The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson book review

the barn on half moon hill

The Barn on Half Moon Hill is an ebook exclusive book by Milly Johnson, publisher Simon & Schuster UK and was published on 19th May 2016.

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Cariad Williams has been writing to Franco Mezzaluna since they were kids. But he has never written back. And now he has become a famous film star. What’s more, he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where Cariad works. The only problem is that she has boasted to her friends that he is her boyfriend and now everyone will find out about her lie…
An exclusive short story from Milly Johnson to raise funds for the Care for Claire charity.

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Milly Johnson has kindly donated all the proceeds from this ebook to the Care for Claire charity.  Claire Throssell, a local Yorkshire mum, had sadly lost everything in such a terrible and traumatic way.  Locals, including Milly Johnson, have been helping Claire to rebuild her life and to try and help bring a smile back in her life.  Through her grief Claire has found the strength to set up a charity in her son’s memory:  Heads Together for Barnsley aims to help other families and children who are suffering.  As soon as I knew Milly Johnson was writing this ebook I had to pre-order the novella, the price of the novella is a ‘throw away figure’, cheaper than a posh coffee and I urge anyone with a kindle or kindle app to download the novel because the feelings I felt reading this story were worth far more than the cost of the book …

We start the story hearing about young Cariad Williams, an 8 year old girl from Wales, writing to Franco Mezzaluna.  We follow these notes of friendship through the years Cariad spilling her heart out to Franco.  The letters go on for many years and now Franco is a famous movie star and Cariad continued intermittently writing to him but Franco has never written back.  Cariad is under the impression that he never received the letters but when she hears he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where she works, she feels her life is about to come tumbling down around her.

Although Cariad wrote many letters to Franco she did miss out one important secret in her life which had a crucial impact on her future.  Franco also has been hiding a secret.  Will Cariad pluck up courage to meet her famous penpal?  Will the secrets they both hold materialise and give a vision to a new life?

I devoured this 84 page novella in one sitting and adored it.  This story was just so lovely, inspiring, filled with hope, warmth and humour. I wanted more from Cariad and Franco and hoping, with finger’s crossed, that Milly will bring these characters back. 5/5*

At the end of the novella there is a taster of Milly’s upcoming novel, Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage, which is due out in June.

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