Congratulations to Lyn and Bev! They are the winners of this drawing.
Today we are joined by the fabulous and generous Clare Ashton. She’s graciously offering up two books, paperback or e-book, to two lucky winners. To enter, drop your answer to this question in the comments below. We’ll draw the winners on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Maggie Goodman is a formidable older woman – one of my favourite types of character. To enter the giveaway tell me your favourite mature female character – film or book!
It took me four books to realise that one of the elements I enjoy writing most is the heroines’ families – the sassy older relative, the mischievous sibling, the warm glow that family support can engender. So for my fifth novel I’ve centred the story on a family – The Goodmans – and in Maggie Goodman, the matriarch of the family, I’ve found my most complex and colourful character yet, and I don’t mean just her language.
The story starts with Maggie’s daughter Jude returning home one autumn evening to the beautiful rural English town of Ludbury to see her parents and best friend Doctor Abby Hart. It seems a friends to lovers story might be on the cards. The lovely local doctor Abby has an almighty crush on her friend Jude but the stakes are high for this relationship. Abby has no family of her own and over the years the Goodmans have all but adopted her. Reveal her passion to the straight Jude Goodman and Abby could lose everything – soul mate and family. Even if things went right, there would still be drama with Maggie, she definitely wouldn’t approve. While Maggie loves Abby, almost as much as her own daughter, she will just keep dropping her wish for Abby to find a man, not a woman, into every possible conversation.
The homophobic mother is a character that crops up in many stories – often as a simple villain – but in this story I wanted to dig a little deeper. What if she was understandable in a way? What if the reader could even come to like her?
Maggie is a perplexing woman and far from being the uptight stereotype. She is liberal. She has the heart of a lioness when she defends her relatives, including Abby. And she infuriates her family and friends with her raging against the world at the same time that they are bathed in the warmth of her love.
And she’s turned out to be one of my most popular characters – this infuriating older woman, with an enormous heart and a sharp tongue that can make you laugh or cry, sometimes in the same sentence.
The book gives her a second chance and weaves her story in with Jude and Abby’s in this family saga packed with romance together with the colourful supporting characters of Jude’s grandmother and 60s child Celia, mischievous brother Eli, amiable father Richard and a surprise guest or two.
I hope you enjoy their stories.
Clare Ashton is mad about romances and love stories, both dark and light, and sets her novels in the UK. Her twisting romance After Mrs Hamilton won a Goldie Award and the heart-warming Poppy Jenkins won the Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Contemporary & Erotic Romance.