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What happens when the ONE that got away comes back?”
Rachel and Ben met at university in Manchester; they were best of friends and together with party nights and curry nights, they shared their hopes and fears for the future. They were always a gang of two, but when the time came to make their mark on the adult world, they went their separate ways and now after nearly a decade with no contact, they bump into each other again, and the years in-between just seem to disappear.
What then follows is a warm and witty look at what may happen when two people with a bucket load of unfinished business meet up again. Their shared history is ever present and even though their grown-up adult lives bear little resemblance to the people they once were, underneath the veneer, Rachel still nurses a broken heart and Ben, now married, must learn to face his own demons. Rachel and Ben’s story engulfs from the very beginning, and alongside some laugh out loud funny moments, there are some situations which really tug on the old heart strings.
There is nothing remotely contrived about this book, it is evident from the opening chapter that Mhairi McFarlane has a real skill with words. Her narrative is sharp and sassy and she infuses her characters with such an abundance of spirit that it is an absolute joy to read their story.
And only someone who is familiar with Manchester can write this sentence with absolute conviction.
“I get home slightly late, blown in the door by that special Manchester rain that manages to be both vertical and horizontal at the same time. I bring so much rain into the house it feels as if the tide goes out and leaves me draped across the stairs like a piece of seaweed.”
Without doubt, You Had Me At Hello is one of the best rom-com books I have read in a very long time and I look forward to reading more books by Mhairi McFarlane in the future.
My thanks to Harper Collins for an advance reading copy of this book.