Mothers Ruined By Aimee Horton


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!

This is totally my kind of book.  I had my only child back in 2002, before social media existed in my life, I didn’t even possess a computer, huge as they were back then.  If this book had existed and social media had existed it would have made my experience far more relaxed.  I honestly thought that everyone else had an easy time and I was totally rubbish at it.  But, my goodness I saw myself in so many Dottie situations I would think that maybe Aimee had been listening in on my Baby Monitor.   At one point I was considering creating a toddler coat with a built in handle on the back so that when the next full on screaming tantrum arrived it was easier to carry her home by the back of the coat.  “Mum you are scraping my knees on the ground!!”  “Well, walk then!!”

We have teenage years to deal with now, a whole different set of circumstances, that’s all I am willing to say, she reads this!  But I kept her alive and here she is!


This, apparently, is a selfie.

Back to Aimee and Mothers Ruined.  Written brilliantly, yes, Aimee, you have a great writing talent and you should listen to those who tell you that you do, they speak the truth!

It’s funny,  it reminds you of at least one parenting moment you have had, and it has an excellent story line woven into it that keeps you coming back for more.   My laugh out loud moments….(I just can’t bring myself to write LOL) were, the bathroom….which reminds me exactly why I don’t drink anymore….yep, it’s the memory blocks and the hangovers) and the family meal at Dottie’s parents house…classic comedy.

There are three books I have now read in the Dottie series, all hugely worth a read and my lovelies, dare I say, would make an excellent Christmas gift for your best friend who has just had a baby!  Links below to where I bought them….

Mothers Ruined: A Novel

Survival of the Ginnest
Survival of the Christmas Spirit

Thank you Aimee Horton, a fabulous read!!

Now I must get the bead boxes out and create some more jewellery!!  I only have one thing in there and millions of bits to put in there….


Pink Cobwebs Folksy Shop

I will return later because I made cake and I need to share the recipe with you… Banana, Courgette, Pecan and Raisin Loaf!!

Geri x

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