Discussing With or Without You with Shari Low


I’m a great believer in fate – I think it’s how I met my husband – and we often chat about the ‘what if’ moments in life. Consequently it gives me great pleasure to be part of the launch celebrations for With or Without You and to stay in with author Shari Low to find out more about the book and some ‘what if’ moments of her own!

Staying in with Shari Low

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Shari. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?


I’ve brought With or Without You as it’s just been released.

What can we expect from an evening in with With or Without You?

Hopefully it’s one of those books about love, about choices and about friendship that will keep you gripped until the very last page. And as soon as it’s done, it might just inspire you call your best pal and speculate about some of the life changing decisions you’ve made along the way.

(How interesting. And funnily enough, as well as staying in with you I’m also having lunch with a friend of 47 years today so I think we might just chat all about those decisions.)

What else have you brought along and why?

The guests would of course include my gang of girlfriends, as I rarely leave home without them! My husband frequently comments that he didn’t realise when he married me that I came with several women sitting around the kitchen table at all times.

(They are very welcome – the more the merrier.)


There would be wine, tea and caramel wafers, because there are very few disasters that cannot be soothed with some combination of alcohol, caffeine and chocolate-covered snacks.

(I quite agree!)

The music playlist would feature brilliant holiday tunes and Motown hits, as one of the characters is fond of belting out a Diana Ross tune.

Shari Wedding

And I’d bring my husband, because a conversation with him inspired the story. Last summer, on a gorgeous night in Florida, we were reminiscing about a time 20 years ago when we briefly parted. We both had some great theories about what would have happened to our lives if we hadn’t reunited a few months later. And yes, I think Shari Bon Jovi has a lovely ring to it. In the end, we got back together, and I’ll always be glad that we did. However, the next morning I woke up and the storyline for With or Without You was fully formed in my imagination.

(Ooo. Now that IS interesting! Wonderful photo by the way.) 

Thanks so much for staying in with me Shari, to chat all about With or Without You. Let’s get the Motown playing and dive into those wafers…

With or Without You


Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…?

A clever, captivating and bittersweet story of what might have been. Perfect for the fans of Jo Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend.

Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?

In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?

Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?

With or Without You is available for purchase through these links:  AmazonKoboiBooks and Google Play. 

About Shari Low


Shari Low has published twenty novels over the last two decades. She also writes for newspapers, magazines and television. Once upon a time, she got engaged to a guy she’d known for a week, and twenty-something years later, they live in Glasgow with their two teenage sons and a labradoodle.

You can follow Shari on Twitter @sharilow and find her on Facebook. Shari also has a website.

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Staying in with Michael Stephenson

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I’d like to thank Michael Stephenson for asking me to be part of the launch celebrations for The Man on the Roof. I’m very pleased to welcome Michael to Linda’s Book Bag today. Michael has kindly agreed to spend an evening with me chatting about this new release.

Staying in with Michael Stephenson

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Michael. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

The pleasure is all mine, Linda. I should thank you for letting me stay in with you.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

the man on the roof cover

Tonight I have chosen my new novel The Man On The Roof. It’s only the second full-fledged mystery thriller that I’ve written, but I’m quite proud to bring it to you. I chose to stay in with this book because I’m currently on a huge psychological-thriller binge. This novel shares the same shelf with Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Who doesn’t sometimes like a dark, twisty, up-all-night read that’ll make you chuckle once or twice and deeply think about important issues?

(Who indeed? I love a psychological thriller!)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Man On The Roof?

This is going to sound cliché, but expect the unexpected… as well as the totally expected. We think a lot of things in this world: that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, that love can conquer all, that most people are inherently good, that we’ve read it all when it comes to recent psychological thrillers, that we know our neighbors and that they’re decent people. But what if we’re wrong about all of it? What if we haven’t read every twist? What if our neighbors really aren’t that decent? What if…

(Oo-er – we’ve just got new neighbours – the ones just across the road. What if…)

Most of all, I think The Man On The Roof is one of few mystery novels that is even better when re-read, even after the mystery is solved.

