Regular readers of my blog will remember that I went to the launch event for Milly Johnson's ninth novel It's Raining Men . It was held at Waterstone's in Meadowhall, Sheffield and my friends Kate and Wendy and I had a great time that day. There were dancing men, umbrellas and chocolate! Check out my post from last month to find out more about our day.
Well, the weather has certainly changed, and not for the better. It's been chilly and rainy and generally grey here in Lincolnshire over the past week. I thought to myself; 'How can I get a bit of sunshine back?' and then remembered that I still had It's Raining Men to read - if anyone can bring a bit of fun and brightness into the world, then it's Milly Johnson.
It's Raining Men was published on 1 August 2013 by Simon & Schuster.
It's Raining Men is a little bit of a change for Milly, it features her trademark gritty Northern humour, and some fabulous leading characters, but added to the mix in this novel is a little hint of magic. I'll admit that at first I wasn't sure if I would like the magical element, but am happy to say that she's nailed it, and nailed it down pretty hard and fast!
Three best friends, successful women who work hard and are all having a bit of an emotional roller-coaster of a time with their love lives. May, Lara and Clare decide that it's time for some me-time, they need to get away from the relentless working routine, from their partners and from the City. They need a break, somewhere where they can relax and be pampered, somewhere that is out of the way but will still provide the little luxuries that they deserve. The spa that they book sounds perfect and they have ten whole days to spend chilling out and catching up on life.
They find themselves in Ren Dullem - this is not the spa resort that they booked. This is a strange little village, with very few women, the sun doesn't shine and the locals are far from friendly.
And so begins their adventure in a village that wouldn't look out of place in a horror movie. Dealing with three very different brothers, some very anti social shopkeepers and maybe a witch too!
Milly Johnson has served up a fabulously fun and quirky summer read that will delight her fans, add a little magic to mix of strange, but wonderfully drawn characters and let yourself be sucked in by the story. I loved the description of the village Ren Dullem - it's almost a character in it's own right. Recommended as a great get-away-from-it-all story that will have you giggling and smiling.
She likes cruising on big ships, owls, Peller Icewine, shopping for handbags in Venice, Ikea meatballs, the sea and having her hair done. She hates marzipan, doing accounts and sandpaper. Her novels are about the universal issues of friendship, family, betrayal, babies, rather nice food and a little bit of that magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting.
It's Raining Men is her ninth book.
Find out more at www.millyjohnson.com or follow her on Twitter @millyjohnson