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If I Never Met You

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Internationally bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane returns with another heartful 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 see
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Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by HarperCollins
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    Release date: Mar 24, 2020
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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
    Mhairi McFarlane's terrifically fun read is endearing and engaging whilst having some surprisingly insightful thoughts on the nature of relationships and women in general. 36 year old lawyer Laurie Watkinson lives in Manchester, working at provincial law firm, Salter and Rowson. Her long term partner of 18 years, Dan Price, is a lawyer there too, so when out of the blue Dan breaks up with her citing he is not ready to settle down and have children with her, Laurie's world falls apart. Her pain ...more
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    [4.5 ]

    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.


    Thank you, Harper Fiction!
    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
    A heart warming, emotional, yet fun tale of heartbreak, friendship and self discovery.

    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
    This is only my second McFarlane, whereas I've read a lot of contemporary writing by a lot of authors, but I think I can safely say that no one writes real life quite like her.

    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
    Sep 29, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: most-anticipated

    Madia M
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    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
    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
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley, favorites
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

    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,
    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!
    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
    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    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
    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.
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, reviewcopy, arc
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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 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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
    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
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley

    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
    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
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    While this book was very much a pretty standard fake dating shebang, it was the little nuances that set this book apart and really made me love it. There is a bucket load of kickass feminism, and calling-out of micro aggressions around race and gender, plus solid female friendships that make the story feel especially real and satisfying. Laurie was a great main character, I really related to her and found her actions believable. I also literally laughed out loud multiple times so this book ...more
    Silvia (roomforbooks)

    TW: mentions of past paedophilia
    Rep: biracial black MC
    *The Angry Reader*
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs, 2020
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: clean, ir
    I really liked the novel. There was a lot of cursing but I believe that is normal I tend to read historical novels more but otherwise I felt this was such a cute and fun book!
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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.