Rachels Random Resources & Boldwood Books presents
by author Shari Low
published September 29, 2020
Here is a little about the book:
The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.
Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.
Happy 20th anniversary Shari Low and What If!
20 years ago this is the book that started it all, and now Shari Low is celebrating with an anniversary reprint of this amazing read. WHAT IF? is the novel that launched the career of the now bestselling author of 25 books who is a go-to a favorite among many readers.
If you grew up in the 90’s this romcom is for you. In 1999 thirty year old Carly is still unmarried and alone. Thats not to say she hasn’t had her chance, as she came close to marrying to six different men. Still spouseless, she wonders if she missed her opportunity with one of her previous loves. Ready to find out, Carly quits her job and sets out to find all the men she’s ever loved. Problem is, they are strewed all over the world, and she’s still living in a non-internet/smartphone era, so finding them is not as easy as we are now accustomed. Can she find her Mr. Right?
This book is centered completely in the 1990’s which was a huge flashback for me. I had so many memories and laugh out loud moments while reading this, that at times I felt like Carly could be me. Those certainly were the days. With multiple pop culture references to the era, and the typical ‘single woman at 30’ drama you’d expect, Shari Low certainly started her career with a triumphant debut. It’s no wonder she’s got 25 novels under her belt already.
If you are looking for another heartwarming, nostalgic and giggle til you wiggle kind of book, WHAT IF? Is definitely for you. I absolutely loved this read, as I do with all of Shari’s writing and I highly recommend it if you are in need of a quick feel-good kind of read. Oh and the cover reprint….. fabulous!!
Thank you so much to Shari Low, Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources, Boldwood Books, and Netgalley for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
I speak to Callum, Michael and my closest friend, Kate, every day. Sometimes it’s for two minutes, other times it’s for two hours, depending on the excitement or trauma of the day. Yes, my phone bill’s high, but it’s cheaper than therapy and wine is allowed.
Since the onset of my official midlife crisis, they’ve been on the wrong end of many of my ‘how did I get this life?’ conversations. The thing is, I don’t understand why we weren’t properly prepared for reality when we were young. We were bombarded by propaganda about how girl meets gorgeous guy and they ride off into the sunset together. No one ever tells you men are like knickers – after a time, they get grey and washed out and they can have a tendency to fall down when you least expect it. Or, even worse, you find a perfect pair that you love, only to discover that your shape is changing and they don’t fit any more, no matter how much you try to pull them up.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bitter and twisted man hater. On the contrary, I love them. Perhaps a little too often, granted. Sweeping confession coming up. I’m just going to blurt it out and get it over with. I’ve been engaged to be joined in the holy vows of matrimony no fewer than four times and had two further near misses, before I pulled on my Reebok high tops and did a runner. Metaphorically speaking, of course. If you ever see me jogging, you can be pretty sure it’s because someone is chasing me with a weapon.
It’s just come to me that I could form an ex-boyfriend five-a-side football team, complete with substitute. I realise that to some my serial chucking may seem a tad unstable, heartless, cruel or indecisive, but it was none of these. No, it was down to optimism. You see, no matter how great the guy was, no matter if he was loving, faithful, made me laugh, and set my knickers alight, there was always some incident of conflict or disaster. Whereupon, instead of persevering and trying to make it work, I ended the relationship before careering headlong into the next fiasco. I was just always sure that the next romance would be the perfect one – one that wouldn’t require work, compromise or sacrifice on either side. Naiveté and optimism won the day, time after time. And look where that’s got me.
The ringing of the phone stops me from slipping deeper into my abyss of self-reflection. I reach for the green handset with the big white buttons that hangs on my wall. The company I work for issued us all with a high-tech mobile phone a few years ago, but the accountants get twitchy if it’s used for personal calls, so it usually languishes at the bottom of my briefcase, the perfect place to ignore it when it rings. My boss has started typing inspirational and nagging messages on his and sending them to us. Why, oh why, are those text thingies necessary? Whoever invented that little method of communication needs to have a serious word with themselves.
About the Author
Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.
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