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Author: Milly Johnson / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 January 2011 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: The Yorkshire Pudding Club / ISBN 13: 9781849834100 / ISBN 10: 1849834100 / Alternative EAN: 9781416525905

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      17.10.2010 18:35
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      For a mere £3.99 a bargain

      Recently in my local library I came across this book. After reading the back of the book I thought I would give it a go. It sounded like a bit of fun. It's about three south Yorkshire friends who end up pregnant all at the same time. But pregnancy to all three sends out different emotions. But during the nine months you follow them their emotions change towards their unborn child and the people surrounding them. Having two children of my own I thought it would be fun to read, I love anything pregnancy and babies.

      The book begins the previous year joining the three friends on a picnic. It's not any old picnic it's a picnic in the country at the sight of a naked chalk man that has been drawn in the countryside and is known as an ancient fertility symbol. You start to get to know the characters at this point. But the book quickly jumps to the present tense.

      This is something you have to get used to throughout the book as it does tend to jump back at times to explain situations in the past. I found this interesting and it gave the story more depth as you started to find out why the characters were the way they were. The only negative I can find is these small sections are written all in italics which is ok aless you're reading it later on at night and your eyes are a little tired. As I have young children this is when I tend to read.

      So the book follows three friends Helen, Janey and Elizabeth who are really close friends yet very different people. Their life's are at different stages yet they all find themselves pregnant. And men play a big part in it all with their troubles and success. Although the main plot is their journey through pregnancy there is a lot more to it. It's about their strong friendship bond they have between them and their lives at home which all at points were troubled.

      The book is like an emotional rollercoaster. You will find at times you feel yourself near to tears when the troubles seem to pile up for them. And then other moments you find yourself crying with laughter. Many moments throughout the book I found I could relate to as I have been through pregnancy twice. The descriptions of their bodies changing are hilarious and I just remember myself being there. There is no detail left unturned, everything is explained in graphic detail helping you to feel part of their life's.

      Even though the storyline skipped from present to past at some points, I found it ran smoothly and I found it difficult to put down I just wanted to carry on reading. I liked the way it kept you in suspense wondering what some of their secrets were. It just drove you on more determined to find out why.

      I wasn't disappointed with the ending as Milly Johnson did a good yet unique job of wrapping it up. Not one to give anything away I will just say you won't be disappointed with this one.

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        25.01.2010 00:46

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        A brilliant, light hearted read.

        This was recommended at a book club I attended recently, and having never read a Milly Johnson, I put it to the top of my pile.

        When Helen, Janey and Elizabeth all fall pregnant after visiting an ancient fertility symbol, they can't quite believe it. Janey is horrified, having just been offered the career of her dreams, and knowing that she isn't likely to be given a second chance. She's also feeling very confused, as she's very careful with contraception..
        Helen is thrilled, and immediately starts thinking of baby names. Unfortunately her husband isn't as keen,and Helen has to make some tough decisions as she realizes that her 'perfect' marriage has actually fallen apart.
        Elizabeth had decided long ago not to have children, due to her own problems. She doesn't know if she can love the child, and finds thinking about it painfully difficult...

        This book is very empowering, as all three women learn about themselves, and become individuals once more, rather then being labelled by their jobs. Johnson writes beautifully, and manages to give all the characters their own thoughts, which adds to the story.

        All in all this is a unique take on women and pregnancy, and is very well written.

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        04.08.2009 12:29
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        a good read worth the effort

        Milly Johnson is the author of this amazing novel and is quite new to me as I have never heard of her before this book.

        The Yorkshire Pudding club.

        As it might tell you in the title it is about getting pregnant.

        Three friends of various ages and closing on forty find themselves on a hill by the man in chalk with large attributes, One of the friends decides to sit astride him with her knickers off in an attempt to fall pregnant as she so desperately wants a child even though her husband does categorically not.
        Her idea was to drag her two friends along for an impromtu picnic and do this incredible deed. Does it work well time will tell.

        Her other two friends Janie and Elizabeth were horrified and slightly amused at Helens antics and were also a little worried because neither of them wanted to fall pregnant. There is a story that this particular man in chalk with extremely large appendidge has fertilility aids.
        True or not Helen had to give it a try.

        During the story of these very different women, you get to find out about them their partners and their lives so far. The story unravels some dark secrets each have kept from their friends and anyone else and how they deal with them.
        Do they find the happiness they seek? do they get pregnant? are they happy at the end? I am not going to tell you as I feel it would spoil this really witty and sometimes tearjerking tale.

