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Erin Lawless - The Best Thing I Never Had

Erin Lawless - The Best Thing I Never Had

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‘So much more than a love story, more of a life story.’ http://smarturl.it/bestthingitunes

If you fell in love with Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this book is for YOU.

Beware false friends and the smiles of certain boys…

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.
‘So much more than a love story, more of a life story.’ http://smarturl.it/bestthingitunes

If you fell in love with Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello and David Nicholls’ One Day, then this book is for YOU.

Beware false friends and the smiles of certain boys…

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.

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Published by: HarperCollinsPublishersUK on Nov 27, 2013
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HarperImpulse an imprint of HarperCollins
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 Ltd77–85 Fulham Palace RoadHammersmith, London W6 8JBwww.harpercollins.co.uk First published in Great Britain by HarperImpulse 2013Copyright © Erin LawlessCover Images © Shutterstock.comErin Lawless asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.A catalogue record for this book isavailable from the British Library This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins.Ebook Edition © December 2013ISBN: 9780007558315Version 2013-11-21Digital eFirst: Automatically produced by Atomik ePublisher from Easypress.
 
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Prologue
February 2012
Nicky took the proposal in the same undemanding way in which it was offered. You know I love you, he had said, followed by: please – twice. It was like receiving a promotion when you were the only applicant in the running; she was grateful and excited, sure, but she couldn’t really say that it had been ‘unexpected’.She stretched restlessly in bed the morning after – one day into being twenty-six years old, one day into being engaged – watching the dust dance in the slant of dawn from the skylight window. She watched as the fixtures and furnishings of the little studio flat grew pale and distinct and – rather disappointingly – looked  just the same as ever. Beside her Miles lay sprawled on his front.Nicky pulled her arm behind her head and thought back to the first bed they had shared; a single, he had not been able to sprawl then. So that first morning they’d woken spooned together, a curi-ously intimate position for a one night stand. He’d kept his hair longer then and it curled around his cheek and tickled at hers. She’d lain there, cramped and uncomfortable, and wondered how to get him to leave without seeming rude.She had been laden down with Tesco bags that evening, her housemate opening the front door for them, when they both

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