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Phillipa Ashley
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5 Mar 2009 Little Black Dress

'This wonderfully romantic and funny novel manages to fulfill all the best fantasies, including a gorgeous, humanitarian hero and a camper van!' Katie Fforde

When Carrie's fiancé Huw suddenly calls off their wedding, and she finds out he's marrying another woman, she's devastated. Desperate to get away, Carrie jumps at her best friend Rowena's suggestion of a road trip in her VW camper van. But when Rowena has to pull out and Matt Landor, an old friend of Huw's, ends up filling the breach, she's not so sure. Will fate take the pair on an altogether different journey?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dress (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755343344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755343348
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phillipa Ashley studied English at Oxford , before working as a copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, 'Decent Exposure' won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award and in 2009, it was filmed as a US TV movie called '12 Men of Christmas' starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. Her latest novel, 'Miranda's Mount' won Best Ebook at the Festival of Romance Reader Awards 2012 and It Happened One Night was shortlisted in 2013.

Phillipa also writes as Pippa Croft - The First Time We Met, the first in a series of sizzling glamorous romances set at Oxford University is published by Penguin in early 2014.

She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and daughter and when she's not writing, loves walking in the Lake District and bodyboarding in Cornwall.

Praise for Phillipa Ashley

Miranda's Mount ... "Warm and funny and feelgood. The best sort of holiday read."
Katie Fforde

'lovely books filled with warm and likeable characters" - Jill Mansell

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Yet another gorgeous page-turner from the very popular author of DECENT EXPOSURE, winner of the 2007 RNA New Writers' Award

About the Author

Phillipa Ashley read English Language and Literature at Wadham College, Oxford before working as a freelance copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, DECENT EXPOSURE, won the 2007 RNA New Writers' Award. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband and daughter.

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By Monica
Phillipa Ashley's fourth and latest novel is a chip off the old block: her fans everywhere will love it. `It Should Have Been Me' tells the story of Carrie, battered and bruised by the breakdown of her ten year relationship with solid farmer fiancé Huw, to whom she had been about to be married. Her friend Rowena - fellow stalwart of the local am dram - decides that what she needs is a bracing girls-only road trip in a vintage VW camper van (known to the initiated as a `splitty' after the unusual split windscreen), in search of sun, sand and (if it happens to turn out that way) uncomplicated sex. Things take a surprising turn when Rowena is offered a chance-of-a-lifetime acting job in London, and persuades the sexy Matt Landor to stand in as Carrie's travelling companion.

In a way, the result of this month of enforced close proximity is never in doubt - and yet the path by which we reach the typically sweet ending is never predictable for a moment. The story unfolds with all the usual, wonderful Ashley ingredients: tensions and misunderstandings aplenty, a wealth of quirky and individual supporting characters (including a clan of hippy surfers) and a great many laughs as well as poignant moments - all of it set against the backdrop of the beautiful west country coastline.

The central romance is carefully crafted for a slow, believable build. Humanitarian doctor Matt, with his own troubled past, cuts a powerfully magnetic figure, and Carrie is a typical Ashley heroine: sensitive and vulnerable but also tough and sassy - a woman who can take down a floral display with a jet of hosed water as soon as look at you.

`It Should have Been Me' is a great romp, a page-turner from start to finish. But it is also tender and sweet - I defy you to finish it without a smile on your face and a lump in your throat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done that! 16 Aug 2013
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Interested to see the couple of poor reviews mention the lack of chemistry. I knew a man whom I loathed and we constantly scored points off each other. Then slowly the relationship changed and we became friends then lovers. Love to say it was Happy Ever After in my case, but sadly not the case. So the relationship between Carrie and Matt rang bells with me and was very true to life! Loved the story line and, having lived in Devon, loved the settings too. And the next one please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was great good read 23 Feb 2013
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I just love the little black dress company I've never been disappointed what a great book
Can't wait to start my next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love in a VW Camper! 24 Sep 2012
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This one will make you leap into the nearest VW camper van and head for the coast. Although not my favourite of Ms Ashley's, it has all her trademark humour and sexiness. A good holiday read.
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