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About The Book
Can neighbours become more than good friends…
After her husband left her, Ali and her daughter Grace enjoyed living in what became known as ‘the Single Mums’ Mansion’. However, with her best friends Amanda and Jacqui moving on, it’s time for Ali and Grace to make their own way. Thankfully, a chance conversation leads to them moving into the infamous South London gated community known only as ‘The Mews’.
In ‘The Mews’ everyone lives in each other’s pockets and curtain twitching is an Olympic sport. The neighbours are an eclectic bunch – from Nick the alleged spy, Carl the gorgeous but clearly troubled Idris Elba lookalike, to Debbie who is about to face the hardest fight of her life, and TV agent Samantha who is not as in control as she likes to pretend.
Each day brings another drama, but along with the tears, real friendships grow. And her neighbours’ problems might unlock the key to something Ali has yearned for all along…
Based on a true story – you’ll never be able to look at your neighbours quite the same way again…
Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Mhairi McFarlane and Helen Fielding.
I hadn’t read the previous book The Single Mum’s Mansion so I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I was worried in case I couldn’t gel with the characters or found some of the plot lines confusing but I needn’t have been worried – it was fine. The author did give a semi background of the characters so you could go into the book having not read the previous one but she didn’t go into it too much so that those who had read the previous book didn’t have their experience marred – sign of a good author there, giving just enough information needed.
I liked Ali as a character, she reminds me of many of my female friends, struggling to find themselves after the end of a long term relationship and kissing many frogs along the way. The story started well but when it really came into its own was when she and her daughter Grace moved to the Mews.
The Mews is so well described, I could just imagine it in my mind and all the characters were realistic and vibrant. We were dealt with some surprises about some of the characters along the way and they really helped the storyline along.
There is a love interest (or two) in the book and I did find myself rooting for one rather than the other. It did seem like I wasn’t going to get my wish but all came good in the end.
This was a really great read and perfect for by the beach or pool if you are going away this summer.
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, a huge bestseller, was based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.