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With Or Without You [Paperback]

Carole Matthews


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Jan. 3 2005
When Jake tells Lyssa it's not working, she knows he's not talking about the toaster. What she doesn't realise is that he has been seduced by another woman. Lyssa's immediate reaction is to sob into her pillow and wait for Jake to come home with his tail between his legs. But slowly she understands that's not an option. In a bid to escape, she embarks on a trekking holiday in Nepal. Her sister teases her that she'll meet a hairy-arsed yak shepherd - but it never occurs to Lyssa that in the Himalayan foothills she might fall in love...

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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: #524,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A lover's infidelity prompts a homebody toward big adventures and new priorities in Brit Matthews's entertaining romantic comedy. Lyssa Allen works at a baby magazine and is dying for a child of her own, but when successive rounds of IVF fail, her live-in boyfriend, Jake, declares he's had enough. Of course, he's also gotten himself involved with "a nubile twenty-five-year-old with legs like Lara Croft whose urge to go through the motions of procreation is very much in evidence." Poor Lyssa! What will she do? Shack up temporarily with her younger sister, Edie (aka "Rabbit"), who has a whopping six children at 29—and then jet off to Nepal for a trek through the Himalayas. After all, if Jake's new (but sort of slippery and insincere) lady can climb Everest, can't Lyssa hump a pack along a trail? And wouldn't it be nice if her guide were "a vision of manly loveliness" named Dean? Pretty soon Lyssa's contemplating big life changes, even as her old dreams look like they could finally come true. Matthews throws a few wrenches into Lyssa's voyage of self-(re)-discovery, but never leaves any doubt that happiness is around the bend. (Aug.)
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Lyssa Allen is devastated when her boyfriend, Jake, announces that he wants to move out after they've spent months fruitlessly trying to conceive a child. Frustrated with Lyssa's growing obsession with having a baby, he finds passion in the arms of Neve, an athletic, ambitious colleague at his advertising firm. Lyssa seeks solace with her sister, Edie, a frazzled mother of six, and with her colleagues at work. But when Lyssa's boss tells her that she is being moved from her staff position at a baby magazine to one focusing on divorce, Lyssa decides she has had enough. She quits her job and heads off to Nepal to trek through the Himalayas for a month in the hopes of changing her life and gaining some perspective. There she finds more than she bargained for when she becomes enamored of the handsome guide. Matthews is a master of compelling stories about women and men at crossroads in their lives, and her latest is a winner in every way. Kristine Huntley
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary July 28 2014
By Leigh West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh dear. This is the first book I have read of this author and I wasn't impressed. Thin story line and annoying characters - especially Lyssa. Weird explanations for things - the main character has fertility problems because of scarred fallopian tubes that are a result of a previous abortion. Ummm one does not get scarred fallopian tubes from an abortion - they don't go anywhere near your fallopian tubes for an abortion - generally scarring is caused by sexually transmitted diseases. Neve also has an abortion and tells Jake it was his kid and that it was a girl - apparently she had the aborted foetus DNA tested after the abortion - I really can't see any reputable abortion clinic doing that kind of a test unless for some very important health related reason.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!

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