Wednesday 13 April 2022

Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane | Book Review

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Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 14th April 2022

Two strangers.
One big coincidence.
Driving each other crazy is just the beginning…

Harriet Hatley is running away from everything.

Getting married.
Her boyfriend’s family.
Her past.

A dream house-share seems like the perfect place to hide, but her unlikely housemate Cal is no stranger to running away himself. And he's also hiding secrets of his own . . .

Can these two take a crazy risk, face the past and finally find a reason to stay?

I know that every time I read a Mhairi McFarlane book I will love it.

Harriet is a 34 year old wedding photographer who in our prologue, is working at a wedding where the groom has run out on the bride at the altar.

Harriet, after working at weddings for her day job, is adamant that she does not want to get married. When boyfriend of two years Jon proposes to her in front of his entire posh family (who she already feels like an outsider to), she feels obliged to say yes before breaking up with him completely shortly afterwards.

Following her break up she must find somewhere new to live and ends up being a lodger for Cal, the groom that ran out on his bride a year before! Cal shares his story on why he didn't marry his fiancée that day and the two strike up a friendship. We learn that Harriet's past relationship before Jon was a coercive and manipulative one which in turn shaped her relationship with Jon. 

When Harriet finds out that the ex-partner who made her feel that way is getting married, she feels obliged to warn his fiancée. 

Yes, there is a bit of romance in there which I love but the main focus here is female solidarity, sticking up for each other and supporting each other.

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