You might remember my review of Aimee Horton’s first novella Survival of the Ginnest last year but I am very pleased to say that Dottie is back! Hurrah! And not only is she back but in true Dottie style, she is back with a bang in Mothers Ruined.
With husband Henry hundreds of miles away on a work jolly, a heavily pregnant Dottie is left to settle into their new country home with her two children. But of course that wasn’t quite chaotic enough for Dottie. Oh no. She goes into labour three weeks early seeing Henry race against the clock to make it back for the birth of their new baby!
Back at home with their new bundle – who surprises everyone by being a boy and not the girl they were expecting – we see Dottie struggle to adjust to village life as Henry continues to travel far too much with work. The other villagers seem on the snotty side so when she accidentally hears her neighbours’ conversations over the baby monitor, she can’t help but use the nuggets of information that she hears in her quest to build new friendships.
But of course this case of crossed wires turns into, well a terrible case of crossed wires. Dottie discovers that two of her neighbours are having an affair but somehow the locals are convinced that she is the one who’s doing the cheating. Poor Dottie has to clear her name and expose the real cheat but of course, in her truly haphazard way!
Those of you that have already read the first in this series Survival of the Ginnest, might remember how it was made up entirely of social media style status updates. Whereas Mothers Ruined has been written in a more traditional story format. I have to say that the first book sometimes left me wanting to know more and I think this new book gives us just that. It is true testament to Aimee as a writer though that she can switch styles like that and do a brilliant job at both. Now I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I was so excited when I got to have a sneak preview and honestly couldn’t put it down. I laughed (and cringed!) as the story unfolded but mostly just laughed. And then laughed some more. Aimee Horton has created a truly laugh out loud character in Dottie. We would so be best friends.
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review, I was very kindly provided with a free preview copy of this book