Tuesday, January 19, 2016

662#Love Note ~ [Book Review] Every Woman for Herself

After being hooked and convinced by Trisha Ashley other books; Chocolate Wishes and Chocolate Shoes & Wedding Blues, I decided to buy another book written by her. This time I read Every Woman for Herself. Unsurprisingly, I loved this funny book.

Read: January 9 to 17, 2016
Rating: 4.4/5

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 her siblings (Anne, Emily and Branwell) for failing to live up to their more literary (as in Bronte) namesakes.

Upvale Parsonage, the family home to which Charlie has retreated, is presided over by her sister Em. Em’s hobbies are composing inspirational verses, dabbling in the Ancient Black Arts, and fighting off the incursions of Father’s latest mistress. When the current mistress actually moves in, family loyalties are sorely tried. Still, Charlie is determined to bounce back from disaster and strike a blow for deserted older wives everywhere. But when she meets brooding actor Mace North, she realizes that when it comes to dating for the over-forty crowd, female solidarity be damned—it’s every woman for herself!

After Charlie's husband spoke about the divorce, she knows she has to return to her home in Upvale. Divorcing her husband Matt doesn't seem heartbreaking enough as they have lost their love life, and without a child to consider with, the divorce progress smoothly.

I found it slightly boring when it was time before Charlie returned to Upvale. All the speaking about how her husband has becomes an alien to her is still funny but still didn't make me eager enough to read the next page. However, the excitements are there when Charlie meets again with her eccentric siblings and father, in this case with her father's new mistress and her two twins daughters. 

Both Charlie's sisters and brother; Emily, Anne and Branwell are odd, and eccentrics. Even though I could not relate with their thinking but I love how they make this book even funnier. Charlie is the only one I could consider normal in the Parsonage, what with the housekeeper Gloria and her brother Walter, Jessica the mistress and her two daughters are odd too. The siblings (plus Gloria and Walter) support each other in the worst time. Charlie comes back being a divorcee and Anne just fights against the big C.

There's some characters I kind of dislike but the dislike still comes in funny way. I just smiled and laughed while reading this book while trying hard to imagine the Parsonage. Trisha Ashley did a good job describing the views and scenes in Upvale. I hope she has another book setting in Upvale with all the weird neighbours too.

From a woman who only wears black because Matt loved it, Charlie dumps her black clothing and opts for something new and colourful. For me it kinda represents her life after being divorced since Charlie was a good wife who never failed to obey her husband's demands (including frequent trips to her hairdresser which she hated). She didn't do much in things that would bring her happiness except painting, after the divorce she starts her new life even though she has turns forty. That's where it comes, she knows now it's every woman for herself.

Age doesn't define your new turn in life. 

Gonna read Ashley's Sowing Secrets soon when I have time ;)

Till then.

1 comment:

  1. in the end age is just a number kan.
    wah gituw. hihi.

    trisha eh, ok ok boleh check la lps ni hihi thank u!


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