Every Woman for Herself – Trisha Ashley

Love normally strikes when you least expect it. For Charlie Rymer, divorced, no job, no money, nearly 40 and with one action which is going to stay with her for the rest of her life she moves back up to her childhood home on the Yorkshire moors. Charlie is certainly not looking for love.

Back in the bosom of the family home, Upvale Parsonage, everything it seems is all of a mess. Em, Charlie’s sister is trying to run the family home and keep everyone fed but she is having to deal with her father’s latest mistress actually moving in with two young children and upsetting  the equilibrium that has always existed. Charlie might have sworn off love, Em it seems is desperate for it. Anne her other sister, a correspondent in far-flung war-torn countries has landed back home whilst she battles illness. And the eccentricity of their brother Bran is worrying all the family.

Add into the mix, the dark rather bad-tempered man Mace North who lives close by and this a typical Trisha Ashley novel. The undertones of the Bronte’s is obvious, just take the character’s names and where they live added to some interest and humour to the book, but it was rather fleetingly without much depth.

While I say it is typical Trisha Ashley novel, for me it does not have the flesh that her subsequent books have. I really did not get in to the story (for a long time) perhaps it was because trying to link all the characters together took too much time that I lost focus on the story? I wanted more background family stuff, that was sort of thrown in to give us some sort of focus but missed the point for me.

An eccentric story line and plot that perhaps didn’t live up to expectations. Her later work is much better.

What do you do when you read a book by an author who you enjoy and find the book is not up to much? 

I was actually scared of writing this review. How silly I suppose. But when you let authors into your lives through their books you don’t want to let them down by not enjoying their work. Silly again. Not all books, plots, characters, settings are going to work for me as a reader all the time and I think perhaps this is one of those books. 





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