I LOVE Mhairi McFarlane and have read all of her back catalogue. In fact, I have signed copies of all of her books after a prosecco-fuelled bid on a charity auction lot last year…….. I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent advanced review copies before – but somehow I must have fallen off the radar, and I didn’t notice it on Netgalley – and so it wasn’t until this was published that I realised there was a new book! I immediately downloaded it – not begrudging paying for once, as I had high expectations – as I have loved all of the historic books.
Here’s the Amazon blurb:
“It began with four words.
‘I love your laugh. x’
But that was twelve years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (© Tripadvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (© Georgina’s best friends) in bed with someone else.
So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something.
The only problem? He doesn’t seem to remember Georgina – at all…”
I was completely correct not to have begrudged spending hard earned cash on this – it was excellent – and possibly my favourite Mhairi McFarlane to date.
It flashes back to sixth form – and I can soooooo remember that time, and it really evoked those memories (despite being a very long time ago for me!) and then the present day when Georgina is initially working in an awful Italian restaurant. I really liked Georgina – although did want to give her a shake a couple of times!
The relationships with her extended family were described brilliantly, and similarly that with her friends and colleagues – you really feel like you get to know everyone. The passive aggressive notes from her housemate were a particular favourite!
The ending is brilliant (the friendship group reminds me quite a lot of Bridget Jones – but in a good way, not a copying way!) and I loved it. As with many of Mhairi’s books I want a sequel or a spin off, pretty please??
I like the fact that whilst this is ‘chick lit’ it is bloody well written, structured and uses long words! It’s an easy read – but feels like time has been invested to make it a decent quality book. It had me crying with laughter – and then sobbing with high emotion – which has to be the sign of a good book?
It’s out now on Kindle (and a bargain at just 99p) – or next week in paperback – so treat yourself!