International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane delivers a sharp, emotional new novel about a woman who calls off her engagement to “the perfect man” and moves in with a charming stranger who makes her question everything about her life, her past, and the secrets she’s kept for far too long…
Harriet Hatley is the most in-demand wedding photographer in town, but she doesn’t believe in romance, loathes the idea of marriage, and thinks chocolate fountains are an abomination. Which is why, when her long-time partner proposes, she panics. Suddenly Harriet is single… and living down the hall from her ex. She needs a new apartment, like, yesterday.
Enter Cal Clarke, a hopeless romantic who just experienced his own wedding-related disaster. Harriet and Cal are like chalk and cheese, but as they go from strangers to roommates to friends, it becomes clear they’re both running from something. When Harriet’s most heavily guarded secret comes to light, her world implodes. And Cal, with his witty humor and gentle advice, is a surprising source of calm at the center of the storm.
With her career, friendships, and reputation on the line, Harriet must finally face her past in order to take control of her future. Because if she’s willing to stop playing it safe and risk everything to share her truth, real love and happiness may be waiting on the other side…
This is my second Mhairi McFarlene book and I loved it! Her writing style is so fun and addicting. I couldn’t stop reading this book!
Harriet is a wedding photographer and loves it even if she’s a self-proclaimed never to wed woman. Which throws off her long-term boyfriend who’s proposed to her! Suddenly she needs to find a new flat and meets Cal. Only she told him she had a boring life but the drama that follows her is FULL BLOWN DRAMA! Wow. Poor Harriet was knocked down a time or two.
Her growth at the end was spectacular! I wish there had been a little more romance but what we got was also perfect for the characters I think but of course I want a little more. The girl power in this was 💪🏻 and Lorna is a perfect side character. And Sam! And Marianne! I’d love to revisit these characters in a spin-off book.
Content: some language, closed door romance and emotional abuse
Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the e-arc. This book releases next week! These are my own thoughts and opinions.