Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

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Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

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It took at least half of the book for me to get into the storyline and to actually care about the characters. Their relationship has been foundering for some time, as the more successful he has become professionally, the more cold and dismissive he has become to down-to-earth schoolteacher Roisin. Lily won’t send Emerson to her father’s house overnight until she’s old enough to talk—“So she can tell me if something happens”—but she doesn’t want to fight for full custody lest it become an expensive legal drama or, worse, a physical fight. I don't want to say anymore becauseeeeee I know I'll end up spilling the beans on so much more, but yeah, I enjoyed a lot!

By turns comic and poignant and occasionally spiked with soap-operatic confrontations, McFarlane’s latest offering is more in the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary than a straightforward genre romance novel. As entertaining, interesting, and insightful as most of the book was, it was a little slow and lackluster in too many parts. I have noted in the past that this author really knows how to end a book and this one is no exception. He’s much richer than the rest of them now, he thinks nothing of dropping 12k (English pounds) on a house for the weekend, so they can all hang out and catch up and enjoy each other’s company. Things become so different – when everyone isn’t working part time or getting through college, everyone has different financial and social commitments, people change.Our heroine, surrounded, supported by, and supportive of a group of close and quirky friends, dumps or is dumped by a guy that is clearly not worthy of her after their long-standing relationship goes to pot. He’s gone from a hairline like an old tennis ball to a thatch that looks like it’d come running if you shook a packet of Dreamies. They go away for the weekend with a group of friends and watch the first episode of Joes new series and she sees that things reflect her life and other things crop up that haven't happen, but could it actually be the truth?

I didn’t even take the time to read the synopsis for Between Us when I saw it, trusting that bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane would deliver on a heartfelt romance with an edge. We take as gospel truth everything our partners or loved ones tell us, only to have the rug pulled out from under us when we discover that we've been handed the booby prize behind door number 3 in the Game Show of Life. Lucky for me I only ended up reading her release from last year earlier this year so I got to enjoy two of her books in 2023. I love how Mhairi McFarlane always slowly builds up the couple’s rapport in her books, and this one was no exception. Something about Mhairi McFarlane’s books feels oh-so-familiar every time you open one for the first time.When Lily runs into Atlas Corrigan, a childhood friend who also came from an abusive family, she hopes their friendship can blossom into love. it’s mostly a character journey, and takes an introspective look into the truly disorienting thoughts that can creep it’s way into your brain when you’re trapped in dysfunctional relationships.

When Roisin watches the first episode of Joe’s new show, she’s horrified, hurt and disgusted to see that he’s taken something that she told him in private, and splashed it across for the world to see. The basic premise of the book is this: on a friends’ getaway, Roisin starts to suspect that her boyfriend’s new TV show picks closely from real life in some of its plot. Especially because he’s not really contrite at all when she confronts him – he’s on his way to some important meeting and can barely be bothered to have the conversation and he’s all puffed up about it, taking inspiration from around him and it’s not personal and no one is going to know. As the weekend unfolds, tensions are revealed between the group and Roisin’s sense of foreboding about her own relationship grows.I debated giving this book three rather than four stars, but I did absolutely enjoy reading it despite some misgivings.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors. I liked that while she turns to Gina and Meredith for advice, and then to Matt for help, they all support her while also maintaining a realistic tone. It’s a devastating realisation, and I really felt for Roisin, though she reacts with far less self-recrimination than I would manage in her place. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. It can't be said that McFarlane disappoints because even in something a little less magical than the usual there's still a lot of good here.A lot of the beginning is her considering whether or not it’s right to end things, given the new revelations. It's billed as a rom-com, but I feel like it's more of a story about changing friend dynamics, self-reflection, self-empowerment, and learning to deal with toxicity in relationships, with a hint of mystery, and a side of romance.



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