Book Review : It Happened One Night by Phillipa Ashley

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This is the first book I’ve read by Phillipa Ashley and wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I have to say I really loved It Happened One Night.

Initially, I thought this was going to be a story of young love between and 18 year old, Sophie,  and 21 year old, Adam, but that was just the first few chapters where the scene and background were set for the rest of the book. The ‘early’ years ended on a cliff hanger – all the reader knows is that something quite bad happened at a party. The next chapter starts 10 years later, where we catch up with Sophie and Adam and find out what happened and how their lives have moved on since then. The supporting cast had some great characters which all added to an entertaining, fun and relaxed read.

Phillipa Ashley has a lovely, fresh style of writing that is well developed, yet casual at the same time. It made me feel totally at home and once I started reading it, I didn’t want to put it down.

Definitely one to put in your suitcase alongside your flip-flops and sun cream.


Sophie McBride has been in love with Adam Templar for as long as she can remember. Talented, brilliant and sexy, he shines like the sun over the tiny Lakeland village where she’s grown up. Now, at eighteen, she has her own big ideas and what’s more, Adam is home from university and has finally noticed her . . . really noticed her. When he asks her to a party, she dares to hope that all her dreams can come true, but what happens that night sets off a chain of events that bring heartbreak for Sophie – and lead to Adam leaving Langmere under the darkest of clouds.

Ten years later, no one is more shocked than Sophie to find him back in the village. Now an up-and-coming film director, he’s returned to make a drama about a notorious local poet and brought his glamorous cast, crew – and girlfriend – with him. As the on-screen drama plays out, can Sophie and Adam lay the past to rest or will history repeat itself?

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phillipa ashleyBritish author, Phillipa Ashley, loves writing lively, sexy, funny romantic fiction. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, she worked as a copywriter and journalist. Her novels have been published by Headline Little Black Dress, Piatkus Entice and Samhain Publishing.

She started writing fiction in 2005, after being inspired by the BBC TV drama, North & South. Her first novel, Decent Exposure – titled Dating Mr December for the US – topped the Romance chart and won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award 2007. In 2009, it was filmed as a Lifetime TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. Having her novel made into a movie inspired It Happened One Night which is published in June 2013.

Her most recent book for Piatkus Entice is Miranda’s Mount which won Best e book at the Festival of Romance Reader Awards 2012.

Her books have been translated into many languages including Thai, Turkish, Bulgarian and Russian. In the US, four of her books have been published by Sourcebooks and reached the Romance Top 20. She was a judge for the RNA Love Story of the Year 2011 and has interviewed many interesting people during her career as a journalist including the writers, Ian Rankin and Sir John Mortimer and actors Richard Armitage, Robert Powell and Nigel Havers.

Phillipa lives in Staffordshire with her husband and daughter and loves Champagne, Jane Austen, hiking, surfing and body boarding. She also loves visiting her apartment in the Lake District as often as possible, the setting for It Happened One Night.

She is represented by the Wade & Doherty Literary Agency and Sayle Screen.

Phillipa’s Links:

Twitter : @PhillipaAshley

Phillipa’s Author Page on Amazon

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