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I love chick-lit books!! They're right up my street as I love a bit of comedy and romance!
The Bird and The Bees is a chick-lit book by Milly Johnson. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2008. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.99 which I think is quite expensive, considering that you can get more recent books for cheaper prices.
Plot: Single mum Stevie is getting married! During the last few weeks to go until her wedding, her husband-to-be runs off with her new friend. Wanting to shock him, she decideds to act in the opposite way to how he expects her to. She decides she is going to make her self better by dieting and exercising. The same thing is also happening to a guy called Adam, who is trying to win back is girlfriend. What will happen when Stevie and Adam get together to make their exes jealous? Will it work? Read The Birds and The Bees to find out!
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the plot; it was kind of a 'it's happened before', yet it was kind of different too. Suprisingly, the book wasn't as predictable as I had imagined it to be.I think that this book would make a great movie!
I thought that there were some great characters in this book. My favourite was definetely the main character Stevie as she was such a likeable character. I could relate to her really easily. I found that Stevie's character came across as being very 'close' to the reader, in the sense that she felt like a best friend. When I was reading this book, I just wanted the best for her.
This book is a great light read, which means that it would make a perfect holiday read, as the writing is very simple and straight forward which means that you do not have to think too much.
I really liked this book. I found it to be really addictive; once I had started reading it, I just could not put it down. It was the kind of book which I would have like to go on and on. I really didn't want it to end. So as you can imagine, I was sad when I finished the book. It had a good ending though.
If you like chick-lit books, I would definetely recommend this book to you! It's is a really sweet and entertaining read, which will also have you laughing out loud in some places.
Thanks for reading!
May 30th 2011
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Before you all groan and tell me off for reading yet another book about pregnancy or getting pregnant, let me just say that in this book 'The Birds and the Bees' refers to a scottish reel. This dance is supposed to be lucky and help to find your perfect mate, it involves changing partners throughout. Yes, I did read the title and get all excited and yes, I thought it was about conception but was I disappointed? NO!
Milly Johnson is actually a genius, she is now, after only 2 books, my favourite author. I read 'The Yorkshire Pudding Club' a few weeks ago and fell in love with that. This book however is quite possibly even better. Book number three 'A Spring Affair' is due out in April this year. For the first time in a long time I will be one of the first to buy that book, in fact I think I'll book a day off work!
Stevie Honeywell is a 'normal' woman with a normal bottom and a 4 year old superhero called Danny. She has it all, a gorgeous fiance, a nice home and a job as a romance writer. Her fiance also has it all, complete with his stunning and non existant bottomed lover, Jo. Stevie's world falls apart when Matthew leaves her for Jo. Adam (Jo's man) then offers to help Stevie get Matthew back whilst getting Jo back for himself. Unfortunately Adam is a vile, huge, ginger, Scottish wife beater, with hands the size of dinner plates! The story is about the lovely Stevie having to put up with Adam in her quest to get her man back.
I think Milly Johnson's books are so succesful because of the predictability of the stories, you know from quite early on what is going to happen. In a thriller or a crime story that would be a disaster but in this type of book it allows the characters to be explored on a much deeper level. Stevie and Adam in particular feel like they are old friends to me, not only through the physical descriptions of them but also in the way they react to the situations in the book. The characters in the book all do the Birds and the Bees dance at one point and that is possibly my favourite part of the book, despite Stevie feeling rubbish at the time. It lets you see all the main characters together and you get a good look at the real people, however vile they are! I really wanted to shake Jo throughout the book she is awful, and acts the victim very well. I was speaking to my friend about Jo the other day and we decided that every woman knows a Jo whether or not we have been cheated on and actually if I had to draw Jo it would look quite a lot like a certain person I know, or should I say that my ex knows!
A good chick lit book is like a good romantic comedy film, you don't feel like its good until you have laughed and cried along with them. In that case I can only give this book 5 out ot 5, I cried like a drain, laughed like a hyena and almost registered on a singles website to meet my own scottish Damme MacQueen (shh don't tell my boyfriend that!!)
The cover is lovely very springlike, with the caption 'Love can sting. Or make you fly...' How very true!