        What I would say is if you haven't read it already please do find a copy and give it a go as it made me laugh quite a lot in places and sometimes bought me to tears with the happenings in Particularly Elizabeths life.
        There are many twists and turns to this story and it is well worth the read if you want something light and generally easy to get through.
        I would recommend this book and am now looking for other books which this author has written.
        I may never have heard of her before this book but now aim to rectify this by finding more of her books and seeing if I can find out a bit about her too.

        Since found
        The Birds and the Bees
        and
        A Spring affair
        All by the same author.

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          05.07.2009 17:10
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          A very enjoyable read

          I got quite a few books for my birthday recently and I was particularly looking forward to reading The Yorkshire Pudding Club.

          I had seen it AT www.amazon.co.uk and added it to my wish list in the hope that someone would buy it for me. Since having my own children I have enjoyed reading about pregnancy and childbirth so this book caught my eye mostly because of the bumps on the cover.

          I had not read any books by Milly Johnson so I did not know what to expect but I can honestly say that I enjoyed the book a lot more than anything else I have read lately.

          The story follows the pregnancies of three friends Helen, Janey and Elizabeth who all become pregnant at the same time. The characters have been friends a long time but their pregnancies are a surprise to all of them for very different reasons. Each character is very different and they all live very different lives but there is something in each of them that you can identify with. I felt the characters were well rounded and believable. I found that the characters were well described and I could get a clear image in my head of what each character may look like. Each character also had a very different personality but none were unlikable and I found myself deeply engrossed in their lives. I was so drawn into the story that I was rooting for the characters and found myself having opinions about their partners and husbands and feeling for them in their individual situations. I suppose you could say that the story was quite predictable but I don't think that this affected the story at all for me as I got the outcome for each character that I had been rooting for throughout the book.

          By the end of the book I was desperate to know the outcome of each pregnancy and the name and weight of each of the babies as if they were real people. Unfortunately I enjoyed the book so much I did read it very quickly and felt quite sad when I had finished it. Each of these women could be real and someone you may know they were so nicely written. The book was both funny and moving and had me in tears and made me laugh out loud.

          I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys chick lit and especially anyone who is pregnant or who has children. I found it very easy to read and get into straight away and I would definitely read it again. This is Milly Johnsons first book and I look forward to reading the other books she has written since.

          Published by: Pocket Books
          ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2590-5
          ISBN-10: 1-4165-2590-4

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            20.02.2009 23:56
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            Just a fantastic book

            I have to admit I had never heard of Milly Johnson a few weeks ago, I spotted this book on Amazon and the cover caught my eye. On closer inspection of the blurb the book jumped into my trolley. I am the type of person who judges a book by the cover, I know, I know, all wrong but chick lit books are just so pretty, all colourful and I love the feeling when you handle a new book for the first time. I was so excited when this book came through the letter box and I wasn't disappointed when I finally got to read it. I HAVE to go out and buy Milly Johnson's two other books tomorrow. The Yorkshire Pudding Club is her first novel followed by A Spring Affair and The Birds and the Bees. For a first novel her offerings are formidable.

            What book can fail to be great with a cartoon picture of a jar of marmite on the back?

            Helen is desperate for a baby and takes her two best friends to an ancient fertility symbol of a fella to sit on his manhood. In true fairy tale style within months all three 30-somethings are in the club.

            The book follows the three friends as they deal with their pregnancies in very different ways and join the yorkshire pudding club.

            Helen is married to a bully and she has to come to terms with the fact that her husband isn't as thrilled with the growing bumb as she is. Janey is a career woman with no baby making plans in her future at all much to the disappointment of her hubby George (every girls needs a George in her life bless him!). The news of her pregnancy comes as a great shock to her as she is always so careful. Janey is a lovely character, I'd like her as my friend although I didn't really see much of myself in her. Elizabeth is by far my favourite character, she is so strong and all through the book I liked her and at the end I fell in love with her all over again. She is very stubborn especially with the love of her life John and you will spend the whole book shouting at Elizabeth to let him in! This is where this book really comes into its own, every pregnant woman, Mum or future Mum to be will see a little bit of herself in one of the characters. Each of the ladies see their pregnancies in different ways just like we all do in real life.

            Milly Johnson has a very fresh, witty writing style, it doesn't pretend to be something it isn't. It is almost like sitting hearing someone tell you the story, the tone is chatty, friendly and very readable.

