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Mothers Ruined

(The Survival Series #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  29 reviews
"Laugh-out-loud funny with a hapless heroine everyone can relate to, Mothers Ruined is a perfect summer read." - Kerry Barrett

Dottie is back, in her first full-length novel, and life couldn’t be more chaotic.

Husband Henry is hundreds of miles away in Scotland, drinking whisky on a work “jolly”, leaving heavily pregnant Dottie to move house to a quiet village, on her own
Kindle Edition, 1, 303 pages
Published May 12th 2014 (first published May 10th 2014)
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Elle's Book Blog
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, lol-humor
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

This is one of the funniest chick lit books I have read in a long time! I enjoyed every single second of it and frankly, did not want it to end. Everything about it is light-hearted, breezy, and downright hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud almost the whole way through. It’s like the main character Dottie says all the things us parents want to say out loud but can’t because we would look extremely rude. Gosh, this book is just a blast! Readers who are interes
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I just need a light and entertaining story, and Mothers Ruined satisfied that need. It moved quickly and had a lot of funny and relatable moments. I could easily see myself being friends with Dottie. We'd have a blast together! I could definitely sympathize with her feelings over being new to her neighborhood and having a hard time meeting friends. It makes me less critical of what she did to break into the tight circle of women who lived nearby. At least she had her best friend, Jane, ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Is there a Dottie Harris fanclub? Because I really want to join it! Mothers Ruined is the latest (standalone) instalment of Dottie Harris’ car-crash life of parenting, excessive gin drinking and crazy, bitchy neighbours. Let me tell you that it is a brilliant read. Relentlessly funny, honest and relatable, there was a not a moment I didn’t enjoy or didn’t find myself laughing or shouting at the characters. Shortly after Dottie and her husb
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books

Firstly, I'd like to thank the fabulous Tay from Chicks That Read for allowing me the opportunity to take part in the blog tour for Aimee Horton's novel Mothers Ruined. This is the very first book that I've read by Aimee and I'm so very pleased to say that I really and truly enjoyed it.

Mothers Ruined follows the story of Dottie Harris. Dottie by name, dotty by nature, but only in the very best of ways. Entertaining the entire way through, and full to the brim
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the other books featuring Dottie so first I can't comment on her being back but I can comment on what a charismatic and warm character she is. There's a sense of neediness about her I can seriously relate to - knowing nobody and having young kids that keep you in the house is never fun - and even when she's at her lowest moments there's a touch of humour and genuine warmth which makes her a really fun character to read.

The best thing by far about this novel is its honesty. Above a
Talor Pickering
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
You ever want to kill your other half? Do you ever bribe your children so you can have five minutes of peace (I Know I Do) we all do it, this is the life of a mother, and mothers ruined is basically a book about how we all are constantly trying our best and ending up with green kids and poop on your arm!

Your leading lady Dottie, well she is a hero, balancing motherhood, friendships, traitorous neighbors and getting that bathroom she has always wanted is her daily focus, but when her baby monito
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This was a very easy read and I really enjoyed it! It was quite amusing reading about Dottie and her daily life juggling everything about. Oh the joys of being a mother and wife with a husband that works away a lot!! It made me laugh, I could hear myself saying the things she said and doing the things she did!
Listening in to people's conversations when you shouldn't be could be quite dangerous. So when Dottie accidently heard some things through her baby monitor she couldn't quite believe what
Crystal Hutchinson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This author reminded me a little of Marian Keyes and her sister characters antics. I enjoyed the storyline and the build up of the characters. I am giving it a 4 star because there were times I was very irate with the mother. In one instance she allowed her child to choose her 3rd child's name because her toddler had a tantrum. I was very frustrated with some of the parenting, or lack of parenting the protagonist was capable of. It was quite possible that it was part of the humor of the story an ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dottie is a hilarious & true to life character & the situations she gets into draw you in; one eye shut as you cringe to see how she will get out of it! Excellent read, great characters and well thought out plot that has me checking the twins baby monitors more than I should
Sherry Grussing
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, i-own-it
Why am I just now hearing about this author? I need to read them all!
J_Mc 251
First off, this was listed as Perfect Mishap, but showed up on my Kindle as Mothers Ruined. Since I am not sure which title the author/publisher will ultimately decide on, I’m including them both for clarity. The cover with the Perfect Mishap title also notes it as part of “The Perfect Disaster Series,” and I don’t know where this book might fall in a series. At any rate, it did feel like I was coming into the middle of something where I should have already known some of the characters. I though ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

It's a confession time - "Mothers Ruined" is my first book by Aimee Horton. I didn't know her writing before but when the lovely Tay sent an email asking if I'd be interested in taking part in the blog tour, it took me only one look at the cover, quick glance over the blurb, and I was in. I mean, a heroine that puts herself all the time in awkward situations and a look at parenting through the satire's twisted lens - I immediately knew it's going to be a read for me.

And was it? Ha! Of course it
Petra Quelch
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
had been stored (safely) in my Kindle library for a couple of months and I can tell you I could not wait to dive into it. Aimee Horton had received so many glowing reviews and positive feedbacks for this book in the Survival series so I had the previous weekend earmarked for reading Mother's ruined and I must say that it had been lot of fun to close the door of my room, get comfy and be a part of this fictional family for a couple of days.

