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The Goodmans

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  885 ratings  ·  144 reviews
The lovely doctor Abby Hart lives in her dream cottage in the quintessential English border town of Ludbury, home to the Goodmans.

Maggie Goodman, all fire and passion, is like another mother to her, amiable Richard a rock and 60s-child Celia is the grandmother she never had.

But Abby has a secret. Best friend Jude Goodman is the love of her life, and very, very straight.
Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published June 4th 2018 (first published June 1st 2018)
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Lex Kent
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars. Wonderful! After seeing all the excellent reviews for this book I was dying to read it. I had high expectations and I’m so happy they were all filled. This was exactly the type of really good book I needed after a few recent not so great reads.

I would classify this as a light family drama with two really good romances. One romance was expected and was about a woman who had been in love with her best friend for years. The other romance was a pleasant surprise and I felt really added
If Poppy Jenkins and After Mrs Hamilton had a baby...

this book would be it. No really. This book has all the sweetness and romance from Poppy Jenkins and all the complexities and drama from After Mrs Hamilton. I'm once again absolutely blown away by what Clare Ashton has written.

Buckle up for one hell of a ride because this book has two main story lines that will grab hold of you and not let go, so make sure that when you start reading you will not be disturbed until you finish this.

The first
Farah ファラ
After assembling about a thousand pieces of Lego / Duplo, two storage units, some Star Wars mixed with Harry Potter role play, I finally finished reading this bundle of surprises book. have my eternal gratitude for highlighting Ms.Ashton's work. Through the website, I read and fall in love with Poppy Jenkins + discover another favorite author - Ann Mcman. For those unfamiliar with such website, beware as hardly any books receive bad reviews so you'll be wanting to get your
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Goodmans is like having a multi course meal. It starts off with an hearty appetizer. Town doctor Abby Hart nurses a secret, unrequited flame for her bff Jude, who is unfortunately quite straight. Their "best friends to lovers" story, while filling, is not the main course though. Abby lives with Jude's parents, who've practically adopted her. That gets her a lot of Jude-time, but it also means putting up with the famously cranky, opinionated and irascible Maggie, Jude's mom. Maggie ...more
Finished The Goodmans with Book Club Buddie D. last night and I’m still reelin’ with the feelin’ as I sit down to write this review the morning after. Yowzah! The fabulous Clare Ashton just keeps blowing my mind. Alexis nailed it when she wrote If Poppy Jenkins and After Mrs Hamilton had a baby... because that’s exactly how it felt to me as well. The cozy English village feel of Poppy combined with the twists and turns of Mrs Hamilton. It was just a brilliant read.

I fell in love with all the
Well. Then.

Well buggering then, if I may be as vulgar as Maggie.

I'm stunned. In awe. Just...this book puts my expectations on a high plane, so good luck to me in not comparing while searching for my next read.

Clare Ashton, damn. You have my highest respect because I absolutely adored The Goodmans. I laughed, I cringed, I got choked up, I sexily squirmed. I give this story a chef's kiss, even if I'm a cupcake.

Jude and Abby. Maggie and Juliette. Ashton somehow got me crushing on both Abby and
Absolutely crackin, I had a really good laugh......
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clare Ashton is amazing. I’ll start by saying that. I always get sucked into her books without even realizing that I’ve been captured.

There is absolutely something about the way Ashton writes that I just can’t put my finger on. She’s complex, but so simple at the same time. I suppose it’s much like the human condition. We are all unique, but all so the same. Somehow Ashton finds words to make her characters relatable even though they each have their own perspective and are so far off the map
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars. This one's pretty good read. I had the wrong expectations coming in, I thought the book is a romance focusing mainly on one pair of characters and their love. Instead, the story tells a tale about many kinds of different relationships from familial to romantic.

I guess there are two main pairs with several secondary pairings? Either way, I didn't get what I expected, and the romance while sweet and somewhat satisfying was rushed because the book covers so many relationships that it's
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This is my first book by this author, but definitely not the last one. This book is one of those I wanted to read because of all the reviews I’ve read from my GR friends. And I’m really happy I did. It’s nod a standard romance with one lead, this one has two leads, the one of Maggie, the mother of Jude, and Jude.

Maggie has lost her one big love of her life as a young woman and never really recovered from the loss. She has a fiery temper and acts like a lioness who wants to protect her
Clare Ashton writes books that you love to read. They are complex, fun and capture your attention the whole way through. She builds characters and relationships with such skill you cannot help but be swept off your feet.

The Goodman family is messy and downright loveable. They are all charismatic individuals who love each other fiercely and also step into mess after mess. The majority of the times, we, the readers are seeing life from the perspective of Maggie, Jude, and Abby. These characters
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful reading! It's not just about Abby's story and her unrequited love towards her best friend Jude, it's not just that at all. It has a lot more. It has a very real description of life in a small town in England, nowadays, with the problems of coexistence, class differences, discrimination, bigotry,... But the story is so surprising at times that you can not help but feel the emotion surpass. It is a moving story, even sad at times but with a hopeful background. It is a really ...more
T.T. Thomas
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All women of substance
Shelves: lesbian
If you ever wanted to know how straight women "become" lesbians, how lesbians fall in love, make love and almost ruin love, The Goodmans is the book for you!