(That’s very interesting. I sometimes like to reread a book when I know the outcome to see if I can spot the clues along the way better the second time around.)

What else have you brought along and why?

spare ribs

I’ve brought an eclectic mix of food and music. I bought some of the best smoked BBQ ribs—last of the summer season. Their hickory taste and buttery pork are melting in my mouth.


Next, I brought a lemon-lime wedding cake because who doesn’t like cake? And a lemon-lime wedding cake with a puckering taste? Mmm… Love is such sweet sour.


Finally, I brought a platter of cheese, croissants and wine, because I don’t know a single person who doesn’t.

That sounds like my kind of food Michael. Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about The Man on the Roof. I’ve enjoyed our evening.

The Man on the Roof

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Someone has been creeping in the dark while the others sleep, and they’ve done terrible, terrible things.

“There was a man on your roof,” claims curmudgeonly lane-hermit Herbert McKinney. Then, he initiates an unprovoked fight with a local punk. Drama escalates when that punk’s dead body is found hanging at mid-street one August morning—a boastful killer messaging their next prey. All fingers point to Herbert as the culprit. Soon, the five couples he calls neighbors come under suspicion, too. When lead detective Cady Lambert divines blackmail as the motive, eyes cross to find who hides the most shameful secret. Husband versus wife, friend versus friend, the shiny suburban veneer of innocence has been forever tarnished. As hidden deviousness boils from their pores, there lurks a thief, a pill addict and a sadist—secrets worth killing for.

Now, as the man on the roof helps guide justice and watches devious neighbors slip in and out of sleepy houses, confusion and questions persist. Who dies next? What have they learned? Who is becoming a monster? Who already is one? And just how many secrets can a small group of multi-ethnic Ohioans have? Only one cemented truth exists: the killer will kill again.

A tension-building psychological mystery-suspense thriller, The Man On The Roof propels the reader through a tangled, volatile and suspenseful thicket of deception, murder and friends, inviting the reader to discover the murderer and who hides which lie.

The Man on the Roof is available for purchase here.

About Michael Stephenson

An American-born, American-raised author, Michael enjoys writing in every genre and for every medium. Covering a wide range of subjects, ethnicities, socio-economic classes, and ideals, his writing runs the gambit from silly and light-hearted to thought-provoking and sensual to horrifying and captivating. Offering everything from sci-fi to romance, he wishes to supply the reader with an indelible experience.

Having grown up in the Midwest of the United States, he has travelled and lived in towns throughout the USA and enjoys learning of other cultures whenever he can. A lover of story, he believes a great story makes for great writing. He believes that great writers aren’t necessarily made by their words, but by the words their readers write about them.

Privately, he seeks to accomplish great things with his writing in both popular culture as well as more niche genres. He hopes to one day again write for film, and aspires to write the screenplay for the film adaptation of Captain Planet.

You can follow Michael on Twitter @filmbooksbball and there’s more with these other bloggers.

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I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

I found my tribe

My enormous thanks to Emma Finnigan for a surprise copy of I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice that arrived unexpectedly.

I Found My Tribe is published by Vintage and is available for purchase through the links here.

I Found My Tribe

I found my tribe

Ruth’s tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth’s other ‘tribe’ are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks.

‘The Tragic Wives’ Swimming Club’, as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

My Review of I Found My Tribe

With her husband Simon dying from Motor Neurone Disease, Ruth has to find a way of coping – through her tribe.

I Found My Tribe is an intense, emotional and beautiful memoir that resonates with every single one of us who has experienced any kind of grief. Ruth Fitzmaurice has the astounding ability to convey through her writing what the rest of us can only feel but never articulate effectively.  I ended the book with eyes and nose streaming and my chest heaving with sobs as the effect of reading I Found My Tribe was to release so many pent up feelings of grief I have been suppressing over the last couple of years. It was both cathartic and healing and I am incredibly grateful for the experience.