The Birds and the Bees was long-listed for Romantic Novel of the Year, well deserved!
Milly Johnson is 5 foot short and has roots both in Scotland and Yorkshire and this shows in her books. Adams little quirks especially were hilarious and the way he speaks makes him come alive so much more than if he didn't have the Scottish accent.
Please go out and beg, steal or borrow this book, it truly is wonderful.
Milly also has a fantastic website www.millyjohnson.co.uk which provides a lovely insight into the slightly scatty ramblings of the author.
RRP £6.99 (currenly in Amazon for £4.89 or less used)
I have an enormous To-Be-Read pile of books in my bedroom, but I can't seem to stop getting other books from my library when I desperate to read them! So when the library called to say that they had got this book in for me at last, it sent it straight to the top of my list as obviously I have to read library books straight away! After reading this authors debut novel 'The Yorkshire Pudding Club' and loving it, I was really looking forward to reading this and enjoying it as much as the first one!
The Birds and The Bees , I'll start with saying, is actually a Scottish dance, and this appears in the book, hence the books title! It tells the tale of Stevie Honeywell, a romance writer who lives with her fiance Matthew and son Danny. However, Stevie's life is shattered when Adam MacLean bursts into her life one afternoon with proof that her beloved Matthew has been having an affair with his lady, Jo. The pair decide they want their partners back, and set up a plan to get them back in their arms again.
The plot sounded quite interesting, although nothing incredibly new, but I started reading, looking forward to the story that was going to unfold throughout the book. The main character through the story is Stevie, a really likeable person, and she is very well written by Milly Johnson. I did find her obsession with Matthew a tad annoying in places, but you can understand that she loves him and just wants him back again. Although she was overall a nice character, there were parts of the book, especially those involving Adam, where I thought she wasn't so nice and I found myself getting annoyed at her there.
What made me laugh in the book was the character of Adam, he had an incredibly broad Scottish accent (and it was written like that in the book too!) so it was hard to understand him at points. But he did translate his words for Stevie, and the raport between the two at these points made me laugh! I didn't expect to like Adam, but I actually did and thought he was a great character.Other character include the horrid and manipulative Jo, wimpy Matthew, Stevie's bevt friend Catherine and her husband Eddie, and of course Stevie's son Danny aka Dannyman!
The book was written in the third person, so is told like a story. Most of the book follows Stevie and her feelings but it does deviate occasionally to follow Adam, Catherine and the cheating idiots that are Matthew and Jo. The authors narrative is very easy to read and make for very pleasant reading, which I think is what appeals to me about her books. I dislike books that I feel I have to work at, I just want to be able to read and enjoy, and Milly Johnson's two novels have delivered on that for me without a doubt. One thing which did particularly stand out for me was the incredibly well written relationship between Stevie and Danny, the author has picked up on the close mother-son bond so well, and is completely believable and quite touching in parts!
As I said, the main story is nothing really new, a woman being cheated on by a man but it is the plan to get the two couples back together in the end that made this book a bit different for me. The story moved at a good pace, not too quickly, but it didn't drag on either. The author paused to go into more detail for important areas, and was therefore able to skim over things which didn't matter so much, and this balanced out the story quite well. I found myself not wanting to put it down in the evening because I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next, and if it was all going to work out in the end!
The book is most definitely in the chick-lit genre of novels, but for me is definitely at the upper end of the scale! It is a lovely story, with a fantastic narrative that grabs you in and makes you want to keep reading and not want to put it down. The characters were great with Adam and Stevie being likeable, normal people, to the awful Matthew and Jo who although were awful, made for fun reading! I'd say this is definitely anothre triumph for Milly Johnson, and I can't wait for her next one! A superb book I'd recommend to anyone who loves a great read!
ISBN: 978-1416525912. Published in February 2008 by Pocket Books. The book has 448 pages, and is available on Amazon.co.uk for the price of £5.49 or on the Marketplace for £3.00. (RRP is £6.99). For more information on the author and her other novel, see her website www.millyjohnson.co.uk.
Thank you for reading!
Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fianci Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement. And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy. So, like the Scottish country jig 'The Birds and the Bees', the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam's master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?