Book Giveaway: Poppy Jenkins!
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?
I recently won a giveaway of this book, run by the fabulous @booasaur and after I devoured this lovely story in less than a day, I immediately decided I had to do the same in an effort to pay it forward.
This book is a DELIGHT. There are no intricate plots or schemes. There’s drama, but nothing insurmountable. And the characters are lovely, lovely things. Poppy Jenkins (the title character) is such a force of goodness that it makes you feel like maybe the world isn’t so bad after all. She chooses to be good, time and time again, even when it hurts, and for me, there’s no better character in the world than that. And to get this in a queer romance?!?!?! With Pride and Prejudice vibes all over the place? I was losing my mind.
I wish I could offer hundreds of copies of this book so that everyone I know could get one, but either way, if you’re in the mood for a lesbian romance where everything works out perfectly, all complications are solved, and everything feels good after, I’d highly recommend this quick read. (It’s only $5.99, pals, even if you don’t win one of my copies.)
Okay, I watched and I do have thoughts. Um, they got her out of the way so quickly. And the name thing?
Again, I’m more puzzled at the show’s choices so far than upset. Why have her be as present as she was earlier in the season, why have her moments of “oh gods, we are a family” and all that focus on her if she’s going to become sidelined just like that? I assume we’ll see more of her later, especially as part of Aneela’s plot.
First, to get this out of the way, I don’t resent D’av at all. He’s been very gentlemanly and probably far more respectful of Delle Seyah than she might even deserve. As much as I like her, I’m not going to deny that he has his reasons to hate her. But he doesn’t, he’s been very nice, that is established. Whatever’s going on isn’t coming from that place.
So then where? They showed Delle Seyah giving him the name as something meaningful between mother and son and then D’av immediately negating that. In an episode that covered the actual abuse and harm parental figures can do to their children why is the name included as a reason to paint Delle Seyah as a controlling parent?? Just so they could have him choose to be called Jaqobis? There’s so much emphasis on D’av as a father, his fears about parenthood (and you can’t tell me more of Delle Seyah coming to terms with being a mother wouldn’t have been just as enjoyable?), I’m your dad, you’re my son, papa bear, he gets to do all of that and that’s fine but it just highlights the difference in their treatment.
I’m willing to see where they go with this but I’m a bit more wary now.
Sorry, haven’t seen the eps today and won’t get a chance to till next week. Going on a short holiday without my computer and won’t be watching anything until I come back.