Book: 496 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Hardback & eBook 9th March 2017, Paperback 4th May 2017)
When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.
As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
Regular readers of my blog will know that I LOVE Milly Johnson books. I was lucky to be given a copy of this book at the Books and the City Spring Blogger Event in February and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!
In Milly Johnson’s ficticuous world, Barnsley is to nasty-bastard husbands what Midsomer is to Murders! There seem to be a few of them! That said, there are also a fair few lovely, wonderful, Heathcliff-like man-Gods to counter this! In this book, that role falls to the lovely, endearing antiques dealer Lew. Not many romantic comedies start with a main character having a heart attack but that’s exactly how this one starts!
Bonnie is unhappy in her job, her marriage and is just existing in life rather than living it. She lives on the dark side of the rainbow and she really needs to find the Pot of Gold at the end of it – and she finds just that.
Along the way, she finds a new life for herself, finds her happy place but struggles to break free from her past and the horrible dark secret that ties her to her nasty husband.
Milly has excelled herself in creating the characters in this tale – we have the lovable heroine who is a bit down on her luck, the wonderful love interest, the dull husband, the meddling old ladies, the horrid snobby cow bag, the materialistic wannabe and the brilliant group of “Hells-traders” in the form of the antiques dealers. As you would expect from Milly, some old favourites put in an appearance (The Teashop on the Corner being one of them!) and you just get transported to the heart of the action.
A fantastic book, I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat – Classic Milly Johnson!
I just wish it wasn’t another year until the next one!