The Single Mums’ Mansion

Written by Janet Hoggarth


Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with three children under five in a rambling Victorian house in London, after her husband walks leaves them claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove.

A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her partner is also about to abscond. Once Ali’s baby Grace is born, Amanda encourages them to move in. When Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete.

Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again…




Honest, Funny and So Entertaining!  5 stars


Insightful and so honest, this is a must read for any woman facing divorce – and especially if it’s not of your choosing!

Amanda and her husband Sam bought a rambling Victorian mansion in the UK capital, knowing it was a renovation project. Three children later – in under five years – and with the ‘project’ still ongoing, Sam leaves, leaving Amanda to pick up the pieces, cope with the children, a broken heart and an unfinished home. When her friend Ali’s husband doesn’t want to be married any more – despite his wife being in the advance stages of pregnancy, Amanda offers her a home. Into their lives comes an old friend and another single mum, Jacqui, also abandoned by her husband. With her new house – which doesn’t feel like home – nearby, she is more often to be found visiting Amanda and Ali, all pitching in with the kids.

The honesty in this novel is mind-boggling. Facing life with young children on your own (been there, done that) makes you realise how important friends are. The isolation, the financial worry and the ability to cope with the smallest things on a daily basis crumbles around you and it’s so much easier with someone else to share things with! Dealing with kids who have suddenly lost a parent to a new home – and often a new partner, is hard and Janet Hoggarth has hit the nail on the head with all the details. Not only true to life, this is funny and entertaining and covers the good, crazy times as well as the ‘cry me a river’ occasions. It’s rewarding watching these women grow in confidence and ability, and I have so enjoyed reading all about them. Such a terrific book deserves no less than a full five stars.

My thanks to publishers Aria for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1477 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 1 June 2018
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Meet 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 is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.





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