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This was a truly wonderful read and once I started I couldn't put it down[...] The writing was absolutely perfect and I will definitely by looking out for more by this author[...] This is definitely a contender for my Book of the Year list, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this! ― Stardust Book Reviews
It was so refreshing to read a book that contained enough humour to make me laugh out loud more times than I have in a while. I thought that the storyline was pure fun, pure indulgence and pure escapism [...] I have a very strong feeling that Sophie Cousens' novel is going to soar and, if an author can create a unique and hilarious love story that just keeps on giving, I absolutely cannot wait to see how Cousens' puts her own individual spin on other novels in the future. ― BlogLovin
We adored this funny and heart-warming romance! ― Take A Break
Grab the tissues and snuggle up for a real feel-good rom-com ― IW Radio
This instant mood-lifteris a refreshing take on the boy-meets-girl tale ― Woman's Weekly
An epic love story about two people born in the same place at the same time, who take thirty years to find each other. Perfect for fans of Love, Actually and One Day in December
About the Author
Sophie Cousens worked in TV in London for over twelve years, producing The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother and Ant and Dec. She now lives in Jersey and balances her writing career with working for an arts charity and taking care of her two small children. This Time Next Year is her first novel.
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There's a difference in English vs American love stories - they're slightly more tortured and tormented; more angst; less hot and heavy; and they take the long drawn out route to get to their HEA. This book didn't give an indication of the local setting, so you don't know until you start reading. And it was a slow start. Minnie's story for me was an interesting journey with a quirky backstory. Her attitude at times was a bit draining and her not wanting Quinn's advice or his help in her 11th hour of need was frustrating as hell and lost me as a supporter, especially as it affected Leila and others as well. Thankfully at around the 89% mark, she (and her mother) finally turn their lives around, which was refreshing, albeit, a long time in the making, so the last 10% was enjoyable but ended too soon. I was waiting the whole book for Minnie and Quinn to finally connect the dots and see that their lives had crisscrossed several times, but sadly, only one of these were mentioned quickly on the last page. Leila her BFF, was delightful. With crazy hair and a crazy wardrobe, she has the loud and proud personality to pull it off. She is a positive influence on dowdy-ho hum Minnie and keeps her from wallowing from the safety of her home alone, especially at New Years. More editing is required unfortunately.
This book was recommended to me by two friends and because I have a huge gaping hole in my life due to no new Mhairi, Lia or Marian books to read, I hunted it down right away. I am very happy to say I loved it.
It wasn’t predominately a romance and there is a skill that Cousens has (yay!), just like my other favourite authors (mentioned above) that makes me care about ALL of the characters—their stumbles and moments of triumph. I was a puddle of emotions at times.
Don't get me wrong I adored this as a romance too. It was everything I could ask for. I felt so much energy between these two and it was delivered so deliciously in small bites—the very last moment made all of my wishes come true
Oh I loved this gentle romcom book, it had me smiling many times the way through. Minnie has always hated New Years Eve, somehow she feels its jinxed maybe because she was a minute too late to be first the baby born in the nineties in a local competition and then her mother’s favourite name Quinn was given to that very baby. She instead became Minnie Cooper and has always been told by her Mum that things wouldn’t have happened to a Quinn Cooper. What happens when she meets the Quinn who ‘stole’ her name? This was such a feel good novel for me and I loved seeing Minnie’s growth throughout the story. Even though we could tell Minnie’s Mum loved her, I could totally understand why Minnie didn’t have much self confidence. Thank goodness for her best friend Lelia. Interspersed at the start of some chapters the book has some sliding door moments when Minnie and Quinn actually met on the dreaded New Years Eve without them knowing over the past number of years. It did take one of two of these moments, to get into that groove. This had all the hallmarks of a romcom I love, supportive friends, quirky characters, funny moments, some snarkiness and the realisation that someone means more than you than you thought. Read in two sittings. Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read.
This was a sweet read and while I enjoyed Minnie and Quinn and their complicated path to their HEA I didn’t feel connected to their story. I loved the blurb and the story followed it but I just wanted more. I liked the banter and the backstory with the mums was a great twist. I will definitely give this author another try.
The true strength of This Time Next Year is the characters. Quinn and Minnie are flawed, relatable and grounded. Add to them a colourful cast of secondary characters and you've got yourself a great read.
This book felt like a warm hug, it captivated me and I was unable to put it down. You follow Quinn and Minnie's lives over the course of a year; there is laughter, let downs and great triumphs. This was an absolute pleasure to read and I can't wait to see more from Sophie Cousens.
