The Birds And The Bees
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Birds And The Bees

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  662 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go until her wedding when her fiance Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean.

It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going t...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Birds And The Bees, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Birds And The Bees

Atonement by Ian McEwanThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroOne Day by David NichollsThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Modern British Novels I've Enjoyed
93rd out of 431 books — 371 voters
Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie LambThe Runaway Year by Shani StruthersSophie's Turn by Nicky WellsI've Got Your Number by Sophie KinsellaRemember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
The Best British Chick Lit
87th out of 144 books — 350 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,398)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Time Taken To Read - 1 day

Blurb From Goodreads

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go until her wedding when her fiance Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean.

It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising a...more
I absolutely loved this book it was just what I needed in a stressful week to cheer me up. The characters were likeable apart from the appropriate 'baddy' or 'love rat' of course. I was thoroughly hooked right from the very beginning. I've 'read'/listened to this in audiobook (borrowed from the library) format but I have it in paperback too. I listened to this on my way to and from work and have on several occasions had to stop myself from laughing out loud and am sure I must have got some funny...more
from the author of the yorkshire pudding club which i loved
stayed up til midnight finishing it. here's the synopsis from amazon:

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiance Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn't going to act as he might expect. She isn't going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going t...more
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

The Birds and the Bees had the same Milly Johnson charm, wit and humour I have come to expect from her books. I did enjoy her other three novels slightly more than this one, but it was still a lovely read.

I giggled frequently as I tend to do with Milly Johnson’s novels and a few scenes have been firmly imprinted in my mind (no spoilers). I liked the characters, and fell in love with Stevie’s best friend. I find she portrays the supporting characters so well I...more
Paula Sealey
This is a heartwarming, often funny, observant look at the lives of the four characters. Some you come to love and some you detest (okay maybe just one you'll detest!) but you definitely care about what happens to them.

The ending, although predictable (hmm, I think I promised to stop saying that didn't I?), is exactly what you want from this kind of romantic story. Who do you think will end up with who? I know I'll want to read this book again, and it's tempted me to purchase some of Milly Johns...more
Mandy Bookaholica
Milly Johnson konnte mich mit "Frühlingsgewühle" ja schon für sich gewinnen und somit war ich auf ein weiteres Buch aus ihrer Feder gespannt.

Beim Lesen dieser Geschichte ist mir aufgefallen, dass die Autorin ein Talent hat, Kotzbrocken, wie sie "wortwörtlich" im Buche stehen ins Leben zu rufen und sie so realistisch dabei wirken zu lassen. Der Wechsel zwischen den Perspektiven hat dies geradezu begünstigt und für spannende Abwechslung gesorgt.
Mit "Stevie" der Hauptfigur konnte ich mich leicht an...more
Jul 07, 2013 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, kindle
I've had this book for quite a while and not sure why I've never picked it up before. It was a lovely read. Her new book is a sequel I think- so needed to read this one before the first of next month.
Questo romanzo è stato una vera chicca. Uno dei libri più inaspettatamente adorabili che io abbia letto negli ultimi tempi. I protagonisti da ammirare e del tutto credibili con tutti i loro pregi e difetti. Una storia semplice con un giusto miscuglio di ironia, dolcezza e anche un po' di amarezza, che ti strappa da una parte un sorrisetto e dall'altra un po' di sana commozione. Consigliatissimo se si cerca qualcosa di leggero ma non troppo e con assoluta assenza di volgarità. Peccato per la cope...more
Jules (Never enough time to read)
I loved it.

The story was very predictable but it was exactly what I wanted from chick lit.
Stevie è una donna sciatta e incapace di tenere in ordine la casa - ne è la prova la cucina che sembra reduce da un attacco missilistico: sicuramente è una poco di buono dato che affida il figlio di 4 anni a una tizia con improbabili capelli fuxia e passa il tempo in compagnia di romanzetti rosa per donne incapaci di farsi una vita vera. Ovvio che il fidanzato abbia preferito a costei un'autentica bellezza.
Adam è un troglodita scozzese violento e maleducato, che si fa forte della propria stazza...more
My first one from this author. This book was on my wishlist for ages so was really happy to see it on someones swap list when they put in a swap request.

This book is total chick-lit, but I couldn't put it down. Had me laughing out loud in places and grinning like an idiot in others....and when on a bus I probably looked like a right weirdo lol.

Stevie was a really likeable character, she was a bit annoying in places and there were moments when i was urging her to tell that Matthew what for, selfi...more
Maureen Reil
In the bookshop, I had a choice of four Milly Johnson books to pick from and this is the one that I chose to read, having never read one of her novels before, well, I didn't quite know what I was getting so I got this one because it was about a writer of romantic fiction and the turn of events that unfold when her husband-to-be leaves her for another woman. And she gets together with the other spurned partner to pull off a cunning plan that will hopefully get them back to their respective lovers...more
Tegan Caple
This is such a heartwarming, and funny story. it starts of with Stevie finding that her fiancé is cheating on her and goes through her plan to win him back

It is exactly what you want from this kind of romantic story. I loved reading the romance blossom I will read this book again, and try some of Milly Johnson's other books.
I have really enjoyed this book, this is my favorite book by Milly Johnson (I have read them all).

