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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Gatlin - a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman.
Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan...unleashing all hell in the quiet town o
Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 2016 by Larchwood Press
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♡ Kim ♡
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, giveaway-wins
Yay! I won a Goodreads giveaway. Woohoo!
Joanne Robertson
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book comes along that you hadn't expected, a book that you probably would never have picked up if you were browsing in a bookshop (virtual or otherwise!) But after a few pages you actually say a little "thank you" in your head to whoever recommended it. And to think I nearly missed out on it as I had just closed my review list for the summer but this books blurb intrigued me so much that it sneaked in at the last minute! After reading the first chapter I just wanted to hide myself aw ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit crazy, pretty funny and very readable. After her husband leaves her, Drea struggles to find the fees for her step-daughter to continue at her private school, it is then that she hatches some rather ill thought out plans to finance her daughters education. Things then don't turn out quite as she planned in the quiet leafy suburb of Gatlin and she encounters the wroth of the yummy mummies around her. This black comedy was very enjoyable reading ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read this book since I read the amazing reviews when it was first published back in the Summer. For one thing, just look at that cover! A number of the reviews I saw said that this book is so much more than you expect it to be. So I had to take a peek, and I’m rather glad I did.

When I first started reading I’m afraid to say that I was a little disappointed. I started to feel that fabulous cover with it’s blood splattered knife had conned me and the reviews I’d read must ha
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was one crazy, frank, laugh out loud story about a woman surviving motherhood in an upmarket suburban village. This is Anoushka Beazley’s debut novel and what a start to her writing career! I loved the author’s style of writing, it was refreshingly honest, Anoushka definitely ‘spared no punches’ with her narrative. It was very raw and shocking at times but very comical and this honesty was so addictive.

This is the story of Drea, a woman left with her estranged partner’s teenage daughter cop
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Good Enough Mother probably isn't my typical choice of genre but every now and then I love to throw caution to the wind and try something different and I'm so glad that this is one of those times that I did.

Drea is an absolute breath of fresh air. What a brilliant character she is. There are no airs and graces about her, what you see is what you get. She has a 'couldn't give a s**t' type of attitude about her and I love her whole approach to life. She will never win the mother of the year aw
Katherine Sunderland
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Which mother wouldn't be drawn by this cover? A bloodied knife, a cake...... And a great title - as we all struggle just to be "good enough". Turn to the first page and read the opening quote- it will hook you right in. The quote in itself a clear warning that this book is not going to be quite the story you expected. This is something for readers who are looking for something edgy, risk taking and refreshing.

"Oh how I hated the school run. It was like a living thing. Every day, just at the poin
Mairead Hearne (
A satirical black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition

The Good Enough Mother was brought to my attention by fellow book blogger Joanne Robertson. Joanne’s enthusiasm for the novel jumped out of every sentence in her review When I was contacted by Anoushka Beazley enquiring would I like a copy to review myself?? Why of course I said YES!!!

The Good Enough Mother was published in July 2016 by Larchwood Press.

Read on to see my thoughts!!

Drea Peiris is one of the quirkiest charac
Kate A
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5/5

Was this guy for real? Physics and now chess. If I was worth any money, I’d think this was a set-up. You know the guy who learns about a woman from a dossier then pretends to fall in love with her so he can steal her millions. We should be on a cruise ship. I should have millions.

Drea wakes up one morning to find that her boyfriend has left her, he’s also left his daughter Ava with Drea, who suddenly realises that she’s going to have to pull it together. Especially when Ava’s pri
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Good Enough Mother is a fabulous book that had me literally laughing out loud and was quite different to what I was expecting after reading the blurb.

It seems like Drea has always told it like it is and the proof of this is evident from the opening quote from her when she was 9 -‘If you’re happy and you know it, go fuck yourself’ I instantly knew that this was going to be a great book and I was intrigued to find out more about this character.

Drea has been dumped by her boyfriend, but not onl
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very glad I read this, is full of dark humour and I really bought into the book 100%.

Had an unusual plot and is quite engrossing because whilst is a different read, it is alarmingly true to life in places.

Great character's and well written. Would recommend.

Thanks for the recommendation Jo. x Good shout.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Good Enough Mother is hands-down one of the funniest books I have ever read! This is the crazy story of Drea and the incidents occurring after her live-in boyfriend Alex lives her for a younger woman. Alex doesn’t just leave Drea, but his teenaged daughter, Ava – along with the burden of her expensive private school tuition. Drea and Ava live with Drea’s Dad, an old man obsessed with watching porn. Drea is not a cookie-cutter type of Mom, but instead drinks a lot, smokes a lot of weed, and f ...more
Marcia Simpson
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was NOT predictable. I just love flawed characters and I hit the mother load with this book. I wouldn't recommend this book to any prudes. The main character's father has some NSFW issues that are throughout the book starting with chapter one. But overall I enjoyed the sarcastic, cynical, and witty humor. ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
Oh where do I start? Other than to say that I absolutely loved this book! I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like it. It is shocking, hilarious and heart wrenching, all at the same time. I'll do my best to try and explain why I love this book so much.

Firstly, this is not your average feel good book about being a mother. It is not to be used as a parenting manual or some kind of self help guide to make you feel good. This book is very different, and is very obviously differen
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2017

"The Good Mother" is not necessarily a book that I'd choose to read, it was brought to my attention by the lovely Jenny when she was looking for bloggers to take part in the blog tour, and boy, am I glad for this chance! I had some initial problems with this story, I admit, but I can also tell you that in the end I genuinely enjoyed this complex and humorous novel that totally has taken me by surprise, full of dark humour and more twisty than a winding way.

So. This book. Guys, really. It felt li
Rachel (Rae)
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my attention right down to the characters and to the events that take place. Drea is not your average mother but that doesn't mean she is necessarily a bad one. I think that most people will go to great lengths to keep their loved ones happy and secure. Although maybe not take the steps that Drea does!

Drea is written in such a way that you can't really help but hope everything works out okay in the end for her and her loved ones. She is definitely flawed but this makes her su
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sticker on the cover describes the book as "dark, gripping and laugh out loud funny". It's all of those plus it's really well written, the comedy coming more from Beazley's careful choice of language and imagery than from the situations themselves.

The protagonist is Drea. Her plans to kill herself are put on hold when her partner absconds to France with a bimbo, leaving Drea desperate to find the fees to pay for her stepdaughter Ava's private education. The story revolves around Drea's attem
Pam Robertson
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once I had got the measure of the book and realised that, just as the blurb had promised, it was indeed a black comedy, I really enjoyed this read. Taking the plot with a pinch of salt, I learnt to suspend belief and take each point in the plot as it came.The humour in this book is what carries the reader along. Dry and sarcastic, the view of affluent Gatlin rings true as anyone who has driven through the leafy suburbs during the school run will testify. Drea is an entertaining central figure bu ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads and thank them for it.

It was different from anything I had previously read. The reviews I had read previously said that it was "laugh out loud" funny. I didn't find it that funny. It was very dark humor and I was a bit disappointed since I was hoping for an easy fun read. It was however a very clever, original story.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is not my usual read, but I enjoyed it a lot! It's dark, funny, crazy and unbelievable! The way they finally get the money for the school... I just couldn't stop laughing!!! but it took me some time to get into it, so "only" 4 stars. ...more
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Anoushka Beazley, born Anoushka Kanagasabay and served for a while as Anushka Dahssi while treading the boards. A BA in Film Theory from the University Of Kent, a Postgraduate in Acting and a MA in Creative Writing makes for a life lived in fiction as much as written. She is currently based in London, England with her husband, three children and a posh cat.

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