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The Queen of Wishful Thinking Hardcover – March 9, 2017
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Milly Johnson is an experienced public speaker and broadcaster and contributes regularly to her local Barnsley press, as well as appearing at literary festivals, plus radio and TV appearances. She is very active on social media.
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You could just choose to read this book as a romance, where the good and deserving characters battle their demons past and present, coming out the other side as the hero and heroine they are...and what you'd have would be an entertaining, satisfying read with a well-told story. But I think this book has more to offer. It made me think in a different way about marriage and commitment -- the ones that last, and the ones that falter.
If you are a fan of Cathy Kelly or Maeve Binchy but haven't yet discovered Milly Johnson, this book will delight you!
Lew almost died and it made him realize he needed to make some changes in his life. He quit his job in London and opened an antiques shop instead. Lew is well-off, but his wife Charlotte spends the money a lot faster than he can earn it. Lew always assumed his marriage was happy and he was content with his life at home, but now that he's working together with Bonnie there are certain questions he starts asking himself. Is there a chance Lew and Bonnie find happiness together or are their problems so big they can't find their way out of them?
The Queen of Wishful Thinking is one of the most wonderful romantic stories I've read in a very long time. Bonnie is a sweetheart and despite being married to a cheap killjoy she has a lively spirit and brings cheerfulness wherever she goes. Lew is a kindhearted and gentle man. He's a good friend, he does everything he can to make the people he loves as happy as possible and he's attentive and caring. Bonnie and Lew have a lot in common and I liked how amazing their personalities are. Reading about them put a big smile on my face. They're the most loving main characters I've ever read about and I was instantly attracted to their generosity and beautiful personalities.
Lew owns an antiques shop and this setting is fantastic. Milly Johnson clearly knows what she's writing about and it makes the shop, the customers and the colleagues come to life in a terrific way. It's the little details, like the funny fitting nicknames the people in the antique business have for each other, that are making her setting so special. I loved the descriptions of the store itself, the antiques that are being sold and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Lew's shop. It's the perfect setting for a story about two people who are lovely and good and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to them. I was completely spellbound by the magic of the antiques business and the fascinating people who are part of it.
The Queen of Wishful Thinking is a beautiful story. Stephen and Charlotte are lousy spouses and their dark characters are a stark contrast to the lightness of Bonnie and Lew. They are each other's complete opposites and I loved that angle of the story. Every new chapter of Milly Johnson's novel managed to surprise me. She writes about the most diverse topics and they all have their natural place in her story. She's incredibly skilled at building up tension and making her readers part of the atmosphere she's created. I absolutely loved The Queen of Wishful Thinking and highly recommend this brilliant book.
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!