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Carrie Goes Off the Map

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  503 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Carrie Brownhill lets her best friend talk her into a scenic European road trip as the perfect getaway from a nasty breakup with her fiancé. Unexpectedly along for the ride is the gorgeous and intriguing Matt Landor, MD, who sorely tests Carrie’s determination to give up men altogether. Careening through the English countryside in a VW camper van, these two mismatched but ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published March 1st 2009)
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Mar 14, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hurt my arm this week and was in lots of pain. Fortunately, I had a copy of It Should Have Been Me close by. I forgot much of my pain when I got into this very delightful book. Although it has the traditional romance plot, Ashley always adds more. In each of her novels I've learned something--about "adventure tours" and the people who plan them, about emergency response teams in the Lake District, and now about classic VW vans. She also perfectly captures setting--in this case Cornwall. But it ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Rosy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phillipa Ashley's fourth and latest novel is a chip off the old block: her fans everywhere will love it. `It Should Have Been Me' tells the story of Carrie, battered and bruised by the breakdown of her ten year relationship with solid farmer fiancé Huw, to whom she had been about to be married. Her friend Rowena - fellow stalwart of the local am dram - decides that what she needs is a bracing girls-only road trip in a vintage VW camper van (known to the initiated as a `splitty' after the unusual ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice story about Carrie who gets dumped unexpectedly by her fiancé (who's more of an A**hole), they've been together for ten years but he suddenly feels that he doesn't want to be with her anymore so he acts like a typical Jerk and ... well, he tells her to basically move out of the farm ( that she helped him manage for many years) .OK , Moving on , she has her best friend with her who suggested that Carrie should go on a road trip to heal and forget about her Ex who so happens to get marri ...more
Signe Hansen
Feb 20, 2011 Signe Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Can I just state the obvious? This book was filled with clichés, lame sexual undertones and.. Basically it's everything you think a chick-flick will be, but.. It's also.. Really really awesome..
I loved it..
Maybe it's just because of my own pathetic love-life or something, but I seriously couldn't put it down.. Even though I knew how it would end all along, I just.. Adored it..
If you're a girl, or.. A really gay boy, you should read this.
Mary (BookHounds)
Dec 18, 2011 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing


Carrie is asked by her best friend, Rowena, what she would ever do if she caught her fiance cheating on her. Never thinking that Huw would ever do such a thing, she makes up clever ideas about what she might do. Neither one could even imagine that he could ever cheat on her, but right before the big church wedding, he calls it off after a ten year relationship. Rowena rescues Carrie from their shared home and decides they need a road trip to get the
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

Romantic comedy and chick-lit used to be my genres of choice, so I’m not sure exactly how I let it become so long since reading my last one. I’m not about to hop off the Young Adult train, but Carrie Goes Off the Map was a nice change from the usual.

Carrie is all set to get married to her fiance, Huw. He, unfortunately, has different ideas and dumps her on the night of his stag party. Months later, Carrie hears that Huw has rebounded quite easily and is getting married–
Becky R.
Dec 19, 2011 Becky R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phillipa Ashley has a fun, lively style to her writing that keeps the tempo moving in her stories, and her characters progressing. I'm always struck by writers who can get me to care about the main character quickly, and I always seem to feel that way with Ashley's heroines. In this case, Carrie could be any woman who has been dumped by her man/fiance. However, her situation seems compounded by feelings of all the time she lost and for being played a fool. It's not as if the relationship fizzled ...more
Laura de Leon
Dec 08, 2011 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it
This book was billed as Romance, but it read like Chick Lit to me, and I found it very enjoyable as such.

It delivers on the premise of a crazy cross-country trip, with a fun main character and a sexy leading guy.

Of course, Carrie is on as much of a mental journey as a physical one. I can't say she goes particularly deep on her path to discovery, but it isn't that kind of book. It's the kind where she (and Matt) sleep with other people while not making all that much effort to figure out where the
Blodeuedd Finland
do love the English, all those words I do not hear that often when I read so many American novels. But here I get them all and I bloody love it.