I didn’t know how, or if, British author Clare Ashton would be able to match her best-selling Poppy Jenkins until I read The Goodmans and realized Ashton has done it again—and beautifully with this carefully crafted, lyrical celebration of romantic dysfunction, generational secrets and broken hearts trying to be made whole again! The
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare Ashton just keeps getting better & better!!!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMFG...This is just fantastic...I loved everything about this book.
If anyone haven't read it already Just read it, this is a gem.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hey, you get here two romances for the price of one. You'll find here drama, romance and comedy. Absolutely fantastic. Clare Ashton at its best.
Lia A
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If I've to choose a favorite author, it'd be Clare Ashton. She never failed to surprised me. To keep it simple, this book is perfect. Go read it, you won't be disappointed. I was so engrossed that I'd finished it in one sitting. No doubt in near future I'll re-read it to savour it more.

What can I say? Drama, romance, comedy purrrfectly wrapped in one book, not to mention the carefully crafted stories woven into it.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
To borrow a turn of phrase from the English folk... "Bloody hell!"

This is a *fantastic* book!
Jo reece
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody brilliant!

I love a good 'banter' in a book!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 glorious stars for this slice of life look at a family of strong women and even a couple of worthy men. Ashton’s books are so layered and complex yet oh so readable. The Goodmans rocked. ...more
Les Rêveur
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So here’s the thing.... I had extremely high expectations for this book by Clare Ashton, who has written some fantastic books including the award winning Poppy Jenkins. Well... I wasn’t disappointed in the least and with every page turn I was swept up in all The Goodmans drama.The story follows three main protagonists, Maggie, mother of two children Eli and Jude and wife to Richard, who she is currently in the midst of separating from. Then there is Jude’s best friend Abby, who is is extremely ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don’t know how to review this book without spoiling it.
Goodness! I think it will be awhile before I got over this one.
When I thought I already figured out the whole story, I got a good twist in end.
Lots of great characters.
I really love Maggie but I fell in love with Abby.
Oh wow! Not a typical romance book more on a family drama but nonetheless I loved it!
I want a prequel!
I want moooooooreee!!
Plus 1 star for the Epilogue

P. Industry
"The Goodmans" is a gently fractured story about a family in transition; one the one side, a daughter falling in love with her best friend. On the other side, a mother falling back in love with an old flame (even as the light is snuffed from her current marriage).

This is by the same author as "Poppy Jenkins", and it isn't quite in that class. "Jenkins" is lightning in a bottle - many have tried, but none have succeeded as spectacularly at creating a lesbian Pride and Prejudice that *gets* its
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow.. It's been sometime since I've read a book that made me loose control of my tear ducts! When I started the book I was a bit unsure of how I felt about Maggie's story line. But then as the story progresses my heart goes out more and more to Maggie. I love both Jude and Abby but Maggie touches my heart the most. It's Maggie's story that made my tears fall believe it or not. And I'm no parent. Clare Ashton did a fabulous job of showing us the mother's side of the story as well as the ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! I feel like I won the reading lottery or something. I read Poppy Jenkins and when I finished I immediately picked this one up and I am so happy I did. When I finish a book as good as Poppy Jenkins it is typically difficult for me to start another. Almost fearful of how disappointed I will be in the next book because the one you finished was so good. My next book though was this one. I loved this one so much more than Poppy Jenkins and that alone says so much. I want to start it ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-romance
A bit confusing from the start as I read to figure out who was who, who was with whom, and the secrets. As I continued to read, clarity unfolded and I was blown away as the story unfolded. This was a read about family, this was a read about unrequited love, this was a read about loss, this was a read about recovery, but most of all, this was a read about forgiveness. What an emotional page turner.
I would seem impossible, but this book is even more amazing than Clare Ashton's previous work.
At the start we expect a possible feel-good romance between two best friends, but it turns out to be so much more and for so many more people. The emotions are real, the characters are complex and wonderful.
This book has already a place among my all-time favourites. But I won't read it too soon or too often, because I want to savour the feelings it can evoke in me.
Literally everything about this book works for me. I love the character work, the intricate plotting, how every detail is revealed at the exact write moment, the angst that I felt deep in my bones, and the most satisfying of happily ever afters. This book is perfection.

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Literally I love everything about this book. It has to be one of my favourites.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clare Ashton never disappoints. I wasn’t expecting any surprises in such a heartwarming story, but yet I was surprised when it turned up. Great work, and I hope there are more works from the author.
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Clare Ashton is an award-winning indie author of lesbian fiction and f/f romances, with German translations of her work published by Ylva Publishing and Verlag Krug und Schadenberg.

Her dark romance After Mrs Hamilton is a Golden Crown Literary Society (Goldie) award winner and her first foray into romantic comedy, That Certain Something, was a Goldie and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Light
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“Love and sex with a man is like listening to a soloist. Pleasant, sometimes beautiful and moving. But with a woman.” She was wistful. “It is a symphony of sound and colour. You cannot help be swept up in it.” 4 likes
“How was she meant to let go ?
Sometimes, instead of having a single daughter, it felt as if she were grieving the loss of hundreds. The baby that clung to her little finger. The toddler who squealed with delight at her first steps. The small girl who said "I love you" for the first time with no ceremony and without realising it almost broke Maggie's heart with joy. The teenager who broke down when she needed Mum one last time. It was like her daughter disappeared over and over again. All those incredible people who Maggie would never meet again, some of whom were remembered only by her. And she felt colossal loneliness at the realisation.”
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