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
This book was a de-fuckin-light.
It’s by far one of the most wittiest stories I’ve read and I’m kicking myself for not having read a novel by Mhairi McFarlane sooner. This is a mistake that will be dealt with.
I RECEIVED AN ARC!!!
Thank you, Harper Fiction! ...more
Laurie, 36 thought she had it all, a great job as a lawyer, a lovely home, and a long term boyfriend of 18 years, who she was planning to have a baby with. Then seemingly out of nowhere he said he didn't want kids, ended the relationship and moved out. But unfortunately they worked together, so she had to see him at the office everyday To make matters worse, he then announced he had a new girlfriend, who was ...more
That said, I am finding it hard to nail down my feelings on this one. There is so much intelligence, strength, and emotion in McFarlane's writing. This one deals with the emotional devastation and grief in the post-breakdown of an almost two decades long relationship, and where one goes after surviving that; particularly ...more
Gah, I loved Laurie and Jamie together! And I loved this book.
Do you know what makes me weak at the knees when it comes to romance, a damn good comforting hug. Especially in the early stages when nothing’s been declared. I love me a hug. And this had one of the best comfort hugs.
On the surface this books sounds like hundreds of others with a conventional dumped and fake relationship plot. It’s so much more. It really delves into Laurie’s emotions when her relationship of 18 years falls ...more
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 ...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.
Trying to get back into reviews, so this is going to be short and sweet. I really loved the main character of Laurie. Mhairi McFarlane did a great job of creating a mixed race romantic heroine and her dealing with the micro and macro-aggression of being a woman of color living in Britain. Laurie though really touched me when you see that she is trying to take the next step with her long-time partner, ...more
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
A delightful romantic comedy, If I Never Met You is Mhairi McFarlane’s sixth novel.
Laurie is devastated when her boyfriend of eighteen years suddenly announces he is leaving her, claiming the need to ‘find’ himself, and then completely shattered when she learns just weeks later that Dan not only has a new girlfriend, but that the girlfriend is pregnant.
Desperate to retain a shred of dignity, especially given she and Dan still have to work together in the same law firm, Laurie strikes a deal with ...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
BTW I totally agree with Maria (mariaoverbooked)'s review.
Anyway, Mhairi McFarlane is still my favourite chick-lit author.
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
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
It's been ages since I've read a good romance and this book was absolutely delightful! I'm a sucker for the fake dating trope, and it was elevated to a whole new level here with irresistibly charming characters, wonderful friendships between both the main couple as well as the heroine and other ladies, plus a fantastic balance between heartfelt emotion and fun witty banter. I found myself close to tears at a few points and then grinning widely the next moment, the ...more
The high-concept/tropetastic hook: After her boyfriend-since-college unceremoniously dumps her, thirty-six year old biracial (or "dual heritage") Nice Girl Laurie Watkinson tries to make him jealous by dating the playboy at the Manchester (England) law firm where all three work.
The far more nuanced take:
I'm not usually all that drawn by high-concept romances, but I found If I Never Met You a real pleasure. McFarlane doesn't just play the trope for easy laughs; she digs deep into the feelings of ...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
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.