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The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,891 ratings  ·  213 reviews
'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold'  Heat
The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman - a gorgeous read full of love, life and laughter.

Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Larry H
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
When was the last time you couldn't get enough of a book and wanted to devour it in one sitting, yet when you were finished, you were sad? That happened for me with Milly Johnson's newest book, The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew . I wasn't familiar with Johnson's writing, but apparently she's known as "the Queen of Feel-Good Fiction" in the UK, and boy, they're not kidding!

Sophie Mayhew was raised to believe that a woman's purpose is to serve her husband, that the best thing she can do as a wife is
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Sophie Mayhew has always been an enigma, at least according to the tabloids. However, after her husband John, a major political player in the House of Commons, has an affair come to light, Sophie responds with an outburst during a press conference that leaves little doubt as to how she feels. From there, it’s as though a dam has burst, and she can’t help but escape to a world away from the spotlight, where she knows no one. And yet, somehow, it just might be the community where she feels at home ...more
This book was wonderful! I didn't think that Milly Johnson could top her last book but, by gum, she did! I loved, LOVED this story! I loved the characters, I loved the classic Milly funny-snarky-witty dialogue, I loved the romance, and loved the little bit of magic and touch of spirituality and faith. I was so happy that the f-bombs were kept to a minimum and used mostly by the baddies, and I LOVED the satisfying ending!

Milly Johnson, you are AWESOME!!!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going t
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Why have I never read Milly Johnson before? THE MAGNIFICENT MRS. MAYHEW was such a funny book, but also dealt with some tough issues. My heart broke for Sophie and what those closest to her put her through. Her nickname in the press is Sophie the Trophy. Her husband, John is high up in politics and plans to keep on climbing the ladder until he hits the top rung. He is very good at his job, but not so good at being a husband. He has been unfaithful more tha
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew is a lovely story about a woman who seemingly has it all. Her husband is successful and charming--his political ambitions have lead them close to 10 Downing Street--and her glamorous lifestyle is the envy of women all over the country. When an indiscretion comes to light, it is naturally assumed that Sophie will stand behind her husband and help him to weather the controversy, but when push comes to shove, Sophie makes a momentary decision that could destroy her husba ...more
I want to give this book 6 stars!!! Such a wonderful story. Milly Johnson rules!!!!!

Fourth reading and it just gets better and better! I’m hoping that that it’ll be available on Audible at some point so I can listen to this lovely inspiring story!

What a joy this book was to read again. This is my third reading as I couldn't wait for the end of July to read it so I bought the hardcopy from the UK. Yes, I confess... I'm a huge Milly Johnson fan!

In my opinion, this is her best so far. It has her wo
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing offered me to read the first chapter of the new book of Milly Johnson, "The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew". I was really excited to see that Milly Johnson is releasing a new novel, she is one of my favorite author! This sample promises a wonderful book, I am so so so so impatient to be able to read the full book now! This first chapter introduces us to Sophie who is married to a very powerful and attractive man but we can already sense that Sophie is not happy in this relationship, I can' ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Well this was a book that took a while to grow on me, for the entirety of the first part I really struggled as all the characters just seemed unlikable, bordering on vile and there were just loads of them. Well there were all the members of both John and Sophie's families, as well as the whole of John's political team, and spin doctor etc...

You could tell that between the flash backs to Sophie's schooling (which I did quite enjoy, despite again being at school full of horrific people),
Tania Downer
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

A really lovely read. I wish I could continue to read about Elliott and Pom in their new life together.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is a delightfully feel-good, witty read which is what we've all come to expect from author Milly Johnson.

I really liked that this novel had a bit of a different side to it - the world of politics, and although it wasn't delved into in any great detail, it added a bit of a different spin which I loved coupled with some truly horrible characters I loved to hate. Of course, interspered with those were the usual lovely people who suppor
Nicola Clough
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book by Milly was fantastic as always she has a real skill with her writing and she gets you hooked from the first page and so many twists and turns and you really don't no what will happen till you get to the end. Full of girl power and so uplifting and shows how strong women can be. Full of romance and makes you laugh and scream to simply fantastic and you must read it.
Sophie Mayhew looks like she has it all she's married to a rising political star John and she has glamour and money but
Fabulous Book Fiend
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Talk about girl power, this novel is total girl power combined with the power of Yorkshire, just the best kind of powers! I found it really easy to get into this story and indeed into the book. I listened to it on audiobook and would definitely recommend the narration, it really brought it to life! I enjoyed getting to know Sophie and her old life but I enjoyed getting to know Sophie in her alternate life as well once she takes part in THAT press conference.

One of my favourite things about this
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I did not like the first 100 pages, but saw potential so I persevered. After those 100 pages it got a lot better.
Listened to in audio format.

