The friends soon discover that there is something not quite right in village and they think that the key is the three Hathersage brothers who the three friends have each taken a shine to. There is also Raine, an old lady who is in a wheelchair, who lives in a cottage on the cliff.
'It's raining men' is the latest book by Milly Johnson, one of my favourite authors. When I pick up a Milly Johnson book I know that I am going to get a great story, often with humour, but always full of women, who are great friends and this book is no exception. However, this book I thought had a slightly different feel to it, with the local history and local beliefs, I felt the story was truly British - Britain has lots of folklore and local customs and beliefs and this book really went down this route. Ren Dullum sounded like a beautiful country village and I would love to visit there because through Johnson's narrative I was able to picture the village and all the characters who lived there.
The characters also were fantastic - there were the three Hathersage brothers - I think I liked Gene the most, the strong, mysterious carpenter, although I did feel sorry for Francis and the hold that Daisy had over him. I also liked Jenny in the cafe - I think that although she was a villager, she wanted to push the villagers into accepting tourists and newcomers. I think that a lot of the villagers had been born and bought up in the village and were totally immersed in village life and the beliefs.
In summary this book is fantastic - absolutely brilliant. I definitely recommend this as the book every beach bag must contain this summer. It is lighthearted and allows escapism, along with the British belief of village life and folklore. I know that if get away to a holiday cottage this year I will be searching for the secret door which leads to a private lagoon to swim in.
Thank you to the author, Milly Johnson, and the publishers, Simon and Schuster, for sending me the book to review.