Today is my birthday and I am thrilled to be spending it on the blog tour for one of my favourite RomComs of 2020. This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens was an absolute delight to read with adorable characters and razor-sharp wit on every page.
Here is everything you need to know about this absolutely amazing debut novel.
This Time Next Year
Get ready to fall for this year’s most extraordinary love story…
Quinn and Minnie are born on New Year’s Eve, in the same hospital, one minute apart.
Their lives may begin together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different.
Thirty years later they find themselves together again in the same place, at the same time.
What if fate is trying to bring them together?
The clock strikes midnight, their moment passes, and another year begins. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to push their lives in the right direction? Could it be that instead of clashing, their different outlooks might complement each other?
Perhaps now is the time to take a chance…
Once in a while a book comes along that just blows your socks off and this sent mine soaring into orbit!
I just loved everything about This Time Next Year, I actually shed a tear when I reached the last page because I didn’t want this wonderful story to end.
In 1990 two women who were complete strangers gave birth minutes apart. One won a huge financial prize for being the first baby born in the new decade. The other was doomed to a life of bad luck ….or that is what Minnie Cooper was brought up to believe.
The children grow up in completely different backgrounds. Quinn was the prize winner with an affluent lifestyle and a successful career. In contrast, Minnie feels she is jinxed, she has to give up her flat, her business is struggling and her relationship has taken a nosedive. When she accidentally meets Quinn on their thirtieth birthday, at his swanky party, she understandably feels a little downhearted.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear through cleverly placed flashbacks, that there have been strange parallels throughout their lives, but they are both totally unaware. A strange, magnetic force means that their paths continue to cross and a close connection develops. Has fate brought them together or should they push their real feelings away?
The characters in the story are so vibrant they could actually be sitting right next to you. I loved Minnie’s dad with his clock collection and her quirky, kind-hearted and loyal group of friends. There are mermaid costumes, penguin watching, unicorns, and a pie business called ‘No Hard Fillings’. The author adds funny, warm, and clever comedy elements without being cheesy and you find yourself caring deeply for every single character. I desperately wanted Minnie to fight harder to keep the business going and I wanted her mum to just give her the one thing she needed most…a hug!
I soaked up every page of this wonderful book. The clever, sharp wit, crazy multi-dimensional characters, and intelligent storytelling were almost too good to be true. This is definitely one of my favourite romantic comedies this year!
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. Sophie has previously published an eBook only romantic comedy novel How To Get Ahead In Television which was shortlisted for the 2015 Romantic Novelist Association Awards. She relocated from London to Jersey and balances her writing career with working for an arts charity, taking care of her two small children and enjoying small island life.
Thank you to Rachel Kennedy from Arrow Publishing for a copy of the book and blog tour invite. This is my honest review.
Thank you for reading.