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Book Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

Marnie loves her job in Beverage Marketing, but she has felt lonely for a long time, even when she’s been in relationships. When she chats to an old lady in an online cheesecake forum, her path crosses with Lilian Dearman. Following an incident at work, Marnie decides to visit Lilian, who, it turns out, owns a village in the Yorkshire Dales. Marnie thinks her stay at Wychwell will be temporary, but little does she know how much her life is about to change.

Thank you to Sara-Jade Virtue and Simon & Schuster UK for providing a copy of this book which I won in a competition.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a feel-good book and a great summer read! Marnie is such a likable main character. She has had to contend with a lot of turbulence in her life from a young age. This is partly because her family are dysfunctional, to say the least. Whilst she does make some mistakes, she learns from them and shows that it’s okay not to be perfect. I was cheering for her throughout the novel.

Milly Johnson writes with a warm humour which leaps off the page. Most of the story takes place in the fictional village of Wychwell and you get a real sense of community. There is a diverse range of characters, from the good to the bad to the busy-bodies. Aside from Marnie, my favourite characters are Lilian and Herv. Lilian is one of a kind and she doesn’t give a flying fig about what anyone thinks about her. Herv is originally from Norway and has settled nicely into Wychwell. He is such a sweet guy!

The unexpected twists and revelations kept me guessing. Quite a number of the characters have interesting secrets. I also enjoyed reading about the history of Wychwell and the mysteries surrounding this fascinating village which feels like it could be a real place. Last but not least, I loved all the different cheesecake flavours!

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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