Monday, June 1, 2015

It's Not Me, It's You - Mhairi McFarlane - Review AND Giveaway!

Do you ever feel the need for a read that will simply entertain and let you escape for a bit?  I have lately - and Mhairi McFarlane's novel, It's Not Me, It's You was the perfect prescription! (And I have a copy to giveaway!)

Delia Moss has been with her boyfriend Paul for ten years. She decides to surprise him on their anniversary with a wedding proposal. Paul's reaction isn't quite what she hoped for. And the misdirected text sent to Delia explains it all - Paul is having an affair. But, he says it was only a fling - it's Delia he loves.

Uh, huh. Delia leaves and heads to London to sort out life with her bestie.

Delia was such a wonderful character! I liked her right from the start and was cheering for her every step of the way - even through the few missteps she takes. She's absolutely the kind of friend you'd love to have. (And I liked her fashion style!)

McFarlane has added all the right elements for a great chick lit read - love lost and found - more than once. An endearing, flighty friend, a villainous boss, obstacles thrown up and obstacles overcome. And of course -  a happy ending. McFarlane adds to the usual mix of chick lit elements with a few different plot devices and storylines that I enjoyed. Delia has an interest in graphic novels - her Fox character and the accompanying line drawings were a fun addition that paralleled Delia's life story. An online supporting character - "Peshwari Naan" - was also different as well. The one bit I didn't like was Delia going along with the last few villainous boss schemes - I would have cried 'whoa' a bit sooner. That being said, Delia does do a lot of soul searching and self realization before the end pages. Kudos to McFarlane for the ending - she had me wondering.....

McFarlane is a clever writer. There are many humourous bits that had me laughing out loud. As well,  there are more than a few truths tucked in that might have you nodding your head in agreement. The story never lagged for me.

At 550+ delightful pages, it's great summer chunkster reading and deserves first dibs on your beach bag! I'll be looking up her McFarlane's backlist titles. Here's an excerpt of It's Not Me, It's You.

Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976, and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since (MH=V sound!). She is the author of You Had Me At Hello, and is based in Nottingham where she’s a freelance writer and blogger. You can follow Mhairi on Twitter. See what others on the TLC Book Tour thought. Full schedule can be found here.

And, guess what? I have a copy of It's Not Me, It's You to giveaway to one lucky reader! Open to US and Canada, no PO boxes please. Ends June 13/15.

13 comments:

Kay said...

I think this book looks like a fun summer read. Love the cover. Very vintage looking somehow.

bermudaonion said...

The cover really appeals to me so I'm glad to see the book is good.

Elizabeth B said...

This sounds like a fun summer book, and the author has such a great, unusual name. I'd love to read it.

traveler said...

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Erin said...

want to read!

holdenj said...

I can always use an entertaining book recommendation! I like the cover and title too! Thanks!

trish said...

The book sounds fantastic! I love characters that have reading interests. :)

Thanks for being on the tour!

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I like the storyline, sounds good.

KittyPride said...

I like a character that I can root for, sounds like a good read!

Karin said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Grandma Cootie said...

Sounds like a fun summer read - thanks for the giveaway.

Suzy said...

Love the cover, too. Very retro!

Margie said...

This looks like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway.