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The Accidental Mother [Paperback]

Rowan Coleman
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16 Mar 2006

A fun and warm-hearted novel about rising to the challenge of motherhood, from the author of The Memory Book.

Sophie Mills has worked her Manolo Blahniks off to reach the near-top of her profession. And she's very happy with her priorities in life - her job, her neurotic cat Artemis and her passion for shoes. After all, relationships only get in the way. And as for children? She hasn't even begun to think about them yet.Until one day an unexpected visitor brings news of a strange inheritance and Sophie is suddenly, out of the blue, in sole charge of two children under the age of six. But motherhood can't be all that hard, can it?

Within twenty-four hours, her make-up is smeared all over the bathroom, Artemis has taken up residence on top of her wardrobe, and Sophie is in despair. And all her unconventional mother can suggest is Dr Roberts' Complete Dog Training and Care Manual.

Determined to rise to the challenge, Sophie soon realises that she'll need more than a business plan to cope with all this ...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; 1st Arrow Book Edition edition (16 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099465051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099465058
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. Her first novel GROWING UP TWICE was published in 2002 and was a WHS Fresh Talent winner. Since then Rowan has written ten novels for women including THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER, THE BABY GROUP, and DEAREST ROSE, which won The Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read 2012, The RoNA Epic Romance novel of 2013 and was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 and is the book that inspired Rowan to release WOMAN WALKS INTO A BAR as an ebook (published 10th September 2013) with 100% of her royalties going to Refuge. Rowan now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, and large family of four children, including surprise toddler twins. Rowan is often quite tired.

Praise for Rowan Coleman

'A fresh, warm and hugely enjoyable read...truly brilliant.' Company Magazine

'Highly enjoyable...Coleman tells her story with bundles of warmth and humour.' Spectator

'Well written, emotionally satisfying and engaging.' Daily Mail


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"A funny, touching story ... unputdownable" (Company)

"A highly amusing bath book" (OK!)

"A sweet and easy-to-read tale" (Closer)

"A charming tale ... sophisticated chick-lit" (heat)

"Brilliant ... moving, funny - just the tonic every knackered new woman needs!" (New Woman)

Book Description

A fun and warm-hearted novel about rising to the challenge of motherhood, from the author of The Memory Book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Thought Provoking Read 21 April 2007
Format:Paperback
Being a fan of Rowan Coleman's books I knew this one would be great.. For any single, career minded woman out there who feels that the be all and end all is impressing your boss and completing your to do list, this really opens your eyes.. Sophie Mills really is your typical high flyer. Her life is neat and organised and her barriers towards men and emotions are well and truly up! The relationship between Sophie and the two children is gently and emotionally portrayed by Rowan's writing. If you have a similar mindset to Sophie, you can really relate to how she feels when she is told about the death of her best friend and the fact she will be looking after her two daughters. There are some touching moments between Sophie and the girls throughout the book. Chapter 18 especially made me smile and cry at the same time! The comments made by Sophie's PA are also very funny.. Then there is the tale of the missing father, very interesting! Sit back, relax and read this book.. It really is fab and will appeal to everyone.. x
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping page turner! 2 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is Rowan's 4th book, and in my opinion, probably her best. It really grabs you and draws you in, I couldn't wait to finish work and get back on the Tube to get another fix of it. The characters are completely believeable, and you really start to care about what happens to them. I laughed out loud, and had tears in my eyes, at different parts, and was sorry to finish it! This book will appeal to all, whether or not you have children or hold down an office job.
If you haven't read any of Rowan's books before, this would be a good place to start, then go back and read her others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 13 Mar 2007
By J.E.T
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this as it wasn't just another soppy chick lit novel as I thought it might be. Instead I felt this had a really good, interesting storyline which makes it stand out from so many other of this genre. I loved seeing how Sophie's life was turned upside down as she struggled to come to terms with life as a mother at first but eventually embraced it. It was a heartwarming tale but I have to fault it for being a little predictable.

