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If I Never Met You

By: Mhairi McFarlane
Narrated by: Sara Novak
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Publisher's Summary

If faking love is this easy...how do you know when it’s real?

The brand new novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Mhairi McFarlane.

Laurie and Jamie have the perfect office romance.

(They set the rules via email)

Everyone can see they’re head over heels.

(They staged the photos)

This must be true love.

(They’re faking it)

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of 18 years, she’s blindsided. Not only does she feel humiliated, they still have to work together.

So when she gets stuck in the lift with handsome colleague Jamie, they hatch a plan to stage the perfect romance. Revenge will be sweet....

But this fauxmance is about to get complicated. You can’t break your heart in a fake relationship - can you?

©2020 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Beautiful and touching - I loved it so much!" (Marian Keyes)

"Sharply relevant, super funny, packs an emotional punch and deeply, deliciously romantic - perfect on every level." (Cressida McLaughlin)

"Funny, crackling with sexual tension, and full of complex, nuanced characters - a total joy to read." (Louise O’Neill)

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Great Read

I love the two central characters in this story. A very heart warming and enjoyable read.

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Funny and heartfelt

I love Mhairi's work; hers are really the only "rom-com" style books I read. Her characters are always SO warm and engaging, always people you want to know and very quickly care about. I ALWAYS fall hook, line and sinker for the story she wants to tell and get caught up in the whole ride.

Funny, heartfelt, exploring some interesting and relevant new ideas. If you enjoy this genre, you can't do better than Mhairi.

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Love Story

This story started out a little slow but I did find it improved. The storyline was rather obvious but that’s ok. Sometimes that’s exactly what you want and it was finished off nicely. Really liked it a lot!

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Great

Great book. Kept me interested throughout. The narrators character voices were a little annoying occasionally but now that I’ve finished the book I found myself speaking with the narrators accent today so go figure.
Was an excellent audio book.

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Heart warming, the new Marian Keyes!

Really loved this book. The narrator did an amazing job with all her accents. It had some great sub plots too.

I will be reading more of her books for sure.

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Romantic story, easy to binge-listen to

Thoroughly enjoyed this romantic story of a strong and resilient woman who finds the joy of rediscovering a love she deserves after being cheated on and dumped. Sara Novak has an easy-to-listen-to voice and engaging tone, but found lengthy pauses confusing inflections and misplaced emphasis a little distracting. Still a 5 star book though.

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Proof that men just ain't it

The first several hours of this book were genuinely difficult to listen to, purely because of what Laurie went through. I loved Laurie and her fun sense of humour and her connection with Jamie felt genuine.
My only gripe was that the ending felt way too rushed and a bit left field of what the book was leading up to. If you cut out the last chapter, it would easily be a 5 star read for me.

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Favourite book from Mhairi McFarlane so far.

Love that the protagonist was a person of colour. Well narrated and enjoyable story line. The only criticism I have is that the ending was a bit clichéd.

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Sooo good

I love all of Mhairi McFarlane’s books . The stories always unravels so perfectly . Rom coms with wit , real character development and all the feels . I wasn’t sure if this book could live up to the previous books , but it really did . I loved it .

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A beautiful, light-hearted story

I really enjoyed this book, expecting the outcome and willing it along. Light-hearted and romantic, funny and sad. The narrator was extremely good, however, the editing was appalling and cringe-worthy in places which spoiled my enjoyment.

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