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If I Never Met You: A Novel

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  98 reviews

Internationally bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane returns with anotherheartful romantic comedy perfect for fans of Josie Silver, Sophie Kinsella, or Sally Thorne.

If faking love is this easy... how do you know when it’s real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Four shiny, funny, heartwarming, in the love of rom-coms and all the sweet, entertaining but also a little tolerable angsty stars!

    I think I truly admit Mhairi McFarlene is one of my favorite rom-com writers along with Marian Keyes. She has humorous, sarcastic sense of humor. She knows how to deal with inner feelings, impeccably approaches dysfunctional family problems, traumas, losses and handles those heavy issues with care. When it comes to the angsty parts of her books, they are always well
    Sep 29, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: most-anticipated

    Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

    4 STARS

    Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced reading copy (ARC) ebook.

    Mhairi McFarlane is starting to become one of my favourite contemporary writers in the line of Sarra Manning and Holly Bourne. All three are very talented at writing likeable characters, strong story lines and believable dialogue.

    If I Never Met You follows Laurie who, after being dumped by her partner of 18-years and finding out he's expecting a baby with his new partner just
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I really love Mhairi's writing! It's the fluffy romance you need with the feminism and social justice you want! And her books are always so therapeutic. Like, yes, thank you for going thru that existential journey Laurie, now I feel 10x more ready to face my obstacles and create the life I want.

    Mhairi is for sure one of my faves now and I've been sleeping on her last 2 titles I haven't read because I don't want to be done! I'd say I wished she wrote faster, but I can be patient for quality.
    The Breakneck Bookworm
    This was the second of Mhairi McFarlane and it's concreted my love for her work. Her chick lit has a real feel to it and it's both funny and modern. I loved both the leads in this books despised Dan and to be honest a fair few from the law firm they worked. I adored the Liverpool/ Manchester references and Bar Ca Va was genius! I spend most of my uni days in there and it made the book feel more realistic to me. The book is a brilliant little read and I'm excited to read more of McFarlane's work
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    ARC kindly provided by Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review

    I was so excited about this book when I read the synopsis for it and I got even more excited when I got approved for the ARC. I can say that it did not let me down. It goes without saying that what draw me immediately to put it on my shelf was the fake-dating trope.

    I got to say that at first it was hard for me to connect with the main character, Laurie. In the first chapters it was hard to keep track with all her feelings and
    Caitlin Reads
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I loved this one! This was a really fun and heartwarming rom com and perfect for fans of Sophia Kinsella. If I Never Met You was my first novel by Mhairi McFarlane and I will definitely read her prior work now. Jamie Carter has a reputation as a playboy and its starting to hurt his reputation at work. In order to obtain a much deserved promotion, he needs to fix his image and impress his bosses. Laurie was intelligent and hilarious. Her ex boyfriend broke up with her telling her he didn't want ...more
    ‘Fuck “meant to be”!’ Hattie said, heartily, “Meant to be is too passive in a crisis.’

    On my blog.

    Rep: biracial (black/white) mc, mlm Sikh side character

    CWs: emotional abuse, mentions of past paedophilia

    Galley provided by publisher

    Fake dating is a god-tier trope, we all know this. So when one of your favourite authors announces that their next book is going to include fake dating? Well who wouldn’t jump at the chance to read it.

    If I Never Met You is like your classic fake dating trope, where
    Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Mhairi McFarlane has fast become one of my favorite authors! Her writing is insightful, funny, poignant, and so very satisfying! She somehow manages to balance feminism, realistic situations, character depth, and romance with such effortlessness that it frankly boggles me. In her latest, If I Never Met You, McFarlane takes a familiar romance trope, the fake relationship that turns into real feelings, and blends it with oodles of wit, dashes of comedy, and heaps of realism that all come together ...more
    Another 5* stormer from MMcF. Full review to come.
    Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this ARC.

    Mhairi McFarlane is the British rom-com queen as far as I’m concerned. She is an immediate read for me, and ‘If I Never Met You’ is a humorous, and at times, crushing addition to her catalogue. I loved all the references to current events, trends, tech, etc. Feels reminiscent of Bridget Jones in a way and would make a cute film on Netflix.

    Laurie is dependable, reliable, and stable. I loved her drive and wit. She has had to cope
    Madeleine McGowan
    - Digital ARC provided by NetGalley -

    I can't remember the last time I gave 5 stars to a book in this genre, or the last time I made it through an entire novel without being tempted to skip ahead at least once. 'If I Never Met You' was so well written, well paced and genuinely emotionally affecting that I found myself both anticipating the conclusion and wishing it were several hundred pages further away.

    The premise - a scheme to trick her ex into wanting her back - could easily have gone in a
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 stars

    Absolutely hilarious. It has been too long since I read something by Mhairi McFarlane so it was such a thrill to have read If I Never Met You!
    4.5 'highly recommending' stars.

    I’ll keep the plot description very brief:
    So, Laurie’s looooong term partner just ups and leaves, the PRICK. In comes her gorgeous colleague Jamie Carter. Jamie has the great idea that he and Laurie should ‘fake-date' to make her ex jealous, and to clean up his promiscuous rep. Let the good times roll, right?

    'Might as well fit Carter with a GoPro, from what I’ve heard... The secret life of the neighbourhood tom.'

