If I Never Met You: A Novel
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...more
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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 ...more
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
** 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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.