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A Spring Affair

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  3,544 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
When Lou Winter picks up an old, dog-eared magazine in the dentist's waiting room and spots an article about clearing clutter, she little realises that it will change her life in ways she could not imagine.

What begins as an earnest spring clean of unwanted household debris - a never-touched omelette maker here, a hideous collection of chintz ornaments there - soon spirals
Paperback, 482 pages
Published 2009 by Pocket Books
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Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Move over Jane Green, Jill Mansell and Madeleine Wickham, there’s a new queen in town! I absolutely LOVED this novel and think it deserves more than 5 stars! After reading it, I thought Milly Johnson could easily become my new favourite chick lit author and when I read another one of her books (review of The Yorkshire Pudding Club coming soon) I awarded her this title and will read anything and everything she writes now. I absolutely LOVE finding fabulous new
Dec 04, 2009 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Elouise ‘Lou’ Winter is married to second hand car dealer Phil, but their marriage is far from happy. Lou knows Phil has been unfaithful, but he uses it to his own advantage, keeping Lou under his thumb.

But when Lou spots an article in a magazine about clearing out clutter, she has no idea just how far how cleaning obsession is going to reach. Not to mention the small crush she has on the man who brings her skips Tom Broom, Lou is heading for a big lifestyle change, but is she ready to take on e
Feb 02, 2011 neverdone rated it really liked it
Shelves: light
I'd read all of Jill Mansell's books and was looking for more Brit humor, light-hearted fun when I found Milly Johnson. 'A spring affair' is a great start to what I see is going to be an AWESOME friendship with Johnson's books!
Lou was warm and personable, and the little tidbits of her relationship with her dad really got me tearing at some parts. Compared to a Mansell novel, where every character gets a little of the spotlight to themselves at some point, Johnson's more focused on the main chara
Oct 22, 2014 Beril rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
kitabın arka kapak yazısı biraz önyargı oluştursa da kitap eğlenceli, mutlu eden bir hikaye. tabii ki başrolde kilo ve yaş takıntısı olan bir ablamız var. 36 yaşında 42 beden olan baş karakterimiz, mutlu olmadığı işi ve berbat kocası ile mutsuz bir hayat sürerken evinde bahar temizliği yapmaya karar veriyor. temizlik sırasında evindeki fazlalıkları atarken hayatındaki fazlalıkları da atmaya başlıyor. bu sırada son derece gereksiz kocasının kaprisleri sonucu görüşmediği eski arkadaşını da hayatın ...more
Jennifer Whiteford
Aug 22, 2012 Jennifer Whiteford rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Loved this just as much as the other Milly Johnson books I've read. This had fewer characters than her other books, but the impatient part of me loved it because I didn't have to wait a few chapters to pick up a particular character's story again. As with all of her books, this is simple but totally satisfying. The bad characters are REALLY unpleasant and they get what's coming to them. The good characters are rewarded with loveliness. It's chicklit but with a few key twists (emphasis on female ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. Despite the book cover picture its not fluffy chick-lit and there are some great one liners that made me laugh. The characters are very well written and the storyline just flows along - I found I was picking this up to read at every opportunity. I will certainly be looking out for other books by Milly Johnson.
Sep 12, 2016 Leona rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful! I'm running to get the rest of the series.
Marian Lopez
Jan 10, 2015 Marian Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 07, 2013 Duygu rated it it was amazing
Hyperion Kitap’tan çıkmış olan Milly Johson’ın Bir İlkbahar Macerası adlı kitabını okumuş ve şu an itibariyle bitirmiş bulunmaktayım .

Okuduğum en tatlı kitaplardan bir tanesiydi .Kitabın kapağından , sayfa kalitesine , yazı puntosuna ve en önemlisi çevirisine kadar her şey çok güzeldi .Tabi arada bazı tek tük kelime hataları da vardı , lakin kitap o kadar içten – samimi bir anlatıma sahipti ki onu nazar boncuğu olarak sayıyorum .

Kitapta; Lou adlı bir kadın, bu kadın güzel , alımlı , becerikli fa
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Jun 26, 2010 Jessica (Jess Hearts Books) rated it really liked it
It seems as if almost by fate that on one spring day Lou Winters picks up an old dog eared magazine on how clearing clutter from your life can really boost your mood. Little does Lou know at the time how much clearing out her clutter is going to change not only her mood but her life. What starts off sorting out a few draws here and there soon turns into a full house sort out. So much so that Lou has to start hiring skips from the gorgeous half Italian Tom Broom. Lou soon finds herself addicted t ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Not one of Milly Johnson's best novels, I think, but quite an amusing quick read anyway, especially if you are on holiday or too busy to concentrate on more complex literature.

This is very predictable chick-lit with a simple plot: a subservient wife and accounts clerk, who everyone walks all over, a manipulative unfaithful husband and a happy ending (of course!) I appreciated the writing style, the gradual character progress of Lou, and the cheerful girly humour. And the fact that Ms Johnson ha
Paula Sealey
Apr 02, 2012 Paula Sealey rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and spent a couple days curled up with it, resenting all the interruptions that stopped me from getting to the end!

When Lou Winter sees an advertisement about clearing out your clutter, she goes home and starts to do just that. She meets the gorgeous 'skip guy', Tom Broom, during the process, and starts to analyse everything in her life, her relationship with her cheating husband, friends past and present, family and work.