Carrie is dumped by her fiancé (who I thought was an utter ass, but later I did change my mind. He was just a man after all.) Poor Carrie is hurt and angry and I like her, and I like her even more when she has a little revenge. Her new leading man is Matt, but things move slowly along and that is a good thing. I really like how it works out in the end.
Jennifer Estep
Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley is a contemporary romance.

Carrie Brownhill is hurt and angry when her fiance abruptly ends their relationship. Even worse is when she finds out that he's marrying another woman just a few months later. Carrie decides to go on a trip through the English countryside to clear her head and finds herself traveling with Matt Landor, a doctor who's trying to come to terms with an accident that he was involved in. Carrie and Matt don't exactly get along at firs
Life was set, planned and charted for Carrie Brownhill. The love of her life, Huw, and her were set to be married but only four weeks before their wedding date he calls it off to suddenly be married to someone completely different only a few months later. Shocked and confused Carrie decides the perfect solution is a caravan trip with her best friend Rowena, but that falls through as well. Faced with the option of sulking around for the next month or taking along the handsome yet annoying Matt La ...more
SOS Aloha
Dec 19, 2011 SOS Aloha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a card carrying Anglophile, I relish stories from British authors, both historical and contemporary. CARRIE GOES OFF THE MAP is a fun "road trip" story that begins with outrageous laughs and ends with heartwarming cheer.

Phillipa Ashley offers an older heroine in Carrie, who thought life was safe with her college ("uni") boyfriend, Huw. They have lived together and worked together on his family farm for 10 years. When Huw calls off the wedding days for the blessed event, Carrie finds herself
Dec 23, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Carrie Goes Off the Map is a very enjoyable road trip novel through England. Carrie is two weeks away from marrying her long-time boyfriend Huw, when he drops a bombshell; he is breaking up with her. Carrie had put aside her own dreams of becoming an actress for Huw and had spent the years since graduating from college helping Huw run his family dairy farm.

Suddenly, without a purpose in life, Carrie moves in with her friend Rowena and tries to determine what her next move will be. Rowena tries
Dec 28, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I don't know how to explain this book except that it definitely has a "Beginning" - Carrie's fiancee cheats on her; "Middle" - Carrie tries to find herself by having one-night stands; and "End" - Carrie finally realizes she loves Matt. Yes, all books have these elements; however, I've never come across one that is so evident. Considering this book's plot is about Carrie and Matt getting to know each other and falling in love, the book skirts around and around, zig-zagging all over the place befo ...more
Dec 28, 2011 donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-chick-lit
When Carrie's fiance suddenly breaks off their engagement, her whole world is turned upside down. Luckily, her best friend Rowena has her back and plans a trip for them to drive around Europe in a VW camper van. But when Rowena has to cancel at the last minute, she finds a sexy replacement - a doctor on leave from his charity work. Much like Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy, Carrie and her doctor's relationship gets off to a rocky start with plenty of bickering and misunderstandings, but you c ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Carrie thinks she's got it all figured out. An upcoming wedding, a well planned out life. And then the unthinkable happens. Her fiancé decides that they aren't working anymore and ends it, just like that. The breakup came out of nowhere. There were no signs or hints that it was coming. It's time for Carrie to pull herself together and move on.

In this funny, lighthearted romance, Carrie takes an adventurous path to self discovery. Star
Mar 14, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
Shelves: free-won
Complete and utter chick lit.

I'm not a big reader of chick lit, but I do enjoy it every now and then and I did enjoy this book. It was very predictable, but it also contained a few surprises here and there.

Set in modern day England, Carrie Brownhill is a local theater actress engaged to her longtime boyfriend Huw. Unfortunately, Huw has other ideas. To get Carrie's mind off her breakup and the despicable thing Huw does, her best friend, Rowena, plans a road trip in her sort-of boyfriend's VW ca

Carrie Goes Off the Map was the first novel that I have read by Phillipa Ashley. It is a Chick Lit novel set in the UK, which are usually my absolute most favorite. Carrie Goes Off the Map while a bit long in parts, was a decent read. I thought the British slang was fun to read, but might be a bit confusing to some readers. Overall Carrie Goes Off the Map was a fun escape from my mundane life, worth the read if you are looking for a Chick Lit book to read.
Mar 03, 2012 Kolleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Lesson learned from this book: stop buying free or cheap books on Kindle, because they will more than likely suck! After deciding that Amazon's books are pretty pricey, I've been trying to find books I that I may like in the free or discounted sections. Alas, the only two books I have found this way have not been very good. Get it together, Amazon!

