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If I Never Met You

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,473 ratings  ·  678 reviews
If faking love is this easy... how do you know when its real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reelingnot only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her exs pregnant
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
chan ☆
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
everything i want from a slow moving british romcom. the flatshare WHOMST
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
99 pennies on kindle, lads! ✌

[4.5 🌟]

This book was a de-fuckin-light.😍
Its by far one of the most wittiest stories Ive read and Im 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 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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, its me not you, blah, blah ...more
Jan 28, 2020 added it
I mostly read suspense/thriller but I really love romantic comedy every once in awhile to lighten things up.

For these books to work for me, however, I have to want to root for the heroine, find the dialogue witty, or at the very least be able to relate to the characters!

I wasnt finding that to be the case with this one, therefore, despite it working for many others, Ive decided to move on-DNF at 25%. Not rating
Anna Luce
★★★★✰ 4.25 stars

The trouble with liars, Laurie had decided from much research in the professional field, is they always thought everyone else was less smart than them.

If I Never Met You is the fourth novel I've read by Mhairi McFarlane and I'm happy to say that it is my favourite book of hers. McFarlane just keeps getting better and better, and this time round she gives a new spin to the tired 'fake-dating' trope (which prior to this book I considered to be one of my least favourite romcom
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.

Laurie knew that most people were murdered by someone they knew; she'd stood up in court and argued or the killers' bail applications while they wept not only about their fate, but about their loss. In this moment, she understood why.

IF I NEVER MET YOU is a women's fiction title, much like the other one I read by her,
4.5 ★ 'highly recommending' stars.

Ill keep the plot description very brief:
So, Lauries 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 Ive heard... The secret life of the neighbourhood tom.'

I never in a million years thought that this book
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I try to deny it, I do occasionally like to read a romantic book, as its a break from the predictable murder and suspense books that Im addicted to!!

Lauries world is turned upside down when her partner Dan drops the devastating bombshell that he doesnt want children or to be in a relationship with her anymore. This is particularly hard as they have been together for 18 years, they met at university and work as lawyers in the same office. As if the situation couldnt get any worse Dan
This is why I'm single. I've concluded.
Not that this fact needs to be reiterated, but fictional boys give you waaaay too many expectations.
And, I for one, have a very difficult time detaching the fiction I read, from reality.
So damn you McFarlane, for giving me Jamie, to add to my list of 'fictional men I want to date in real life.'

All this is not to take away from the fact that this was a wonderful book. I forget everytime how good McFarlane is at masterfully sketching out nuanced characters.
Sep 29, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: most-anticipated

Sigh. This was lovely.

This book was the perfect movie rom-com. It has all the rom-com signifiers -- and attractive, relatable central couple, a bunch of spiky, colorful, snarky yet supportive group of friends, events that spin out of the couple's control when they thought they had everything under control. WE also get a makeover scene, a running in the rain scene, and a running to catch your true love at the train station to make your declaration before they can leave scene.

It was also really
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!
This was the sort of light read that I needed as I'm getting over my book slump. (F You Corona!!!!)
Thoroughly enjoyed the first bits! Loved the MCs Laurie and Jamie but the end felt abit too contrived and fast. Also I got lost abit in the British references though
Still I enjoyed it
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane


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
Madia M
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

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 nothings 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. Its so much more. It really delves into Lauries emotions when her relationship of 18 years falls apart
Laura ☾
This was mildly entertaining, but very cliché.

Although as a lawyer I find it hard to believe that they would have put all of this planning into writing...that's like rule 1 - anything you don't want found out you never put in writing anywhere ???
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
It's been years since I picked up a Mhairi McFarlane novel, and I'm not really sure why that is. I liked It's Not Me, It's You well enough (it's obvious she's quite a witty writer), but something about the execution felt off and I think I let that keep me from diving deeper into her backlist. Then came an offer to review her upcoming title If I Never Met You, and something about this one seemed to call out to me. As though it was time. As though Laurie and Jamie might be the ones. Spoiler ...more
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I adore fake relationship stories when written right. Office romance, even better. This was a sweet book, it is distinctively British because half the reference sailed over my head but it was hilarious nonetheless.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
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,
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Leaning more towards a 2.5 ⭐

I didn't hate it but certainly didn't love it either. The writing in the first 1/4 of the book was not great but got progressively better as it went on. It was written in 3rd person which again didn't exactly draw me in. Didn't particularly warm to the MC but I feel like the author did a good job with her character development. It felt realistic and was pleasant to read. By the end, she became independent, strong and believed in herself.

I found the ending to be
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 - 4 stars

Its been a long while since Ive read Mhairi McFarlane and Im glad to be reacquainted. IF I NEVER MET YOU was a read of phases for me, one of difficult angst for the first part and then a slow relax into a great story for the rest. I think I was expecting lightness from the start and that early heavy context took me by surprise initially. On reflection, that start made this a deeper story which I really appreciate.

Laurie was an incredibly like-able heroine from the start and it was
Adele Shea
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mhairi McFarlane just knows how to write masterpieces with characters that you would love to be your friends in real life.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: otp, 4-stars, 2020-reads
um this book is so cute wtf? i only had like 3 hrs of sleep last night, trying to finish this book, and let me tell you that it's all worth the 3-hour sleep i got. i will never get tired of the almighty Fake Dating Trope.
The Breakneck Bookworm
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
fake dating trope + Mhairi McFarlane = very fun, very swoony, some classic fake-date moments while still being original, unexpected and heartfelt.
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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. Its Not Me, Its You is her third book. She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.

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