Stevie is getting married to Matthew and she thinks everything is just going nicely, until he tells her he is going away for the week on a course for work. Stevie gets a knock on her front door and is greeted by Adam who informs her, her husband to be is not on a course but has gone to Majorca on holiday with his girlfriend Jo and is planning on leave her. Stevie does not believe it, until Matthew r...more
Stevie and Adam have been bought together when their respective spouses have had an affair. Their plot is to act as a couple to incite jealousy so they both can go back to how their lives were.

I liked this story very much, my only criticism is that it did waffle on a bit and then just ended abbruptly.
I liked the writing style, although where the POV flipped so many times within the same chapters, I had to reread a page to work out whose internal dialogue it was.
Stevie's son Danny was a cute c...more
Jennifer Whiteford
After spending a few weeks dipping in and out of collections of letters and essays, I was craving a fun novel that I could just whip through. Milly Johnson is always a safe bet for that sort of thing. If I could give 3.5 stars I would. I didn't like it quite as much as some of her other books, but I had a lot of fun reading it regardless. What I like best about Milly Johnson's books is always the juxtaposition between her very nice heros and her very, very evil villains. This one had that, but t...more
Amber Foo
Those weird scottish conversations killed the book entirely.
Sarah Rundle
Absolutely loved this. Milly is Queen of chick lit.
My first book by Milly Johnson - and I thought it was funny and totally a good read for a rainy weekend. There is something about British books for women...the flow of the story, the language - just such a nice change from the North American girls in books. The main men too - this one was loud, obnoxious , Scottish brute of a man with a kind heart - Adam McLean or Damme McQueen!!! I laughed out loud reading parts of this book and though the story may be very formulaic - who cares. I look forward...more
Loved it! Light, easy, funny.
Ordinarily, I only rate books that I had finished reading but now realised that I must drop a line or two straight after finishing a book. This particular book has made me giggle to myself (not laughed out loud, mind) and has been a completely engrossing light read from start to finish. My heart completely warmed up to dear Adam and his not-so-quiet voice esp when speaking to Stevie. I adore their initial dislike to each other which (as expected) turned into deep feelings in the end. Enjoyable r...more
Kristy Cunningham
Took me over 100 pages to get into but I am glad that I stuck with the book as I enjoyed it eventually.
Dana Loo
Molto carino, un pò rocambolesco però gradevole...
another great read by Milly Johnson.
Not her best book but it was only her second and I felt she god better as time went on.
Stevie is looking forward to her wedding when big burly Scot Adam informs her that her fiance Matthew has ran off with his pretty girl friend .
Adam blames Stevie and Stevie blames Adam for letting it happen .
Interesting but I think she rushed the end a bit which could have ended in so many ways .
Malina Sapawi
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. The book keeps me reading, I can't go to sleep because I wanted to know what happen next. This is my first book from this author, and I certainly will read more from this author. The characters are so lovable and the love story is so cute, it feels like I can actually imagine them. This book can actually make giggle, and I seriously do not want the story to end.
I absolutely loved this book! I got completely sucked into the story from the start, and I really loved the main characters Adam and Stevie. I loved Stevie's friend and her family, you really felt like you knew them.
The story was well written, and was never boring or slow - I raced through the book!
I'll definitely be reading more of Milly Johnson's books in the future.
A perfect example of how good the chick-lit genre really can be. This a beautifully written book. It follows the typical plot of spurned woman pining after lying cheat but growing as a person in the mean-time. But there is something more here. The characters are deeper and beautifully crafted. The Birds and the Bees is a thoughtfully crafted work of female fiction.
This was a pleasant read although very unrealistic. I found some of the jargon hard to understand and follow from an American standpoint. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and felt myself being happy and sad throughout the emotional novel. Overall, I liked it and would recommend it to friends looking for a good weekend read to cuddle up by the fire with.
I really enjoyed this book. Few books have lines that make me laugh out loud but this one did. I loved the big old softee Scotsman. I'm enjoying Milly Johnson books a lot, I like her writing style and plot lines. You need to read this one before her new book 'Its Raining Men' due out on 1st August. It was an easy relaxing read and I recommend it.
I do love a happy ending-books like these give me hope when I have such a crap love least someone gets the right man in the end.This was a great read,loved the characters and could really imagine the scenery and picture everyone in the story.More more more please!!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 46 47 next »
  • Sweet Temptation
  • Lizzy Harrison Loses Control
  • Summer Daydreams
  • Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues
  • Recipe for Love
  • Good At Games
  • The Wish List
  • A Merry Little Christmas
  • When I Fall In Love
  • Yours Truly
  • Just For Christmas
Milly Johnson was born in Barnsley, raised in Barnsley and still lives in Barnsley - although she did study in Exeter for four years and emigrate to Haworth in West Yorkshire in the 1980s.

She trained as an actress, teacher, an accountant, a Customer Services and Suggestion Scheme Manager as well as working in a variety of administrative posts for companies dealing with anything from antique furnit...more
More about Milly Johnson...
A Spring Affair Here Come the Girls An Autumn Crush A Summer Fling The Yorkshire Pudding Club

Share This Book

“De twee vrouwen namen een grote hap spaghetti en de ober koos precies dat moment uit om terug te wippen en te vragen of alles naar wens was, waarop ze beiden hevig knikten en oergeluiden maakten. "Dat leren ze op de oberschool," zei Stevie nadat ze doorgeslikt had. "Wachten tot iedereen de mond vol heeft gepropt en het dan vragen. Dat vinden ze gewéldig. Het hoogtepunt van hun werk.” 1 likes
More quotes…