The Woman in the Middle by SJV
2021/07/07  |  By:   |  Features  |  

We are delighted to introduce you to The Woman in the Middle, the emotional, uplifting and completely relatable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson, out NOW!

Jill Mansell

 Sandwich generation


A generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible both for bringing up their own children and for the care of their ageing parents.



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‘I loved it, and found it as warm, funny and joyful as all of Milly’s books (and Milly herself for that matter). Great characters (even the horrible ones!) and a really wonderful, relatable story about the complexities – aka never-ending dramas – of modern family life with all its ups and downs. So many readers will relate to Shay and be rooting for her throughout – I certainly did. What a treat, in all!’ Lucy Diamond

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‘Filled with her trademark humour and populated with a cast of larger-than-life yet utterly realistic characters, this is a story full of wisdom and redemption. Milly Johnson gets better and better with every novel she writes, it’s a warm and touching read’ Anne Cater, Sunday Express Magazine

‘A heartwarming tale about loss, love and second chances, that many women will relate to’ The Sun

‘Warm and hugely relatable, this is a must-read’ Claire Frost, Fabulous Magazine

‘A brilliant read’ Bella

‘If you need a page-turner, then look no further. . . Emotional and heartwarming, it’s another gem from Johnson’ Heat

This absorbing book reminds us to be honest and true to ourselves’ Woman’s Weekly

‘With well-drawn, believable characters, this moving story of love, friendship and family life is unputdownable’ Candis

‘A relatable, beautifully funny and charming read’ Yours

‘Warm, relatable characters ensure this tender story stays with you long after the final page. A perfect read from one of my favourite writers’ My Weekly


Shay Bastable is the woman in the middle. She is part of the sandwich generation – caring for her parents and her children, supporting her husband Bruce, holding them all together and caring for them as best she can.

Then the arrival of a large orange skip on her mother’s estate sets in motion a cataclysmic series of events which leads to the collapse of Shay’s world. She is forced to put herself first for a change.

But in order to move forward with her present, Shay needs to make sense of her past. And so she returns to the little village she grew up in, to uncover the truth about what happened to her when she was younger. And in doing so, she discovers that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find the only way is up.

Sometimes you have to fall

to find out where you stand


‘Shay is a fantastic character. I absolutely adored her and her family. They made me laugh, cry, sigh, swoon and smile. What more can you ask for from a book?’ ***** Trish

‘Completely recommend this book, a perfect read as the long autumn nights draw in’ Kerry, read her review here.

‘The story is emotional, but includes humour, love and warmth.  As a mother of two teenagers and a daughter of ageing parents, being the filling in the sandwich is both a privilege and a worry, and Milly has captured those feelings perfectly’ Karen, read her review here.

‘An emotionally charged, bittersweet plot, multiple threads tugged at my heartstrings. My heart broke and mended so many times whilst reading’ Dawn

‘Milly Johnson gets better and better with every novel she writes. Filled with her trademark humour and populated with a cast of larger-than-life yet utterly realistic characters, this is a story full of wisdom and redemption’ Anne, read her review here.

‘Milly has done it again! A powerful novel that is relatable and you just won’t want to put it down’ Hannah, read her review here.

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‘I’d defy any reader not to find echoes of their own thoughts and feelings in the pages of this book; echoes so deftly presented by the author who manages to present humanity with such caring compassion’ Linda, read her full review here.

The Woman in the Middle is about giving yourself a chance in life and changing priorities, as well as taking care of the ones who deserve your love and attention. I have a huge book hangover from this story and it has to be my favourite read by Milly to date!’ Kirsty, read her full review here.

‘A funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but also heartwarming, tale of love and life’ Candy, read her full review here.

The Woman in the Middle is a heartfelt and engaging novel that evoked so many emotions in me. It’s a truly wonderful book and another stunning novel from Milly Johnson. Highly recommended’ Michelle, read her full review here.

The Woman in the Middle is such a relatable and warm read. I think that many women of a certain age will feel like this is a reflection of their own lives’ Joanne, read her full review here.

‘The overall theme of this story is kindness, as with all of Milly’s novels and the ensuing warmth will make you smile and find humour in the happier moments, whilst also empathising with the more poignant issues’ Jo, read her full review here.

‘Milly Johnson has done it again! This is another absolute gem and a book that I have been completely unwilling to put down!’ Vik, read her full review here.

‘As much as this was a heartfelt, emotional read for me it was also hopeful and uplifting at the same time, shining light on the dark moments, life evolves and nothing and no one stays the same forever. Milly tastefully scattered a liberal amount of humour throughout to soften the edges, and as the story ended I was left with a lighter heart and a smile on my face. Thank you Milly Johnson for yet another beautiful story about relationships, family dynamics, love and friendship delivered in your usual open, honest, straight-forward style – just perfect’ Dawn, read her full review here.

‘Thoroughly recommended to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s night as it will warm you up from the inside. Emotive, raw and uplifting, this book comes with a little piece of Milly’s heart inside’ Annette, read her full review here.

‘I felt like my heart was broken and then put back together in a different way!  I had a few late nights reading this story because I just couldn’t put it down. I loved it!’ Sharon, read her full review here.

Janet, shared an extract on her blog, read it here.

‘A  positive, heartwarming and upbeat story that makes you realise it isn’t too late to find that spark and above all, it isn’t selfish to take time away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life! I absolutely adored The Woman in the Middle and can’t praise it enough as it was an absolute joy to read!’ Melisa, read her full review here.

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