Just Last Night: A Novel (Paperback)
"I cannot remember the last book I loved as much... a luminous, heart-achingly beautiful love letter to friendship. Knockout!" — Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author
International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane explores lifelong friendships, long-buried secrets, and unexpected love in a heartfelt, emotional new novel, perfect for fans of Evvie Drake Starts Over, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, or In Five Years.
Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.
But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.
In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction...
They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?
"[A] book I almost wish I’d written, except that would have robbed me of the intense joy of reading it... the kind of novel that will have you putting everything else on hold so you can keep turning pages until you reach its sparkling, brilliant end.” — Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
About the Author
Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree. After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written seven books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.
"Just Last Night is now one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, a book I almost wish I’d written, except that would have robbed me of the intense joy of reading it. Mhairi McFarlane writes with a singular wit, charm, and emotional complexity, every word just right, every page brimming with delicious tension. This is the kind of novel that will have you putting everything else on hold so you can keep turning pages until you reach its sparkling, brilliant end.”
— Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
"Honestly, I cannot remember the last book I loved as much... What a luminous, heart-achingly beautiful love letter to friendship. Knockout!"
— Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
"[JUST LAST NIGHT] manages to be both genuinely heartbreaking and hilarious - that's how good Mhairi McFarlane is. It's a gorgeously romantic novel, as well as a story about friendship and grief and loss; I never wanted it to end."
— Beth O’Leary, bestselling author of The Switch
"McFarlane deftly balances the weight of grief and secrets with the lighthearted banter of both long friendships and surprising new connections. There is a romantic plot line, but the real love story will be between readers and Eve as she tries to figure out how to put her life back together, or if she even wants to. Charming, emotionally satisfying, and unforgettable."
— Booklist (starred review)
"McFarlane balances sensitive observations on love, death, and friendship with an intoxicating sense of humor as Eve imagines Susie’s witty asides in her head. Eve has a way with words and her ebullient narration delights... an engaging protagonist whose complex emotions keep the pages turning... [A] dynamic story of friendship, forgiveness, and finding love where it’s least expected..."
— Publishers Weekly
"It's a long time since I loved any book as much. [Mhairi's] so BRILLIANT on relationships, friendships and emotions. Her characters are nuanced, convincing and loveable. She deserves massive praise and recognition. I loved loved loved this book."
— Marian Keyes, bestselling author of Grown Ups
“McFarlane has a charming voice, one distinctly British in its wry humor, whimsical turn of phrase, and vibrant sense of setting... the novel itself is a dizzy delight, bursting with rom-com tropes... If I Never Met You is quippy and warm, an escape in almost every sense of the word, and McFarlane’s irresistible voice that balances pathos and humor in equal measure leaves us wanting more.”
— Entertainment Weekly
"McFarlane's gift is writing romantic comedy that depicts a recognizable world... without dimming the luster of shining moments of humor, love, and connection... a very funny, very romantic story with deep emotional impact."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on If I Never Met You
“Mhairi McFarlane’s voice is as clear as a bell—she makes you laugh, but she also makes you feel. I adore her!”
— Sally Thorne, USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and Second First Impressions, on If I Never Met You
"Readers who swarm to contemporary romance authors like Christina Lauren and Tessa Bailey... will enjoy this title."
— Booklist on If I Never Met You
"McFarlane brings a welcome dose of reality to the fake office romance trope with flawed, honest, but still endearing protagonists... McFarlane’s arch humor and earnest characters make this familiar plot feel fresh, fun, and genuinely moving. This is a delightful rom-com full of sass, sparkle, and heart. "
— Publishers Weekly on If I Never Met You
“Fun and engaging but with thought-provoking twists that deepen the emotional impact beyond light romantic comedy.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“McFarlane delivers a novel with heart and humor, comprised of laugh-out-loud one liners, outrageous comedic scenes, and a Nana who deserves a medal for her non-filtered tongue. Meanwhile, she isn’t afraid to explore the grief process as Georgina processes her father’s death, and a mixture of emotions are evoked as Georgina goes on a journey of self-discovery, complete with her hot pink fur coat.”
“Bridget Jones, you’ve got some competition.”
— Marie Claire
“McFarlane uses Georgina’s voice to explore how humor is used to mask pain as well as to help understand and get through it. Successful as both a romantic comedy and an insightful look into finding one’s voice, this is a story readers will flock to for the laughs and remember for its realness.”
— Library Journal
“McFarlane strikes romantic comedy gold with this tale of reunited sweethearts who have to grapple with the past... deeply satisfying on several levels, and Lucas’s final romantic speech is one for the ages.. a beautiful balance of tenderness, wry humor, and deep emotion.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner about a heroine with a laugh-out-loud voice, an endearing romance, and, as the British say, lashings of drama."
"McFarlane’s romances are always worth the journey. With incredible warmth, humor and humanity, they stir such deep empathy and engagement that you won’t just watch the characters’ cathartic experiences; you’ll feel them. Likewise, you won’t just admire this group friendship; you’ll feel like you’re a part of it, and that you’re all the better for it.”