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A hilarious and honest British mom's madcap adventures in suburbia, from Amazon UK bestselling author Aimee Horton!
Dottie Harris has a knack for stumbling into chaotic situations, gin & tonic in hand. When Dottie and Henry Harris move to their new house, Dottie's only desire is to make friends in the neighbourhood. But Dottie, just home from delivering her third child, is struggling to adjust to village life. Recently promoted Henry travels a lot, and the neighbours aren't very welcoming (although that could be because when Dottie first met them, she had dyed her children green).
So when Dottie accidentally hears her neighbours' conversations over her baby monitor, she can't help but use the sneaky information in her quest to build new friendships.
Of course, eavesdropping never ends well, and when Dottie discovers that two of her neighbours are having an affair, she's horrified. Worse still, the locals are convinced she's the one who's doing the cheating. It's up to Dottie to clear her name and uncover (and expose) the real cheat-in her signature haphazard way!
A humorous blend between chick lit and cozy mystery, this funny novel will have you laughing along with gin-drinking amateur sleuth Dottie!
Interview with the Author
What was your inspiration to write the Survival series?
Mainly my friends and family! I'd bump into people and they'd comment on how my Facebook updates made them smile after a bad day with the kids. And was born Survival of the Ginnest, a book in the style of social networking Dottie turned into somebody people wanted to read more of, and the ideas of the predicaments she could get into kept coming thick and fast-and the series was born!
It seems these books could fit into several genres. How would you categorize them?
I like to say Bridget Jones' Diaries meets The Nanny Diaries, with a little cozy mystery thrown in. While Dottie is a fictional character, her struggles are real. So anyone who enjoys parenting humor or parenting books in general will enjoy the Survival series. And those who enjoy romantic comedies, chick lit, humor, or women's fiction will enjoy Dottie's adventures.
What sets Dottie apart, and how is her story different from all the other funny chick lit and cozy mysteries out there?
I think, in fact, part of what attracts people to this series is that Dottie's struggles AREN'T different from everyone else's. However, the way she tells them IS different. Survival of the Ginnest is comprised of fictional social media updates that are about as honest as you can get. Dottie shares everything, even some of her not-so-fine parenting moments. The other books in the series, Mothers Ruined and Survival of the Christmas Spirit, are traditional novels but contain Dottie's unique brand of humour and knack for getting into trouble!
What order should I read the books in?
Each book in the Survival series can stand alone, but like gin and tonic, they go great together! I would recommend the following order:
- Mothers Ruined
- Survival of the Ginnest
- Survival of the Christmas Spirit
- Lush in Translation
If you enjoy fun, light reads with a humorous look at parenting (and drinking gin!), you'll enjoy the Survival Series. Thanks for reading!
Chick Lit Humor & Comedy
Parenting & Family Humor
Motherhood & Pregnancy Humor
For readers interested in: chick lit humor, family chick lit, cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, parenting humor, pregnancy humor, chick lit comedy, family life humor, funny chick lit, baby blues, friendship chick lit, British chick lit, and parenting support.
|Publisher:||Velvet Morning Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the funniest chick lit books I have read in a long time! I enjoyed every single second of it and frankly, did not want it to end. Everything about it is light-hearted, breezy, and downright hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud almost the whole way through. It’s like the main character Dottie says all the things us parents want to say out loud but can’t because we would look extremely rude. Gosh, this book is just a blast! Readers who are interested in this book should note that while it is a part of an overall series featuring Dottie, one could easily read it as a standalone as I did. I don’t feel like I missed anything crucial that were incorporated in previous books. However, now that I have read this one I feel the urge to read the series from the beginning because, well, this one was awesome! So this story is about Dottie who just moved into a new house/neighborhood with her family. She is a mother of 3, she works endlessly to keep her children in check, and balances marriage, and friendships. Motherhood can be a rattling experience and sometimes good friends and wine helps to ease the stress. But when scheming neighbors come into play along with baby monitors that pick up what’s going on in other people’s homes, life can get tricky. Luckily, Dottie takes all of this in stride because she has a wonderful family and support system with her friend Jane. But getting to the bottom of the scheming is on her top to do list and she stops at nothing to get through it! This is a hilarious take on motherhood and I highly recommend it to all readers who love a good laugh, and an amazing chick lit book. I honestly loved this one to pieces and can’t say enough good things about it. So take my word for it and pick up this 5 star read! You will NOT regret it!!