If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane (Publication date 1/1/20)

If I Never Met You

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb:

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 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 ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment—and jealousy—of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend… 

My thoughts:-


Enjoyable book set in a Manchester law firm. Laurie is a bright young woman treated badly by the love of her life, Dan. So when Jamie offers her an opportunity to show Dan what he is missing, she takes a risk, despite her best friend Emily counselling her against this plan.

A modern story including the perils of social media, office politics, parenting issues. I enjoyed the story, a real page turner for me. There is sadness and humour, and a great cast of characters.

My only quibble was that a magistrate will not use a gavel in court – they are not used in the UK.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for a digital ARC in return for my honest review.



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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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