I love Milly Johnson’s books. They are always packed full of hope and romance and never fail to cheer me up when I’m feeling down. I love the fact that so many of them focus on characters who are given second chances.
The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew of the title is Sophie, who was brought up in a strict boarding school to believe that her place is supporting a powerful and wealthy man. Sophie Mayhew has become an expert at this, standing by the side of her husband, rising politician John Mayhew, even though he shows little care or support for her.
Then, the tabloids break the news of his torrid affair. Sophie’s family are very clear that she should stand by her man, but at the moment that she should deliver a well-planned supportive speech, she changes her mind. Disappearing to Yorkshire, a place where she once felt happy, seems the best option. When there Sophie reconnects with herself and makes new friends, including handsome local vicar Elliot Bellringer.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s one you’ll want to read in just a couple of sittings. The characters are likeable and as a reader you find yourself empathising with Sophie and the decisions she needs to make. Well worth a read.