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What if you could write your own perfect storyline...? The heartwarming, feelgood novel from the much-loved Sunday Times bestselling author, Milly Johnson.

'Gloriously funny, witty, wise and wonderful, this book is a total joy!’ Alexandra Potter
‘A delicious warm hug of a book’ Jill Mansell
‘Guaranteed to put a spring in your step – I loved it’ Jo Thomas
Gorgeous, heartwarming and moving, The Happiest Ever After is so original and brilliantly written in the typically funny and clever Johnson style' Lucy Vine
'An escapist, uplifting read full of heart' Libby Page
‘Funny and brilliant and gorgeously warm, Milly Johnson always, always delivers’ Paige Toon
'Takes you on a classic transformative journey in the most wonderful and original way. What a joy!' Julietta Henderson

Polly Potter is surviving, not thriving. She used to love her job – until her mentor died and her new boss decided to make her life hell. She used to love her partner Chris – until he cheated on her, and now she can’t forget. The only place where her life is working is on the pages of the novel she is writing – there she can create a feistier, bolder, more successful version of herself – as the ­fictional Sabrina Anderson.

But what if it was possible to start over again? To leave everything behind, forget all that went before, and live the life you’d always dreamed of?

After a set of unforeseen circumstances, Polly ends up believing she really IS Sabrina, living at the heart of a noisy Italian family restaurant by the sea. Run by Teddy, the son of her new landlady Marielle, it’s a much-loved place, facing threat of closure as a rival restaurant moves in next door. Sabrina can’t remember her life as Polly, but she knows she is living a different life from the one she used to have.

But what if this new life could belong to her after all?

‘Reading a Milly Johnson book is like spending time with a best friend – you always end up feeling better about the world. Written with genuine warmth and heart, they’re an absolute treat’ Lucy Diamond
‘Milly Johnson always delivers an absolutely cracking read’ Katie Fforde
‘One of those novels that draws you in to its world and makes you wish you could be friends with Shay. A tantalising juicy tale full of twists and turns that kept me gripped. Warm, funny and moving. One to curl up with and devour’ Ruth Jones
‘The feeling you get when you read a Milly Johnson book should be bottled and made available on the NHS’ Debbie Johnson
‘Milly’s writing is like getting a big hug with just the right amount of bite underneath’ Jane Fallon

About The Author


Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, and has sold millions of copies of her books sold across the world. The Happiest Ever After is her twenty-first novel.   

Milly’s writing highlights the importance of community spirit and the magic of kindness. Her books inspire and uplift but she packs a punch and never shies away from the hard realities of life and the complexities of relationships in her stories. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility and joy of second chances and renaissances. She writes stories about ordinary women and the extraordinary things that happen in their ordinary lives.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (July 18, 2024)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398523562

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Raves and Reviews

‘A delicious warm hug of a book containing wonderful characters you can empathise and fall in love with, plus several baddies to add tension to the mix. The storytelling is deft, the humour is brilliant and despite the many setbacks, we know that love will eventually win through’ Jill Mansell

’They say laughter is the best medicine and Milly delivers that in bucket-loads - but beneath the laughter is an empowering story of a woman who gets to write - and live - her own happy ending, and it’s one that will have you cheering from the side-lines. Gloriously funny, witty, wise and wonderful, and with a cracking good story-line that keeps you guessing until the very end, this book is a total joy!’ Alexandra Potter

'Oh, readers, prepare yourselves! My sleeves were wet with happy tears as I finished this gorgeous, heartwarming, moving novel. Milly Johnson has written her best book yet in The Happiest Ever After. The story is so original and brilliantly written in the typically funny and clever Johnson style. Get ready for this to be your new favourite novel - it's now mine' Lucy Vine

'If you're after an escapist, uplifting read full of heart then The Happiest Ever After won't disappoint. This charming novel proves it's never too late to start again - and to find your happiness' Libby Page

'The Happiest Ever After takes you on a classic transformative journey in the most wonderful and original way. From unhappy, unfulfilled and unappreciated, to courageous, confident and completely adored, this life-affirming book shows how far we can go when we become the author of our own happiness. What a joy!' Julietta Henderson

'This is proper, skilled and riveting storytelling, yet it remains accessible, understandable and believable.' My Weekly

'You can always rely on Milly Johnson to make you feel good.' theipaper

'Mllly Johnson works her magic yet again with this unabashedly heart-warming yet nuanced and related tale of resilience against the odds, the power of the imagination and second chances.' The Lady

'The Happiest Ever After has all Milly Johnson’s trademark understanding of human nature presented with wit and emotion.' My Weekly

'Wonderful' The Sun

'A warm hug of a book.There is much happiness to be found in Milly’s latest big-hearted novel' Woman & Home

'Charming and soul-stirring, this will have you falling in love with its cast of characters.' heat

'Milly Johnson at her warmest, most authentic, best. From the dedication at the start to the acknowledgements at the end, The Happiest Ever After is a true treat of a book and simply not to be missed. I adored it!' My Weekly

'The Queen of comfort reading. If there’s anyone that can make me feel like everything’s going to be okay, it’s Milly Johnson. Her novels are like one warm hug and her latest offering is likely to be no different.' Muddy Stilettos

'A warm, witty and wonderfully woven tale. With its wickedly clever plotting, cast of precision-drawn characters, and Milly Johnson's piercingly authentic insights into human frailty and foibles, The Happiest Ever After is storytelling magic'' Lancashire Post

'There is much happiness to be found in Milly Johnson’s latest big-hearted and humorous second-chance novel.' Woman's Weekly

'A brilliant, feel-good read.' Fabulous Magazine

'Johnson is the Queen of the Rom Com and her talents show no sign of letting up. This is another page-turning triumph from Johnson. You’ll laugh. You might cry. But above all, you’ll get a happy ending, and that’s a wonderful thing.' lovereading

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