Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 Aug 2013)
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…?
It’s Raining Men is my all-time favourite of Milly Johnson’s. This is one of those stories that I just didn’t want to end … and what an apt title!
Before the women arrive at the cottage, we get to know more about their high-powered jobs and the relationships they have with the men in their lives. Changes happen before they leave for their holiday and I thought that Clare was the only one who made the wrong decision.
Once they’re in Ren Dullem, despite the lack of welcome from the locals, they gradually become pulled into this community. Thanks to Joan, PA to Edwin Carlton of Carlton Hall and her digging to uncover secrets for her own financial gain, not only is the reader pulled into the relationships but also into those secrets.
The characters are fabulous. There’s plenty of conflict from the villagers and of course attraction. The community of Ren Dullem slipped under my skin and through my tears at a funeral there was also cheering when a lie was uncovered. I loved the bond that Clare had with Raine.
It took me a while before I clicked at what the secret of the village is. I was so caught up in the emotion of the characters! My notes are littered with questions: Why is Carlton funding the village? What are the payments for? Why was one person so important to the community? How did she save them? Why are there no girls born? Why was the burial originally outside of consecrated ground? I totally believed in what lay at the heart of Ren Dullem. I love a fairy tale and myths/legends.
I need a sequel to find out how the village grows and what other conflicts are waiting for the villagers! To be honest, I want to spend more time with these characters 🙂 and I don’t want to let them go!
It’s Raining Men has been shortlisted for The Romantic Novel of the Year 2014 ~ Romantic Comedy Novel. Good luck Milly!