    I never in a million years thought that this book
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Laurie and Dan have been together since their freshman year of college. It's been nearly 20 years, now they're both successful lawyers at the same firm and it feels as though their life is pretty great, even making plans to have a baby. Out of the blue Dan drops a bomb that he's unhappy, he doesn't want the life they've built together or kids. Reeling from this news Laurie's not sure how to navigate anything from here, especially the office. Unfortunately for her, Dan's not done making her ...more
    Maria (mariaoverbooked)
    3.5 stars

    ** Thank you to HarperCollins UK, via NetGalley, for this ARC in exchange for an honest reivew **

    This was not what I was expecting. It had a lot of tropes that I usually fall for including fake dating, sharing a bed, and a friends to lovers slow burn. However, it fell to just okay for me. Not to say it was bad I just wasn't obsessed. There was a bit too much niche humor and the romance was not central to me. There was a lot of focus on the emotional struggles of the main character
    When I saw the cover for If I Never Met You on NetGalley, I fell in love. Interracial romance? Beautiful people illustrated on a beautiful cover? Count me in! Then I read the description, and was sold even more, if possible--British interracial romance? working class/ professional characters, with no millionaires in sight? Yes, please! I'd never read anything else by Mhairi McFarlane, and social media focused romances aren't my favorite, but fake relationships are a fun trope, and I loved the ...more
    I don't usually write a review right after I've finished a book, usually I want it to marinate a little bit or I don't have anything to say right away. But, I really liked this one a lot. I think it will be a rereader for me. Laurie has been with the same man since age eighteen, and while not being married at 36 is a little odd, she assumes they're committed. They have a mortgage together, and furniture, and have been discussing kids. But then she is dumped, out of nowhere, and she has no idea ...more
    Lynn Brown
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I couldn't wait to get started with this the latest book from Mhairi McFarlane. I love her writing and I think this is maybe her best novel yet.

    To begin with I had forgotten how fast paced the dialogue in her books can be. I think she is the only writer who can actually record what it's like to have whole conversations with your friends, whilst also recording your own thought process. It's so close to real life that I ached to be away from the book.

    Yes it's a romcom. But if you've never read a
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Laurie’s long term partner Dan dumps her out of the blue for “reasons”. Not long after she finds out he’s seeing someone new, has basically been cheating on her for 6 months and the new girlfriend is pregnant. Poor Laurie has to deal with the fallout of this which is made worse by the fact that they work together. Enter Jamie after a random incident and the idea of the fake relationship is born (to make Dan jealous and to help Jamie progress at their law firm).

    Loved ( in no particular order)

    Sara Oxton
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane a five-star read that will help you get unstuck. This is a great story and once again Mhairi McFarlane proves her talent at writing, writing funny, insightful and honest stories that will make you think as well as smile. If any other author had spent so long on the build-up, I feel I would have gotten a little bored, but this author managed to keep it real, keeping the characters so believable that you couldn’t miss a line. Even the secondary characters are ...more
    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    Thank you HarperCollins and William Morrow for the ARC.

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    Christina Lane
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I didn’t want to put this book down once I got going (I would’ve read it much faster had I not been so busy with life, ugh!). I really enjoyed Mhairi’s writing style- it was witty and fun but still tackled real and more serious topics. I thought the characters were well developed and while it had a rom-com feel the characters connection had real / relatable elements. Loved this book!
    Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this even though HR is more my jam. I knew from the blurb that there was a messy breakup in the beginning of the book, but I wasn't expecting to spend the first *almost half* of the book dealing with that. It was well done, but ouch. In the end, I was thrilled for Jessie and Laurie, and I love how they became more of themselves the more they got to know each other. Good times.
    Literally gasped in excitement when I received this Netgalley notification. Thank you for the ARC, William Morrow!!! ...more
    Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    The fake dating trope? A POC on the cover? An interracial relationship? I AM EXCITED.
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    It’s been a while since I’ve read and enjoyed a romance novel, so picking “If I Never Met You” was my chance to get back to that genre. It surely did not disappoint me!

    Laurie is a lawyer in a Manchester firm. Her life companion for the past eighteen years, Dan, is a lawyer in the same firm too. The two of them have a relationship that everyone envy. They have been together since college and they are what most people call the “perfect couple”. She is Dan’s girl and everyone
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a really lovely, heartwarming story with (mostly!) likeable characters that I raced through almost in one sitting through sheer enjoyment. Laurie Watkinson has been with Dan Price since university eighteen years ago. They are comfortable, have really good jobs as lawyers at the same firm in Manchester, a nice house and are planning on starting a family. Correction. Laurie is. Totally out of the blue comes a bombshell. Dan is unhappy, they want different things, it’s me not you, blah, ...more
    Dora (d_ireadromance)
    Thank you HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a eARC, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

    Laurie has been with her college boyfriend, Dan Price, for 18 years. They live together, they work together, and they have what she thought was a relationship that was bound to lead to marriage and children. At the age of 36, Laurie and Dan have finally decided to start a family and a mere month before Laurie goes of birth control, Dan drops a bombshell revelation on Laurie that
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Finally, a book set in England that doesn’t confuse me or lose me with its cultural references. I liked how this reads more like a story rather than a first person narrative. This was a well told story enhanced by a writing style garnished with dry humor and sarcasm.

    Laurie, I connected so much with her. I’ve been through what she has been through and felt the things she has felt. She had reached the point in her life where she knew a life with Dan more than she didn’t. It’s a tough scenario for
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    Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

    After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels. It’s Not Me, It’s You is her third book. She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.