The Best Thing I Never Had: The bestselling feel-good romantic comedy!

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‘Funny and Addictive!’ Fabulous Magazine (Sun)

Funny, sad and honest, if you loved David Nicholls’ One Day and Mhairi McFarlane this is the book for you.

‘So much more than a love story, more of a life story.’

Five years ago at university they had been seven friends that laughed hard and loved harder.

Nicky and Miles were the couple that were always meant to be ... Leigha and Adam, not so much.

So when Adam and Harriet grew close during endless days in the library, they did the one thing that changed everything – they kept a secret. And when it came out, it all fell apart.

When the day comes for bridesmaids to be chosen and best men to fulfil drunken promises, Nicky and Miles’ wedding isn’t just a wedding, it’s a reunion – loaded with past hurts, past regrets, past loves....

What readers are saying about The Best Thing I Never Had:

'One of the most engaging books I've read this year. I loved it' – Books with Bunny

'A superb debut about complicated ties, betrayal and lies, and one of my favourite books of the year' – ChickLit Club

'Friendships, trust, lies, deceit, love and so much more – a real page-turner for me' – Cosmochicklitan

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HarperCollins UK
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Dec 5, 2013
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / General
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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