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’.


I’m not the most avid of romance readers but I’m not adverse to romance and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the witty writing and the dialogue between Ben and Rachel was lol amusing. The book successfully stirred emotions in me and I was in fits of giggles reading about Ivor and Mindy. I’m giving nothing away as I think spoilers are a cardinal sin, but I do recommend reading this one.

I did feel frustrated at times that Rachel couldn’t be upfront and more assertive but I think this is the point and makes the story. I find it hard to believe for 3 years at uni with the closeness and aid of copiously available alcohol feelings weren’t revealed, but real life is more unpredictable than books and it is a plausible scenario I say grudgingly in my cynicism. A lovely heart warming read with fits of giggles! I will read more from Mhairi McFarlane in future.