The Best Thing I Never Had
Miles and Nicky are getting married.
Unfortunately, their wedding party is a tangle of ex-housemates, ex-friends and ex-lovers.
Leigha, Sukie and Harriet used to be the best of friends.
Unfortunately, there are some things you just can’t forgive.
Adam and Harriet. They might have been something, once. But definitely not any more…
So this wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion.
The Best Thing I Never Had moves back and forth between 2007 and 2012 and seven characters to build up a compelling story, in turns funny and sad, but always honest, about friendship in all its forms and the practicality of second chances.
Well if you have read my previous post – The Best of 2013, you will know that this book is in there. We all love a romance, a love story, a happily ever after. But you know what, sometimes life isn’t like that. When you fall into a pile of crap you don’t always come up smelling of roses. Sometimes you come up smelling of crap.
The title gave away that it wasn’t going to be your regular run of the mill romance. In fact in the tag line you will see it says, So much more than a love story, more a life story . Girls are bitches. We know that better than anyone. Sometimes people are putting on a front and sometimes we choose to trust the wrong person. That is life. That is the essence of The Best Thing I Never Had.
I highly recommend this book. Erin Lawless has done an amazing job. I am sure it wasn’t easy. There are a lot of characters in this book. Now I am going to give you a heads up. For the first, maybe, 20% of the book you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Like I said there are a lot of characters. You have to persevere though, once you get to grips with them the story flows and you won’t want to take any breaks in reading. I do love a bit of misery – makes me feel so much better about myself!! Only messing – it’s not misery, not really. It’s life!
Like I said it is one of the best books I read last year. Don’t forget to click the image at the top of the page to read the prologue!