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Raising the Roof

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After being left by her husband, Cari takes advice from a friend and buys a house to do up for rental. However, lumbered with an infuriating mother, a friend who's permanently pregnant, a neurotic sister on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a first tenant who turns out to be a drug addict on benefit, Cari's new life quickly becomes more than she bargained for.
Paperback, 331 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Transworld Publishers
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Lita
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
"We walked down the road to the Italian.
Well, he walked. I tottered in that let's-pretend-my-heels-are-a-bit-treacherous-and-the-four-gins-on-an-empty-stomach-are-quite-coincidental sort of way".
Rachael Hewison
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Raising the roof started out as a 1/5 for me. I didnt really enjoy it; I didnt like the main character, having found her annoying and brainless. However since I always finish books, I continued on and found myself enjoying it slightly.
The narrative is not complex and very easy reading and as such you can easily finish it in a day. It is funny in some places and I did want to know what was going to happen to Cari. Nevertheless I still found her immensely annoying. She seemed stupid and incapable
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Loopyloo100
I have not read a book in this style before - unless you include Bridget Jones. It involves the story of Cari who spilts up from her husband Martin and then proceeds on an adventure in the world of property redevelopment with her pal, the madly optimistic Nigel and his band of various workmen.

This book took it's time in beginning for me: I found the first half of the story was making too much of an effort to make me laugh and it didn't come off, but the second half of the story became a little
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Seumas Gallacher
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is chick lit just for women, right? Wrong! I'm a bloke and I thoroughly enjoyed the chapter after chapter of the helter skelter ride that Cari goes through in Raising the Roof. Anyone who has ever tried being a property lessor, or even lessee, will instantly recognize the Ride of the Valkheries involved. However, the fantastic touch of Wenham-Jones tickles your humor buds constantly throughout the book. The pace particularly is terrific, and you wanna be in there helping Cari to pour ...more
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Jun 03, 2011 added it
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ugh, i hate stupid girls. this girl has a lot of debt and a shady friend then talks her into putting more money into a block of apartments that will be a total investment! you can see where this is leading. of course it all wraps up in the end. rereading a recap on amazon, i remembered i didn't like the supporting cast all that much.
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