The Mill House

How far would you go to hide the truth?


Julia Thayne is a valued and loving wife, a successful mother and a beautiful woman. She is everything most other women strive to be. But beneath the surface is a terrible secret that threatens to tear her perfect world apart.


Joshua is Julia’s husband – a dynamic, devastatingly handsome man with great style, charisma and humour. He is utterly devoted to his wife and children, but as the ghosts of Julia’s past begin to move into their marriage, he finds himself losing the struggle to keep them together. Then two telephone calls change everything.


Julia moves from London to a remote mill house in Cornwall, determined to break free from the past and save her fractured relationship with Josh. But it is here that she makes her own fatal mistake, and once more her marriage is rocked to its very foundation …

Reviews for “The Mill House”

  • Eveli P. says:

    Dear Author,

    I am an Estonian woman living in Finland. I just recently discovered reading books again after starting a career and having children. There aren’t many books available in Estonian here in Finland, so I read books written in English or Finnish. I deeply enjoyed this book. It’s such beautiful English and easy to read also for not a native English speaker. It made me think about marriage and relationships, the joy and the pain that can be involved and about taking responsibilities of your own actions. I am the same age as Julia and I also have a boy and a girl, though a little younger. There was a moment in the book where I thought I can’t keep reading any more, it was so intense and so painful, glad I kept on reading anyway. Now, a week later I’m still thinking about Julia and her family and I wish they were real so I could meet them and ask how they’re doing.

  • Hegyes Vivien says:

    Dear Susan,
    I’m a hungarian reader of your books.
    I try to phrasing a shorter message, but it’s hard… I rode The mill house twice a year. It’s an exciting, great, wonderfull book! My favourite character is Sylvia. I know it sounds a little bit strange… 🙂 She has a hard, icey, but (sometimes) kind style.
    I want to Josh stay with her, but unfortunatelly, it couldn’t happen 🙁 But I’m writing a special “second part”, it’s about her, and Josh’s own, happy life. 🙂 I think this book have many important messages. And just more one think, what I like: every character have mistakes. Nothing was perfect.
    Sorry for the too long letter, I just want to you know my thoughts about The Mill house.
    Your sincerely:

    • Susan Lewis says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, Vivien, and intrigued that you like Sylvia. She definitely has some redeeming features, but not many 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read it, and to write to me, especially as English is not your first language. It can’t be easy, so thank you for staying with the book and feeling strongly enough about it to be in touch.

      • Hegyes Vivien says:

        Thank you the reply, I’m very-very happy about it! 🙂 🙂 Unfortunatelly, I can read just The mill house. I want to read your all books, but they aren’t translate to Hungary. Just “The french affair”. I will look for that too. It could be as good as The mill house, I think. 🙂

  • Sekoni Zainab says:

    it is a very intresting and captivating novel

  • Christie says:

    Really love this book, and the way delicate issues are raised and dealt with. Had me in a lot of tears, yet laughed out loud too. Would highly recommend – wish I had a Mill House like it – sounds idyllic.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, and thank you so much for recommending it. If you look in the acknowledgements you’ll see that the actual Mill House is let out for holidays if you’re interested in visiting!

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