Janet Hoggarth comes to the blog with the lovely follow-up story to The Single Mums’ Mansion as we follow Ali and Grace’s stories in
The Single Mums Move On
Ali and her daughter Grace used to live in the house that became the “Single Mums’ Mansion” and now as Jacqui and Amanda have moved on with their lives – she’s in need of something new and stable for the two of them. While she loved the sense of community in their small attic room, she’s also wanting to take more control of her life, and stabilize the relationship between Grace and her father. A chance meeting leads to her viewing a house in “The Mews”, a gated community in South London. The house is perfect for the two of them, and the fact that it is gated means that no one can “surprise’ visit them, or that Ali’s last disastrous boyfriend can’t appear and worm his way back in.
But with all of the wonder that is The Mews, there are issues: neighbors that seem to see and hear (and know) everything, one that she only spots behind a twitching curtain and another who is impossibly brusque and sharp – contrasted with the very flamboyant orchestrator in Jo as well as a handful of people who are also undergoing great change, it will take a bit of getting used to before Ali can actually move forward with the positive changes she wants to make in her life, and be less apt to diving headfirst into the worst possible options.
Clever, with a cast of characters that feels daunting at first, until Hoggarth gives us enough information and interactions (both first and third-hand) to let them all become clear. Every person that we encounter will provide a new step in growth for Ali, and whether the interactions start positively or with a bit of ‘what did I do’ groans the next morning, it is a group of people that you WANT to get to know and would love to be a part of the scene. There are moments to love, laugh at and with Ali, and even want to give her a good shake: all tempered with the good-natured and often firm hands of those around her – pushing her into healthier (physically, mentally and financially) choices for both she and Grace. Come join The Mews and see just how much a community and change can do for a life.
Title: The Single Mums Move On
Author: Janet Hoggarth
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 18 July, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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