Newly single 39-year-old Joanne has decided on three goals to achieve in her life. The first is to train her dog, while she still has some house and furniture left. The second is to try and be nicer about Fran, at least in front of the children anyway, and purely for George's sake. And finally, to "get a life", which with a bit of luck might include some romance. Jo must cope with the teenage intolerance of her children, Lucy and Josh, the demands of her 83-year-old mother, Gwen, and the destruction capabilities of their new puppy, Millie - a leaving gift from George to the children. A hilarious and indulging chic-lit exploring the many encounters in Jo's life - including hopes of romance with an artist, a blind date with a policeman, a chance meeting with physiotherapist, Nick King, and a battle with her ex-husband George's new "soulmate", Fran.