Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Book Review - Mothers Ruined by Aimee Horton - Blog Tour

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Title:  Mothers Ruined
Author: Aimee Horton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Book supplied for blog tour
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Publication Date: 9th October 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

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 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 expose the real cheat—in her signature haphazard way! 

If you're looking for funny chick lit packed with parenting humour, or simply want to know you're not the only one having trouble making friends while juggling parenting newborns and toddlers, this book is for you! 

I couldn't wait to start Mothers Ruined, after I had finished Survival of the Christmas Spirit. I was keen to read more of Aimee Horton's fabulous humour, to see more of Dottie and to see how this all translated into a fuller length book. And the answer is its brilliant, around 200 pages of non stop fun and antics. There is at least  a giggle a page, and in some cases full blown laughter is needed. 

I'll get this out of the way now, although this is set after the Christmas book, you don't need to have read any of the other books featuring Dottie to follow this one. It is 100% stand alone, and works very well. 

Dottie is married to Henry who travels a lot for work, leaving Dottie alone in their new house, with Artie, 5 and Mabel 2, and of course the new born baby. Even the birth of the baby wasn't without its drama and laughs. 

Dottie feels a bit lonely and tries to make friends with the new neighbours, but they don't seem friendly. Until she discovers there is a cross over with baby monitors in the neighbourhood, and that she can hear things happening in various homes. From that she has insider information to launch a charm offence on her unsuspecting neighbours. 

Dottie is as she claims herself Dottie by name and dotty by nature. Just don't let her near the internet when drunk, or it has potentially financial ruining consequences. Equally keep a watch for a mention of her accidentally dyeing all three children green. 

Mothers Ruined is set at an incredibly fast pace, with not a single dull or boring moment. It held my attention the whole way through, and although there isn't huge amounts of deep emotional depth to the story, there isn't meant to be. 

Mothers Ruined is a fabulously entertaining, laugh a minute, riotous, fun and simply highly enjoyable light hearted piece of chick lit. And its completely believable and I can imagine a lot of the situations really do happen in real life as well as fiction, especially if you are trying to look after 3 under 5 year olds single handedly a large amount of the time. 

Thank you so much to Tay (ChicksThatRead) for running this blog tour and supplying a copy of the book. It has been great fun to take part. 

About Aimee Horton

Aimee is from Lincoln, England, where she enjoys drinking gin and spending time with her family (and she won't tell you which of those she prefers doing). As a child, one of her favourite parts of the summer holidays was to devour all the books in a little book shop in Devon. She continued reading at lightning speed right up until having children. She now reads with eyes propped open by match sticks.

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