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The Perfectly Imperfect Woman

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,083 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she
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Published February 22nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Shaz Goodwin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Marnie is truly a fabulously flawed character (and one of the best I’ve read in a while). She is totally relatable for any age group and the mistakes could be ones we make ourselves. I really felt for her when she thinks she’s a magnet for others believing the worst of her, a belief obviously set down in childhood and reinforced by the things that happen. I was so defensive on her behalf around her family, Caitlin and her job, wanting to poke their eyes
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT WOMAN by Milly Johnson is a book filled with moments - moments that will make you laugh out loud, moments that will make your heart break, and moments where you wish you could crawl between the pages and find yourself in the story so that you could help out the characters that have come to mean so much to you.

Marnie Salt has not had an easy life, adopted by a mother (and I use that term very lightly) that didn't want her and being broken down by so many people in her
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a book! In part its an ode to a cheesecake, in parts it is the history of a small village in Yorkshire with all of the myths surrounding it, in parts its a story about a realistic main character who has her flaws, but ultimately has a good heart and in parts it is so many other things I can't sit here listing its merits all day!

I absolutely loved this book, it took the reader on a rather unexpected journey, it has a few surprises along the way and generally was incredibly gripping
Melisa Broadbent
I have just finished this beautiful book and feel absolutely bereft!

Milly Johnson writes with such feeling and emotion that you can't help but be swept along with her characters and storyline like.

My heart broke for Marnie but I couldn't stop reading, desperate for her to find happiness and love.

I really enjoyed reading about the history of Wychwell which runs alongside the main story and will genuinely miss all the characters. The good and the bad!

I really look forward to the next book.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Marnie loves her job in Beverage Marketing, but she has felt lonely for a long time, even when she’s been in relationships. When she chats to an old lady in an online cheesecake forum, her path crosses with Lilian Dearman. Following an incident at work, Marnie decides to visit Lilian, who, it turns out, owns a village in the Yorkshire Dales. Marnie thinks her stay at Wychwell will be temporary, but little does she know how much her life is about to change.

Thank you to Sara-Jade Virtue and Simon
Nicola Clough
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved Millie Johnson books and she certainly hasn't let me down at all you are hooked from the first page and full of laughter and romantic and life just a brilliant book. It flows so well as a book and wants you to read more to find out what does happen next.
It's all based around Marnie Salt and her mother never really wanted her after she had her own child as she adopted Marnie and she feels as if life can never go right. As a youngster she meets a lovely neighbour who shows her
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Gosh, this book has such a high rating but I didn’t connect with it at all! The plot was just too unbelievable!
Suze Lavender
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marnie just wants to be loved, but finding the right person lands her in the most terrible situations. She doesn't have much luck when it comes to family, boyfriends and friendships, but Lillian is different. When Marnie meets Lillian online she finally forms a friendship that's equal and beneficial to both. Lillian is a little older than Marnie, but they get along fabulously. When one of Marnie's relationships turns into a huge disaster Marnie needs a place to stay. Lillian offers her a cottage ...more
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to get a chance to read another Milly Johnson. Her covers are always so enticing and I rarely don't love one of her books. Thankfully this latest one is a wonderful read and I devoured it in just two sittings. Marnie Salt has an okay job, and when she meets a guy from work things seem to be going swimmingly. She then has a chance encounter with a lady online named Lillian. When Marnie and Lillian finally meet up, a few things happen to Marnie which have a massive impact on her ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Another absolutely wonderful read from Milly Johnson. They carry on getting better and better. The characters are so vivid that they feel like friends and you experience everything alongside them. Wychwell sounds a gorgeous place to find and spend time
After pouring her heart out to a woman on a cheesecake site, Marnie finds herself renting a cottage in Lillian's viillage, Wychell. She is a delighfully eccentric old lady and she craves Marnie's company. You get the feel of village life and
Stacey Bennett
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Really struggled with this one which is unusually as I love Milly’s books :(
Tracy Munro
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book ,love this author. Read all her books and they are all a great read
Randi | randiloves2read
This is the first time I read something by Milly Johnson. I totally enjoyed the way main character Marnie Salt turns her life around and found this book a very entertaining and light read. Would recommend it to all lovers of chick lit genre.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the end of the first chapter of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman I was craving cheesecake! It was almost midnight and I had to go to bed with the image of a delicious buttery, crumbly based topped with creamy cheese and sharp, sweet fruit on the top and oozing down the sides. Torture, pure torture.

Milly Johnson returns with her trademark Northern wit and humour, her totally relatable characters, her divine settings and her wonderfully creative stories.

Lead character Marnie is a lovable, often
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved loved this book, it was highly entertaining, heartfelt, little emotional and funny in places. The story was brilliantly written and the characters just came alive, so believable. Milly really does have a way with words.

