May, Lara and Clare instantly bonded when they met at work but they never seem to have time to meet up any more. They decide they need some time away and book ten days of pampering at a luxury spa. But a mix up in the booking means they end up in the village of Ren Dullem. They don’t like strangers and there appears to be a strange lack of women.
The characters of It’s Raining Men didn’t seem like Milly’s normal choice; high flying business women, working themselves too hard in London and in a good place with their relationships. I started to wonder where it was going as it takes a very long time to get to the part that’s mentioned in the blurb; the holiday gone wrong, which was much more her normal style. Although there is maybe a move towards magical realism too. All in all, it’s a fun book and I think my favourite of hers so far.
I loved Lud at the start. I was all nooooo don’t break up (although in my head, I’m thinking I wouldn’t want to move to Dubai because their laws are not good for women). My main emotional investment went into Lara who I loved as well as her romance arc. She provided most the laughs for me. Clare’s over enthusiastic love of cleaning was a bit bizarre, I’m not sure that’s how I’d want to spend my holiday…and if they were expecting a luxury spa, why on earth take her kit with her?
I liked the fact that these were three women who met a bit later in their lives and it showed a glimpse of how difficult it can be to make new friends once you’re past university years. They are reluctant to talk about their problems with each other as well as not having the time to bond and get to that point. Which is partly what the holiday is for.
Joan’s parts bored me a little. A typical snooping, money grabbing stereotype and her only purpose was to uncover the secrets of the village. I just think there were better ways that could have been done and I skipped over some of her chapters to get back to the holiday makers. Although at least some of it explains the unrealistic business model of the village shops. It’s so common these days in chick-lit that everyone has these quaint, perfect businesses that no way they would make a profitable living from. So that made me smile.
It’s Raining Men is published by Simon & Schuster and is available now in paperback and ebook formats. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.