Review: Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley

14 Dec

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was billed as Romance, but it read like Chick Lit to me, and I found it very enjoyable as such.

Summary via Goodreads:

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 perfectly attuned lonely hearts find themselves in hot pursuit of adventure and in uncharted territory altogether…

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 they are going, and it’s all OK. They’ll still get to their destination.

The characters were terrific, particularly the secondary ones– both the old friends that carry through the book, and the new ones discovered along the way.  They were quirky without being off-putting (well, except the ones that were meant to be!).

This is a fun, light way to pass some time.  I actually read it while waiting (and waiting) in Urgent Care, and it was perfect for that– Entertaining enough to keep my mind occupied, light enough to drop at any time without worrying about losing context. Enjoy it for what it is.

I received this book for review from the publisher.  Thank you, Sourcebooks!


Posted by on December 14, 2011 in books, reviews


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4 responses to “Review: Carrie Goes Off the Map by Phillipa Ashley

  1. Novel Girl

    December 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

    What a stunning cover! I’d want to read based on that alone. (gee, that’s judgemental)

    • Laura

      December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I admit, the cover was a big part of what initially attracted my attention! It just seemed like fun.

  2. Cath @ Constance Reader

    December 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

    If this book could distract you from how much Urgent Care sucks…well, that’s a strong recommendation indeed!

    • Laura

      December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm



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