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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I love her heroines, and I mostly loved Roisin even though she did things I didn’t always approve of or understand. There are so many elements in this book, but I wish we'd of got something a bit more in the sense of healing and things not happening as quick as what they did.

As entertaining, interesting, and insightful as most of the book was, it was a little slow and lackluster in too many parts. Roisin couldn't let go of the hurt right away and I'm okay with that because, in the end, they have a grown-up conversation and end up stronger for it. When she recognises her own past amongst it, she starts to ask herself just how much of it is true, particularly the cheating which the sex-addict MC (Joe’s self insert) involves himself in.The problem for me in Between Us is that I think Roisin’s experience with Joe doesn’t really provide a natural segue straight into a new romance. She and Joe (and about 4 others) met when they all worked at a Waterstones during college or around that time and they’ve all been a tight friendship group ever since. A weekend get-together in the first chapters with their four best friends, however, puts them all in one closed environment where tensions build and secrets are exposed. I love how Mhairi McFarlane always slowly builds up the couple’s rapport in her books, and this one was no exception. It was only really half way through I could sense the direction and decide on what I would want to happen.

Between Us highlights the ups and downs of friendships/relationships in your thirties, family trauma, and the difference between a gaslighter and "the one who has been there all along". When Roisin and Joe join their friends for a weekend at a country house, it's a triple celebration--a birthday, an engagement, and the launch of Joe's shiny new TV show. McFarlane does a fine job examining the phenomenon of gaslighting and narcissism, popular cultural topics today. I do hope in the next one, McFarlane doesn't spend the majority of the book focused on a break up or an ex, as she now has in her last two books. This book delves into gaslighting, exploring dysfunctional and manipulative relationship patterns that blend into emotionally consuming family dynamics.Things start to go sideways rather quickly though, even before Joe’s betrayal of Roisin is writ large on the eight-foot-wide HDTV for all to see. I won this book and although I'm not a big Chick Lit fan, this sounded like an interesting story and I enjoyed reading it. The theme of gaslighting is central to this story, as it features a highly likeable heroine in Roisin, a competent secondary ed English teacher with devoted friends but a mercurial boyfriend.

Mit seiner mitreißenden Handlung und humorvollen Note verdient dieses Buch ohne Zweifel fünf Sterne. The novel’s emphasis on female solidarity against gaslighting, narcissistic boyfriends might be cathartic for some readers, while the off-the-page sex between the eventual couple might not work for others. Meredith provides support to everyone and can be depended to give you the harsh, but necessary, truth. And this is where we start out here and you think it’s just going to be another one of those out with the old, in with the new, kind of books which would be fine.The whole time I'm reading a Mhairi McFarlane novel, I feel like a fist is squeezing my heart… she is so ridiculously talented.

From the first pages, it's not clear how long Roisin will tolerate Joe in her life, despite their decade together, since their relationship has been on a steady downward trajectory for quite a while. While I came to like Matt, and understood the basis for their connection, for me their burgeoning relationship didn’t have the sense of inevitability that is present between the couples in McFarlane’s previous novels, and the balance between the romance and angst wasn’t there.

I have noted in the past that this author really knows how to end a book and this one is no exception. He was a safe place, full of danger…Her feelings for Matthew McKenzie had arrived in two ways: gradually, then suddenly . That starts her wondering what kind of man Joe is and if she can see herself moving on from their relationship. Secondary teacher Roisin Waters is looking forward to a weekend away with her closest friends of almost a decade, her boyfriend Joe, Meredith, Gina, Matt, Dev, and Anita.

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