The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson
Hardcover: 496 pages
Published: March 9, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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 honest thoughts on this book....
What a fabulous introduction to Milly Johnson's captivating writing style! Milly Johnson is a bestselling and very established author, but somehow I never read any of her books until a few months ago I started to eagerly follow the promotion of her latest book called The Queen of Wishful Thinking.
Not only I adored the cover of the book but the storyline sounded very compelling, so I didn't wait too long to purchase the book and dived in as soon as I brought it home. \
And from the first page, I knew I was in for an enjoyable reading treat. Milly Johnson style reminds me of Carole Matthew where the theme of the story is so intriguing, and the characters are mature and compelling.
This book touches on a romantic subject as well as on a one that is very emotional and damaging. I bonded with Bonnie Brookland character very easily she is a resourceful, lovable and kind person who unfortunately fell into the wrong hands of Stephan Brookland ( it has been very long time since I hated a character with so much passion!). Milly Johnson portrait that despicable man in such a real detail that I couldn't help but think of the poor Bonnie constantly even when I was taking a break from reading the book!
Luckily for Bonnie, she has a few wonderful circle of friends around the dealers of everything antique! They are like her family, providing her with a much-needed support in difficult times. And also she has a new boss who certainly lifts Bonnie's spirits up and makes her make a very bold move towards a happier future.
Aside from Bonnie's story, there is also Lew's story, and when those two collided together, they manage to shake up the world of all the characters in a way Bonnie and Lew never knew possible.
Lew thought he has a happy and stable relationship with his status-obsessed wife, Charlotte. Both had a group of friends they saw on a regular basis and a comfortable enough life. But when one of the dinner parties gets off to a bad start Lew's happy world takes on a very different path.
The Queen of Wishful Thinking is a fantastic book that oozes an entertainment from every page. A sublime read!
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