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I loved every moment of reading This Time Next Year. I kept expecting Davina McCall at any given moment. This was such a wonderful, refreshing read. Neither Minnie nor Quinn were the type of characters I typically come across in books but now they are all I want to read.
I just loved that these characters didn’t meet and fall straight into bed together. I have authors I can count on when that is the type of story I’m looking for. Sophie is clearly the type of author that is going to bring me touching, human, realistic characters and I’m here for it.
I often like books that keep me on my toes with shock after shock factor but in the last couple of years I’ve found myself really enjoying these books that take their time, with characters that grow like climbing roses.
This book is told over the period of a year but also a few decades. It’s so clever and intricate and I adored it. I completely loved how everything came full circle in the most lovely way. I already know this a book I will reread and it will be awesome to do so knowing what I know now.
Thank you Sophie for such a wonderful book just when it was most needed.
5.0 out of 5 starsDo buy this! Minor spoilers in this review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2020
I'm leaving this review for those folks suspicious of glowing 5 star reviews (like myself). Nothing against folks who give 5 stars to nearly everything they read and use loads of superlatives. But it makes me suspicious, so I always look for the 3 and 4 stars for the "truth" if you know what I mean...
What a debut novel! Goodness me, Sophie can write!
The characters were all phenomenally well written, full of flaws and charm and growth! Ah to be human and learn from your mistakes and to better yourself in the process - every single one of them! Even the ex-gf that was supposed to be a "bitch" was an interesting 3d character - rather than just the bitch! Well, both exes actually!
This book is for folks that like slow burn with a big serving of character development & growth. Also, to those that like their romance with tons of sex, this isn't for you. It's a very sweet story and you don't need the sex to sell their relationship and love.
Also although not the same, it did remind me, slightly, of One Day in December - and not just because they are both set in London.
Anyway, truly loved these characters - they warmed my heart! Even the weirdos! Haha
Hope you buy it and enjoy it as much as I did! I know I used a few superlatives myself but they were truly warranted - the plethora of exclamation points were not, they were me in my natural bubbly state trying to convince you ;)
I read ‘This Time Next Year’ in one sitting, and absolutely loved it. It’s a classic RomCom (a properly funny one) and the plot really zips along, but it also has real depth and originality that make it an unusually excellent read. Both the heroine Minnie and the hero Quinn have stuff to work out before they get their happy ending, and the events and emotions that propel the story feel real and and complex. There’s a delightful array of characters alongside Minnie and Quinn (special shout out to Clive) and some really quirky vignettes where the author sums up characters in an unusual and insightful way. I also loved Minnie’s relationship with her best friend Leila - their friendship felt like a love story too.
I’d love to read more by Sophie Cousens, and in the meantime will be recommending ‘This Time Next Year’ to anyone looking for a hilarious, moving, memorable and engaging book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fresh funny rom com with heart - I need to see the movie version!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 August 2020
I was smitten with this story from the first chapter. I loved the banter between Quinn and Minnie, and the writing felt fresh and funny. I love rom coms that while funny, also have a little more to them and this felt like a book with something to say. It touched on themes of responsibility to family, mental health, and self belief. The cast of secondary characters was wonderful, everyone needs a Leila in their life and I can’t wait for someone to make this into a movie. Richard Curtis take note. Five stars.
1.0 out of 5 starsThis time next year ... I will have completely forgotten about this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2020
I was looking forward to reading this book as I liked the premise. However, it’s just ok and nothing new or remarkable. It was billed as a ‘hilarious, laugh out loud’ book but in reality I didn’t find any of the very obvious, pantomime style jokes that funny. As an example - there’s a hammed up scene where the main character’s best friend has bought her a vibrator for her birthday and she gets pulled over in the airport for having it in her bag ... I mean, hilarious! I also found Quinn thoroughly obnoxious and not worthy of Minnie’s attention, as a friend or love interest, which is fairly critical given it’s the main thread of the story. The group of friends at Minnie’s pie company ‘no hard fillings’ didn’t really work for me either - couldn’t see why such a mixed bunch would be friends with seemingly very little in common between them or even basic knowledge of each other’s personal lives. Minnie’s mum was also a very annoying character - I would suggest her negative attitude and way she speaks to her daughter is verging on psychological abuse!
And to top it all off, there’s a you’re / your error on page 122 of the kindle version (‘you’re brother’s buying’) which is pretty poor given the reviews I’m sure this must have gone through.