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You Had Me At Hello [Paperback]

Mhairi McFarlane
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Book Description

6 Dec 2012

What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000748805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488056
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and got the fringe hairstyle locked down early so she could concentrate on wider issues affecting society, like why Cadbury's don't make plain chocolate buttons. Surely the demand is there. She has written one rom-com book and is trying to write another and not be distracted by DVD box-sets or Twitter, with varying success.

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“Very very witty and funny. Left me in awe…a total gem.” (Marian Keyes)

“The funniest, most romantic book I've read since One Day.” (Lisa Jewell)

“I loved this book. It made me laugh and reminded me that anything's possible in love – and in everything else for that matter.” (Minnie Driver)

“I loved this: an original, genuinely funny, genuinely moving, modern love story.” (Katy Regan)

“Mhairi is darkly funny and quite, quite rude…You Had Me at Hello is a breath of tart, Northern air.” (Sarra Manning)

“Bitingly sharp and achingly funny…guaranteed to have you bent double. I absolutely loved it!” (Claudia Carroll)

About the Author

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since. (With a ‘V’, not an ‘M’. Yes, that’s us crazy Celts for you).

She is based in Nottingham where she used to be a local journalist and now she’s a freelance writer and sometime-blogger, which we all know is code for messing about on Twitter.

She likes drinking wine, eating food and obtaining clothes; all the impressive hobbies. Her best anecdotes involve dislocating her elbow tripping over a briefcase and a very bad flight to New York. She lives with a man and a cat.


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245 of 272 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 11 Nov 2012
By JessDay
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From first line to last I was totally hooked. In a genre often stymied by identikit plots, unrealistic dialogue and twee cupcake making heroines, everything about Mhairi McFarlane's debut is a breath of fresh air. The central premise is engaging, intriguing and always rings true, and in Rachel Woodford she has created one of the best leading ladies in recent memory: sharp, witty, sometimes flawed, but always totally lovable and believable. Add to this a brilliant supporting cast of friends and colleagues, all with their own stories to tell and this is one of the most satisfying reads around - a terrific ensemble piece as well as a thrilling central romance, it has a depth of plot, character and storytelling rare for the genre. Mhairi's wonderful turn of phrase, acute ear for dialogue and ribald sense of humour will guarantee you at least five embarrassing public snort lols per page, and I can make no higher recommendation than that. A total joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, heart-warming 17 Dec 2012
By Linn
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I was supposed to revise for an exam but... Well I just got completely drawn in by this book and could not put it down! I'm not going to go into detail about the plot line, what I will say that it's a very enjoyable book, with a heroine who's neither some perfectly groomed princess nor an annoying cartoonish klutz (like so much chick-lit out there). The dialog was clever and funny, the characters had enough development and complexity to keep me interested throughout, and the romance-bits had me tear up in the good way. Overall an entertaining, heart-warming and realistic story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre. At 0.99 for the Kindle version how could you resist?!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 21 Nov 2012
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I've just finished reading this book and felt compelled to write a review. This is one of the best books I've ever read. The characters are fabulous and so life like I felt part of the story. I laughed out loud numerous times while reading the book and also felt my heart swell with sadness at the missed opportunities that Rachel and Ben let pass them by. I did not want this book to end but was desperate to know what the ending would be; it was so well written it had me wondering right up until the end. I am going to miss this story so much but know that I'll read it again - Brilliant!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sassy 2 Dec 2012
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What a wonderful book, I blame the author for my lack of sleep as I couldn't put it down. I'm a voracious reader and have a tendency to forget books after reading, I won't be forgetting this one!
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book not to be missed 8 Nov 2012
By Grace
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book from beginning to end! I think it's hard to find women's fiction that feels new or fresh, but this is it - it had me laughing out loud over and over again, but it's also good for tugging at the heart strings. And best of all, I couldn't guess what was going to happen - even as I got to the very end. So rare! I loved the characters who were always real and believable, making all the same mistakes that we do in life. Plus, it's got a hook that I could totally relate to - everyone remembers the one who got way... If you haven't read it yet I am so jealous because you're in for such a treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud! 19 Dec 2012
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A fantastic book - couldn't put it down. Likeable characters and lots of humour makes this a great choice for a light read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 13 Nov 2012
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Loved the book. Good characters. Good story line. Humour, romance and a some bad guys. Looking forward to this author's next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 13 Nov 2012
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I fell in live with this book right from the beginning. It's one of those great books that you just have to finish, impossible to put down and becomes your world while your reading it.
I can't wait for Mhairi's second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I've ever read. So honest and relatable. A must read.
Published 7 hours ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
loved this book!
Published 1 day ago by clarbygirl
2.0 out of 5 stars The 5 Star Reviews are Baffling.
Rachel and Rhys have been together for 13 years and are due to get married. When the whole lot falls apart, Rachel moves out and bumps into Ben - the one that got away. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S.L Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for her third book
I think the books I like here might not be attractive to males BICBAM
I loved it and immediately got her second book and am
enjoying that. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. Vicky Ayech
5.0 out of 5 stars Good feeling holiday read
Easy going, kept my attention, fun, sadness and poignancy throughout, would recommend for some light hearted reading. will look out for more MacFarlane books.
Published 2 days ago by suzanna nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed !
Great story - interesting characters & very believable dilemmas. Kept me enthralled until the very end.
Published 2 days ago by Pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it. Simple as that.
Published 3 days ago by Alice Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great read, a must
This was a great read, a must. I will definitely read more of Mhairi McFarland. I had never heard of this author before someone recommended this book to me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by ZBL
4.0 out of 5 stars I was had at page 1!
Romantic, easy and enjoyable read. This story takes you back and forth, through past and present, of 2 friends always wondering what might have been
Published 6 days ago by Jules Rankine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
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