However, I Found My Tribe has so much to offer those who haven’t experienced the same losses in their lives. Firstly, the quality of Ruth Fitzmaurice’s writing is wonderful. At times it is intensely sad, at others funny but always incredibly human and frequently beautifully poetic so that I could place myself alongside the author and experience her life with her. The variety of sentence structure, the use of repetition, the expletives, the first person approach, the rhetorical questions – all the wonderful literary devices Ruth Fitzmaurice employs without them ever feeling contrived – all add up a truly magnificent book.

The passages dedicated to the sea and Ruth’s wild-swimming are fabulous. I felt all manner of emotions from anxiety that The Tragic Wives Swimming Club might be injured, to jealousy that I wasn’t participating with them, to relief and vicarious exultation at the end of each swim. The descriptions of the beach and sea made me want to head straight to the coast. The way I Found My Tribe is structured is very much like the way the sea behaves. Sometimes the writing is calm and reflective, at others it crashes across the page with anger and rage. Each short chapter felt like the tide coming and going to me.

Although there are no ‘characters’ per se because this is a memoir and these are real people, I felt each person was so well depicted that I knew them intimately. Reading I Found My Tribe has given me the utmost respect for Ruth Fitzmaurice. How she managed to cope with five children, various animals and a totally incapacitated husband is beyond comprehension. She is a warrior in her own right and I feel privileged to have read about her and Simon.

I know I haven’t done justice to I Found My Tribe. I read it in one sitting because I simply could not tear myself away. It is a soul-stirring, heart-breaking and poignant book and I defy anyone not to be moved by it.

About Ruth Fitzmaurice


Ruth Fitzmaurice was a radio researcher and producer when she married her husband, Simon, in 2004 and had three children.

In 2008, Simon was diagnosed with ALS and given three years to live. Simon went into respiratory failure in 2010 and was accidentally placed on a ventilator during an emergency procedure.

He decided against medical advice to keep the ventilator; Ruth and Simon went on to have twins in 2012. She lives in Greystones, Ireland, with her five children, two dogs and two cats.

Staying in with Julie Shackman

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I am so lucky to get the chance to ‘meet’ authors and their books as a result of being a blogger and today I’m delighted to welcome Julie Shackman to Linda’s Book Bag. Julie has kindly agreed to stay in with me to tell me about one of her books.

Staying in with Julie Shackman

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Julie. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Thank you for granting me an appearance on your blog, Linda. It’s a real honour!

Which of your books have you brought along this evening and why have you chosen this one?

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I’ve brought along my latest novel, A Room at the Manor. It’s a tale of tea shops; baking; family and romance. I’ve chosen it because it is my latest book and it’s being released tomorrow!

(Oh – how exciting! Happy publication day for tomorrow. What an absolutely gorgeous cover for A Room at the Manor too!)

What can we expect from an evening in with A Room at the Manor?

I hope that A Room at the Manor gives the readers lots of laughter, tears and escapism.

It’s about what a person can achieve when someone shows in faith in them and what determination and passion can result in.

I hope that A Room at the Manor has characters who the readers can relate to; love and empathise with and that they enjoy Lara’s story and how and why she discovers what she wants from life.

(A Room at the Manor sounds EXACTLY my kind of read. I’m going to have to find room on the TBR for it somehow!)

What else have you brought along with you and why have you brought it?

chamomile tea

Well, I used to drink coffee up until about four years ago and then a friend of mine, Amanda, got me interested in herbal tea and now I am well and truly hooked!

So, I can offer you some English breakfast tea, as well as peppermint and camomile, Linda.

(English breakfast for me please Julie. Good and strong too.)

Coconut cake

I also brought some cake. I love most things but I am rather partial to a fresh, warm, plain scone with butter or anything that is drizzled in coconut. Hope we can share some!


(I’m not keen on dessicated coconut but I love a scone so I’m glad to see you brought plenty. I’ve got a very nice black cherry jam that will go well with them.)


