The Yorkshire Pudding Club Paperback – Mar 5 2007
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About the Author
Five-foot-tall Milly Johnson is a half Barnsley, half Glaswegian writer of greetings cards, novels and shopping lists featuring gin and buns. When not writing she is either reading, learning Italian, mixing with the Yorkshire glitterati, getting up the council's nose about a Dodworth Road Pedestrian Crossing or ironing school clothes. She lives with her two boys and a quartet of mad animals near her Mam and Dad in the middle of Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
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Top Customer Reviews
I laughed and cried and noticed the characteristic Milly Johnson smile that appears on my face as I read her novels. It's a dopey, silly, happy grin that is plastered on my face for chunks of her books and it's such a lovely feeling! This grin alternates with sharp intakes of breath at times though because her chick lit is not always so light and fluffy and has heavy subjects thrown into the mix, but I think this makes me love her stories even more.
The characters Milly Johnson creates are so well developed and The Yorkshire Pudding Club was no exception. I cared about all the women and wanted happy endings for all of them. There were times I wanted to give some of them a good shake, but that just shows how much I wanted them to get their act together! Her stories move along at a perfect pace, not too slow or fast and I enjoyed how the women played off each other and how each one had such a different story and attitude towards pregnancy.
The only reason I gave it a less than perfect rating was that there were a few reasons it took me a while to get into this book. First, the story is about three friends and alternates from each one's perspective so it takes a while to get into. Fine, that's understandable, but I also had a hard time with all the characters naïve understanding about early pregnancy symptoms (this could just be due to my over-education of the subject though).Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. Reading about the different experiences with pregnancy for the three women was very interesting. As an unmarried woman with no children, I often find pregnancy to be a scary thing, so reading this book had a particular interest for me because it was like traveling into the unknown.
Johnson really did well developing her characters, both through their current experiences but also through flashbacks into each woman's past. The character I could most relate to was Elizabeth and some of the fears she expressed about being a mother, although we had some different reasons for our emotions. I loved the relationship between Janey and her husband and how it was almost the complete opposite of Helen's relationship with her husband.
There really wasn't anything about this book that I didn't enjoy. The story was often funny and very heartfelt, and I would definitely recommend this book. I have a whole slew of novels by this author and I am looking forward to reading more!
However as someone who is used to reading literature, it was a little difficult to get past the exaggerated explanations of EVERYTHING. I often felt like the author was force-feeding me the feelings of the characters. I would have given it 3 stars but because I could really relate as a freaked out pregnant lady, I enjoyed it more than I usually would have ;)