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The brand-new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew - a gorgeous listen full of warmth and heartfelt emotion.

Laurie and Pete should never have met. But fate has pushed them together for a reason. 

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group - and meet each other.

From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing, and they sense a fresh new beginning.

Except, the more they talk, the more Laurie begins to spot the strange parallels in their stories. Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.

But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart. 

My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, tea-shops on corners and the northern lights.

©2020 Milly Johnson (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, UK

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"Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold." (Heat)

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soothing like hot chocolate

I'm not sure what it is with Milly Johnson... the story is rather predictable and very sweet, but it never becomes too sweet, and whatever she writes, it is always delectable and just that something you need after a stressful day.

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Too sad for too long. Almost sadistic.

Not what I was expecting at all. Very little humour or joy. I don’t understand a story dragging out misery like this. This book just waits till the last 1 min of the book for happiness apart for a glimpse of a feel good in the middle. It paints lying cheating marriage and engagement wreckers as angels looking down on their victim spouses. There’s no let up - best friends keeping devastating secrets, cruel and selfish in-laws discussed in endearing tones. I kept listening hoping for some joy somewhere, but instead the writer just introduces more inconsequential characters building up to a predictable end that sign posted but kept dangling like a sadistic jailer holding a cup of water from a thirsty inmate just out of reach. It also had other miseries, couples hoping for kids who were sterile - a widower entangled with a really horrible partner. The final resolution comes in a too little too late package - not worth waiting 62 chapters for. . I am heart broken all over again cos I am a widow and there were secrets. Sadistic book. So disappointed cos I have so many books by this author that I like. Miserable.

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Wonderful

I have enjoyed all of Milly’s books that I have so far read, but this one is particularly scrumptious. I often use this type of book as rewards to myself after listening to other far more serious books. As here I always know what I ‘m getting and that I am going to be left with all sorts of wonderful feelings afterwards. Brilliant narration as usual

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Like a warm hug

Milly Johnson is on top of her game with her latest book. It has been so worth the wait. As well as her fabulous story she has reconnected us with past favourite characters , which if you haven’t read any of her previous books, stand alone in their characterisation. I am just disappointed that I will have a long wait until her next book

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Great Story full of lovely new (and old) characters!

I had coincidentally re-listened to the Tea Shop on the Corner before ‘reading’ this title, and was delighted to see Molly and Mr Sing joining the cast of this novel! I love how the author knits the lives of our favourites characters into different novels, it feels like a little hidden Easter Eggs for her loyal fans to discover. Delighted to also find Venn, Frankie and Olive from ‘Here Come the Girls’ making an appearance at the end. Might have to re-listen to that too! This book whilst a little predictable at times, is no less enjoyable for that. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. My favourites author for some time now.

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What a read

I loved everything about this book, one of the best I have read by miles. Your heart just heaves for the trauma and the upheaval that their lives go through. I love the narrator as well, who's voice expresses the characters so well. I read these to enjoy listening and this really hits the mark!

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Lovely

A well written story with lots of lovely twists. the characters all feel like they could be good friends. a nice easy to listen to story.

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Predictable but lovely escapism and well read

Well narrated ~ the characters are so well written and full of flaws as well as beauty.

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An excellent book

I could not stop listening to this story, l would have liked the ending conversation between the couple to have gone on longer. There was a lot of kindness and wisdom in this story, there are quite a number of life lessons that could be helpful to some readers.

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Loved it!

Great story and even though it's quite a long book, it didn't drag at all. The characters are good and the narration excellent. It was both funny and sad in parts (the mis prints by the newspaper were hilarious!)

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  • 07-09-20

My one true north

Loved this Great escapism during COVID era Recommend this audio A few twists to keep you interested not the usual romance

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  • 27-07-20

Super cute - great listen.

Light hearted and engaging. Really enjoyed it. Narrator was lovely. No more words to add.