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The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew By Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ is the latest book by Milly Johnson.

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?

When I was planning an early night, that quickly went out the window when I found myself in absorbed Milly’s book, which has been described as her best yet and I do believe that I wholeheartedly agree!

The story is seen from the perspective of Sophie Mayhew is the wife of John Mayhew, a charismatic man who is destined to be the next Prime Minister.

Sophie is a quiet and reserved woman, who the press regard as a bit of an ice maiden as she rarely shows emotions, but she lets her feelings show when it’s revealed that John has been having an affair. Instead of standing by her man, she flees to the small town that her boarding school was in.

With a new identity and life, Sophie now known as Pom begins to make new friends with warm-hearted and generous Tracy, her handsome vicar brother called Elliott and his adorable little boy called Luke.

It’s whilst Sophie is hidden away that she begins to question her life, unaware of the crisis at home as John and his team try to deflect the press from the drama.

As per Milly’s previous books, this is another heartwarming and funny story that will warm the cockles of the readers hearts. It’s an reflective and an insightful tale, that makes for reactive reading. Sophie is a kind and warm soul whilst all those around her, including John and her family are incredibly cold hearted and spiteful towards her and you really do feel sympathy towards her.

Witty, warm and filled with fantastic characters, ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ is an inspiring one as we join a woman’s journey as she starts over in life and meets new friends along the way.

You can buy ‘The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jenny Colgan Reveals New Book – The Bookshop On The Shore

The Bookshop On The Shore‘Jenny Colgan is back on our bookshelves in 2019 with a new book called ‘The Bookshops On The Shore’

What the back cover says –

Zoe, a professional child care worker, and single mother to Hari, 4, who has selective mutism, is sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Then her ex sister-in-law suggests she move to Scotland to help run a bookshop…

There her path crosses that of Ramsay Urquart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller, who has a band of difficult children he can’t manage. Can two very damaged people help heal each other?

With a pretty cover and a delicious synposis, this book certainly sounds like a treat!

You can pre-order ‘The Bookshop On The Shore’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 13th June 2019.

Second Chances At The Log Cabin By Catherine Ferguson

Second Chances At The Log Cabin‘Second Chances At The Log Cabin’ is the latest book by Catherine Ferguson.

When Roxy proposes to her boyfriend Jackson in a moment of madness on live TV, she’s mortified when he rejects her. To escape the embarrassment, she takes a job working as baking assistant at the idyllic Log Fire Cabin. Roxy hopes the new job will take her mind off Jackson, because to her eternal annoyance, she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him. But when Jackson turns up at the cabin unexpectedly, things begin to go wrong. With a sprinkle of snow, the help of new friends and more than a couple of mince pies, can Roxy heal her heart in time for Christmas?

I haven’t read many books by Catherine Ferguson, but after reading this festive delight, I’ll definitely be looking into other books by the romantic author.

In this story, we meet Roxy. She thinks she’s met the man of her dreams, Jackson is handsome, charming and kind, everything she is looking for in a partner. After being made redundant and Jackson offers for her to move into his house, Roxy thinks that her life is changing for the best and suddenly spurned on by Dutch courage, finds herself proposing to him on live television, only to be turned down.

Heartbroken and jobless, Roxy retreats to lick her wounds, as every time she pops out, someone recognises her reminding her of the embarrassment. But, one day when she’s feeling particularly low, she runs into Poppy, who’s stressed out with her busy job as a cook and randomly offers Roxy a job.

Not the best cook in the world but willing to give it a go, Roxy accepts and finds herself at a log cabin preparing food for strangers, pretending she’s a cuisine chef, but amongst those that she’s cooking for is Jackson with his new partner Sophie.

I loved this story, it’s a modern love story with strong characters and lots of humour and charm weaved throughout. Roxy is a lovely character, she’s fun but she’s broken from a previous relationship and scarred from a teenage incident she finds it hard to trust people. She lacks in self confidence and belief but as the story progress, we see her grow in confidence and blossom. She handles interactions with Jackson with humour and grace, even though he publicly humiliated her. Her boss Poppy is also a charming character, kind and bubbly whereas as Jackson’s new partner is quite cruel and cutting which made for entertaining reading as the personalities clashed.

A heart-warming and festive tale about love and new beginnings, ‘Second Chances at the Log Cabin’ is the perfect festive read, filled with the mouth-watering recipes, that will have the reader reaching for their mixing bowls!

