It’s Raining Men by Milly Johnson

I received a copy of It’s Raining Men by Milly Johnson in exchange for an honest review. I’m using this review as my first in a new format.

Here’s the synopsis:

A summer getaway to remember. But is a holiday romance on the cards…? Best friends from work May, Lara and Clare are desperate for some time away. They have each had a rough time of it lately and need some serious R & R. So they set off to a luxurious spa for ten glorious days, but when they arrive at their destination, it seems it is not the place they thought it was. In fact, they appear to have come to entirely the wrong village… Here in Ren Dullem nothing is quite what it seems; the lovely cobbled streets and picturesque cottages hide a secret that the villagers have been keeping hidden for years. Why is everyone so unfriendly and suspicious? Why does the landlord of their holiday rental seem so rude? And why are there so few women in the village? Despite the strange atmosphere, the three friends are determined to make the best of it and have a holiday to remember. But will this be the break they all need? Or will the odd little village with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point…?

The details:

How many pages? 480
Release date? it’s already out!
How long did it take me to read this? 3 days
Would I recommend this book? yes to chick lit fans and anyone looking for a fun read.
Would I lend this to someone? Definitely. I can already think of one or two people who might borrow it
Do I want to read more by this author? I’d already read at least three other books by Milly Johnson and enjoyed them all so I’d definitely read more.
Will I read it again? I might but I think I’d reread some of Milly Johnson’s other books first because I liked this but I liked some of those more.

The review

This was quite a fun read, I liked it a lot. I liked the mystery element trying to figure out what was going on. Towards the end I had an inkling what was happening but I didn’t have it 100% right and another element took me totally by surprise. This was a book about friendship more than anything. I liked that the relationship between the three girls was one of support and fun but that they were also able to do there own thing both together and separately. I don’t like books about people who are joined at the hip at all times, I don’t think it’s realistic. So that pleased me.

I was pleasantly surprised to get part way through the book and see a new character introduced who was a wheelchair user (and in fact a second wheelie was introduced later). I was concerned this would be a token crip and tweeted that. Less than a minute later I had a tweet back from Milly telling me to keep reading because she doesn’t do token crips. And neither of them were token crips. One of then looked for a while like it was going down the inspiration porn route but it pulled out of it at the last minute. I do have to note however that I was a bit disappointed with the resolution one of them had as I didn’t think it was appropriate.

I’ve liked all of the books I’ve read by Milly Johnson and I’m planning to read more soon.

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