Things are Looking Up by Maxine Morrey

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to pick up a book by this author. I have been recommended her books a number of times and I love her fun sounding titles. I actually still have My Year of Saying No sat unread on my shelf, but I hope to pick it up soon!


What if what you really need is right there in front of you, if you just take a moment to look up?

Milly has been waiting for this moment forever and finally it’s just an hour away – an interview with Vogue magazine and the opportunity to get her Louboutin-clad foot in the door.  There’s just one problem – totally engrossed in her mobile phone, Milly doesn’t see the bus that is fast approaching – until it’s too late…

When Milly next opens her eyes, the consequences of her accident become clear. Everything she has worked for and dreamed of suddenly feels out of reach. But there is one bright spot on her horizon – the reappearance of her ex Jed, in all of his six-foot-four, broad-shouldered glory, with the most piercing ice blue eyes Milly ever saw.

Once used to working in a whirlwind, Milly now has the chance to reconsider how to live. Will she rush back to the treadmill, get her head down and back to business, or is there a whole other life waiting for her, if she’ll just look up to see it?

‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest uplifting, page-turning, heart-warming romance, guaranteed to brighten up your day.

My thoughts:

I loved so many things about this book “Read yourself happy” is definitely a good way to describe how I felt about this book. I was hooked from the very beginning, as there’s not many more exciting ways to start your novel than to literally throw your main character under a bus!

I definitely identified with Milly’s character and the digital obsession is something I battle with on a daily basis, both in my personal and professional life. I do feel like any life-changing situation makes you take stock and take a good, long look at yourself and where you could possibly have your priorities wrong and this is something I have done.

There are parts of the story which are inevitable, predictable and you could possibly even say overly exaggerated but this is the writer’s perogative and I don’t think it hampered my enjoyment of the story at all. Instead, it took me on a wonderful and life-affirming journey which reminded me of what’s important and how we work to live, not live to work, as in a corporate setting no-one is irreplaceable.

This has been an uplifting, entertaining read which I found myself getting lost in and I found difficult to put down. I can’t wait to read more by this author!



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