Like many of the other reviews for this I must say I found the ending a little rushed and not as detailed as the rest of the novel. It felt like Coleman just wanted to write off her characters which was a bit of a shame as I really felt connected to them and interested in their lives. However, I must say that despite that fact this is definitely worth a read. It's funny, heartwarming and perfect for a holiday or when you're snuggled up ill on the sofa.

Give it a go, you won't be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but too many grammatical errors! 13 May 2006
By elle
Format:Paperback
I loved the book. Sad AND funny. Only I feel it must have been rushed out for Mother's Day because I counted AT LEAST 10 mistakes and I'm not usually THAT sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book 10 April 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like "The Accidental Mother" by Rowan Coleman. But after finishing it, I have to say that it was an okay read but not much else. I thought that the ending was a bit weak. It a good for vacation but not much else.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
How you rate "The Accidental Mother" will largely depend upon how many of Rowan's books you have read before this one. Whilst I would never choose her literature as my specialised subject should I ever appear on "Mastermind", I would say that I am now quite familiar with her work, having read five of her novels in the last four months. Should this be the first book you read by this much accomplished author, no doubt you will award it five stars. If you have read two or more of Rowan's books before, however, you would be very generous to award it more than four: quite simply, once again, this story has fallen into the age-old trap of being just a little bit too predictable.

Briefly, "Sophie Mills has worked her Manolo Blahniks off to reach the top of her profession. And she is very happy with her priorities in life - her job, her neurotic cat Artemis and her passion for shoes. After all, relationships only get in the way. And as for children? She hasn't even begun to think about them yet. Until one day an unexpected visitor brings news of a strange inheritance and Sophie is suddenly, out of the blue, in sole charge of two children under the age of six. But motherhood can't be all that hard, can it? Within twenty-four hours, her barely-used Chanel No. 5 bubble bath is nearly empty, her beloved flat is reduced to a war zone, Artemis has taken up residence on top of her wardrobe, and Sophie is in despair. And all her conventional mother can suggest is "Dr Roberts' Complete Dog Training and Care Manual". Determined to rise to the challenge, Sophie soon realises that she'll need more than a business plan to cope with all this...
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4.0 out of 5 stars kitten70 24 Mar 2014
By Angel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Rowan Coleman is a very good author she is now one of my favourites, this book is witty , humorous I couldnot put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 25 Sep 2012
By terese
Format:Paperback
Heartwarming. Life can change at any given moment. Single woman suddenly becomes a mother to her late friend's children. She doesn't know anything about motherhood but soon learns.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a task to read
I read this book as I am on maternity leave and have spent the last 3 weeks reading through every book on my shelf, and was left with this being the last one I hadn't read, a... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by L. Jennings
1.0 out of 5 stars Same story different author!
I was so disappointed to read this book - as it is almost identical to that of Dorothy Koomson's My Best Friends Girl. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by SunshineSue
1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I started this full of hope, it sounded like an easy read. I struggled to read it, I found it badly written and I came across many spelling mistakes which annoyed me. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidental Mother
A hugely enjoyable read from Rowan Coleman.

You can really empathise with the character Sophie Mills, a single girl about town. Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by T. S. Dorr
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
Having enjoyed two previous novels written by Ms Coleman, I thought I'd give this one a go. It's the tale of Sophie Mills, who becomes an 'Accidental Mother' when she's forced to... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2008 by SilentSinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Accidental mother is heartwarming, funny,and sad .Rowan Coleman breaths life into each of the charecters . Read more
Published on 9 July 2007 by S. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars please make this into a film
I really enjoyed this book. A review submitted by Book Lover in April 2006 commented, "It seemed to have been written by someone who'd never met a small child in her life" didn't... Read more
Published on 25 May 2007 by K. Halls
5.0 out of 5 stars A real heart warming story
I loved this story, it really warmed the cockles of your heart, I just wanted to know what happened next. Read more
Published on 16 April 2007 by Ladymoonlight
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