My One True North by Milly Johnson
Published: March 2020 – Gallery Books
E-Galley courtesy of the publisher
Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. Overwhelmed by their grief, they join the same counselling group…and change their lives forever.
From their profound sadness, Pete and Laurie begin to find happiness and healing. Except, the more they get to know one another, the more Laurie begins to spot the strange parallels in their stories. Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything—one which threatens to reverse everything they’ve worked towards.
But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart. (publisher)
My take: After the untimely deaths of their partners, Laurie (a lawyer) and Pete (a firefighter) meet at a grief support group. They are about the same age and the youngest members of the rag-tag group so they form a bit of a connection. They both have questions about their partners so a good deal of the novel revolves around finding answers. This is the first of Milly Johnson’s books I’ve read and I found her characters easy to cheer on and hope for happier times. I enjoyed the secondary characters – they provided much comic relief, which I loved. There’s a twist in the middle that I saw a mile away but I decided just to go with it and see where the author was taking us.
With themes of loss, healing and living in the moment My One True North is an uplifting story that left me smiling at the end (and also hoping to win the lottery so I can book a cruise like the one in this novel!)
About the author:
MILLY JOHNSON was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, and with millions of copies of her books sold across the world, Milly’s star continues to rise. Milly was chosen as one of the authors for The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads 2020 campaign. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility of second chances. MY ONE TRUE NORTH is her seventeenth novel.