Together, Again By Milly Johnson
‘Together, Again’ is the latest book by ‘Sunday Times’ bestselling author, Milly Johnson.
Sisters Jolene, Marsha and Annis have convened at their beautiful family home, Fox House, following the death of their mother, the tricky Eleanor Vamplew. Born seven years apart, the women are more strangers than sisters. Jolene, the eldest, is a successful romantic novelist who writes about beautiful relationships even though her own marriage to the handsome and charming Warren is complicated. Marsha, the neglected middle child, has put all of her energy into her work, hoping money will plug the gap in her life left by the man who broke her young heart. Annis is the renegade, who left home aged sixteen and never returned, not even for the death of their beloved father Julian. Until now. So when the sisters discover that their mother has left everything to Annis in her will, it undermines everything they thought they knew. Can saying their final goodbyes to Eleanor bring them together again?
I’ve spent this morning cuddled up with the latest book by Milly, and just like her previous books, it’s a witty, warm-hearted and poignant story about female relationships.
The story is primarily seen through the narrative of three sisters, Jolene, Marsha and Annis who due to a family drama have little to no contact with each other but when their mother dies and they have to sort out the family estate, they reflect back on their lives in the Vamplew house and the journeys that they’ve all been on.
I genuinely loved this story, the characters are a fantastic blend of personalities and the three sisters were a joy to read. Jolene is the eldest sister, a successful author who looks to have the world at her feet but her marriage is crumbling and she longer knows the person that she has become, Marsha never settled down as her heart always belonged to another man and Annis disappeared from the family home when she was 16 and never stayed in touch. The sisters are all going through things and it’s so lovely to read that even after all the years of being apart, their bond was just as strong and through the grief, suffering and reopening of old wounds they are all there for each other.
Other narratives in the story are from Eleanor, their deceased mother, a cold and cruel woman who showed no love towards her daughters particularly Marsha who she always wanted to be a boy. She had no time for children and enjoyed hosting parties where she was centre of the attention. Whilst Sally next door, is a complex character who was apparently only Eleanor’s true character, she was a meek woman who was ridiculed by Eleanor and her pompous husband, Julian.
Just like other books by Milly, this book is packed with Yorkshire charm and warmth. The characters are relatable and interesting and I loved the interactions with the sisters as they reconnected and helped each other with their troubles. Uplifting, tender and beautifully written, ‘Together, Again’ is a wonderful story about the strength of the sisterhood, new beginnings and putting ghosts to rest. Another great book from Milly!
You can buy ‘Together, Again’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.