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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (Jan. 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755309936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755309931
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Why would an unmarried couple try to get pregnant? July 12 2006
By Heather (booklover) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lyssa desperately wants a baby, and after too many fertility treatments, her boyfriend Jake says enough. Thinking he just needs a cooling off period, little does she know he's moved in with another woman. Faced with uncertainty, she does what any woman would do - she goes on a trek to Nepal. And then meets the real man of her dreams.

This one had me scratching my head. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would - I just could not get over the fact that a woman who did not have a commitment with a guy would go to such lengths for a baby... call me conservative!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Highly enjoyable Aug. 10 2005
By Ellis Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The dust cover of this book does not its contents justice. It looks like your typical chick lit fare- with a cartoonish drawing to boot. But there's a lot more substance to the novel than meets the eye. The characters are all three-dimensional, fun, and interesting- and there's no obligatory gay best friend!

Lyssa and her boyfriend Jake have been trying to get pregnant for a long time. Nothing, not even IVF, has worked. Ironically she works for a magazine called My Baby, which may have contributed to Lyssa's "baby mania." Lyssa's whole life changes when she learns that Jake has been having an affair with someone at the office- a young, nubile woman named Neve, who is as different from Lyssa as anyone could be. Given the circustances, Lyssa gets over Jake pretty quickly, and she begins training to climb the Himalayas. Going on a trek of that magnitude means giving up her creature comforts- her hair dryer, her high heels, etc.

Also completely opposite from Lyssa is her 29-year-old sister, Edie, who, since the age of 15 has given birth six times and seems to get pregnant at the drop of a hat. Edie's house is always full to bursting, and Lyssa is the adored aunt.

Its a bit of a cliche that, while in Nepal, Lyssa meets a hunky American tour guide, Dean. The attraction is instantaneous. Its a love affair that seems doomed at first. In the course of four weeks living away from the hustle and bustle of London, Lyssa learns to relax, to "live a little."

Everything works out to everyone's satisfaction (except maybe not Jake's); and this delightful book will keep you turning pages. Although Lyssa is unable to conceive, the author Carole Matthews doesn't let this fact bog down the book. This is a highly enjoyable and highly recommended read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great British romantic dramedy Nov. 30 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After her latest round of in-vitro results in no pregnancy, Lyssa sulks and boyfriend Jake asks for a break in the relationship. Devastated, she expects him to walk in the door that evening as if nothing happened. What she does not realize is that he has moved on and in with a sultry younger work colleague.

Faced with the realization that they may never reconcile, Lyssa puts her baby obsession on hold and takes a leave of absence from work to go trekking in Nepal, where sparks fly as soon as she and Dean, her American-transplant tour guide start a passionate month-long affair. In finding this new passion, Lyssa realizes what was missing from her relationship from Jake once her baby obsession took over.

Upon returning to Britain, Lyssa is faced with uncertainty. After her month in the mountains, returning to civilization is not all it is cracked up to be, what with work, commute, late nights with the gang, and the sudden reappearance of Jake clouding her thoughts, as well as an unrequited crush she was unaware of.

Matthews hits another one outa the ball park with this story. I must admit, it takes awhile to like Lyssa - her baby obsession is completely annoying, as is her tendency to be a doormat. But once she leaves Britain and gains her self confidence, she emerges as a strong and engaging heroine, worthy of all the male attention.

Now, if we can just encourage Matthews to quit with her obsession with all things Regis and Kelly...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So Enjoyable!! Jan. 16 2008
By Busy Mom RHA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll admit this book cannot be classified as classic literature, but what an enjoyable story. This book made me laugh out loud, cry, and and get angry. This is a book that will make you feel good, and provides hope that love at first sight does exist. When the main character suffers such loss, and then regains herself during the journey through Nepal, the reader will find herself cheering her on. The novel alternates between the main character and her ex-boyfriend, and provides an interesting perspective. The authors descriptions of the Nepalese setting helps the reader to envision the beauty of the country and the setting in which the characters develop. I was sorry to finish the book, wanting more from the characters, needing to know what happened next. I re-read the book a couple of weeks later, which is a rare thing for me to do, wanting to recapture that feeling of contentment that this novel gave me. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great writing but awful ending... Nov. 14 2007
By LondonGal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think Carol Matthews is a very talented author and I love her writing. I first discovered her in a beautiful story that she wrote for the book "Girls' Night Out," and I have been collecting her books since. Without giving away any spoilers, I actually really enjoyed this book and even found it inspirational UNTIL I got to the ending. I felt that it was pretty nonsensical and unrealistic (though the unrealistic parts were hinted at earlier throughout the story as well), and that it was a rather sloppy way to tie up the story. And to agree with one other poster here, I eventually got tired of reading about the protaganist's plot and became more interested in the plot surrounding her boyfriend, Jake. I would still say the book was good, I remained interested, though it was the ending that left me disappointed. I have to say I still like Matthews's "Bare Necessity" much better.

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