Book: The Single Mums’ Mansion
Author: Janet Hoggarth
Not quite the all engrossing story I was expecting, but a good read nonetheless.
The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth was my first experience of this author, and on the whole she didn’t disappoint.
Hoggarth writes with flare and connects with the reader effectively with her creative style and ability to make her characters relatable in various ways, therefore appealing to a broader audience.
The book offers a number of laugh out loud moments, but equally and very realistically catapults the reader into the emotional turmoil created by the life events of the women in the story.
Their reactions and handling of their respective situations are sure to be totally relatable for many women out there and for that I give this book a huge thumbs up.
Reading about how three women united in their sadness to support each other and help one another through a very difficult stage in their lives was heart-warming and completely in tune with current affairs.
These three women, each with children, are divorced or separated from their partners and end up sharing a house together to help each other out, emotionally and with childcare.
Amanda is the main character in the story, and it is her large Victorian house that they all move into.
The three of them, Amanda, Jacqui and Ali, are not perfect, but who is? – this just made me love them more.
The author systematically takes the reader through the rollercoaster of emotions that ensues after their partners leave them for other women, their loyalty to each other and fierce protectiveness of their children.
While I really did enjoy the story as a whole, there were parts that were very slow and that detracted from my enjoyment of it, though the premise of women standing strong together was great.
The story also draws the reader into that united front put up by these women, resulting in you feeling the frustrations, irritations and all of the above toward the husbands or partners that seemingly so heartlessly walked away from their families.
The Single Mums’ Mansion is available on all major online stores for varying prices. I downloaded the book from Amazon books.