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On the surface, the plot of Ashley's quirky contribution to the divorcee-starting-life-over-again genre should be straightforward, but it's not, and neither are the characters in this uproarious coming-of-middle-age novel. While packing up the detritus of her 20-year marriage, Charlotte inadvertently whacks her neighbor's lecherous husband over the head with some cookware, and though his death is ruled accidental, his widow, Angie, doesn't agree. With shouts of "murderess!" ringing in her ears, Charlotte returns to the bosom of her loving, if loony, family and promptly jumps from the frying pan into the fire, so to speak. In this sleepy Yorkshire village, Charlotte's sister keeps company with a coven of would-be witches and her father with a dimwitted mistress, but it is a local celebrity, hunky actor Mace North, who has the potential to turn Charlotte's world upside-down, or right-side up, depending on your perspective. Giggles, guffaws, chortles, and chuckles abound in Ashley's cleverly satirical send-up of upper-class British snobbery and soap-opera stardom that is truly laugh-out-loud funny. Carol Haggas
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"Shrewd but gentle satire of various contemporary British types that never misses a beat. And it's wonderfully funny to boot." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Giggles, guffaws, chortles, and chuckles abound in Ashley's cleverly satirical send-up of upper-class British snobbery and soap-opear stardom that is truly laught-out-loud funny." --Booklist

"Trisha Ashley writes with remarkable wit and originality and has created a deliciously acerbic heroine... One of the best writers around!" --Katie Fforde, author of Highland Fling
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312313721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312313722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trisha Ashley writes romantic comedies, and her latest novel, Creature Comforts, is her seventh consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. Her novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Romantic Comedy and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.
She is from St Helens in West Lancashire, and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour in adversity, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, have made her what she is today...whatever that is. Five of her novels are set in rural West Lancashire and three in Wales. They frequently explore aspects of the three F's that are a constant in her own life: Food, Flowers and Friendship and include delicious recipes at the back.
Nowadays she lives in North Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son, and a very chancy Muse.
She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists, several of whom are bestselling, who meet regularly in North Wales; she is also a long term member of the Society of Authors and a member of Literature Wales.
Creature Comforts will be published in paperback in June 2015 and A Christmas Cracker will follow in October 2015.
Trisha has a website at www.trishaashley.com where you can find out more about her, sign up for her newsletter, or see a complete list of her books. You will also find her on twitter as @trishaashley.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Harker on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I didn't like this book when I first picked it up. I found that the writing style seemed forced somehow. It's as if the author was trying -too- hard to make us laugh. I should have put it down. It would have been just like me to put it down--but I didn't. I can't explain why, exactly, but something hooked me and reeled me in. I think, in part, it has to do with the fact that these characters are just very amusing. For what the story lacks in parts, these people make up for it in full. I particularly like Charlie's sisters Em and Anne. They're a couple of rowdy no nonsense types. THey are (like nearly everyone in that family with Charlie being the notable exception) big and imposing, but just as gentle and fiercely loyal. Jessica, the dreadful new mistress, was actually another of my favorite characters. For all of her flamboyance and saucy airs, she really was a good sport in enduring everyone's constant harrassment...especially Em's. Oddly, I did not care as much for Charlie and _especially_ not Mace. I felt annoyed with the two of them and I couldn't quite understand where their romance came from but that may have more to do with my personal taste than any problem in the writing. I simply didn't care for Mace an felt annoyed that Charlie would fall for him--smoldering good looks or not. The fact that he was dishy did not, in my opinion, make up for his behaving like a spoiled child much of the time. That and his overconfidence irritated me. On the other hand, he inspired SOMETHING in me so obviously he's not completely forgettable. That is why I say it is probably more of a question of taste than anything having to do with the actual composition of the novel. I _do_ think the book is very good. There is plenty there that will hold a reader's interest. The quirky characters and pacing really help to keep the reader's interest for just one more page....and another and another. Even if I didn't really WANT to know as much about Charlie an Mace...I did. I recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lianne Moore on December 31, 2013
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Funny, endearing characters and just enough weird to keep you interested. This is a great my life has turned to custard and now I must fix it book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Rae on October 30, 2013
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This was a quirky and fun read. I'd never read anything by this author before but will read more of her work in the near future. There was nothing predictable about the main character or any of the characters. I'd like for this story to go on longer so I could know what is going on with all the characters now! Sequel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Wife on July 10, 2013
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This was the first of Trisha Ashley's books that I have read, I now have read almost all of her books! This is a light hearted book about a divorced woman and her relocation back to her childhood home. The main character is enduring but has just enough sass to keep you interested. The plot hums along nicely with quirky characters and a charming love interest. This book wont' change your life forever but, I highly recommend it for a relaxing summer read that will make you crack more than a few smiles.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liza Gilbert on November 8, 2004
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This is the kind of book that makes you want to faithfully read everything else an author will ever write. While the ending was perhaps a bit pat and cheerful compared to the rest of the book, Ashley is worth the read just for the colorful characters and the articles the women create. Just beautiful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on June 29, 2003
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Charlie Rhymer is the atypical hero of this fun and compact novel. Childless, divorced, and in poor financial condition, Charlie is forced to move back to her childhood home. Returning home is all, and more, than Charlie expected. Her father's latest mistress is sleeping in Charlie's old room. Charlie's sister Em is considering focusing on her black magic talents, and losing her virginity to help her do so. Charlie's other sister, Anne, is living at home while recovering from breast cancer treatment, and her brother Bran has been sent home from his university position to finish his book.
Shortly before Charlie moves home, she accidentally kills her ex-husband's best friend Greg with a heavy frying pan. Greg's widow, Angie, livid at the accidental death verdict, decides to stalk Charlie and try to ruin Charlie's reputation, following Charlie to the family home in Upvale. Add into this mix the two daughters of the father's mistress, a handsome famous actor and his daughter, a parson infatuated with Em, and some witchcraft and you end up with a delightful story.
"Every Woman for Herself" is warm and entertaining. Charlie is a delightful character, and her budding romance with the famous actor is both funny and touching. Although some of the situations are a far-fetched, they fit so well with the overall madcap storyline the reader will not mind a bit. Definitely recommended for anyone that enjoys a romantic story or is looking to read something cheering!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer MB Johnson on June 12, 2014
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because it's witty, charming, English and as with Trisha's books, a richness of both words and food to feast on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carter's Mom VINE VOICE on January 11, 2014
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I think Trisha Ashley is fairly well known across the pond, but is just breaking in to the US Market. Her writing is clever and funny and refreshingly different than any other "chick lit" I have read lately. This book is filled with quirky characters filled with charm and likability. The writing seems effortless and despite the introduction of many secondary characters, I had no trouble keeping track of everyone. I believe this book would appeal to readers of Jane Mansell, Jane Green and maybe Jane Austen. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. Actually, I'd kind of like to see the movie...
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