The Single Mums' Mansion: The feel-good laugh out loud rom com perfect for summer 2018

The Single Mums' Mansion: The feel-good laugh out loud rom com perfect for summer 2018

by Janet Hoggarth

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Overview

When your husband moves out, move your best friends in...

Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with her three children in a rambling Victorian house in London. Her husband leaves them, claiming he's just 'lost the love', like one might carelessly lose a glove.

A few months later, Amanda's heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her husband is also leaving. So, after Ali's baby Grace is born, they both move into Amanda's attic. And when Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete.

Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing 'I Will Survive', they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again... Based on Janet's true story, The Single Mums' Mansion is a laugh-out-loud tour de force which will make you laugh, cry and treasure your best friends even more than before.

Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Gill Sims and Tracy Bloom.

Praise for The Single Mums' Mansion:

'There was something inherently charming and satisfying about how imperfect everyone is within the story' C. R. Elliott.

'I cannot wait to tell friends about it as I am sure they will enjoy as much as I did' Molly Stulmaker.

'Once I was done, I kept hearing "I will survive" in my head' Cheryl Weaver.

'An intriguing and fun read, purely delightful' Gaele Hince.

'I absolutely ADORED reading The Single Mums' Mansion' Amanda Oughton.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788545686
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 667,539
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children's book editor, and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children's books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel, The Single Mums' Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.


Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children's book editor, and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children's books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel, The Single Mums' Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.

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The Single Mums' Mansion: The feel-good laugh out loud rom com perfect for summer 2018 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Amanda, mum of 3 under 5’s has just had the worst happen: her husband has up sticks and moved out leaving her in their “forever home” that was (and is) in need of renovation and restoration. With her youngest just over a year old, she’s constantly juggling kiddos, dodging lego and sharp-toy landmines and trying, not always well, to keep it all together. Amanda’s best friends Ali and Mel are solidly supportive, even with their own issues. And a new ‘friend” from a Mommy & Me class, Jacqui joins the gang. See, Ali is pregnant with her first (a not welcome surprise for her husband) and Jacqui is a divorced mum of two. So at different stages of their lives and relationships, not to mention everyone struggling with ‘parenting’ as we all do – the story has a sense of “yes – I remember that” to all mums. And then, from a reasonably slow start that let Amanda’s character develop and present itself as someone wanting, worrying and ignoring all those things we all do – it’s Ali and her daughter into the attic rooms in the house, and Jacqui in with her two – she’s there always anyway. Combining cash flow, support, sitting, childcare and even a stand in for hangover time (screaming toddlers are even less tolerable when hungover) the women start to put their lives on paths unexpected before marriage and children changed their plans. Lovely for the honesty, support and friendships that these three have come to rely on, not to mention the ever-present struggle of dealing with self-absorbed, self-centered and often selfish spouses more than willing to be “the fun parent” with little to no regard for the realities of parenthood. Sure, the first words may be less than savory - and requests that little pitchers leave those embarrassing and difficult questions for “Daddy Time”, add a subtle hint of spread the torture about to those who deserve it most. An intriguing and fun read, purely delightful for those looking for a story that shows how support, friendship and a bit of mayhem in your life may be just what is needed. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
GoodnReadybookblog More than 1 year ago
Insightful and so honest, this is a must read for any woman facing divorce - and especially if it's not of your choosing! Amanda and her husband Sam bought a rambling Victorian mansion in the UK capital, knowing it was a renovation project. Three children later - in under five years - and with the 'project' still ongoing, Sam leaves, leaving Amanda to pick up the pieces, cope with the children, a broken heart and an unfinished home. When her friend Ali's husband doesn't want to be married any more - despite his wife being in the advance stages of pregnancy, Amanda offers her a home. Into their lives comes an old friend and another single mum, Jacqui, also abandoned by her husband. With her new house - which doesn't feel like home - nearby, she is more often to be found visiting Amanda and Ali, all pitching in with the kids. The honesty in this novel is mind-boggling. Facing life with young children on your own (been there, done that) makes you realise how important friends are. The isolation, the financial worry and the ability to cope with the smallest things on a daily basis crumbles around you and it's so much easier with someone else to share things with! Dealing with kids who have suddenly lost a parent to a new home - and often a new partner, is hard and Janet Hoggarth has hit the nail on the head with all the details. Not only true to life, this is funny and entertaining and covers the good, crazy times as well as the 'cry me a river' occasions. It's rewarding watching these women grow in confidence and ability, and I have so enjoyed reading all about them. Such a terrific book deserves no less than a full five stars. My thanks to publishers Aria for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.