Barnsley author’s novel makes shortlist for romantic award

Barnsley author Milly Johnson. Photograph  by Chris Sedgewick
Barnsley author Milly Johnson. Photograph by Chris Sedgewick
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Love is in the air for South Yorkshire author Milly Johnson, who has been nominated in the Romantic Novel Awards.

Milly’s book, The Teashop on the Corner, was inspired by her much-loved in-laws and is in the running for the Romantic Comedy Novel accolade.

The Teashop on the Corner, by Milly Johnson

The Teashop on the Corner, by Milly Johnson

Milly, who lives in Barnsley, said: “This book was inspired by my father-in-law’s comment that I never wrote heroes called Harvey and Molly, which are the names of him and his wife. So I said I would.

“These two pensioner characters grew so big and wonderful that they took over far more of the book than I intended.

“Sadly, lovely Molly died before she could read it, but so many wonderful and weird things have happened around this book that I’m convinced it has her breath behind it and, for that reason, it has become the most beloved of all the stories I’ve written, which is why I am especially delighted that it has been nominated.”

The Teashop on the Corner is about a ‘motley band of misfits’ craving companionship, who find a haven of conversation, cake and literary-themed goods at lovely Leni Merryman’s teashop on the corner. As their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, will they return the favour when she needs it most?

The award winners will be revealed at the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s awards ceremony in London on March 16.

Milly said: “I cannot tell you how delighted I am.

“To be shortlisted for an award like this is such an honour and a thrill and it has made my parents believe AT LAST that I really do have a proper job.”