Title: The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.
But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.
But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?
The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is a delightfully feel-good, witty read which is what we’ve all come to expect from the bestselling ‘Queen of Feel-Good Fiction’ author Milly Johnson!
I really liked that this novel had a bit of a different side to it – the world of politics, and although it wasn’t delved into in any great detail, it added a bit of a different spin which I loved coupled with some truly horrible characters I loved to hate. Of course, interspered with those were the usual lovely people who support truly sweet main character Sophie, and a very dishy love interest. I could see what was going to happen a mile off, but that’s what I love about books like this – you know what will occur but getting there is just *so* flippin;’ enjoyable! It’s a fun read which is (on the whole) light-hearted and absolutely designed to hook the reader in; it certainly did to me.
There were still some surprises along the way, rounded off with a satisfying ending to put a smile on your face… this novel is like sinking into a warm bubble bath with a glass of bubbly (or a cup of tea!) – ideal for completely losing yourself in.
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest review
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[About the Author]
Milly Johnson was born in Barnsley, raised in Barnsley and still lives in Barnsley – although she did study in Exeter for four years and emigrate to Haworth in West Yorkshire in the 1980s.
She trained as an actress, teacher, an accountant, a Customer Services and Suggestion Scheme Manager as well as working in a variety of administrative posts for companies dealing with anything from antique furniture to plastic injection moulded poop scoops. Eventually she found a happy existence writing poems and jokes for the greetings card world – helping to kick off the hugely successful Purple Ronnie project – which she still does on a part time basis whilst penning her novels.