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A Note From Shari – Shari Low


Lovely readers, 

Twenty years ago, in January 2001, my first novel, What If? was released. It was the story of Carly Cooper and her merry band of friends, Kate, Sarah, Carol and Jess, all of them navigating their way through life and love.

In that book, Carly was having a pre-Millennium crisis. Single and restless, she quit her job, her home and her life and set off to track down the six men she’d almost married, determined to see if she’d accidentally said goodbye to her soulmate. 

It hit the shelves for the second time, when my publisher, Boldwood Books, rereleased a special anniversary edition in 2020. 

If you haven’t read What If?, don’t worry. All that matters is that you know that in the end, Carly found her happy ever after and as the new century dawned, she celebrated with her rekindled flame, Mark Barwick, her best friends, and cocktails. Lots of cocktails. 

So what happened next? 

It’s a question that many readers have asked over the years, and to be honest, I was pretty curious too. 

Did Carly and Mark stroll hand and hand into the sunset? Did Sarah find happiness after escaping an abusive marriage? Did Jess ever recover from her scandalous affair? Did Carol’s marriage to Carly’s brother, Callum, go the distance? And did Kate get a sainthood for being the cool, loving voice of reason in every situation? 

All the answers are right here, in the pages of What Now? 

Thank you for coming back to catch up on Carly. And thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you have read my books over the years. You’ve changed my life and I’m so grateful to have spent two decades telling stories. 

As for the future? Well, I’m already wondering what Carly will be up to twenty years from now… 

Much love, 

Shari xxx 


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