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Poppy Jenkins by [Ashton, Clare]
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Two old friends, one hot summer, a whole load of confusion.

Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. She has a doting family, an errant dog and a little sister with a nose for mischief. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl: the chance of romance in sleepy Wells is rarer than a barking sheep.

If she doesn’t think too hard, life is cosy, until a smart sports car barrels into town with the last woman Poppy wants to see behind the wheel. Beautiful Rosalyn Thorn was once Poppy’s high school BFF even though she was trouble. Then one day she abandoned Wells and Poppy without explanation. Now the highflier is back and bound to cause fresh havoc in the village and with Poppy’s heart; folk are not happy.

Wells needs to wake up to the 21st century and Rosalyn can help, but old prejudices die hard. If they can be friends it could be the chance to make everyone’s happy ever after. Couldn’t it?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Breezy Tree Press (19 June 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HC65VIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Another wonderful romance by Claire Ashton!

My Synopsis

Poppy Jenkins is sweet, clever and loved by everyone in the small Welsh village of Wells that she calls home. Now 30, she's only had one great love in her life and it was her best friend at high School, Rosalyn. One day she was there and the next she was no longer interested in their friendship.

For years Poppy has blamed herself for their friendship falling apart but to this day has no idea what's she's done. That is until Rosalyn returns to Wells to care for her father. Poppy realises that her feelings for Rosalyn have never changed but how does Roslyn feel about Poppy? And can she ever forgive her for breaking her heart?

My Review

Well I truly loved this book just as much if not more than 'That Certain something' also by Claire Ashton. I read this one within the day of starting it, completely immersed in the story and the love and heartbreak between Poppy & Rosalyn.

I love the Welsh culture and their humour which Claire Ashton got on point and found myself chuckling away.

The sex scenes where filled with lust and passion that I found very sexy but also with such raw emotional that made my heart swell.

I don't want to spoil the ending but make sure for the last few chapters you have no interruptions and box of tissues because it was an ending that fairytales are made of, at least in my imagination!

Claire Ashton has a final chapter that normally would be referred to as the epilogue but instead it's called 'For the Curious' and it was a perfect sum up on the Poppy Jenkins future. Short, sweet and exactly what everyone is dying to know. Although if I'm honest I am a little hopeful that Poppy's story is continued or at least followed up in the authors next romance novel!

Maybe Sam (Rosalyn Boss) could feature?

Anyways loved it. 5 stars of Happiness!
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A truly magical story, some lovely characters. Treat yourself to a lazy afternoon in a hammock, with a cool drink and no interruptions, and enjoy poppy jenkins.
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I laughed, I cried and I loved along with Poppy, what a beautiful story of happily ever after in mid Wales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy Jenkins is a joyful story of love, intrigue 23 June 2016
By T. T. Thomas - Published on
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Poppy Jenkins is a joyful story of love, intrigue, passion and mysterious meanderings through a tiny mid-Wales village where we all live, no matter where we live. Clare Ashton has charmed her way into readers’ hearts with three previous award-winning stunners (Pennance, After Mrs. Hamilton, and That Certain Something), but she’s damn near going to cause a fan-girl and fan-boy riot after they read Poppy Jenkins.

Casual on the face of it, Poppy Jenkins, is a multi-layered odyssey of such subtle, sophisticated telling that one doesn’t know if the pages are flying by because one wants to know what happens next or if one is having an existential crisis of life-altering magnitude. Turns out it’s both!

The book opens as Poppy, the main character, experiences the re-awakened jolt of wildly thrashing mixed feelings when she sees, for the first time in years, Rosalyn Thorn. Rosalyn, Poppy’s once best friend, rejected Poppy years earlier in the kind of memorable disconnect that makes “ghosting” look cordial and polite. Thorne didn’t so much ‘get away’ as ‘go as far away as possible.’

And now, this many years later, Ms. Thorn, in her black Jaguar, has come back to the village to visit her parents. And drive Poppy crazy.

At first blush, Poppy Jenkins, the young woman, is a pastoral dream come true. But Poppy, it turns out, in classic Clare Ashton subterfuge, has a shadow side easily perpetuated by her convenient lapse in memory bolstered by a willingness to shelve her own heartache under the guise of warm congeniality. Glass half full.

Her nemesis, Rosalyn Thorn, is a gorgeous blonde dream of a woman. Her beauty is either interrupted by or enhanced by her haughty, successful, disdainful and contemptuous but brilliant, witty and incisive demeanor and attitude. What glass, and what’s in it?

In several memorable laugh-out-loud scenes, Ashton perfectly captures the awkwardness that ensues when the one you say you don’t care about has cleavage you’d like to die in and hips you’d like to live between.

We are delighted with Ashton’s careful and curated version of the age-old assumptions, grievances, quirks and charm of small-town living as seen by Poppy. And yet, we are equally drawn to the harsher truths of Rosalyn’s vision of her townsfolk as judgmental, unforgiving and treacherous. It’s a conflict as old as the Celts.

But what’s unique in this story, the thing that makes you recall every youthful triumph and defeat, is the way Ashton juxtaposes vague, simple and idyllic pastoral memories with the clarity of one who remembers differently than you.

