I will freely admit that I am a sap for a good romantic story, especially a story about two people who should obviously be together but aren’t. Call it the old softie in me, call it me being a romantic dreamer even though I often think I am a cynic. Give me a story like One Day, Notting Hill, Such a Girl, Felicity or A Nice Girl Like Me, and I am hooked. So when I heard about You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, I knew I had to read it.
So what’s it about? Back in university, Rachel and Ben were inseparable. They were so close that everyone assumed they were dating, no matter how many times they denied it. Now’s it been ten years since they last spoke, and time has moved on. Rachel is engaged to Rhys, her long-term wanna-be rock star boyfriend, and Ben is married to Olivia. They’re paths haven’t crossed, though they’ve often thought about one another.
One night while having dinner with her close-knit group of friends (practical Caroline, enigmatic Ivor and quirky Mindy) dinner, Rachel finds out through Caroline that Ben has moved back to Manchester and that she bumped into him at the library. Intrigued, Rachel makes sure she accidentally-on purpose bumps into Ben, setting everything in motion for their reunion and the inevitable quandary spending time together again brings them.
You Had Me at Hello is an emotional rollercoaster of a page-turner. You’ll love Rachel and Ben, even when they’re both being cagey or indecisive. You’ll laugh out loud at Mindy and her crazy bits of advice (that occasionally make sense, even when they really shouldn’t). It is the sort of rom-com novel that makes you a bit nostalgic. I’m completely convinced some production company is going to snap up the film rights to this book…it would make a great movie…
So if you like stories about friends coming together again, about finding your path to love and to rediscovering the true you, then you should read You Had Me at Hello. I loved it. And I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The title truly does say it all…:)