In keeping with the tea shop and baking themes, I’ve also brought along Chip, the enchanted tea up from Beauty and The Beast.

I love all things Disney but this has been my favourite fairy tale of them all, ever since I was little.

I’m an avid reader as well as a writer and for me, being able to lose yourself in an imaginary world, with characters who you admire, is wonderful.

Since I was little, I’ve adored the spell binding qualities of Beauty and The Beast and it still has a timeless air about it today.

(I just watched this recently Julie and I fell in love with it too!)

Thanks so much for staying in with me Julie, and telling me about A Room at the Manor. I think it sounds my kind of read and again – happy publication day for tomorrow.

A Room at the Manor

Room at the Manor FC - 27 April 2018

When her Maltese love affair turns sour, Lara McDonald returns to her quiet Scottish hometown of Fairview heartbroken, yet determined – instead of looking for another PR position, she decides to follow her dream of baking. She impulsively takes the first job offered and finds herself working for local dragon Kitty Walker in her tea room, True Brew.

Lara’s life is full of surprises, however, not the least being an unlikely friendship forged with one of Kitty’s elderly customers, the former laird Hugo Carmichael. The Carmichael family has lived at the beautiful Glenlovatt Manor for almost three hundred years and, although in need of renovation, Hugo, his son and grandson currently make it their home. There’s something about Lara that Hugo likes, and when Hugo suddenly passes away, Lara is stunned to discover she is mentioned in his will. But not everyone is happy with the old Laird’s faith in Lara.

A story of love, family, hope and trust, A Room at the Manor will delight every reader keen to find their place in the world.

Published by Allen & Unwin, A Room at the Manor is available for purchase here.

In Australia and New Zealand, you can buy it on line and also from all good bookshops.

About Julie Shackman


Julie Shackman lives in Scotland and is married with two teenage sons.

Julie trained as a journalist and studied Communication and Media but has always wanted to be an author.

She also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies.

When not reading or writing, Julie is a keen walker and loves music.

You can visit Julie’s website, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @G13Julie.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted april

As my TBR pile is always huge and I frequently don’t get to finish the book for my reading group I have actually read The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim two weeks early!

Originally published in 1922, my edition of The Enchanted April was published by Penguin Classic in 2012 and is available for purchase through these links.

The Enchanted April

The Enchanted april

The discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed ‘To Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine’, offers a small medieval castle for rent, above a bay on the Italian Riviera. Four very different women – the dishevelled and downtrodden Mrs Wilkins, the sad, sweet-faced Mrs Arbuthnot, the formidable widow Mrs Fisher and the ravishing socialite Lady Caroline Dester – are drawn to the shores of the Mediterranean that April. As each, in turn, blossoms in the warmth of the Italian spring and finds their spirits stirring, quite unexpected changes occur.

My Review of The Enchanted April

An advertisement in The Times will change the lives of those who respond for ever.

I really enjoyed The Enchanted April. I must admit that it took a chapter or so to attune my modern reader’s eye to the style of a book written almost 100 years ago, but once I did I found it a hugely entertaining read. The underlying sarcasm and humour had me snorting aloud at times. I especially enjoyed the contrast between what each of the four ladies said and what they privately thought. The book is actually very funny and I even found myself reading bits aloud to my husband so that he could enjoy it too.

The Enchanted April is a fascinating insight into the society of between the wars English gentry at all levels. I found the depiction of social mores and snobbery well depicted so that I understood the reasons why each character behaved as they did completely.

Underlying the satirical approach, however, are some themes that are still only too familiar in today’s society. Lady Caroline’s self-worth being measured by men’s attention to her physical beauty, the way in which she abhors their attempts to grasp and pat her, Rose and Lotty’s sad marriages and the emotional isolation that all four women feel in spite of their desire for solitude and time for reflection are concepts many modern readers will appreciate and many will identify with.

