Just sneaking in a quick mini-review for an audiobook I’ve been listening to and absolutely loving for the past few days – The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew by Milly Johnson. I’m a big fan of this author’s warm-hearted, feel-good, uplifting books so knew I would be in for a treat. This is the first time I’ve listened to one of her books rather than read it and it really was a joy to listen to. I have to say that the narrator, Colleen Prendergast, was superb, bringing the individual characters vividly to life and giving each a really distinctive voice.
There is only one word for this book and that is magnificent! Sophie is a fantastic creation, evolving from Sophie the trophy wife to an ambitious politician, into a woman who stands up for herself and what she wants to do. There were several points during the book where I actually wanted to give her a big cheer. The characters in her Yorkshire place of refuge are wonderful too, from warm hearted Tracy, to sweet little Luke and of course gorgeous vicar ‘Ells Bells’! On the other hand there were some characters who were truly awful, with John F Mayhew in particular being completely loathsome. This is a book full of love, warmth, friendship and humour and I loved it. Perhaps Magnificent Milly Johnson’s best book yet? I think it could be!
From the back of the book
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?
About the author
Milly Johnson is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster and contributes regularly to her local Barnsley press, as well as appearing at literary festivals, plus radio and TV appearances. She is very active on social media.
The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is published by Simon and Schuster and is available now in hardback, ebook and audiobook formats. The paperback will follow in July. I bought my copy from Audible UK. You will be able to buy a copy from high street book shops and many supermarkets or you can order a copy online using the link below.