It’s been some time since I last read a Milly Johnson book, but I recently started following her on Twitter and I found out that her latest book came out on the 1st August (with a launch at Meadowhall which I really wish I could have gone to). I’d usually wait and go out to buy it in paperback, but this weekend the kindle version was discounted to 99p on Amazon, so I decided to buy it there and then and cracked on with reading it.
I had to seriously slow myself down to stop from staying up until 3am and reading the entire thing in one go. The storyline of the book initially seemed to be quite predictable, three best friends all having relationship problems go on holiday and meet three brothers, all differently charming (well sort of, in a way), and lo and behold, they all fall in love and live happily ever after.
But I forgot that this was Milly Johnson I was reading, and she’s definitely not predictable. Every chapter had a new surprise waiting for you, which is partly the reason I couldn’t stop reading. And the strange character of Raine, who is not quite the lovely old lady that you initially think, created a lovely fairytale element to the story which was unbelievable at first but then brought everything together perfectly.
I was shocked when at (what I thought was) the end, Lara, Clare and May all leave Ren Dullem and it seems like everything you wished would happen has been left behind. But then I turned the page (or rather, pressed the screen), and there were 3 more chapters left!
The town of Ren Dullem (Reine de la Mer) sounded like the perfect place to go on holiday, a lovely Yorkshire seaside town, if a little strange, with hardly any women and shunning anyone from the ‘outside world’. And the house they stayed in with the hidden underwater lagoon sounded like perfection. If only it was real, I would be staying there like a shot!
I have to say, the end of the book was everything I hoped it would be, although not what I imagined would actually happen. I think the book would make a perfect film, and I really hope that there will be a sequel!! Time to dig out my old Milly Johnson books for a re-read!