            Whilst researching Milly Johnson's other books I stumbled across her blog at www.yorkshirepuddingclub.blogspot.com I really recommend a read of this too, she seems like a lovely lady and she has some great tips for wannabe authors too.

            I smiled all the way through this book and I also learnt alot too, after trying for a baby for 16 months I realised I was doing it all wrong, now where is that ancient fertilty symbol?...

            I'll be back in a few days no doubt to review the other two books!

            Published by Pocket Books in 2007
            452 pages
            ISBN 1-4165-2590-4
            RRP £6.99 (Currently on Amazon for £5.09 with free delivery)

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              08.04.2008 21:03
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              Superb novel, a must read!

              Sadly my to-be-read book list seems to be growing by the day, and a visit to my parents last week hasn't helped at all with the size of it...I ended up bringing another 5 books home with me! Luckily my mum had a book I've been wanting to read for a while so I eagerly started it this weekend. I've read rave reviews about it on a few book-sites I am a member of so I was expecting a pretty good read, and I certainly wasn't let down!

              The Yorkshire Pudding Club is the debut novel by Milly Johnson, and what a stonker of a debut it is too. Elizabeth, Helen and Janey are all in their late thirties, and happily settled in their careers and in their relationships. However, their lives are thrown into madness when after a visit to an ancient fertility symbol, all 3 women find themselves 'with child'! Helen is thrilled to be pregnant after trying for a while, Janey is in shock as the baby will reck all plans of furthering her career, and Elizabeth is completely thrown, scared she won't love her baby and scared of being alone.

              What I enjoyed most abut the novel was the easy way in which the author has weaved the stories of the three women with that of the other women. It reads so easily and wonderfully, you just can just lose yourself in the story, it is so absorbing and a simple joy to read! Throughout the book, the stor switches regularly from focussing on one of the women then to another, and often with chapters containing them all together. This is a great technique in the book and makes it veryenjoyable for the reader.

              Each of the characters are well written and you feel as if you know all of the women. You are given a history on all of them, and we fully go into their lives and feelings about being pregnant, from discovering they are expecting right up to the birth of one of the children. Helen's character started as being the one I disliked the most, but by the end I had the most respect for her and was willing it all to work out for her! Elizabeth was a very hard character to like, a woman who didn't like anyone getting close to her, and this is how the author has written her as well. And finally Janey is the comic relief throughout the book, and probably my favourite character. Each of the women are very different, yet all are fundamentally the same, experiencing everything together, and have a wonderful friendship which is lovely to read.

              I also liked the human aspect of the story, watching each woman cope with the pregnancy and reading about how their feelings changed towards the baby by the end of the book. As well as the main 3 characters, there are several supporting characters too. John is the one Elizabeth let go, but he's moved back to town and befriends her once more. George is Janey's husband, a man so desperate to be a father he'd do anything to have a baby with his wife. Simon is Helen's slime-ball of a husband, and someone I absolutely detested. I found the scenes between these 2 particularly hard to read. There were also the work colleagues of the characters but they don't really need a mention! The male characters in the book were also well written and their feelings weren't left out which is a sign of a great writer.

              For a debut novel, I think this one is amazing. I was hooked right from the start and just couldn't put it down. The story is a wonderful one to read and just reads so incredibly well. You are taken right into the lives of these women and so many emotions and secrets are revealed throughout the book, you are left guessing about certain things right up until the end. The author has a wonderful writing style which makes for easy and simple reading, yet managing to keep you hooked as well. The book is written in the third person which allows for easy switching between the characters. Simply superb, I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. A pure joy to read.

              ISBN: 978-1416525905. Published by Pocket Books in March 2007. The book contains 480 pages and has an RRP of £6.99. The author Milly Johnson works in the Greeting Cards industry and this is her first novel. Amazon.co.uk is selling the book for £4.54 (plus postage). Recommended!

              Thank you for reading!

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              Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it's a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time. And she has no idea either how it could possibly have happened, seeing as she and her ecstatic husband George were always so careful over contraception. For Elizabeth, it is mind-numbing, because she knows people like her shouldn't have children. Damaged by her dysfunctional childhood and emotionally lost, she not only has to contend with carrying a child she doubts she can ever love, but she also has to deal with the return to her life of a man whose love she must deny herself. Heart-warming, up-lifting, tear-jerking and lovely, THE YORKSHIRE PUDDING CLUB is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy. How it revitalises one woman's tired marriage, strengthens another's belief in herself and brings love and warmth to a cold and empty life.