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If I Never Met You

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,565 ratings  ·  373 reviews
Bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane returns with anotherheartfelt 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 himevery day. Her
Paperback, 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
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
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.
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 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, it’s me not you, 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 wasn’t finding that to be the case with this one, therefore, despite it working for many others, I’ve 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 tropes).
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
Shelves: most-anticipated

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
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

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.
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 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
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
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
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
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 ???
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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
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.
fake dating trope + Mhairi McFarlane = very fun, very swoony, some classic fake-date moments while still being original, unexpected and heartfelt.
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020
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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!
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
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.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewcopy, 2019
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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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
There's so many tropes and clichées in this book. You only have to read the first chapter in order to predict the ending.

And yet, it works.

McFarlane, more than any other authors, manages to craft witty characters worthy of the 90's romcoms. Her heroines are relatable, radiating fun and seeming like real people that could jump off the page. And they're properly contemporary; women in their 30's, still searching for love, still fighting for their careers, still trying to find their way.

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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.
“Those who said family mattered above all else were wrong. People you love, who love you back, matter above all. Crap people you happen to be related to: you need to stop thinking you owe them a limitless number of chances to hurt you.” 1 likes
“Laurie," he said quietly. Not a question, or an opening to saying anything else. A full sentence in itself.” 1 likes
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