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Something Tragic by Jessica Yeh

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆★ There are some books that hold you in a thrall of emotions that they create long after you’ve finished them. You have emotions...

The Goodmans by Clare Ashton

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆★

This one is most definitely one of the best lesfic books ever. It is light, serious, funny and sometimes overwhelming. There really aren’t enough descriptors for this one.

The Goodmans live in a small town, Ludbury, and comprise Richard, Maggie, daughter Jude and son Eli. Their extended family includes Celia, Maggie’s mom and Dr. Abby Hart, Jude’s best friend since college. Richard is good-humoured and mild-mannered. Maggie is fire, drama and passion. Jude is mostly like her father but with a dash of her mother’s passionate nature that flashes forth every once in a while. Eli is mostly his mama in dramatics but a lot Richard in being good-tempered. Abby is emotionally expansive, devoted, loving and completely loveable.

Abby is loved by everyone, but has a special bond with Maggie and Celia. Maggie in particular has taken Abby entirely under her wing but keeps trying to convince Abby to change teams – move from women to men. This causes more than a little friction amongst everyone and is especially hurtful to Abby who secretly is in love with her best friend, the very straight Jude.

The seemingly almost-regular family is suddenly in the vortex of chaos, energy and emotional upheaval when Jude and Eli arrive home for a weekend. Pansexual Eli has arrived with a lovely French girl, Selene, and announces his intention to marry her. Caught in the excitement, Jude’s boyfriend of five years springs an unexpected proposal and Jude is caught flatfooted even as Abby’s heart completely breaks. To add to the drama, Selene’s elegant mom, Juliette, makes an appearance bringing with her a never-spoken-about past.

We loved the solidity with which Jude had taken care of Abby during their college days. We totally loved Abby – it is impossible not to love her and perhaps even fall at least a little bit in love with her. We really liked Jude, Celine, Eli and Selene. But right from her first appearance, Maggie was the one with PERSONALITY (yes, in caps). As the story progressed, Maggie just kept becoming more and more and more – till the big reveal, when she completely swept us off our feet.

This is most definitely a MUST READ.

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆★

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