But The Enchanted April does not have such a title without reason. The sojourn in Italy will  break down many barriers so that this becomes a very uplifting read as well as an entertaining one. There is enchantment in the setting that is so skilfully conveyed partly through Mrs Wilkins’ ‘seeing’ and partly through the luxurious descriptions that appeal to all the senses from the taste of the food to the scent of the flowers and the sight of the sea. There is magic in the air and it has an almost Shakespearean effect making me think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Enchanted April will not suit all readers – and especially those looking for pacy plotting and rapid, heart racing excitement. But for those wanting an insight into another era, or wanting to follow four women’s self-discovery and burgeoning independence and love it will appeal completely. I really enjoyed it.

About Elizabeth von Arnim

Cousin of Katherine Mansfield and lover of H.G. Wells, Elizabeth von Arnim was at the hub of the literary and political society of her time.

She was born in Australia in 1866 but grew up in England, and began her career in 1898 with the semi-autobiographical Elizabeth and Her German Garden. She was married twice and died in 1941.

Staying in with Kathleen Jones

Love is the punchline

Once again I’m finding whole new books and authors here on Linda’s Book Bag. This time it’s Kathleen Jones who joins me to stay in and tell me about one of her books.

Staying in with Kathleen Jones

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Kathleen. Thank you for staying in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

Love is the punchline

I’ve brought along my new novel, Love Is the Punch Line, which was published by Moonshine Cove in April. It’s a quirky, lighthearted romance set in the world of stand-up comedy. I brought it along to show “women of a certain age” that romance should not stop after age 40.

(Too right! As someone fast approaching 60 I can quite agree with that premise for a book!)

What can we expect from an evening in with  Love Is the Punch Line?

You can expect an evening of hilarious comedy from a real legend, Josh Steinberg, the “Jewish Comedy King.” Even though he’s over 50, plump, balding, and washed up, Josh is still revered by die-hard comedy fans, who appreciate his edgy sense of humour.

You’ll also meet Josh’s woman, Holly Brannigan, a slim, attractive, and bright 50-year-old businesswoman. Unlike the other women in Josh’s past who haven’t treated him well, the smart and sensitive Holly is crazy about Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy. No wonder Josh calls her “Holly the Brain.”

(I’m smiling already. I love the sound of Josh and Holly.)

By meeting Josh, I hope that people will learn that no matter what a person looks like on the outside, he or she deserves a chance to spend their life with someone who truly loves and cares about them. And I hope that men who meet Holly will learn to value a woman’s brains, as well as her looks. After all, the brain is the biggest sex organ!

(Very true! My husband has a Ph.D!)

Finally, I hope that older people who haven’t found that special person will give romance another chance. You just never know!

(What a wonderful sentiment, Kathleen.)

What else have you brought along and why?


I brought along the script that Josh wrote for his comeback movie, It Only Hurts When I Laugh. Holly talked him into writing it, telling him that he had the talent to write a script about real life and real people; in the past, Josh had written mediocre movie scripts that were only collections of silly gags. Buoyed by her belief in him, Josh ended up writing a romantic script about two characters who resembled himself and Holly!

Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about Love is the Punchline Kathleen. I’ve enjoyed hearing about Josh and Holly.

Love is the Punch Line

Love is the punchline

He courted her with punchlines.

Middle-aged stand-up comedian Josh Steinberg, formerly the star of his own popular TV series, finds himself struggling to keep his career alive, playing seedier and seedier clubs. Plump, balding, and plain-looking, he has never had much luck with women. That is, until Josh meets Holly Brannigan while performing his stand-up act in a comedy club. Holly, an attractive, intelligent, and divorced 50-year-old businesswoman, becomes instantly smitten with Josh and even finds his unconventional looks wildly sexy.

Love is the Punchline is available for purchase from Amazon and Indigo Books.

About Kathleen Jones


Kathleen Jones is a former book editor and technical writer. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in English literature and completed Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing program. Kathleen writes for a number of popular book blogs, including Romance Junkies and the blogs of Jane Friedman and British novelist Tony Riches. She also contributes monthly book reviews to Goodreads. Kathleen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

You can find out more about Kathleen on her website and by finding her on Facebook or following her on Twitter @joneslepidas.