We see through other eyes the lesser but more accurate idyll of pretty but rocky terrains, lovingly hand-built low stone walls of resistance and the craggy pinnacles of pure disbelief from the painfully inexplicable. The vivid scenes, both complementary and contrasting, in the geography, landscape and personalities of the village, are the metaphorical equivalents of Ashton’s two main characters in all their complexities.

Ashton does a rare and perfect job of making sure these opposites are merged, meshed and mangled the way they are in real life--delightfully with a great big helping of 'OMG'!

And that’s what makes Poppy Jenkins the glorious, heart-rending story it is—Ashton knows how to make us hold our breath and what makes our hearts beat. And better, she’s the consummate heartstring puller within the ranks of the writing arts.
Ashton gives us full-formed characters to relate to, root for and reluctantly relinquish at the end of the book—We have no recourse, and it should be against the law: Ashton’s a damn great storyteller.

You should buy this book for yourself, your parents, relatives, ​and all your friends. Then give a copy to a stranger. Read it, and you’ll understand why. It’s a true charmer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clare Ashton NEVER disappoints! 29 June 2016
By Jamie - Published on
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I should start by admitting I love all of Clare Ashton's books. When I say she never disappoints, I truly mean it. There are so many ways I want to describe this particular story, but the only word that seems to come through is WOW, a pretty pedestrian word, I know!

Not only is it a lovely romance with some pretty darn hot sex scenes throughout (well done, Clare!), it's also very real in its portrayal of being gay and the impact of not being true to yourself.

As always, the writing itself is pure perfection. But that's Clare Ashton, isn't it? So good at what she does, you can't help but fall in love with her writing, her characters (especially Poppy!) and the story she tells. Now that I think of it, maybe WOW is the perfect way to describe Poppy Jenkins!! So go on, get your copy right now; you can thank me later!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful modern 'Jane Austen' novel for lesbians 27 June 2016
By Janeclem - Published on
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Clare Ashton is a marvellous writer, one who trancends the genre of lesbian romance. Two of her previous works - 'Pennance' and 'After Mrs Hamilton' - are astonishingly good literary works of art. Both of these earlier novels contain sympathetic yet flawed characters who are so realistic, they feel like people I might know. The 'happy endings' in these books are not unequivocal, they are tempered by the pain and difficult experiences of the protagonists.
On the surface, Poppy Jenkins is a somewhat lighter romance story than Ashton's previous work and more firmly centred in the romance genre. However, that's like saying than Jane Austen is just a romance writer, rather than the amusing, subtle, gentle, yet clear-eyed observer of her social environment that her books reveal her to be. Like Austen's novels, Ashton's 'Poppy Jenkins' is also an accurate portrayal of the society that the protagonists inhabit. I particularly enjoyed Aston's acute observations that people respond to others differently, depending on how those others treat them and how much they like them. 'Poppy Jenkins' is consciously referential to Austen's novels and includes aspects of the storylines of 'Pride and Prejudice' as well as 'Persuasion', but it's also a finely-wrought modern novel with a love story that includes the requisite passionate sex scenes of its genre.
I read a lot of lesbian novels, and I especially enjoy a well-written romance. Regrettably, these are few and far between. Too many books that I buy on Amazon Kindle are poorly written with numerous typos and poor grammar. It's a rare treat to find something as good as Ashton's work. She's up there with Sarah Walters and Jeanette Winterson (although more accessible than Winterson). I hope she continues to write many more novels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Steamy Story about Friends and Lovers 7 April 2017
By Badog3 - Published on
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As soon as I got to the end of Poppy Jenkins, I turned to page one and started reading it all over again. It was even better the second time because I noticed all of the subtle reactions and side actions that I had missed the first go around when I focused on Poppy's POV. The story is about two best friends who grow up in a small town in Wales but who for unknown reasons at the time part ways in an ugly manner. They connect years later, each having chosen a different path after university, one living the big city life and the other moving back home to be with family. It's a warm hearted, very funny and charming story, chock full of great secondary characters and the leads of course are delicious. The descriptions of the small town and the lush natural setting are so gorgeous and intimate, I just know the author had to have grown up there. I would highly recommend if you love witty writing, great characters, steamy romance and the small town story telling similar to Fried Green Tomatoes and the movie, Mystic Pizza. I will definitely read more books from Clare Ashton.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really fell in love with the town 8 August 2016
By Casey Matthews - Published on
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Gorgeous story that hit me square in the heart. I really fell in love with the town, the people, and the tale—I’d worried from the book description that the kid sister Pip would get on my nerves, but no, she was delightful, as was the whole cast.

There’s some meat to this story, too. Poppy and Rosalyn’s central conflict is the town itself—whether or not this little Wales village is full of good people or not. As a small-town kid moved to the big city myself, I love my roots and I’ve had my share of encounters with folks who hold a low opinion of places like Wells. But Rosalyn makes important points, too, and Ashton isn’t afraid to show us both sides of the coin. In the end, this conflict is settled the way it ought to be: our towns are what we make of them, and it takes people like Poppy and people like Rosalyn to make them shine.

The romance is rending. She paints a picture of something beautiful that was lost, nearly destroyed, and builds anticipation for a reunion that she forces her characters to truly fight for. My only complaint is that sometimes the Kindle edition would blur just a little and become hard to read while I was crying.

Also: Dai. I love that bugger. The fifth star is for Dai.