IF I NEVER MET YOU – Mhairi McFarlane

I love to mix up the genres and give my mind a good balance of thriller, romance, self-help and whatever type of book is available out there. This time I picked out a contemporary romance written by Mhairi McFarlane. I normally love a good romantic fiction but I won’t lie, I wasn’t 100% sure that I’d complete it based on just the blurb (way too cliche and overdone) BUT I was sold after the first few chapters. I could relate to every thing Laurie (the main character) was going through and I just could not put the book down.

In short, Laurie, 36 is an amazing lawyer living with her long term boyfriend of 18 years, who she was planning to have a baby with. Of course, Dan, the “perfect boyfriend” blows up the entire plan out of nowhere by saying that he doesn’t want kids after 18 years! It couldn’t get worse…they work for the same company and to add to that he gives her the news that he’s going to be a dad…(yes he said he didn’t want kids!) This is when Laurie agrees to start a fake relationship with Jamie Carter, a “player” lawyer at her firm to help her save face, and to help him with his career.

Mhairi nails the complexities of modern relationships and the thoughts that follow post certain decisions that is made by us or for us. I think what sets this novel apart from most of the other ones I’ve read is that the story touches on deeper issues that has an emotional impact such as race, intricate family dynamics and also focuses on how social media can impact one’s life-story in this day and age but is still light-hearted and a fun read. Although, some may find that adding such drama to a romantic novel is too distracting. As for me, this book is just what I needed to read. Mhairi is sensitive in the way she approaches the story of each character and the book itself is pitched perfectly. It left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that I absolutely, low-key, nauseously, love.

This is a great book and taps into every emotion within you. If you just want to escape for a little while into a heartwarming story of Laurie and co then this is very much recommended. The only thing I hate about this book is the creation of JAMIE. HE IS A LIE Mhairi and it very much reminded me of the feelings I used to have for those Korean heroes that played the lead roles. A dream.

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