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?
Milly Johnson is a Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling author of fifteen novels with millions of copies of her novels sold to date. Known as the ‘Queen of Feel_Good Fiction’, Milly’s novels always feature friendship, family, love, betrayal, good food and that little bit of magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. Milly is a columnist for her local newspaper and is an experienced broadcaster on radio and TV. She is also a patron of several local charities with community, literacy and animal welfare issues close to her heart.
~I gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I adore Milly Johnson. Her books never fail to bring a smile to my face and have me gripped and never wanting to put her book down. The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew has to be my favourite by her so far. It was so enjoyable and I really enjoyed all of the characters and where this story took me.
In this book we follow Sophie Mayhew. She is the wife of a politician and she has always believed her role was to support her husband. She has always done what she has been told by her husband and her cold family but suddenly, a scandal happens and Sophie finally decides she has had enough. She escapes and disguises herself as a french woman called Pom in a place she was happy. People adore her and she adores the people she meets. No one takes her for granted or makes her feel insignificant. She starts to feel herself and that she is finally happy and not having to play a part. She has a choice to make, will she go back to a life where she was unhappy and forced to be the perfect wife or live this life that makes her happy.
Sophie grew up in a wealthy family. They where cold and then when she married into unemotional family she thought this is how she had to be but, once she broke free from them and got to be her true self and finally be happy she understood that the life she was from wasn't as perfect as people made it out to be. I really enjoyed reading about Sophie and seeing her growth throughout this book. You can't keep a mask up forever and seeing Sophie emerge from a life that wasn't the best to a better life was wonderful to read. I was rooting for her throughout the book and just wanted her to have the best life she deserved with people who loved her for her and never wanted her to pretend to be something she wasn't.
Overall my favourite book by Milly so far. It was captivating and a story that will stay with me for a long time. She has really written something special here and I can't recommend this book enough!
In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast
~I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book is fantastic. A dark, atmospheric, intriguing story!
I have read quite a few BATB retelling's and it has to be hard to make it different from other retellings and this was like no other retelling I've ever read. It was fantastic, gripping and the way the writing just flowed was beautiful. I just enjoyed every second of this book and I am so sad it is over. It has to be one of the best books I've read this year and you need to pick it up and just get enthralled by this story. This is definitely more of an adult themed book as there is quite a few detailed sex scenes throughout the book.
Set for the most part in Elizabethan England we meet Lord Rodermere, a horrible and cruel Earl who has no respect for the old ways and magic of the forest. He lies with a faerie in the forest and leaves for 18 years to find that he has a son who is more beautiful than anything and anyone.
Beau is obsessed with the thought of wanting to kill his cruel father. His beauty is a curse that he wants to break from. Randa is kept away in secret, born in secret and half a monster. When a chance meeting brings them together there are things out there that will do anything to keep them apart. A curse hangs over these two as a sorceress is out to seek her revenge.
The writing in this story is beautiful and very descriptive. It is so gripping and easy to fall into this world and be intrigued by the characters and their story. The twists and turns of this book will keep the reader enthralled and you won't be able to put this book down!
A fantastic retelling with a twist!