight to how Floz felt about it, rather than having to wait to the story to move on to find out how they felt.
This is great book; it's a nice light read with plenty of drama. It's an action packed read with lots happening. Whilst some parts of the story are slightly predictable, there are loads of little twists that surprise and those are what makes this such a great read. I also like the fact that the book is very fast paced and moves on quickly. It's also quite a comical book which had be laughing out loud in places. I also found that whatever the 'mood' of the story was and what the characters were feeling, the reader felt too (well I did anyway).
All in all, I would recommend this book! I really cannot wait to discover some more lovely reads by this great author.
Thanks for reading!
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I'm not quite sure why I have not read any of Milly Johnson's books before, as she is definitely my kind of author, but when I picked up 'An Autumn Crush', it was the first I had read. I was not too sure what to expect as the title sounds a bit light and airy, but as soon as I started reading I knew that I was going to enjoy it and it was also going to be a bit more thought provoking than the title would suggest. Having read this book though, I will definitely start reading more from Milly Johnson.
I had noticed that Milly Johnson's last book was called 'A Summer Fling' so I was slightly concerned that 'An Autumn Crush' might be a sequel and that I would be reading them in the wrong order. However, that is not the case as 'An Autumn Crush' seems to feature an entirely different set of characters.
Milly Johnson comes from Barnsley and this is where 'An Autumn Crush' is set too. I found it quite refreshing that it wasn't set in such a glamorous location as many books - not that I'm knocking Barnsley! It just seems to be a good idea to set a story in an area that one knows.
The story is about two thirty-something house mates, Juliet and Floz. Newly divorced Juliet needs someone to share her home and her living costs, so after interviewing many possible tenants with her friend Coco, Floz Cherrydale is the one she feels is most suited. Floz soon moves in and the women become firm friends. However, the one thing that is lacking in both of their lives seems to be love. Juliet tries a few disastrous attempts at internet dating and Floz is conducting a fated email romance with a Canadian who she has never met. What they don't seem to realise though is that romance could be staring them in the face in the shape of Juliet's twin brother, Guy, and his best friend Steve.
Of course, things are never that straightforward - Guy is always clumsy and awkward around Floz, leading her to the conclusion that he does not like her, and Juliet has always hated Steve ever since they were at school together. So the question is whether or not either potential couple will actually get it together. The reader is never quite sure up to the very end.
I really enjoyed 'An Autumn Crush' and I loved Milly Johnson's easy style of writing. She tells a good story and creates some wonderfully likeable characters who seem very real. There is a great deal of humour in the book but it is quite moving too and there were some moments that found me close to tears. It is the sort of book that you just want to keep on reading and I felt quite disappointed when it was over. Maybe Milly Johnson might be tempted to write a sequel!
An Autumn Crush is currently available on amazon for £3.84 in paperback.
This review has previously appeared under my name at www.curiousbookfans.co.uk and I am grateful to the publishers for sending me a review copy.