I really felt sorry for Marnie at times, some of the things she had a cope with and deal with in life, certainly wasn't easy for her.

I loved the whole mystery element which was cleverly woven into the story, I kept trying to figure it all out before the end and
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nicely written, feel good factor chic lit which moves along at a steady pace. Some of the decisions made were not relatable but if you're happy to go along with it and not over analyse then it's a fun story that has a happy ending.

Perfect for taking on holiday or for round the fire reading in winter. Loved the little village and its history and the quirky village characters who all added to this charming story. Cheesecake does dominate but it's also about chances, love and rivalry. Nicely put
This was a good read but it’s not my favourite. It didn’t quite flow as well as her other novels.
Marnie was a great character and I loved it when she moved to Wychwell to escape her life.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: better-than-food
Wow. This bloody book hit me hard in the feels. So hard.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Milly Johnson’s books - it’s like going under a warm cosy blanket. ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolute perfect read. Well recommended.
Claire Watson
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want love, romance, humour, a crazy old lady and a Norwegian hunk then The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson is for you.

I always look forward to Milly’s new books being published as you know as soon as you start reading you’re drawn into a wonderful community with vivid characters that feel like old friends.

This book follows the story of Marnie Salt. She’s made some mistakes in the past and feels she’ll never be on the right track. However a chance meeting with a little old lady
Reilly Windsor-Daly
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
While actually reading this book I didn't have many problems, the book has such a nice flow that you are carried along by it. However, once I had finished I realised I had many problems, mainly that Milly Johnson didn't seem to know what she wanted the book to be, she tried to tackle some really serious issues but the brash nature she brushed over then and the almost instant recovery I found dismissive. I think there are some issues that if you are going to tackle them you have to tackle head ...more

Abit of a long read for what it is was. Although I enjoyed joining Marnie on her journey of self-discovery and self-love.

The plot seemed to do this weird thing of dabbling back and forth between being realistic and relatable, to far-fetched and nonsensical. This I would say is the only thing I struggled with. I finished reading this in 2 days and by the end, I found myself just eagerly wanting to get to the end of it.
Overall, it was well written, definitely humorous and I absolutely adored
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 1.5 days

Pages - 464

Publisher - Simon and Schuster

Source - Waterstones store

Blurb from Goodreads

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-releases

Marnie Salt hasn't had an easy life - she was adopted and has never felt loved. She's never had luck with people, family, boyfriends or friends. But on the cheesecake forum in internet she's just met Lilian - the right person at the right time. Lilian is older than Marnie but it doesn't stop them from forming a firm, strong friendship and soon Marnie finds herself in Wychwell. Marnie blossoms - she can finally bake cheesecakes and she's finally happy with her life. She doesn't plan on staying
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read any Milly Johnson's books and I'm not really sure why as I always enjoy them. The Birds and The Bees was a particular favourite and I still remember Adam fondly as one of my favourite book heroes! The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is another completely delightful read from Milly Johnson.

First of all I should say, don't read this if you are feeling at all hungry - you will be craving cheesecake from the first chapter onwards! Marnie has always been the black sheep of
Megan Jones
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. When she meets an 'old' lady on a baking chatroom, she begins confiding in her, not knowing just how much her life will change. When they meet, Marnie finds Lilian to be every bit as mad and delightful as she has hoped and discovers that she owns a village in the Yorkshire Dales; Wychwell. When Marnie needs to shelter from her latest crisis, she heads to Wychwell as a temporary measure, or so ...more
Linda Hill
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marnie Salt is about to have her life turned upside down!

Oo. The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is such a smashing summer read. I had a smile on my face throughout, even when, at one point, I shed a small tear, and I frequently snorted at the humour in the story. I think The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is a book every woman (and I don’t care if that sounds sexist) needs to pack in their suitcase this summer as it would make the perfect beach read. It is pure escapism with the perfect balance of reality
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, chick-lit
This was surprisingly lovely.

Marnie first speaks to Lillian via an online baking forum. When they meet in person Marnie feels she is as wonderful and friendly as she was online. She also finds out she owns a small village called Wychwell. When Marnie needs to escape, she remembers Lillian's open invitation to the village.

What is meant to be a temporary stay looks to become a lot more permanent as Marnie slowly finds herself entangled in the lives of the other villages and all the stories they're
Fabulous Book Fiend
So many twists and turns in this book! This one constantly had me on the back foot, not knowing what was going to happen next, especially when it came to what or who was going to be revealed. Plot wise there are so many sub plots going on, it can get a touch confusing at times but seeing them each tied up was definitely satisfying.

In terms of characters, there is a wonderful cast in this novel. All the usual characters you would expect in a small village, but each of them had their own little
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