You can buy Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin from Amazon

Million Love Songs Book Tour Playlist

Record Player

On the book tour for Carole Matthews’ delicious new book called ‘Million Love Songs’, I bring you the Spotify playlist that Carole listened to whilst writing the book.

‘Million Love Songs’ is about a young woman called Ruby Brown who finds herself suddenly single for the first time in years. She’s ready to dive into the single world of footloose and fancyfree but it seems that fate has something else in store, as two handsome men catch her eye.

Featuring 21 of the greatest love songs of all time, from the tones of Elvis Presley’s ‘Always On My Mind’ to the quirky ‘Friday I’m In Love’by The Cure, there’s something from everyone to cuddle up to.

Check out the playlist here called Carole Matthews Love Songs

Million Love Songs

When it comes to love songs for me, my top five are:

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits – I always loved the conversational tone of this song and it appears in one of my favourite movies, ‘Empire Records’.
‘She Will Be Loved’ by Mauroon 5 – A sweet song about unattainable love.
‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette – Another great song from the brilliant ‘Pretty Woman’ film about a brief love affair.
‘I Love You Always Forever’ by Donna Lewis – This song was released in 1996 and it’s one song I always turn the radio up to, this song never gets old!
‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepson – A feel good love song that gets everyone up and dancing!

I’m currently reading ‘Million Love Songs’ and I’m already loving joining Ruby Brown on her singleton journey. Stay tuned, my review will be coming soon!

You can buy Million Love Songs from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Another Woman’s Husband By Gill Paul

Another Woman's Husband‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is the latest book by Gill Paul.

1911
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

1997
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world.

I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, I sometimes struggle with that particular genre but when settled into Gill Paul’s first book with Headline Books, it seemed impossible to put the book down.

The story is spilt into two parts, taking place in 1911 when Mary Kirk met her soon to be best friend Wallis Wakefield and in 1997 when Rachel and her fiancée are in Paris right at the very moment that Princess Diana was involved in that tragic car crash.

The book then flows in alternating chapters as both Mary and Rachel are at important points in their lives.

Mary loves her best friend Wallis, a social butterfly who moves from party to party traveling all over the world with a path of broken hearts left behind. Mary loves listening to Wallis’ tales of adventures and love, she injects some excitement into Mary’s life, whilst Mary is content with her French husband, Jacques but are they are unable to have a baby which is driving the couple apart and Jacques to drink. Meanwhile Wallis is staying with the couple regaling them with tales of her adventures and catches the eyes of Mary’s friend Ernest and pursues him eventually becoming his wife, much to Mary’s dismay and leave for London, leaving Mary to deal with her drunk husband and sick mother. But when Mary falls for Ernest, their friendship falls apart but that is the least of Wallis’ problems as she has become the object of affection of Prince Edward, The Duke of Windsor who’s wiling to give up his crown for Wallis’ hand in marriage. Meanwhile after her surprise proposal, Rachel is excited to plan her wedding but Alex is consumed with wanting to know about Diana and the circumstances surrounding her death and begins to work on a television programme, taking up all his time and driving the couple apart and Rachel begins to wonder does she really know her partner at all.

This book is a gripping story that moves so fluidly and seamlessly through the years. The historic chapters featuring interactions between Mary and Wallis make for thrilling reading as the two characters bounce off each other. Mary is a warmhearted woman with a huge heart, which Wallis seems to regularly take advantage off, only coming to Mary in her hour of needs. Wallis is quite vain, self absorbed and is at her happiest when she is the centre of attention, particularly a man’s attention. I loved the parts of the story featuring Wallis and Mary, they are beautifully written, descriptive of vibrant parties, the flamboyant costumes and the terror of the impending war. Meanwhile Rachel, is also an interesting character, she’s driven after her antiques clothes shop is broken into and she has to find the money to keep the business going. She’s also fascinated by the era of Mary and Wallis and is familiar with the clothes that the fashionable ladies wore.

This book was a treat to read from the very beginning. Beautifully researched with lovely narratives and exquisite descriptions that set the scenery of the book throughout. It was also fascinating to read about Princess Diana and her last moments, I was a child when she died and remember all the press coverage but reading about it in more detail was interesting. It’s a turbulent and romantic story that travels through the years about two women that changed the monarchy, ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is a stunning and glamorous story that tugs at the heartstrings.

You can buy Another Woman’s Husband from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.