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Every Woman for Herself

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Charlotte—Charlie—Rhymer’s husband wants a divorce. Charlie isn’t sure what she wants, but after the incident with the frying pan, even she has to concede that their differences may be irreconcilable after all. Returning home to her native Yorkshire and the bosom of her family seemed like a good idea at the time. Even if Charlie’s father has never quite forgiven Charlie or ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 30th 2002)
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Jacob Proffitt
I doubt I'll ever understand HarperCollins' pricing strategy. Only the Kindle version of this is available at Amazon US and that's priced over $5. Surprisingly, I was able to order a paperback copy from the U.K. for significantly less (used, of course) and had the added benefit of receiving a most welcome surprise by post (having forgotten I'd ordered it).

And what a great surprise it was, too. It starts off rather depressing, but Melissa had to remind me of that or I'd have forgotten I felt that
I read this because of Dorian's review, followed in fairly short order by Jacob's, and I agree with almost everything each of them said. Like Dorian, I loved the recurring references to Sense and Sensibility and "the odd duck", and like Jacob, found the beginning, with the husband who soon became the ex rather less funny and more depressing than not. (Guess who got divorced from a DIY kit purchased in a drug-store? Yes, because she was still trying to play nice.) Once that part (which also had m ...more
I picked this up on a friend's recommendation and I'm very glad I did; it was really quite excellent.

Charlie's husband tells her out of the blue one morning that he's started divorce proceedings. Shortly thereafter, his obnoxious best friend tries to feel her up, and she accidentally kills him. This does not, I grant, sound like a promising opening. But the author manages to make it brilliantly funny. Charlie goes back to her family home in Yorkshire, currently inhabited by her father (a literar
This was FUN. It was wacky in a way that reminded me of Jennifer Crusie, but the book has a distinct style of its own. So distinct, in fact that it took me a few seconds to get used to it. (Literally just a few seconds, but it's very much its own thing.)

The characters are just a wonderful collection of people (okay, a few might not be so wonderful, such as the one who goes around shouting "murderess!", but they are all great fun).

The romance seemed kind of fast, but that's not really a huge faul
I liked this quirky, British family named after the Bronte's a lot, the writing is funny without going overboard.
Sherwood Smith
I ticked 'fantasy' though there is only the thinnest veneer; Charlie Fry, the heroine, discovers her husband has turned into an alien (in other words, he wants a divorce) and she has to move back home as he's also going to pull a Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) and legally squeeze her out of her share.

She moves back to the Parsonage (which never was one, the name comes from the Brontes) where her family, a collection of oddballs, mostly lives, though they are all forty-somethings. The lynchpin
My reading relationship with Trisha Ashley is really like a roller coaster ride - either deep, deep down or very high. Kind of love - hate relationship. I seem to either adore her books or... not:) But I am happy to say that Every Woman for Herself was unputdownable for me. For me this book was totally different to other Trisha's books, written in a different way, different style but it worked for me. Yay.

Charlie is married and thinks that there is nothing wrong with her marriage, so it's a kind
I have to come right out and say that this would not rank as one of my favourite Trisha Ashley books, nor anywhere near the top of the list. The characters and situations are strange, at times bizarre, making it difficult to follow what is going on in places. I found the first half of the story heavy going, but it got better towards the end, or maybe I just became accustomed to the cast. I would not be surprised to find that many people would have begun to read the story but never finished it. T ...more
Michele Bolay
The perfect comfort read for a rainy Sunday. Kind of like an I Capture the Castle for adults. Eccentric family of artists and writers and academics, English country setting, quirky humor, and a few romantic entanglements. Fans of Katie Fforde and Catherine Alliot will like this one.
This is a beautifully told story, with wonderfully drawn (and eccentric) characters. The tale of what happens to Charlie after her husband presents her with a fait accompi divorce is engaging and believable. Forced to leave the marital home (and some of her cherished plants) she goes back to her roots - in more ways than one. As Charlie learns to live and love again - or maybe for the first time - we are introduced to a cast of characters whose gentle humour will remain with me a long time. Defi ...more
Painter Charlie Rhymer finds her life in tatters when her husband, Matt, decides he wants a divorce. After many unsuccessful attempts at having children and fast approaching 40, Charlie is forced to revaluate her life when Matt springs the news on her. Things go from bad to worse when Charlie is involved with an unfortunate incident with Matt’s best friend, Greg, and a frying pan. Faced with no other choice, Charlie is forced to move back home to live with her father, brother and sisters. Howeve ...more
Sarah Lee
I love Trisha Ashley and her books are fantastic! This is certainly no exception. The plot follows the story of Charlie, who has just divorced from her husband Matt, a most unlikable character. Suddenly single, broke and approaching 40 she is forced to return to her childhood home in the Yorkshire moors. She moves back home with her eccentric father and sisters and brother. She starts to feel more her old self and begins to paint again. She meets actor Mace and before she knows it her life has c ...more
Wish there were half stars, because feel mean with a 3 but can't quite make it a 4! Didn't realise this was first written back in 2002, maybe before my time of really getting into books for pleasure and escapism. Glad I've read so many of Trisha's more recent books before this one as I might have been put off. Glad that so many people have given this book a positive review but for some reason I just couldn't get into the story until I was about 37% in. After that I loved it and was eager to read ...more
Verity W
Oh I loved this book so much. I think it might be my favourite Trisha Ashley so far - overtaking A Winter's Tale. The characters are brilliant, the story is hilarious - and as it's a reprint of a long out of print novel I've finally found out the source of Skint Old Northern magazine which has been a fixture in many of her subsequent books.

