The Birds & The Bees by Milly Johnson

Synopsis (from back page)

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding, when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win back her man. By undergoing a mad course of diet and exercise, she is sure things will be as sweet as nectar again before very long.

Adam MacLean is determined to win back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie they should team-up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

Like a Scottish country jig, the two couples change partners but continue to weave closely around each other. And Adam and Stevie find they have to deal with the heartbreaks of the past, before they can deal with those of the present.

When Adam’s crazy plan actually starts to work, the question is: just who will he and Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?

Review

My attention was instantly caught by the cover and title of this book – it’s bright, cheery and very colourful – and being a fan of the chick lit genre I’m always interested in reading books from new authors, so this along with Milly’s debut (which I own but have yet to read) were ultimately going to be put on my to-be-read list.

Having said that a lot of chick lit related books follow the same kind of pattern and have similar basic outlines but there is just something slightly different and also slightly magical about this one.

The four main characters are all well established within the first couple of chapters and with the warmth and humour of both Adam and Stevie shining through from the outset, with the bitchiness of Jo and the total idiocy of Matthew thrown in for good measure you can’t help but hope that they all find the happy ever after they all desire…albeit in slightly different ways.

Although a little on the predictable side of things the way in which events transpire, with a little bit of a helping hand from some rather lovable and very funny minor characters, The Birds & The Bees is a heartfelt and uplifting read which will have you laughing out loud one minute and reaching for the tissues the next.

A well written and totally engrossing book from an author who is definitely being added to my list of favourites.

Reviewed by Karen.

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