Discussing The Single Mums’ Mansion with Janet Hoggarth

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My grateful thanks to Melanie Price for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations of The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth. I’m delighted that Janet has dropped by Linda’s Book Bag to stay in with me and tell me all about the book.

Staying in with Janet Hoggarth

Welcome along to Linda’s Book Bag Janet. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

Single Mums Cover

Hello! I have brought The Single Mums’ Mansion along tonight because it is my latest book and the first time I have ever written for adults, so it feels like a radical change of direction from children’s books.

(How exciting to change genre.)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Single Mums’ Mansion?

The story is based on my true life experience of living communally in a house with another single mum and our children. I have changed names, introduced completely fictitious characters and added a whole lot of fabricated plotlines, but they’re seamlessly blended with the facts so knowing which is which is tricky. Only I hold the secret.

(Now, of course, we all want to read The Single Mums’ Mansion to try to work out which is which for ourselves!)

Basically it is a ‘faction’ novel singing the praises of solid female friendship that utilises gallows humour to dissipate the potential bleak situation of being a heartbroken single mum. As the women move forward, they find being together is the best medicine for bravely facing the rocky road of divorce. There are laughs, tears, tantrums, crazy parties, totally unsuitable men, and an honest un-sugar coated portrayal of what life is like after a marriage breaks down. The girls can either choose to be victims or fight back and gradually reclaim their lives, bolstered up by each other knowing that at the end of the day there’s someone to share a bottle of wine and help with the hideous bedtime routine.

(I think The Single Mums’ Mansion sounds inspiring as well as entertaining Janet.)

What else have you brought along and why? 


I have decided to bring the party to your house! We’ll be eating Marmite Whirls and Rocky Road – staple party food at the Single Mums’ Mansion.

(I like the party idea Janet, but I worry the Marmite Whirls might divide opinion and we’ll have a fracas! Personally I love them!)


I would also have to haul along my record decks, vinyl and sound system so we could dance to all the guilty pleasures everyone secretly loves: eighties cheese, nineties pop, old skool hip hop, disco and some handbag house, just like in the bar where Amanda works in the book. However, the biggest tune of the evening is obviously I Will Survive! You won’t sit down all night!

(Oh! I love a bit of Gloria Gaynor!)


To complement the party food, we have to drink champagne and cocktails (only the best for us!) and rehydration sachets so we don’t have a headache in the morning. The party will be girls only (sorry!) and when everyone goes home, we will slap on a face mask and pass out on the bed in our tracksuit bottoms, waking in the morning magically rejuvenated with some flattering and on-point clothes neatly laid out for us as we face another day bossing the hell out of life! And I grew strong, And I learned how to get along…

(That’s one heck of a party you’ve got organised Janet. Pass me a glass of champagne and let’s get going. I think I can hear guests arriving now…)

Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about The Single Mums’ Mansion Janet. I think I need to pop along there very soon…

Thank you for letting me crash your pad and talk about my book.

The Single Mums’ Mansion

Single Mums Cover

Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with her three children in a rambling Victorian house in London. Her husband 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 husband is also leaving. So, after Ali’s baby Grace is born, they both move into Amanda’s attic. And 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…

Published by Aria on 1st June 2018, The Single Mums’ Mansion is available for purchase here.

About Janet Hoggarth


Janet Hoggarth has worked as a book-seller, a children’s book editor, and a DJ with her best friend (under the name ‘Britney and Whitney’). She spent her childhood making comics and filling notebooks with stories. In fact, her old boss at Bloomsbury thought she had such a talent for writing, he asked her to write a joke book, which she did with her brother.

Janet lives in London and draws constant inspiration from her three brilliant children.

You can follow Janet on Twitter @Janethauthor. Janet is also on Facebook and there’s more with these other bloggers:

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