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The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew

by Milly Johnson

Books of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance Star Books

LoveReading View on The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew

What a wonderful, charming, readable story to simply fall into, and fall in love with. When cooly glamorous Sophie runs away from her high profile life, she ends up back in her childhood stomping ground. Taking time to relax and enjoy her neighbours and surroundings, she discovers a community that could have been ready made, just for her. But… Sophie has a difficult decision to make. I started reading, and didn’t come up for air. This is a book that is all too easy to sink into and not want to surface from, so ensure you pop your ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door. Milly Johnson expertly built the story, successfully keeping me on tenterhooks before Sophie breaks ranks and escapes. There are some rip-roaringly fabulous characters on offer here, including some that I could quite happily have booed and hissed at. I loved getting to know Sophie, she really is quite delightful, as I read, I smiled and cheered her on. The Magnificant Mrs Mayhew is a gorgeously lively, affectionate and satisfying read. It comes as highly recommended from me, and deservedly sits in our star books selection. 

Liz Robinson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew Synopsis

The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter.

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?

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew Press Reviews


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ISBN: 9781471178474
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471178474
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Milly Johnson

Milly Johnson is a joke-writer, greetings card creator, newspaper columnist, after-dinner speaker, poet, actress, winner of Come Dine with Me, Sunday Times Top Ten author and recipient of Yorkshire Society Award For Arts and Culture 2015. You can find more about the Yorkshire Society at She is half-Yorkshire, half-Glaswegian so don’t expect her to buy the first round. She likes cruising on big ships, sparkling afternoon teas, sunshine and birds of prey. She does not like marzipan or lamb chops. She is proud patron of two fabulous charities: Yorkshire Cat Rescue ( and ...

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