I loved the Bronte idea - and the familiar Ashley themes are here too - a touch of magic and witchcraft, an idiosyncratic elder, a large and quirky extended f
Bev Taylor
ok - 4.5 stars!

first comes marriage, then divorce, then it's ever woman for herself ......

charlie is forced to return to her childhood home after her husband says he wants a divorce. eccentric is not the right word to describe her family and 'retainers'. strong reflection of chocolate wishers her - food, family and plot

then a handsome bad-tempered actor moves to the village and starts stirring things up - expect fireworks. and that's without mentioning the umpteenth mistress of her father - c
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I have previously read and enjoyed novels that Trisha Ashley has written, and so I was very much looking forward to Every Woman For Herself.

Charlie finds that her life is set to change when her husband Matt tells her he wants a divorce, and she ends up forced to return to her childhood home in the Yorkshire moors. Back living with her father and her family, Charlie finds life quite refreshing. But as she starts to feel settled, handsome actor Mace North moves in down the road….

I enjoyed this boo
Mti Librarian
Oh my gosh! I can believe it has been 10 years since I first read this book. It is one of my all time favorites, and I think I've read it about 12 times. Now with that said, I did not enjoy it as much this time around as I have in the past, hence the 4 stars.

Charlie Rhymer moves back into her childhood home with assorted family members after her husband basically demands a divorce. The divorce had been fairly amicable until Charlie accidently kills her husband's best friend by dropping a cast ir
Hannah Ward
I have read all of Trisha Ashley's book so far and really enjoyed them.This story is about finding love where you least expect it. Trisha Ashley is a brilliant author and this book was really funny. When I started it I wasn't sure if it would hold my interest, but after the first chapter I knew I would like it. The characters all interlinked with one another but had their own agenda.I would say not her best book but I enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this. I fully understand why it has been voted among the best romantic novels or some such thing. The main character's narrative voice has just the right amount of humor. Good craftsmanship in the characterisation of all the characters. A jolly good book to lift one's spirits.
I was sad to leave the characters and their world when finished. Just wanted to stay with them.
Annie Burrows
I really, really loved this book. Fans of Trisha Ashley may have read this book before, as it first came out several years ago, but as I have only recently discovered her books, it was new to me. It had everything I've come to expect from Trisha's books: lots of wit, a dash of magic, a gorgeous hero, loveable heroine, so many delicious meals I now have a strong urge to go and bake something, all rounded off by a cast of somewhat eccentric Northerners. What more could anyone want?
This was first released in 2002, and re-released in 2014. I love her other books so I was really looking forward to a new book from Trisha Ashley! I was disappointed to discover it wasn't new! I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books. It was a bit dull and had some odd characters!
Maggie Wilson
Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Once I had become enveloped in life with the extended family and warmed to the characters I was hooked! This read feels different, full of humour with characters intricately woven through the twists in the story. A great read.
Jill Annables
I love Trisha's books - this one was a little hard to get into - but in true style it turned out to be great - all I can say is I too want to be part of the Rhymer family especially at Christmas xx
Pat Elliott
Loved this book! The Rhymer family are fabulous; the frying pan incident wonderful - and Matt's sneaky ways deserved his comeuppance. The Treacle Tart, what a hoot! Mace, what a great name for a great guy. Easily the best I've read by this author - and I never thought Sowing Secrets would be bettered!
Nicki Gladwin
If you could bottle this book,you,d smell the north no matter where you were in the world.
Nothing has made this northern lass feel that homesick for a while .
loved the bluntness of it all and just reminded me of how a northern person say things as they are.
Trisha Ashley is a women cut from the same cloth.
Jayne Mortimer
A different type of chick lit. One with magic, spells and sheer accidental love. A breath of fresh air for this genre. Where the women are strong and families are loyal.
Heidi Boyd
From the first page Charlie realizes she's estranged from her traveling husband. She accidentally kills his lecherous best friend before retreating to her family home in the moors. Her hilarious siblings and the quirky residents of her hometown welcome her back into the fold. This story is filled with art, humor and love.
Jennifer Simpson
The story sticks to the traditional chick lit troupe, but actually the grounded humour saves the day. That, plus the North York moors makes it a great escape.
Donna Irwin
An enjoyable read but not as good as some of Trisha's other books! Didn't get into the characters as much as I usually do!
Debra Mandel
Fantastic book - couldn't put it down at the end. This is a re-issue that I missed the first time round but it was well worth the wait.
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Trisha Ashley is now a full-time novelist, but she has been known to work for stained glass makers and/or plumbers. She likes to paint, eat, drink, and read literary biographies. Her previous hobbies included getting divorced and packing to move. She claims to have once actually eaten Bronte burgers at the Branwell café, but her publisher declines to verify this. She lives in North Wales.
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