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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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Signe Hansen
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..
So.
If you're a girl, or.. A really gay boy, you should read this.
Ruth
Light and easy chick lit read on beach holiday so four stars for its genre.
Becky R.
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
Alexa
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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 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 fi
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SOS Aloha
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
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Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
Review originally posted at my blog: http://thatartsyreadergirl.blogspot.com/


This book was lovely for several uncommon reasons: 1. The characters are my age! I'm so used to reading about tweens, teenagers, and middle-aged adults. I rarely read about characters who are mid-to-late twenties. It was refreshing. 2. This book is an amazing book to help you feel better after a nasty break-up. I wish I'd had this book a few years ago when I went through one of those. 3. Traveling!!!!! I love books wher
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Rosy
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
donna
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
Leah
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
Aishah Kz
Awesome! When I was reading it, I just couldn't wait to finally reach the last page and my heart felt like literally comin' out of my chest as I went through the last few chapters. And I had to cover the next unread page with my hand so that I didn't jump straightaway to the page without reading the current page properly. Yes, I did it! :D

One thing for sure, Matt definitely made my heart fell for him.
Jawaher
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I hate the ending seriously!! At least let us know if they're getting married or something tell us something promising.. But other than the ending it was a really nice book especially Matt Landor was a real excitement for me
Jill Rooney
Very funny. Hero was inspired by Richard Armitage, and the title comes from his ep of vicar of Dibley. This certainly added to the enjoyment!
Elizabeth
A wonderful book which contained all the trademarks of a Phillipa Ashley novel - great characters, humour, verve and page-turning romance.
Nell
Another lovely entertaining read from Phillipa Ashley full of interesting personalities and charm
Helennnnnnnnnn
Really funny and relates so much to life, wittily romantic :)
Zie
hillarious and heartwarming :)
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
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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
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Nicholas
THis was a very nice read. The story is about Carrie who gets dumped by her fiance. I really think this was a good story and the author did a great job at creating it. Even though the idea of the book seems sad I ended up finding myself laughing at the wackyness of the story. A great and quick read.
Emma
Had to flick through the last quarter rather than actually wasting more time reading it. Started off so well and then it just deteriorated!! I didn't think there was an ounce of chemistry between these 2 characters. I love road trip stories (especially The One Plus One + Amy & Roger's Epic Detour) but this one was just poorly executed!!
Bella
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
Charlotte
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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.
Staci
~ I love Phillipa Ashley's writing style! It never gets old and she always delivers a fun, cheeky, and sometimes steamy British Chick lit with more depth than realized at first glance. Her characters seem so real to me and oftentimes I have found myself wanting to be friends with them. I love learning British slang and there's so much of it in this one. I would love to try it out at work but I think a few of them would get me sent to the Principal's office!! If you're looking for a getaway book ...more
Uma Villashini
This book was a regular contemporary romance with the usual plot and characters. To sum up the book, well, it is made up of a post-breakup-recovering girl, a post-trauma-recovering guy and their love/hate relationship in an planned yet unexpected road-trip.

It would have been a great read with adequate witty banter but this one was very predictable, which was a great miss. It would do for a extremely boring day but not for someone who likes to "have-a-stay" in the book while it lasts.
Kai
A fun lighthearted read. I found it a bit slow in places but still was a good read. This story is about Carrie whos fiance suddenly breaks off their engagement, her friend Rowena then plans a trip for them to drive around Europe. But when Rowena has to cancel, she finds a sexy replacement. I loved how Carrie and her doctor begin with bickering and misunderstandings. A nice read and think I will read it again. Xxx
Stevie Carroll
This was a bit of a slow burner where the central relationship was concerned, even when viewed as not quite a romance. It didn't grab me as much as Fever Cure, possibly because I'd read that first (ie out of order), but I keep finding myself wanting to reread it sooner rather than later regardless.
Jenny
An average story - nothing special stood out for me. I thought it was a nice idea, but the execution was a bit disappointing, and the characters weren't developed as much as i would have liked.

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Aween
i wish i could get a VW mini camper van for myself ^^
really wanna go and take a trip and get away somewhere in that cool thingy ;p
i adore Matt so damn much, he must be very sexy in his coat and the stethoscope..
Abigail
Read in later printing titled "Carrie Goes Off the Map." Very easy to read, engaging style ... but absolutely no character development to support the plot that they follow.
Lori
I don't know what my problem is. I just don't seem to fall in love with her characters. It's not a bad book, but it is very predictable.
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Phillipa Ashley is award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA's New Writers' award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter. She also writes the Oxford Blue NA series of red hot romance for Penguin Books.
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