Sophie Mayhew was the wife of popular MP John F Mayhew. Sophie and John were like the British version of the Kennedy`s and the press called her the magnificent Mrs Mayhew.

The first part of the book was the countdown to `doorstep gate`, John was trying to oust the current leader of the party hoping to force a leadership battle. During the week the reader is shown how badly Sophie is treated. At one point Sophie is tricked into visiting a maternity ward after losing her
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
An enticing first chapter wonderfully described and leading me into a world with promising characters, “The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew” is sure to be a delight of a book. Already, there is a lot happening and I was intrigued from very the first page. Keen to read on, I need to know everything about Sophie and the already infamous John F Mayhew!

{Thank you to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for the free sample copy of #TheMagnificentMrsMayhew and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the opening chapters I didn’t think I was going to like this latest book by Milly Johnson but as the story progressed, and I got to know Sophie better, I really started to enjoy it. I thought the storyline was well thought out and a little bit different to have some of the characters moving in the political world. Although the ending was predictable there were some lovely heart-warming moments.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good plot and loved the characters
Jenny Worstall
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished 'The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew' this morning and am missing the characters already! Thank you for a lovely comforting hug of a book, perfect for escaping from you-know-what.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like all Millie Johnson, it is quite long. However, I really enjoyed it. It was satisfying watching Sophie deprogram herself, ending up with a life that was everything she wanted and needed.
Claire Mc Partlin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Milly Johnson's books and can't wait for this one, so the sample chapter kindly supplied by NetGalley just made me want it to be published quicker! It set the scene perfectly and it looks like Sophie is ready to escape all the restrictive people surrounding her putting on a front, including family, and be honest and happy in herself for a change. I can't wait to see how her life turns out.

UPDATE - I've read the whole book now!
What a fabulous book, I really didn't want it to end. I'm a big
Stacey Bennett
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit when I first started this I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as have no interest in politics, BUT glad I carried on as I loved it. Fab read :)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I can’t praise this book enough! I read it in just over a day as I was so invested in it. It’s great that Milly has gone down a different route for this tale but I was wondering as I read the first few chapters why aren’t we in Yorkshire? I should have had more patience.

Sophie Mayhew is married to the obnoxiously pretentious John who is a complete pillock as we would say in Yorkshire (and that is being very, very kind to him). For 14 years, ever since their first meeting at university, Sophie h
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really grew on me! It took me a while to get into the story but the fantastic realistic storyline soon had be hooked.

Sophie Mayhew seems to have it all. She is married to a rising political star John and has a glamorous lifestyle with anything money can buy at her disposal.

Underneath the surface however Sophie feels trapped. She is struggling with the grief of losing her baby and badly needs her husbands support and love. John however has different priorities. His ambition to get to
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew is a first read of Milly Johnson for me - but it won't be my last!

Sophie has been brought up to stifle her emotions and 'do her duty'. That duty doesn't include herself. Instead she is to support her husband, a politician who has a good shot of being Prime Minister. She has always done what is necessary to help his career. After all, he loves her - doesn't he?

Until....Doorstepgate.....the day that Trophy Sophie has had enough. Enough of her husband, their families and
Gem ~ Bee
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this a fantastic read, I loved the characters, the setting of coastal Yorkshire, the comparisons between one person's reality and their alternate inner self that is often at odds with what we become with the demands of life, duty and tragedy.
There were so many parts that resonated with me, tugged at my heartstrings and made me so angry at the nerve of certain characters, ultimately you know things will work out but this was a cathartic journey with Pom, and her friends, to take control
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Some women take on the world face to face, with a hardscrabble attitude, testing their limits in an “in your face” kind of way. I just finished a great book by Katherine Center and I admit to be in awe of her heroine.

In Milly Johnson’s latest book, The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew, the heroine’s personality is totally antithetical. She is called a cold fish and lacking in emotion. She was tutored to be the finishing touch to a successful man, a very pretty ornament. She is a champi
Sally Reynolds
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
enjoyed this and read it over the weekend
slightly different to her other books which I enjoyed
Jennie Henry
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Milky Johnson’s books are like comfort blankets to me. I know what I’m getting when I pick up one of her books and this is no exception.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I already knew I was going to rate this 5 stars before I had even finished it. I feel like my reviews of Milly's novels always sound the same but I honestly feel like Milly has a gift. Her novels are always so interesting and you automatically get drawn in from the very first page. I particularly like that this novel was only centred around one main character, I felt like we got to know Sophie so much better due to this. This story was heartwarming, expertly written and unputdownable.

The story f
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to express how you feel about a story …

I enjoyed getting to know Sophie, in the present day as well as 18 years ago at her boarding school, St Bathsheba. It becomes clear that the life she’s living is not a choice but the doctrine she’s been exposed to from her family and St Bathsheba. I connected with her from the beginning, feeling that all important emotional tug. I had a couple of really late nights because I could
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