Book Review - The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson
The Queen of Wishful Thinking is the brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Teashop on the Corner - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 9 March 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?"
My lovely blogging friend Heidi from Cosmochicklitan is part of Team Milly and she very kindly nominated me to receive this signed copy of Milly's latest novel - thank you so much Heidi!
I'm a big fan of Milly Johnson (you can see a few of my previous reviews on Me, My Books and I) and I had heard lots of great things about this novel so I was excited to get reading.
I just have to quickly mention the beautiful dedication - I absolutely 'get it' Milly, our dog likes to sit on my feet too and I cannot imagine a day without him. This had me in tears before I'd even started!
As I began to read I quickly noticed the familiar location and a few of the characters, I love it when authors connect their books in this way. It was also wonderful to see the return of the Daily Trumpet, its regular mistakes were a constant source of amusement for me.
Bonnie's marriage wasn't exactly full of love and light, her husband Stephen sounded awful - controlling, cheap and totally unaffectionate. I couldn't figure out why Bonnie put up with it until a later in the storyline. I felt sad for her, she was such a lovely character.
To begin with, Lew and his wife seemed happy enough if not a little mismatched. He was a down-to-earth character, she was stuck up, spoilt and mean so I had a feeling that this would eventually cause problems between them.
I quickly became caught up in the daily details of life in the little antiques shop, the traders were larger than life and each of them captivating in their own way.
Bonnie had a secret and it wasn't until I got about halfway through the book that I had an inkling as to what it could be. There were more secrets to be discovered though, the revelations were spread across the pages and led to a series of dramatic scenes that left me wide-eyed with shock. Basically, just as I thought everything was pottering along quite nicely the author turned up and created some serious chaos.
The complexities of marriage and relationships were written in such a raw and honest way, the giggles were an added bonus making it an all round fabulous read. Classic Milly Johnson!
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