This really is a lovely feel good story with believable
Jul 24, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
This is one of the cutest books I think I have ever read. I think the beginning intrigued me because of the article on clearing out the clutter from your life just as Lou has begun to. The whole story was cute. Predictable, maybe a little but just as nice as can be. I plan to go read more of Milly Johnson's books immediately. They really lift the spirits!
Nov 02, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2012
I loved this story. Lou decides it's time to declutter her house- and she feels attracted to the man who keeps delivering the skips. Whilst the decluttering is going on she re evaluates her life and gets in touch with her former best friend. It's spurred us onto planning to clear the debris of assorted clutter!!!!
Jules (Never enough time to read)
The story was completely cheesy, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for.

The audio book narration was great.
May 25, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Would give it 6 stars if I could. A gentle untaxing story with a lovely HEA.
May 20, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This is, hands down, one of the best books I've read in a long while for how well it captured the petty crap people put it each other through as well as the voice of the main character, Lou. Lou Winter is a woman who has been married for several years to Phil, and for all purposes, they appear to be happy in a big house, two cars, and Lou only having to keep a part time job. Lou's stability has come at a high cost, though, as Phil bullies and manipulates her constantly despite her love and devot ...more
Nicola Clough
Dec 31, 2015 Nicola Clough rated it it was amazing
Milly never disappoints me with her books another excellent read and great to see how the main character changed through out the story. Lou is in the dentist and reads an article about spring cleaning and she decides to have a good spring clean at home and she gets the tip and finds its closed sees a sign for skips so she hires one and gets very friendly with the owner. She decides to leave her job after she meets up with an old friend she lost contact with and they decide to open a coffee shop ...more
Jessica J
Dec 29, 2013 Jessica J rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book, it is slightly older chick lit with marriage and fertility themes (but written beautifully). Brilliant characterisations throughout, loved the way she slipped into the minds of each character and got to see things from their point of view. Sometimes this gave you a wonderfully creepy perspective on manipulative partners. Lou was a lovable if annoyingly under the thumb wife, which made her emancipation even more exciting.

Great story with a few twists and turns, genius dial
Amanda Nason
Sep 02, 2013 Amanda Nason rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be just as I say - a really lovely story. I loved Lou, and everything about her, although she was starting to annoy me because she was such a perfect wife. What wonderful meals she produced - my mouth watered! I thoroughly enjoyed turning the pages and getting carried along as Lou's life began to change. I thought the book was inspirational and strangely thought provoking and I soon realised that I really do need to read that article on clearing out my clutter.
This is the fi
Feb 23, 2015 Catsalive rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A lovely tale of a woman finding out what she wants in life and working hard towards getting it. Reducing the clutter in her physical world helped Lou confront some of the clutter in her mental & emotional life. With such clarity, Lou faced her life as it was & started taking advantage of opportunities as they arose. She met a great man who knocked her manipulative husband to flinders, reconnected & went into business with her best friend, & improved her relationship with her mot ...more
Natasha Chowdory
Feb 09, 2016 Natasha Chowdory rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect holiday read - probably because I identified to much with the main character. Where everyone treats you like an extension of a doormat, or where no one thinks you're capable of doing anything to the point where you start to doubt yourself. You stay in the relationship that doesn't fulfil you etc. And then one day you read something and start to take control of your life. It's a charming wonderful read and at the end I was so happy. I read it in an evening sat by the fire, le ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was such a lovely read. Lately I've been looking for easy reads before bed to take my mind off my final semester at uni but I found myself picking this up even during the day. The characters were so well written, the story had a good pace and I just found myself really drawn to the main character, Lou. I can't say I can completely relate to a wife in her mid 30s with a complete twat as a husband but for some reason, I just really liked Lou. The book also really made me want to tidy my room ...more
Pauline Norris
Jan 28, 2016 Pauline Norris rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Once again, Milly Johnson does not disappoint! Poor Lou lost her spark and allowed her husband, mother and "friend" to keep her down. In clearing out her closets, cabinets, etc., she found her spark again. I loved that hubby is a used car salesman, because he was such a manipulative troll to her and the personality/career just fit. I was rooting for Lou the entire time as she rediscovered who she really was and found true happiness in a most delicious way!
Mientras Lees
Mar 02, 2015 Mientras Lees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Me lo leí hace ya años y a pesar de algunos clichés del género, me enamoró de principio a fin. Me pareció un libro fresco, sencillo y con unos personajes entrañables, que hablaba de cómo perseguir los sueños, se tenga la edad que se tenga, y de corregir los errores del pasado, limpiando la casa y a la vez el alma. Muy original, divertido y apto para todas las edades y sexos.
Alison Winter
Oct 26, 2015 Alison Winter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! It was easy to picture in your head as you were reading it, the characters were well written. Lou was very likeable and some of the other characters easy to dislike. The only thing wrong is that I read it so quickly.

Jun 03, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
I loved this book, wonderfully predictable, but that was just what I needed.
Jul 25, 2014 Anitaeskes rated it really liked it
Heerlijk boek!....
Amanda Astbury
Oct 06, 2016 Amanda Astbury rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the best one I have read so far, very believable characters and plot
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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
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