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Every Woman for Herself [Hardcover]

Trisha Ashley
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July 31 2002
'Got up at the crack of dawn to kill the Fatted Breakfast only to discover that aliens had stolen my husband during the night and substituted something incomprehensibly vile in his place...' Charlotte - Charlie - Rhymer's husband wants a divorce. Charlie isn't sure what she wants, but after the incident with the frying pan even she has to concede that their differences may be irreconcilable after all. Returning home to her native Yorkshire and the bosom of her family seems like a good idea at the time. Even if Charlie's father has never quite forgiven Charlie or her siblings (Anne, Emma and Branwell) for failing to live up to their more literary namesakes. And now Charlie's got a failed marriage behind her. Still, she's determined to bounce back from disaster and strike a blow for deserted older wives everywhere. But then she meets brooding actor Mace North, and realises that when it comes to dating for the over 40s, female solidarity be damned - it's every woman for herself!

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On the surface, the plot of Ashley's quirky contribution to the divorcee-starting-life-over-again genre should be straightforward, but it's not, and neither are the characters in this uproarious coming-of-middle-age novel. While packing up the detritus of her 20-year marriage, Charlotte inadvertently whacks her neighbor's lecherous husband over the head with some cookware, and though his death is ruled accidental, his widow, Angie, doesn't agree. With shouts of "murderess!" ringing in her ears, Charlotte returns to the bosom of her loving, if loony, family and promptly jumps from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. In this sleepy Yorkshire village, Charlotte's sister keeps company with a coven of would-be witches and her father with a dimwitted mistress, but it is a local celebrity, hunky actor Mace North, who has the potential to turn Charlotte's world upside-down, or right-side up, depending on your perspective. Giggles, guffaws, chortles, and chuckles abound in Ashley's cleverly satirical send-up of upper-class British snobbery and soap-opera stardom that is truly laugh-out-loud funny. Carol Haggas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, enjoyable June 29 2003
Charlie Rhymer is the atypical hero of this fun and compact novel. Childless, divorced, and in poor financial condition, Charlie is forced to move back to her childhood home. Returning home is all, and more, than Charlie expected. Her father's latest mistress is sleeping in Charlie's old room. Charlie's sister Em is considering focusing on her black magic talents, and losing her virginity to help her do so. Charlie's other sister, Anne, is living at home while recovering from breast cancer treatment, and her brother Bran has been sent home from his university position to finish his book.
Shortly before Charlie moves home, she accidentally kills her ex-husband's best friend Greg with a heavy frying pan. Greg's widow, Angie, livid at the accidental death verdict, decides to stalk Charlie and try to ruin Charlie's reputation, following Charlie to the family home in Upvale. Add into this mix the two daughters of the father's mistress, a handsome famous actor and his daughter, a parson infatuated with Em, and some witchcraft and you end up with a delightful story.
"Every Woman for Herself" is warm and entertaining. Charlie is a delightful character, and her budding romance with the famous actor is both funny and touching. Although some of the situations are a far-fetched, they fit so well with the overall madcap storyline the reader will not mind a bit. Definitely recommended for anyone that enjoys a romantic story or is looking to read something cheering!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book Sept. 4 2014
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I loved this book....it will make you laugh out loud:):).A book about divorce, growing and new relationships.Should be on every woman's " must read" list.Bravo Ms Ahley.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining little Piece March 17 2005
By E. Harker - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't like this book when I first picked it up. I found that the writing style seemed forced somehow. It's as if the author was trying -too- hard to make us laugh. I should have put it down. It would have been just like me to put it down--but I didn't. I can't explain why, exactly, but something hooked me and reeled me in. I think, in part, it has to do with the fact that these characters are just very amusing. For what the story lacks in parts, these people make up for it in full. I particularly like Charlie's sisters Em and Anne. They're a couple of rowdy no nonsense types. THey are (like nearly everyone in that family with Charlie being the notable exception) big and imposing, but just as gentle and fiercely loyal. Jessica, the dreadful new mistress, was actually another of my favorite characters. For all of her flamboyance and saucy airs, she really was a good sport in enduring everyone's constant harrassment...especially Em's. Oddly, I did not care as much for Charlie and _especially_ not Mace. I felt annoyed with the two of them and I couldn't quite understand where their romance came from but that may have more to do with my personal taste than any problem in the writing. I simply didn't care for Mace an felt annoyed that Charlie would fall for him--smoldering good looks or not. The fact that he was dishy did not, in my opinion, make up for his behaving like a spoiled child much of the time. That and his overconfidence irritated me. On the other hand, he inspired SOMETHING in me so obviously he's not completely forgettable. That is why I say it is probably more of a question of taste than anything having to do with the actual composition of the novel. I _do_ think the book is very good. There is plenty there that will hold a reader's interest. The quirky characters and pacing really help to keep the reader's interest for just one more page....and another and another. Even if I didn't really WANT to know as much about Charlie an Mace...I did. I recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 10 times need I say more? Dec 31 2013
By Lianne Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Funny, endearing characters and just enough weird to keep you interested. This is a great my life has turned to custard and now I must fix it book. I would recommend it to anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interestig read! Oct. 30 2013
By El Rae - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a quirky and fun read. I'd never read anything by this author before but will read more of her work in the near future. There was nothing predictable about the main character or any of the characters. I'd like for this story to go on longer so I could know what is going on with all the characters now! Sequel?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am now a Trisha Ashley fan! July 10 2013
By Prairie Wife - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the first of Trisha Ashley's books that I have read, I now have read almost all of her books! This is a light hearted book about a divorced woman and her relocation back to her childhood home. The main character is enduring but has just enough sass to keep you interested. The plot hums along nicely with quirky characters and a charming love interest. This book wont' change your life forever but, I highly recommend it for a relaxing summer read that will make you crack more than a few smiles.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful Nov. 8 2004
By Liza Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
This is the kind of book that makes you want to faithfully read everything else an author will ever write. While the ending was perhaps a bit pat and cheerful compared to the rest of the book, Ashley is worth the read just for the colorful characters and the articles the women create. Just beautiful.
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