Oh, that title, so many different things it says…or at least two. 😉
Blurb: 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…
As her in an hour ex- does the unthinkable and asks her to marry him in front of his entire family because he is a self-centered, manipulative clod (who never believed Harriet when she said she absolutely never wanted to get married), Harriet realizes that she really is bad at picking boyfriends in Mhairi McFarlane’s Mad About You.
In the past I’ve probably laughed more heartily at McFarlane’s novels than I did Mad About You but I shed a few tears this time around (not from laughing), which is slightly different. Mad About You is a very layered, well-put-together novel about a thirty-something who is regaining her footing. She is still slightly naïve, well-meaning, and sometimes a little un-self-aware and oblivious, the latter of which are not always attractive qualities..
Fortunately she has a really good friend in Lorna, a woman who looks out for her. I’ve just got to say that every woman needs a best friend like Lorna; ride or die.
A lot is going on. This is not a romance except in the thinnest of levels, but it is a very good read. There are several coincidences upon which the novel hinges, which was okay; they gave a full-circle kind of tone to the book.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always engaging.
I got this book from the library. Visit yours!