It is an absolute honour to be today’s stop on Milly Johnson’s blog tour. Yes, THE Milly Johnson! I have been a huge fan of Milly’s for a long time, even before I started blogging! Huge thank you to EdPr and TeamBatc for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’:
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?
What does TWG think?
Go Sophie, go Sophie, go, go, go, go Sophie!!!!!
If I had pom poms roundabout now, I would be shaking them until the cows come home!!! Of course I can’t tell you why that is, apart from what the blurb tells you, but omg I nearly shouted ‘you legend!!!!’ at the top of my voice…until I realised that my five year old was asleep and probably wouldn’t take too kindly to me shouting my mouth off in support of Mrs Mayhew. How rude, right?
Sophie, unfortunately, doesn’t have the strength (or confidence) to tell her wonderful husband (COUGH), John, where to go to boil his head. Everyone thinks the sun shines out of his backside and, seeing as he lives and breathes politics, there’s also a high chance those people who say they like him, also detest him. But that would be splitting hairs….
Can you tell that I didn’t like him one iota?! The way he treated Sophie was despicable, and as for her apparent family…well!!!!
As you can see, I am trying very hard to be vague here so I don’t ruin the book for anyone else, even if it is super tempting to make the air colourful with my opinion of several of the characters!!
I’m just going to put this out there now – this book has got to be my most favourite book Milly Johnson has ever written. Whenever I turned the page onto a new chapter, it felt as though I was unwrapping a beautiful present. #TheMagnificentMrsMayhew really is a story that just kept on giving. I wasn’t just empowered and uplifted by the new direction that Sophie chose to take and the heartwarming situations she came into contact with, i also felt safe, and hopeful. You know you’re holding a diamond of a book in your hands when you feel as though you’re being hugged from the inside out.
I was on tenterhooks several times throughout the book as I wanted Sophie to finally have the life that she deserved and not the life that she was TOLD to have. The fact that she was able to find her inner peace despite everything that had gone on, and how much she had changed, was a surprise. A wonderful, wonderful surprise. It’s not that I doubted her, not at all, it’s just that I wasn’t sure how much she believed in herself.
This book has a selection of such energetic, three dimensional, fabulously flawed characters which made the storyline what it was and then some. I loved the warmth that shone through the storyline, and I also loved the rain clouds that descended on the storyline too because to make a rainbow, you need both sunshine and rain, and Milly Johnson certainly has written the best rainbow I have ever read.
If you ever feel as though you need to read something which will point you in a positive direction in life, I urge you to make this that particular read. Nevermind being The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew or Sophie the Trophy, this author is now, in my eyes, The Magnificent Milly Johnson.
Such a beautifully written, poignant novel which highlights the importance of living life for YOU and believing in the choices you make, because nobody else is going to do it for you. Absolutely loved this book and everything it stood for. Phenomenal.