Wednesday, 18 December 2013

It's Raining Men - by Milly Johnson

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

Friends May, Lara and Clare are desperate for a holiday. They have been dreaming of a little bit of time away from it all at a luxury spa. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, a small Yorkshire seaside town, by mistake, they have to adjust to a totally different kind of holiday.

May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls hook line and sinker at first glance for one of the inhabitants - but he's already taken.

Lara is living with James and his awful step-children who taunt her with tales of his younger, prettier ex whom they adored - the woman who Lara walks in to find James in bed with despite all his protestations that he wouldn't touch her again with a barge pole. Reeling from the hurt, she needs some R & R to heal her. What she doesn't need is to be constantly in battle with the owner of the holiday cottage - a man who is every bit as bitter and resentful and untrusting of the other sex as she is.

Clare's kind, steady boyfriend Lud wants her to go and live abroad with him for two years, but she's just been offered the promotion of a lifetime which she can't turn down. In Ren Dullem she finds some single excitement which happens to turn up in the form of a very bad boy who is everything Lud isn't - impulsive, wild and dangerous.

Will this holiday be the break they all need? Or will the odd little town with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point…?

My Opinion:

Three friends, three different lifes, three different stories and one holiday. Can a holiday change your life?

Lara lives with her gorgeous boyfriend James and his teenage childern, who don’t like her. She also thinks, that something is different with James. It turns out he’s having an affair. She leaves for her holidays.

Clare gets a promotion and so does her German boyfriend Lud. His new job is in Dubai, so they decide to break up, that both oft hem can be free.

Then there’s May. She is happy with Michael, but he is married. Well, she thinks he is, but he’s not. There is another women. She ends the relationship.

The three girls, go on a holiday together. They are really good friends and work for the same company. One can feel their relationship instantly through the writing. However, they rarely see each other and they are totally different, which I think is really great and makes the story even more interesting.

When they arrive at their cottage, something is weird. They didn’t book this. They wanted to go to a spa and not a small cottage in the middle of nowhere. It’s in the middle oft he night, so they have to wait for the morning. Well that whole thing just made the book mysterious, which I really like. It seemed like there was a story behind the story and I love that as a reader.

Lara decides to confront the landlord, but he is really unfriendly and doesn’t want to hear anything. The girls thought that the cottage belongs to three women (Jean, Francis and Val), it turns out, Gene is a man. That’s just too funny, but I was thinking about men anyway, cause they had to come up once, didn’t they?

In the village everything is weird. The weather, the people…

May bumps into a man and is immediately drawn to him. There seem to be no women. The population acts strange when they see the three women. In a pub they get something to eat and Jenny (the owner seems tob e very nice). The door opens and in comes a girl in a wheelchair and behind her a man. It was the man May saw earlier. His name is Frances or Frank. So also the second one is a men.
The girl in the wheelchair doesn’t like to new guests and is a real bitch. Her name is Daisy. Frank apparently is only with her, because he caused her accident.

Clare finds a secret passage to a lagoon in her room and she becomes friends with a woman called Raine. On the way around she also meets Val, the third brother and they snog sometimes. Oh we’re getting closer to the mystery, how exciting.
So you see, there is a lot of mystery going around in this town and in the book and as I reader I just wanted to find out more.

Lara and Gene get closer, talk and he opens up to her. They also kiss and before she leaves, he tells her, that he is going to miss her and I think that’s so sweet, because he is not really the type to say that easily.
Also Frank and May get closer, but nothing happens, because there is still Daisy. Didn’t like her from the start, always thought she was hiding something or having a secret.

And Clare??? Well, she misses Lud.

The girls return to London . They get the opportunity to return though and I was so glad this happened. I felt there was more to the story and more to tell, so I was relieved.
May and Lara return instantly and Lara goes to see Gene immediately. First he is really cold and doesn’t let her in, he also vanishes for some seconds (top hone Frank, that May is in the cottage, so cute ;)). They talk and he doesn’t seem interested, only when she wants to leave he says: „Oh no, you won’t.“ The takes her arm and then she is in his arms. „You’re not going anywhere.“ (My favourite scene by far, so cute!!!)

Then it is three years later. We get some great news about how the life of the three friends developed, but it still leaves places to fill with our own imagination, which I think is really important. That’s also what Milly recommended me to do =)

Wonderful story, great characters, deep background and beautifully written!!! I fell in love with this book not just a normal romantic love story, no there is much more to it. There is a real deep story behind everything, which makes the book even more interesting and attractive for a reader. ♥ ♥ 


My possible cast:

Lara: Hilary Duff (with shorter hair)

May: Troian Bellisario

Clare: Olivia Wilde (with bob)

Gene: Jake Gyllenhall (darker eyes)

Frank: Josh Duhamel

Lud: Jensen Ackles

Val: Matt Cohen

Tianne: Audrina Patridge

James: Simon Baker

Daisy: Ashley Tisdale

Milly Johnson on Twitter: @millyjohnson

Hope you enjoyed this review. A lot of Christmas specials coming up in the next few days :)

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