Anyways, this is a story about Carrie who is dumped by her boyfriend of ten years when he cheats and finds another bride. She loses it and tries to de
Apr 25, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it
A typical easy British novel with the expected ending. Not surprising, not compelling, but a good, light read if you need something to pass the time.

Carrie gets dumped by her long-time fiancee Huw, only to find out he's marrying someone else. She's about to attempt to destroy the wedding when she runs into Matt, an old friend of Huw's from uni. He talks her out of destruction and later shows up again when Carrie's friend, Rowena, is unable to go on their trip through Europe in a camper van. Of
Lydia Laceby
Jul 17, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Carrie Goes Off The Map is a lighter novel, with a few heavier bits tossed in, and I really enjoyed Carrie and Matt’s cross country trek on this bumpy romantic ride.

Carrie is a few short weeks away from walking down the aisle when her fiancé calls it off. Shocked and dismayed, Carrie shacks up with her best friend Rowena and finally agrees to her scheme to get out of town on a European road trip involving an ancient VW Camper Van. But at the last minute Rowena
Jan 23, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and easy chick lit read on beach holiday so four stars for its genre.
Cocktails and Books
Feb 04, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Many contemporary romance and chick-lit books read just like a romantic comedy. Two lonely or scorned people meet, they spend a lot of time together, they argue or some kind of misunderstanding happens and they refuse to speak to one another… only to find their way back to each other, a happily ever after in their very near future, leaving a smile on your face. Carrie Goes Off the Map gives you just that.

Carrie is left two weeks before her wedding (after a 10 year relationship!) because her fia
May 22, 2013 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
First time reading this author and it was sort of good and sort of not. Very readable, but the characters were pretty slutty. I didn't get that part at all.
Amber Ford
Sep 30, 2013 Amber Ford rated it liked it
Well, this one wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t all that great either. The story premise was good and it’s what hooked me into buying the book. But the story came up short in my opinion. This is the story of Carrie, who in the beginning of the story is just about to become a married woman in just a few weeks time. It is also the story of Matt, a doctor who’s works for a medical charity and has been out working in a remote location and a recent mishap has sent him back home. The two end up going on ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
Carrie's fiance of boyfriend of many, many years has unexpectly called off their engagement and now she finds herself stuck in her small town and her ex marrying shortly after their breakup. It is time to leave town with her bestie and see the world.....What was suppose to be Carrie's exotic trip through Europe with her best friend, ends up being a local exursion in a VW van/camper named Dolly. The reason the trip became local instead of a wonderful exotic trip is due to her new travel companio ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book and having never read the author before I didn't know what to expect but after reading the blurb on the back I couldn't wait to start reading it.

Carrie has been with her farmer fiance Huw for 10 years and then just 2 weeks before the wedding Huw suddenly announces he doesn't want to marry Carrie, no hint anything was wrong just bang sorry I can't marry you. Well Carrie goes from being close to her wedding day to rock bottom and no really under
Dec 12, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I haven't heard of Phillipa Ashley before, but after this book I wouldn't mind reading more of her stuff. I had read it a few years ago but forgot most of the book, so rereading it was interesting. I remembered bits and pieces but very few plot points, which was nice for a reread. I do wonder if it was because I didn't think much of it the first time. It was a bit predictable, but I liked the route it took to get there. I do feel like the first 3/4s of the book was really enjoyable and then the ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
[Full review on Alexa Loves Books]

After reading so many paranormal and dystopian books, I wanted something a bit more fun to read. When I saw the cover for the novel, I was instantly intrigued. And then my blogger friend Jana reviewed the book here and I decided I wanted to read it too.

I got exactly what I wanted - Carrie Goes Off the Map, a light, heartwarming and very fun read. You really cannot go wrong with a road trip, a hot guy (who's a doctor to boot) and a girl who's trying to figure out
Aug 23, 2016 Tanya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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