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 HaggasCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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