Saturday, March 3, 2012

Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley

4 Star

Carrie lets her best friend talk her into a scenic European road trip as the perfect getaway from a nasty breakup. Unexpectedly along for the ride is the gorgeous Matt Landor, MD, who sorely tests Carrie's determination to give up men altogether. Careening through the English countryside, these two mismatched but perfectly attuned lonely hearts find themselves in hot pursuit of adventure and in entirely uncharted territory. 

Lydia - 4 Star

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 lands a job, leaving Carrie in what she thinks is in a lurch until she realizes that her friend has not left her to cancel her plans or to travel alone at all. Instead, she has invited Matt, an old acquaintance from school, to accompany her instead. Growing increasingly determined to start over and experience life which she realizes she’s ignored, Carrie also grows bound and determined to ignore the sexy male inhabiting her physical and emotional space in the tiny space they’re sharing.
Every character in this novel stood out and I especially loved Rowena.  She bashed Carrie’s ex-fiancé with finesse when required, listened empathetically when Carrie needed her ear and nudged her forward just when she needed to. She was the perfect best friend and I would love to have her in my corner.  Matt was the perfect dreamy doctor. His tense relationship with his brother came through wonderfully as did the tension with Carrie. There was nothing not to love about his character either.

I really enjoyed watching Carrie pick herself up and become determined to move on instead of mope around and I especially loved the scene where she first encounters Matt again. This was a perfect romantic adventure and fans of British Chick Lit will not be disappointed.I would definitely read more from Philippa Ashley!

Thank you to Sourcebooks for our review copy! All opinions are our own.

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