Carrie Goes Off the Map
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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 January 1st 2011)
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Kolleen
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...more
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–...more
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....more
Danielle
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
Cocktails and Books
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...more
Mary (BookHounds)
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MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

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...more
Lydia Laceby
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...more
Laura
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...more
Pamela
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
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
Debbie
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...more
Dawn
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
Jennifer
I adored this book! It was such a cute and fresh romantic comedy. A few phrases in the book I did not understand since it was written in British English, but overall I enjoyed it very much.
~Leslie~
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.
Joyce


Love the ups and down and of course the happy ending. Remind me to relax and enjoy each day that I am blessed with.
Leah
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...more
Amber Ford
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
Pamela
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...more
Laura de Leon
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...more
Faith
This book started off well. The premise was kinda cool: I think just about anyone would live to set off around the country side in a camper. However, I felt like things became rather rushed in the end. I actually wondered if Ashley had a deadline to meet because of the incompleteness of the story for the last 100 pages. Carrie and Matt's realization that they loved each other came rather forced in the end. Still, Carrie and Matt are both so likable that you can't help but to root for them and fe...more
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
This book was lovely for several uncommon reasons: 1. The characters are my age! 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 where people travel, and what's better than driving through England in a camper van named Dolly?

(Read my full review on the blog.)
Kara
Mindless beach read. It doesn't matter if you lose your place, and pick up 20 pages later, because there's nothing really earth shattering that happens within the book. That's not a bad thing with this book. Really a fluff read that, if you like authors like Wendy Holden, you'll probably enjoy.
Bren
Not totally awful, just not good. Throughout the first 75 pages, I kept thinking that I had read this book before (but I had not). I ended up skimming through the rest of the book.
Jennifer
Okay for a quick light read.
Kimberly
Love chick-lit set in England. This seems to be a theme with books I choose to read. U enjoy this one - cute and funny at times.
Abigail
Very easy to read, engaging style ... but absolutely no character development to support the plot that they follow.
Deb
Dumped by her boyfriend/fiance, Carrie goes on a road trip with Matt. Happy ending. Blah, blah, blah....
Sandy Kozurek
Dumped after 10 years - ROADTRIP time. Quirky characters and its a happily ever after.
Caitlin
Total chick lit with a more creative plot than some others I've read.
Tara
Meh. So much drama, not enough travel. Just not for me! Full review to come.
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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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