Author: Sophie Cousens

Publication Date: December 1, 2020

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book Review

“Where do you want to be this time next year?”

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens is a great story about love and friendship. This great story is filled with emotion and humor.

New Years is always unlucky for Minnie which is also her birthday. She has always attributed bad luck to her name. The story starts with everything going wrong New Year’s Eve 2019. Minnie meets Quinn Hamilton. Their mothers met in the hospital when they were both in labor. Both women are very different with vastly different lives. Their stories started together but soon diverge. Will they find a way back to each other?

This Time Next Year is Minnie and Quinn’s stories from New Year’s Eve 2019 to New Year’s Eve 2020. There are flashbacks of other New Year’s Eves throughout their lives and including their births.

After their meeting, Minnie and Quinn start running into each other and quickly develop a friendship. Is their relationship more than just friendship? Will they take the risks of being more than friends?

This Time Next Year is a great novel. I loved the storyline and the layout of the book with mixed in flashbacks really added to the story. All of the characters are great. Minnie and Quinn are both great people dealing with personal issues. Quinn is afraid to get close to people. Minnie is afraid to take risks and blames everything on her bad luck.

The friendship between Minnie and Leila added to the story. They have been best friends since they were fifteen years old. They tell each other everything. Leila is dating the love of her life and Minnie is struggling with her love life. They own a struggling pie business together.

I recommend This Time Next Year to anyone looking for a romance with a great story.

Thank you NetGalley, Edelweiss, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Publishing Group for This Time Next Year.

About the Author

Sophie Cousens writes romantic comedies. Before becoming a full time writer, she worked as a TV producer in London for more than twelve years, working on shows such as The Graham Norton Show, Russell Howard’s Good News and Big Brother.  

She now lives on the island of Jersey in the UK, and balances her writing career with taking care of two small children. Sophie yearns for a time when she can add a miniature dachshund to her brood, and wishes for the ability to read books faster than she keeps buying them. 

This Time Next Year is her first novel. 

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