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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
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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
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Beril
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
Chloe
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
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Jennifer Whiteford
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
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
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
Duygu
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
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neverdone
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
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Paula Sealey
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
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Pat
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!
Karen
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.
Kim
Aug 15, 2012 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, kindle
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!!!!
Catsalive
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
Linda
Loved this book. Would give it 6 stars if I could. A gentle untaxing story with a lovely HEA.
Mientras Lees
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.
Jessica J
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
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Amanda Nason
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
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Sarah
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
Elusive
‘A Spring Affair’ is about an unhappily married woman Lou Winter who is inspired to declutter her house after reading a magazine article. As she focuses on removing the unwanted things from her home, she realizes that some people are not worth keeping in her life and it makes her reevaluate her life.

I found Lou to be a likeable character though I didn’t particularly like her. The great thing was that there was ample character growth that occurred gradually and although I couldn’t quite believe t
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Teresa
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!
A.J. Llewellyn
This was an outstanding read. My favorite Milly Johnson book yet. The characters were well developed and the book kept me up two nights in a row. I could not put it down. The interesting thing is the synopsis didn't grab me, but I started reading and realized it is the first of Johnson's books that is fully developed, no loose ends and oh, lordy, is it filled with fantastic characters!
I was rooting for Lou all the way and won't spoil the ending here but I felt for her and really loved her charac
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Claire Hill
This is my third book by this author . I must say it was a nice surprise to have the book based around one character instead of four from the last four books I have read, but was not a disappointed .

A spring affair is based around Lou Winter who life consist of a mother that is never satisfied with her choices and actions in life and a unfaithful, ungrateful husband Phil. Lou life wasn't always about running around pleasing people needs once she had her own dreams and plans , Lou thinks it's all
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Lucy_nyu13
I think this kind of plot and story it's not for everybody out there (especially for teenagers), 'cos honestly you need certain kind of experience and baggage about what the heroin is going through, and that's not a really dreamy story where the prince in shiny armor just shows up out of nowhere and all your problems are fixed magically.

That's not how life really work out and that simple fact is what this book is all about and what makes it so amazing :D.

You have main characters that are just li
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Agi
Jul 24, 2011 Agi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
3 stars for the book itself, and 1 star because it's Milly Johnson.
It was a very, very slow beginning for me which took almost 3/4 of this book. Only the last quarter of the book had a pace and was interesting, there was actually was happening.
I had big problems to warm to the main character, Lou. I hate reading about women who are letting other people to bully them so, so much. She was so weak and naive and couldn't stand for herself for the biggest part of the book that I just couldn't stand i
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Mandy Bookaholica
Lou ist ergebene Ehefrau und arbeitet Teilzeit bei einer Buchhaltungsabteilung. Sie ist verheiratet mit Phil, der sich gern von seiner Frau umsorgen und bekochen lässt, dazu noch notorischer Fremdgänger und ein egoistischer Volltrottel ist. Ihre “beste” Freundin Michelle ist ein echtes Nervenbündel und verfällt einem Mann nach dem Anderen. In einer Frauenzeitschrift liest Lou über eine Entrümpelungsaktion in den eigenen 4 Wänden, bei dem sie sich sofort angesprochen fühlt.
Voller Tatendrang begin
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Sydney Milligan
I dont want to say that I 'pushed' through this book as I really did enjoy it overall. However, coming off the completion of all the current 'Shopaholic' books by Sophie Kinsella, I guess I was expecting more. But in all fairness, I cant really compare a seasoned, concrete character and world compared to a stand-alone novel. So, like I said, I did enjoy the book. It was a light read (as people say) and the character's transformation was really the anchor keeping me to it. The husband is beyond a ...more
Nicholas
It was a bit of a touch and go start for me. By about half way through the book it really started to pick up for me. By the end I was hooked and left for wanting more of the characters. The cover was pretty and very colorful. I can really see this author becoming a favorite.
Helen R-t
Lovely chick Lit! Great for a holiday read on the beach. The British writers do it really well and they do it with good character development.
Emma
This was lovely. The story is fun, original and refreshing (perfect for Spring).
It might even inspire me to declutter a little more effectively than I usually do (nothing as extreme as what Lou does in the book, though :D).

The dialogues were especially great, they rang true and were often very funny.

One little flaw: the characters are very black or white. People in Lou's life are either extremely bad (and boy does she have bad people around her) or near-to-perfect, there's no middle ground. T
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Melanie Ting
I'm not sure why I enjoy books where houses get cleaned up. Probably because it's something I hate to do in real life.
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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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