Hear ye, hear ye! This is a public service announcement: there is a new Mhairi McFarlane novel in town!
Yes, you read that correctly. If you haven’t already started jumping around in circles, madly flapping your arms around in excitement, then please feel free to do so now.
We feel it is our duty to pass on Mhairi McFarlane to all you chick-lit lovers out there. If you’re unfamiliar with her books, get ready for a crash course in Mhairi McFarlane 101.
Mhairi (pronounced Vah-Ree) is an international best-selling novelist who writes hilarious, witty, and intelligent chick-lit. You know the kind of book that you push onto all of your friends because they are *that* good? Those are Mhairi’s books. They have the quintessential female characters that we love and wish we could have a wine with, along with men we kind-of-maybe-ever-so-slightly wish would walk into our lives!
You Had Me at Hello
Mhairi’s first novel, and probably our favorite, is the story of Rachel and Ben. Rachel and Ben were best mates at university but have gone their separate ways after graduation. Ten years later, after a chance meeting in the rain, Rachel begins to question whether there could have been more to their relationship if life hadn’t gotten in the way. Will Rachel just have to face the fact that Ben is no longer her Ben, but rather, his wife’s? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Here’s Looking at You
When Anna was at school, she was a far cry from the gorgeous bombshell she is today. So when Anna’s path crosses with James, her former school crush/bully, and he doesn’t recognise her, Anna thinks she might just be able to escape the torment of her teenage years. Anna and James are forced to work together and so a love/hate relationship ensues. Anna questions whether people can actually change while she waits for the inevitable moment when James will suddenly remember who she is. Anna is cheeky and funny and such fun to follow, and while James was her tormentor at school he now seems more mature and sensitive. But will he look at her the same if he finds out who she was all those years ago?
It’s Not Me, It’s You
When Delia Moss proposes to her boyfriend of ten years and then receives a message from him that is clearly meant for another women, her life seems to crumble with the realization that everything she thought was true turned out to be a lie. Delia manages to navigate heartbreak, a change of job, a subsequent new boss, and a move from Newcastle to the hustle and bustle of London, all with the spunk of truly modern heroine. The 500+ pages fly by as you cheer on Delia, and at the end you won’t want to say goodbye to your new best friend.
Who’s That Girl?
‘That girl’ is Edie who, after finding herself in a compromising position at a colleague’s wedding and the focus of some nasty office rumours, is forced to move back home to Nottingham with her dad and her overly-judgmental sister. Edie has the time to really look at herself and find out who she is, but her life becomes even more complicated while working with superstar Elliot Owen on his memoir. Edie, like the other girls in the Mhairi squad (total #SquadGoals), is flawed but charming and entirely loveable, and she'll stay with you long after you finish the book.
Mhairi’s latest is just as laugh-out-loud funny and utterly irresistible as her previous novels and we suggest you run, not walk, to your closest Dymocks store so you too can submerge yourself into the warm, fuzzy, and heartfelt world of Mhairi McFarlane.