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review 2020-04-08 18:23
If I Never Met You
If I Never Met You - Mhairi McFarlane

I Picked Up This Book Because: Cute cover

The Characters:

Jamie Carter:

The Story:

Entertainment: This story was just okay for me. I found it predictable and I could barely understand the narrator at times which always kills the enjoyment of a book.
Characters: I didn’t like Laurie. She became one of those women at the end of a relationship that I can’t stand. Jealous, snoopy and intent on revenge. I get that people work through things differently but it just made me roll my eyes way too much.
Plot: Again it was fine but nothing fresh or new or even a fresh twist. Of course the fake relationship was going to turn real, of course they were going to stumble when they decided it was real, of course there would be resolution.
Writing Style/Voice: There is nothing to complain about here. Technically fine writing and good pacing.
Overall: I’m left a bit underwhelmed. I know I’m in the minority of thinking this was not the next great love story but it was a pleasant enough way to spend time.

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3 Stars
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review 2020-02-28 13:06
You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane

When I started this book I thought it’d be just another chic-lit-esk romance, but it was so much more than that and this author is now going to be one of my go-to authors when I need a comfort read that goes that little bit further.


You Had Me at Hello works in alternate chapters which seems to be the structure of the day as far as literature goes. The two main protagonists are Rachel and Ben who've known each other since University where they met in first year. As far as we know they were never anything more than friends, although we do get hints to the contrary. Something undefined happened between them at the very end of their studies and they lost touch, but one of Rachel’s friends sees Ben ten years after University at the local library in Manchester. Rachel, who has just ended a long-term relationship with her fiancée, goes to the library in the hopes of accidentally-on-purpose bumping into Ben. She does bump into him, as she’d hoped, and they go for coffee together where he tells her he’s now married and living in Manchester after previously having lived with his wife in London. From this point onwards they reignite their friendship. There’s nothing romantic going on as Ben is married, although there are some undertones of sexual-tension.


Alternate chapters usually work, but not as successfully as it did here. It really elevated the structure and revealed more pieces of the puzzle each time. It was such an immersive experience that I nearly forgot I was reading.


Apart from the structure, which was simply excellent, the characters were fantastic and I mean every last one. Rachel was so lovely and funny I began wishing she was my friend and her interaction with Ben was perfect. Rachel had a group of friends and this was the only part that felt a little contrived. Her three friends were almost clique, but they were really interesting none-the-less. Mindy, one of the group, was a bit of a girly-girl type. Ivor, another one of the group, was a little hard to figure out and the last friend, whose name I’ve forgotten, wasn’t hugely interesting. I know I said before that all the characters were fantastic and even though I’ve said Rachel’s friends felt a little false, I’m referring to their interactions rather than their personality types. Considering the interaction between Ben and Rachel was so authentic, this made certain other relationships, i.e. the group of friends, not as good.


What elevated this for me was the way Ben and Rachel’s relationship was handled so deftly and how realistic it all felt. Other issues were dealt with as well (their main focus being relationships) and somehow this was managed in a complex, but yet simple way.  


Overall I really enjoyed this one and I recommend anyone and everyone to give Mhairi McFarlane a try.

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text 2020-02-05 14:04
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane

I think I have a book hangover...

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text 2020-02-02 22:03
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane

Don't you love it when you find a new author that you love who has an extensive back catalogue!?

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review 2020-01-02 18:36
It's Not Me, It's You
It's Not Me, It's You - Mhairi McFarlane

"It's Not Me, It's You" focuses on 30 something Delia Moss who is stuck in a dead end job, but is happily in love with her long time boyfriend Paul. When Delia proposes, and Paul (grudgingly accepts) things go pear shaped when Delia reads a message that Paul sent to someone else. And just like that she's stuck wondering if her relationship was ever real and if she wants to fix things. 


Oh so close. I really did enjoy the character of Delia. But I really wished for a different ending. Maybe because I think in the end that Delia's best friend Emma is correct about the man Delia ends up choosing in the end. Sorry, I think I am still suffering repercussions from finishing up Season 2 of "You." Anyway, I wish McFarlane really had focused more on what to do after an affair. Instead the book jumped around in tone a lot with having Delia trying to get out of being blackmailed, then working with her blackmailer. Then we would have her back to being sad about the end of her relationship with Paul. I just think in the end this book had too much going on. 


I couldn't get much of a handle on other characters in this one. I honestly thought Paul was complex and wanted to go back to him a lot. Instead we stayed focused on Adam, an anonymous internet user, Delia's boss, and her feelings about her parents and brother. Once again, I think the problem is the book jumps around too much. 

The book drags a lot too after Delia moves to London to live with Emma. I found myself more interested in that character too by the way. 


The ending feels a bit patched on though, I just had a hard time with it. Still very enjoyable and I am glad I read McFarlane's back-list. 

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