Book review: The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson
*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This has got to be THE BEST book I’ve read this year, and I sure have read a lot of good ones lately. It’s amazing! It’s one of these books that despite being quite thick in pages, you’ll devour in on or two sittings. It’s PERFECT, from beginning to the end in every possible aspect.
The story might seem complex at first, with many characters and their stories overlapping, but once you get into it you won’t be able to put this book down. The Teashop on the Corner is a lovely spot owned by Leni, a pretty much upbeat person who loves serving delicious cakes and everything literary. Her little shop soon becomes a place where Molly and Carla come to escape from the their problems and cruel reality, but also a place where over Bronte and other classics they bond and form new interesting friendships.
All of these characters are going through a tough period, their life is pretty much at a crossroad, so Leni’s cakes and the goodies she sells in her shop offer them more than just comfort. It offers them peace and a sense of belonging. I honestly didn’t expect this book to get all these feelings out of me! I remember, when I reached the end, I had tears in my eyes, but at the same time I was so happy for each of these characters.
It happens rarely that a chick lit hits me so hard emotionally. It could be the fact that this story sounded so SO real, and the cast of characters is just fantastic. They each fight their own demons, they are flawed just like any real person. So, connecting with each one of them was really something inevitable.
Milly Johnson’s writing is pure perfection. She controls every situation and the development of her characters, and one could tell Milly has been very very careful in plotting her story. I follow Milly’s updates on twitter and recently read a tweet by one of her fans asking her how did she manage to create such wonderful, real characters. Her answer was she loves people, so it wasn’t really that hard for her. Brilliant and oh so true! From the first page, these wonderful characters will draw you in their lives and you’ll feel like you’re sitting next to them. You will be transported to this wonderful shop, devouring a delicious cake and being in awe of all the amazing stuff Leni is selling.
Honestly, I know it’s impossible to write a review that will do this book justice. I’ve read quite good ones by my friends/bloggers, however, seems all of us admits it’s truly hard to find the right words to describe just how amazing this book is. I’m sure of one thing though, it’s not gonna be easy to find a book that will top it and it’s very probable I will re-read it despite my massive tbr list. But, just like with classics whose beauty you discover each time you read them, each time finding a new dimension, I know I gotta be back at ‘The Teashop on The Corner’. I already miss the guys so much.
Brilliant book you MUST NOT miss out on! I know your tbr list never gets smaller, but trust me YOU NEED THIS BOOK. So, no matter how busy your life is or how many books you need to review, just get a copy and let Milly transport you to this wonderful place. And just feel the love, the hope and the warmth pouring from it’s pages.
My rating: 5/5