Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (28 April 2011)
Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out Ven, Roz, Olive and Frankie have been friends since school. They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster. Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people’s houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time. But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. But can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence distract from the tension and loneliness that await their return?
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while now and I know that Milly Johnson’s books make perfect holiday reads so i took the plunge while spending a week in the sun. This was an error for 2 reasons: 1. I spent the whole day glued to my sun lounger, sweating (and burning) as I couldn’t put it down. 2. I spent the next 3 days of my holiday wishing I was on a cruise instead of an week all inclusive in Menorca! I even came home and priced up a cruise for next year!
The book takes the usual Milly Johnson format of a group of friends with different lives, different problems and different things they are hiding from each other. Perfect! The girls are all turning 40 and Ven books a cruise in the Med for them to celebrate. The characters are all warm and loveable, even the “assisting” character – the ones who help move the story on.
This book has the usual unexpected laugh out loud moments, the usual tearful moments, the usual “hoorah” *air punch* moments and the usual, but unexpected, hit you from no where emotional moments ( I should know not to read Milly’s books in public by now!). Plus, it wouldn’t be a Milly Johnson book without the element of magic.
As with all of Milly Johnson’s books, this is a love story – focusing on the love of friends with a side of romance.
This book is a perfect read all year round – lovely to enjoy in the sun and also perfect to make you feel all warm inside and yearn for the summer during the cold dark winter months.