Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson

Title - Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe
Author - Milly Johnson
Publication Date - June 18th 2015
Publisher - Simon & Schuster UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 513

Her marriage is all washed up. It's time for a clean start.

Connie Diamond has always been her Jimmy's 'best girl' - or so she thought. But then she discovers that he's been playing away for the past twenty-four years, and that the chocolates she believed he bought her as a sign of his love were just a cover-up, and she is determined to revenge. 

Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy's right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy's life from the inside. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Cafe, they'll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman. Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kind chocolate-brown eyes start to melt her soul. 

Can the ladies of the Sunflower Cafe help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon cure her affliction and make her smile again?

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe is the second novel that I have read by the marvellous Milly Johnson, the first being The Teashop on the Corner which I read back in 2014 (you can read my review here). I am always, always, always hearing wonderful things about this author, and after reading Milly's latest novel I can completely understand why. 

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe was absolutely wonderful in every sense of the word. Milly's characters, their circumstances, and how their lives eventually intertwine had me falling deeper and deeper in love with this story with every turn of a page. Milly has such a unique voice when it comes to storytelling, and despite her well-known and much-loved novels falling into the same genres as so many other fantastic authors, there's still something there that sets her completely apart. I don't know whether its her genuine, down-to-earth tone, or the gorgeous descriptions which she uses to bring her stories to life, but Milly Johnson has got that something, folks. She has got that something. 

I think what I loved the most about Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe was the normalcy of the plot. I mean, the majority of the women that the readers meet within this story are part of Diamond Shine, a cleaning company who attend to people's homes weekly, who natter away with the clients with a cup of tea after their duties of polishing, hoovering and dusting are done with. Some I warmed to instantly. Others? Not so much. There was such a brilliant, bright and varied collection of characters within this novel, even the not-so-nice ones, who well and truly brought the story to life with their unique voices and characteristics. Milly chose to focus the narrative spotlight on a few specific women, each with their very own special story to tell, and each with their own fate that would befall them before the novel had ended. I was on tenterhooks as I watched this story unfold, and began to put two and two together as different characters stepped forward into the limelight and their tales began to unwind and curl around the plot and it developed. It was riveting, exciting, hilarious witty and funny, and indescribably heart-warming too, everything I could hope for in an excellent read. 

Becca's Books is awarding Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson with FIVE SCRUMMY CUPCAKES! I cannot wait to read more by this author, whether that be previous titles or upcoming releases, I love this author's voice and look forward to being audience to it again and again!

*Special thanks to Milly Johnson and Simon & Schuster UK for providing me with a digital copy of Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe in exchange for a fair and honest review*


1 comment :

  1. Aww, what a lovely review! I agree that the normalcy of the plot makes alluring. A good revenge story is always fun, but more so when it is subtle. If we're not entrenched in violent action, but rather taking time to warm up to an assortment of interesting women, you get a lovely combination of driving plot and characters that you are happy to invest in. I'm glad to hear Milly Johnson followed up her last book with another great story!