Back of the Book :
Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.
But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.
But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?
What I Think :
Sophie is the wife of an up-coming politician, John.F.Mayhew.
John only thinks of himself and how the things that he and Sophie do will affect him and his career. He has to be squeaky clean if he’s going to be prime minister one day. He never thinks of Sophie. She’s just there, doing all of the behind the scene stuff so John doesn’t have to. He’s not always the nicest to Sophie, making her do things that she’d really rather not do. Sophie never complains, she just does what he wants her to. She ‘stands by her man’
Sophie has had a good up-bringing, she comes from quite a posh family and had a private education. Quite simply she is known by the press as ‘Sophie the Trophy’
John hasn’t always abided by his marriage vows, in fact, whilst he and Sophie were dating he dumped her for someone else. He’s had a few indiscretions, however he’s always managed to make them ‘go away’ he has a very good press team.
However, this time when a girl that John employed at his office, tells the world that she has been having an affair with him, something inside Sophie snaps. She decides that enough is enough and she’s not going to put up with him and his affairs anymore.
So when John, Sophie and their parents are all standing on the doorstep of the ‘Park court’ their family home, with the world and the press expecting Sophie to tell the world that she’s Standing by her man, she doesn’t, Sophie calls her husband a rude name and walks away !
Later on, she escapes the house over the back wall, away from John, her family and all her wifely commitments. She runs to a place that is very dear to her heart when she was a child. It’s in a tiny village, somewhere in Yorkshire, that she finally finds herself and decides who she wants to be …
But she knows sooner or later, she’s going to have to go back, what will she choose to do ?
I have only read a couple of Milly’s other books but really enjoyed them, so when I was asked to be on the blog tour for this book I jumped at the chance !
This lovely book is packed with down to earth, brilliant characters (and a few that I must admit I wasn’t quite struck on !) that you can really relate to.
I really liked the main character Sophie and was really rooting for her. I also think that every town or village should have an Elliott Bellringer as their vicar ! If only to look at every Sunday !!
This is a big hug of a book, it really makes you feel good.
To borrow from the title of the book, it is truly Magnificent !
I really loved it and I can highly recommend it, so just go out and buy it now !
I give it 10/10
Published by Simon & Schuster on 07/03/19
A huge thank you to Annabelle Wright at Simon & Schuster for the very special review copy of the book in return for an honest review.