My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane is witty, eye-opening, and uplifting. It’s an emotional friends-to-lovers story with a serious tone.

My Overview

McFarlane has once again delivered an emotional story with depth. In this case, the main characters have complicated pasts due to tough experiences that have shaped them since childhood. Harriet was orphaned as a child, and has had some poor relationship experiences. She no longer believes in marriage. Ironically, she’s a successful wedding photographer. Cal has also been damaged by past experiences, and recently walked out from his own wedding 😬.

Clearly, this is no fluffy romance novel or rom-com. That’s actually what I love about McFarlane’s novels. Through her clever writing and wry humor, she delivers relatable characters facing difficult situations, all while still putting a smile on one’s face.

One of the author’s strengths is character development. Aside from getting to know the main characters, by the end of the story I’ve also gotten to know and understand the supporting characters as well. Each time I’ve read her stories, I walk away truly feeling like I’ve met new people.

This novel brings some serious issues to light. Namely abusive relationships, social media bullying, and online groupthink. At the same time, it also showcases the power of kindness, true friendships, and trust. All of that, I found eye-opening.

My Recommendation

This is one of my favorite books by this author. If you’ve read any of McFarlane’s books, you’ll enjoy this one. If you haven’t yet, give this book a try. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this story as much as I did, and will have found a new favorite author.

I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend it 🎧.

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Have you read any books by this author yet? Which one’s your favorite?