Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (29 Sep 2011)
Synopsis from Amazon:
After a bruising divorce,headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate,little believing that in her mid-thirties she’ll find anyone suitable. Butalong comes self-employed copywriter Floz, raw from her own relationship split,and the two women hit it off. When Juliet’s twin brother Guy meets Floz, he isovercome with a massive crush. But being a shy, gentle giant, he communicatesso clumsily with her as to give her the opposite impression. Guy’s best friendSteve has always had a secret, unrequited crush on Juliet. After a night of toomuch wine, Steve and Juliet end up in bed, after moaning about the lack of sexin their lives. Convinced that Juliet doesn’t feel the same way, Steve agreesto a ‘just-sex’ relationship, until they can both hook their dream partners.Just when Guy has finally plucked up the courage to tell Floz how he feels, hefinds she has rekindled an old romance. Floz has never had much love in herlife and is obviously thirsty for affection. She loves the whole Miller family,from Juliet and Guy’s warm, loving parents, to their ancient one-eyed black cat.But can Guy turn Floz’s affection for his family into something more – intolove for him? Then Juliet makes a series of discoveries which will turn thelives of all four friends upside-down and turns that Autumn into a season wherelove can be harvested.
From the opening of this story where Juliet and her friendCoco are interviewing for a flat mate, right up to the last punctuation mark, Ihave really enjoyed living in this world created by Milly Johnson.
The story takes us through the Autumnal months of August,September, October and November living alongside characters whose antics haveprovoked emotional outbursts from me and no doubt will from you!
Guys frustrated attempts at getting close to Floz actuallyhad me in stitches of laughter. Ispluttered with mirth at the things that happened when Steve and Guy went roundto Juliet’s flat, ostensibly to check out the plastering.
I also just have to mention Steve who at one point findshimself outside on the steps of the flat whose clothing leads Juliet’s neighbour to believe he’s a transvestite. Hilarious! I am still laughing now …
Amidst the laughter though (of which is there plenty),sadness is also woven through the story. Milly Johnson is not afraid to deal with the darker side of life. Dysfunctional families, internet dating,addictions and more all have their place in this novel.
I loved The Miller family who are open and welcomingproviding roots and stability for everyone involved in their lives.
There is also plenty of intrigue. The author drops us hints as we’re going along so the first timesomething is mentioned it gets you thinking where it will fit into the storyand as you’re reading further into the story we get to know a little bit moreuntil the time is right for the revelation.
Milly Johnson very cleverly moves the plot along at a steadypace and just when something is becoming all ‘sown up’ something else isdropped into the mix so there is more intrigue to keep you turning those pages,wanting to know what will happen.
The way the story is written just carries you along in itsflow. I found it easy to read which tobe honest, is just what I needed after a working day in school – although attimes I should have been sleeping and NOT reading! Pure escapism …
I was quite sad when I knew I was getting close to theend. I’d been swept along with Floz bythe power of Juliet’s personality, been caught up in Coco’s flamboyant personality and love life, been wrapped up in the warmth of the Millerfamily, cried tears of laughter and sometimes deep sadness, been frustrated bythe non-relationship of Floz and Guy but uplifted by Juliet and Steve’sshenanigans. An Autumn Crush has keptme good company this past week and taken me out of my everyday life. I didn’t want my brief time in this world toend.
An Autumn Crush has truly entertained me and touched myemotions and for these reasons, my rating is:
I would like to thank Simon & Schuster for providing mewith a copy to review.
I have The Yorkshire Pudding Club on my Kindle tbr pile andI will definitely be adding Milly Johnson’s other titles.