Sophie Mayhew came from a privileged family and attended a girls boarding school where she was taught that her only role in the world was to support her husband. Then she met John F. Mayhew, a rising star in Westminster, married him and has since been living in his shadow, helping him in his career.
When a scandal reveals the truth about her marriage, Sophie runs away to a place where she had been happy once and where she knows her family will never look for her. She gets herself a new identity and thanks to her new friendship with likable and altruist people, Sophie finally finds what she really wants to do with her life. But for how long will she be in hiding?
I have read quite a few novels by Milly Johnson but this one is absolutely my favourite of her books. Sophie feels realistic and she is very likable and the plot of the novel is engaging and captivating. You will find yourself immersed in a compelling novel of family, love, and friendship. (NP)
Milly Johnson's latest novel, The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew, is about a wife who finds it hard to stand by her man. The summary says: "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?" The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is out in March 2019.