In my eyes, Dottie Harris is a hero, looking after three
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to start Mothers Ruined, after I had finished Survival of the Christmas Spirit. I was keen to read more of Aimee Horton's fabulous humour, to see more of Dottie and to see how this all translated into a fuller length book. And the answer is its brilliant, around 200 pages of non stop fun and antics. There is at least a giggle a page, and in some cases full blown laughter is needed.

I'll get this out of the way now, although this is set after the Christmas book, you don't need to
Grass monster
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly i just want to say how much i have enjoyed The Survival series. This book was my favourite by far but it can also aswell as the others be read as a standalone.
Here we are back with Dottie (Dottie by name and Dottie by nature as she claims) who just moved into a new neighborhood with her husband and 3 children, Mabel, Arthur and George. The story opens as Dottie makes her way to hospital as she is in labour and husband Henry is nowhere to be seen. This had me laughing out loud especially
Deana Dick
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first thought as I read this book is it is a quirky book that is going to make me laught the whole time. Yes I was spot on. What was Dottie thinking, having a baby while her husband is once again away for business.? The race to the hospital is hysterical . When she was given a ticket as she is exiting her car is priceless.

Dottie is a master at juggling things. She takes care of the kids and now a newborn, cooks, cleans, and tries to keep friendly with the neighbors. Is there one moment, one
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh I was so pleased to have the chance to re-connect with Dottie .. for anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure, Dottie is a scatty loveable character who adores her kids & hubby (most of the time even if it involves holding a G&T to do so) but seems to get herself into some momentous scrapes.
This time the family have moved to a new house, leaving Dottie longing for company but it’s more difficult than she thought to form friendships until the ‘baby monitor’ comes into play. This has hilariou
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mother's ruined is a laugh out loud funny story about Mother hood.
Dottie Harris is a Mother of three her Husband is away on business a lot. Dottie is a master of juggling things in her life. She cooks . cleans, and tries to be friendly with the neighbors. Harry her Husband is Her Knight in Shining Armor. He can calm her down when she gets out of control. So when her baby monitor starts picking up her Neighbors conversations? We all know eavesdropping leads to disaster. It seems the gossip is tha
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute take on a worn out mother of 3 who just wants to make some friends and have a life outside of diapers and spilled milk. I love how real the character was written. The ideas that float through our heads of assaulting the oblivious husband who does not see how close to the edge we are; gagging over the leaking poopy diaper; the feelings of worthlessness. What stay at home mother has not wanted to have someone other than a two year old to talk to. And, I know I would have a difficult ti ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I adore Dottie, she makes it difficult to find fault with her intentional and unintentional antics. I empathize with her plight being a newbie in the neighborhood, therefore I cut her a break by forgiving the manner allowing her to bust the tight inner neighbor circle. Admittedly her ‘discovery’ was very amusing and educational as we soon discover, talk about domino effect. I’m comforted to know no matter what her bestie Jane will always have her back and remain BFF’s infinitely.

Fun read, fast p
Angela Winters
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimee Horton has become one of my favorite authors with this book!!!! This book follows Dottie Harris in her journey of having a baby, moving into a new neighborhood and trying to make new friends. While trying to make new friends, Dottie discovers that she can hear her neighbors through the baby monitor. Although her husband doesn't like it, she continues and even gets her friend Jane listening too. Through all the trials of having three kids, a new neighborhood and new friends, you'll love thi ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy for an honest review. This book was totally funny with a ton of laugh out loud moments. It gives a realistic view of a mom with 3 kids trying to juggle everything and at the same time, trying to make new friends. All the scenes with the baby monitor had me giggling or laughing as I could envision that this could really happen. It is a relaxing, funny book that is enjoyable to read and I suggest you pull up a chair and enjoy.
Judy A. Ptacek
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British humor

I really enjoyed reading this story which is so funny. It starts out with Dottie rushing to the maternity hospital ready to birth her third child. She has just moved into a new neighborhood and her husband is in Scotland on business.
Her baby monitor lets her tune into the neighbors conversation and she gets involved. There funny situations with the neighbors, friends and her children. An easy fun read l recommend.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A funny book depicting everyday problems of a mother of three. Balancing between her children, her husband and her own needs, while trying to make friends with her new neighbours, Dottie encounters many problems and disasters. The book was written in an easy-reading manner, with simple plot and characters, yet it made me enjoy every single sentence. If you are looking for an easy and relaxing read in your free time, this is the book to recommend!
Vicki Lesage
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chick lit + motherhood = mom lit. I love it! The story had me laughing (and cringing) at what crazy situation Dottie would get into next.
Serena rees
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fab book couldnt put it down laughed all the way through it, can't wait to read the rest of her books.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute and fluffy
Rinku Geeyo
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
I enjoyed this book - there were quite a few LOL moments - it is when I saw my husband staring at me at some of these that I realized I was actually LOL
rated it it was ok
Apr 16, 2016
Jen Yonit
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
A fun, relatable read. Making mommy friends is so hard! I wish I had a Dottie in my block.
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Author and writer of anything that pays for her ASOS habit, Aimee lives in Lincoln with her husband and two children. She released her first book from The Survival Series in 2013, and hasn't looked back since.

A self-confessed social media addict, when she's not writing books or drinking gin you can usually find Aimee on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Survival of the Ginnest is OUT NOW.
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Other books in the series

The Survival Series (4 books)
  • Survival of the Ginnest (The Survival Series, #1)
  • Survival of the Christmas Spirit (The Survival Series, #2)
  • Lush in Translation, a short story (The Survival Series, #3)
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