What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart. When she meets hunky local man Tom Broom, she sees her philandering husband in a very different light. But, even with Tom's help, can Lou Winter manage to put the spring back into her step? And who knows where her newfound zest for the stripped-back life will take her next?
©2009 Milly Johnson; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
Member since 2010 I suspended my account for a couple of months and audible incorrectly states I joined June 2015 crazy with 343 titles
Yes I almost did not buy this book because the description did not sound appealing, however I was desperate when on holidays and used a credit purely because it was a Milly Johnson book. I was pleasantly surprised it was great.
Lou because she went for what she wanted and got it.
Yes she is always great.
No it was a light happy read very enjoyable but not moving.
This was a great story, well written and read. Characters were very believable and had depth and personality. Nice long story, I was sorry to get to the end. Concept was also believable and interesting. My dogs got extra walks just so I could take my iphone and listen to the next few chapters!
Do you ever get the inclination to clean, which, when done, makes you aware of other things that also need the boot? The more the heroine cleaned, the more she saw things that were wrong in her home and life, including an insufferable husband. Go Lou!
This was a great listen from beginning to end and well worth the purchase. I enjoyed the narration and was able to picture each person in my mind. I highly recommend this book.
One of the best. Have listened twice. Light fluffy feel great story.
Totally engrossed me and inspired me to have a clean out myself.
Yes. She is very consistent and lovely. Easy to understand even though the phrases are new to me (being from the States).
Not sure. I like the name.
Got this one after "the birds and the bees" and was glad.
It has a more serious tone and the story is quite real, I would dare to say it makes you think a bit on some things but keeps its lightness via the romance, which of course is faery tale stuff....but that is after all the reason why one listens to this kind of things.
One more thing, the book is nicely written meaning doesn't repeat same phrases or words again and again or uses cliches until you are gaging.
Narrator is good.
All in all WORTH IT !!!
I study native plants, do revegetation projects, edit a newsletter, keep databases for clubs I belong to, and photograph (mostly plants).
highly enjoyable; I'll listen to it at least twice.
Those which are more difficult to understand or which have more complex storylines I listen to more than twice.
The solid Joe Broom was excellent and full of a few surprises.
When Sue finally found a convincing reason to leave house and home.
Romance of the Skip (sp?)
I'll keep my eyes peeled for other titles by this author. The narrator was brilliant!
The book is very well plotted. The main character Lou is very likeable, and the other characters are well done if a bit exaggerated at times. I just listened to it again after nearly a year, and it was almost better the second time, knowing how it all came out.
The story has many good moments. There's never a doubt as to who the bad guys are. The changes in Lou are realistically gradual, and we cheer her on.
"Delightfully down-to-earth heroine wins through"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of Lou who copes with a domineering and not very faithful husband as well as family and so-called friends who do not value her true worth. One day she reads an article in a magazine claiming that clearing out one's unnecessary belongings is a good thing. She starts with her kitchen drawers but that was only the beginning and soon she realises that it is not just possessions that can clutter one's life. Beautifully read, it makes one laugh but also makes one think.
Yes I would. It was very entertaining, good storyline and was interesting throughout. The characters were very believable. Good book for all age groups
My favourite character was Lou. She was a believable character who had her own hangups and insecurities, mainly because of her absolute male chauvinist, slimy, horrible husband who was an obvious control freek. You will just hate him form the start and will just look forward to him getting his 'come uppance'
Yes, I have listened to another, by the same author and she is a pleasure to listen to. Her different voices and accents are very good, and her pitch and pace is excellent..
The outcome of the whole story was moving (I won't give anything away) The inevitable demise of Phil (the horrible husband) was a real pleasure!!
Likeable characters, good storyline that made me want to keep listening. The author obviously likes catering or cafes and also dogs. There was a cafe and a dog in the last book of hers that I listened to and being a dog lover, I found it a nice addition to the tale
"Enormous fun to listen to"
A witty feel good book. All the characters were totally believable and I loved every one of them. Even the baddies.
The way all the characters came to life and the excellent narration.
Easy to listen to. I am slightly deaf, so clear enunciation is very important to me. She does not try too hard with giving individual voices to characters, but one can still tell which person is speaking.
Made me very happy to go along wit the main character.
"Wonderful and uplifting book"
It was unusual. The characterisations were terrific and the narration added to the story.
It's like listening to a girlfriend tell you a great story (or wonderful gossip)
It's a great place to start if you haven't tried any of Milly Johnson's book - either with this one or Here come the girls would be my recommendation
"Another good book from Milly Johnson"
Milly Johnson keeps writing entertaining and well written books. Perhaps not her best, but definately worth listening to. A very enjoyable book and well read.
"A spring affair"
An excellent book with its characters based upon everyday people that we all know facing situations that are true to life. A book a very enjoyed and would highly recommend.
"A lovely warm feel good story"
This was the first book by Milly Johnson that I read and it remains one of my favourites. As always she creates characters that you really care about and who are totally believable and, of course, it has the necessary happy ending.
I think Lou is a great character. At the beginning she feels herself approaching middle age and the disappointments in her life have resulted in her losing her real self - something that I think many women can identify with. I just wish I was able to follow her lead and de-clutter my life as much as she manages to do.
This was my first experience of Colleen Prendergast's narration but I thought she was wonderful. Lou sounded exactly as I thought she should, she managed to give all the characters a clear identity which matched very much with how I had imagined them and her interpretation of the story was just right.
Declutter your life to find true happiness!
A great read AND a great audio book - enjoy!
"Never going to stop being wonderful."
A thoroughly relatable story with lots of laughs, tears and triumphs. Too good to only read once!
Brilliant story. Beautifully read with lots of awwwwww moments through out. Very inspiring story, makes me want to do some clearing out of my own!!
"Love Milly Johnsons work"
Another lovely twisty listen about real lives and emotions. Coleen Prendergast narrates beautiful and engages me every time. Thank you
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