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This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

This Time Next Year

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by Sophie Cousens

Quick take

He was born with a silver spoon—she with a chip on her shoulder. And fate just won't stop bringing them together.

Good to know

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    Light read

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    Nonlinear timeline

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    Female friendships

Why I love it

Josie Silver
Author, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

I’m a huge love story fan—and if you throw in a festive theme, I’ll always be first in line! I went into This Time Next Year hoping to feel that wonderful spark of holiday joy, and I’m happy to report it delivers by the sleigh-load.

The book has one of those classic rom-com chance encounter beginnings: At a New Year’s Eve party, two strangers from entirely disparate worlds meet, only to discover they were born in the exact same hospital at the exact same time. Minnie is a warm, relatable girl-next-door character who is battling to get her business off the ground making pies for people in need. Quinn, the man who shares her birthday and stole her name (long story), leads a fabulous life of wealth and glamour. On paper they have little in common, which of course sets the scene perfectly for romantic fireworks as they bump into each other again and again.

Unfolding from a cute set-up into a funny, pull-at-your-heartstrings read, this is the perfect companion for curling up with hot chocolate and a blanket. Unashamedly romantic and packed full of holiday sparkle, it’s a hug in book form. I’m sure you’ll adore it just as much as I did.

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Down-to-earth baker Minnie Cooper knows two things with great certainty: that her New Year’s birthday has always been unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Minnie and Quinn were born at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day thirty years before, and not only did he edge her out by mere minutes to win the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990, but he stole the name she was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it’s no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.

When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The handsome, charming business owner truly seems to have it all—including the perfect girlfriend. 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 leave them both hoping for more?

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  • Wood-Ridge, NJ

    This reminded me a lot of Josie Silver’s writing style which I absolutely love. This was a perfect example of “the grass isn’t always greener.” Feel-good ending after a story with quite a lot of depth

  • Hudson, NH

    Some times you just need a feel good rom-com style book in your life. This Time Next Year 100% fits the bill. Internally screamed several times “Why can’t they see they are perfect for each other?!”

  • Attica, IN

    I love that this love story is about more than your typical “love”. It’s about learning to love ourselves, best love our family and friends, and following our hearts. The perfect love story for 2020.

  • Tonawanda, NY

    As a 90’s baby I loved the nostalgia i experienced. I found myself laughing a lot at the playful dialogue. It was very hard to put down! I’m very glad I picked this one, it’s now one of my favorites!

  • Owosso, MI

    Super cute. Has all the set up for a rom-com. However, I cant point out “the moment”. The turning point in the book where they fell in love. Quin’s character lacked depth. I was not in love with him.

  • Brownsville, TX

    Fun characters, likable with touching backstories. Loved the out of order timeline & story of resilience & hope in this book. And of course the romance! ❤️ where do *I* want to be this time next year?

  • Glenville, NY

    This is the perfect light read! I love that it focuses on more than just the romance, especially the friendship between Minnie & Leila. Plus, the “past” scenes are adorable and fun to piece together.

  • Salt Lake City , UT

    Fun, delightful read! I loved the non-linear timeline, it added so much depth to an already great love story. Tara and Connie also brought so much warmth. Loved the message at the end of page 332. ♥️

  • Morris Plains, NJ

    This was a fun read! I couldn’t wait to see the pieces coming together. Unlike other “year in the life stories” the focus wasn’t the holidays (besides New Years) but every other day in between.

  • Nashville, TN

    I love love love this book. It is exactly what I needed during this holiday season. I finished it in two sittings, it was that captivating. Such a unique and fun story. Pick it up, you won’t regret it

  • Winter garden , FL

    Loved this book. I fell In love with the main characters. This past NYE i asked all my loved one, “where do you see yourself this time next year” and I jotted them all down to read aloud next NYE.

  • Dade City, FL

    I never can find Romance books that aren’t super cheesy and predictable. I especially hate it when the side characters only exist to bring the main characters together. This book wasn’t any of that.

  • Las Vegas , NV

    How adorable was this read? Loved, loved, loved it. This has a similar flavor to Josie Silver’s writing style, so if you enjoyed One Day in December, then you I think this would be a good one for you.

  • Blanchard, MI

    So much more than just a romance. This story focuses on all the important relationships in a person’s life; friendship, family, romance, and self-love. I laughed out loud and got teary eyed. Loved it!

  • New Albany, IN

    Adorable chick lit set over the course of a year in London. It took all year (or a lifetime?) to go from enemies to friends to a couple, but their personal growth was most important to the story. ❤️

  • Birmingham , AL

    There do not seem to be rom-com movies like there used to be, so I’ve started turning to rom-com books for that type of escape and this one was a cut above. I rely on BOMC for the cream of this genre.

  • Buffalo, NY

    The kind of book I can’t put down and love to read. Minnie did the right thing, finding herself, achieving her goals and falling in love. I loved the past stories of all the times they had met before

  • Springfield , MO

    I loved how it changed viewpoints and time periods throughout the chapters. It allowed me to make so many connections on my own that were so cute that wouldn’t have been the same otherwise! Loved it!!

  • Henrico, VA

    I didn’t realize how much I needed this book until I read it. A series of near misses, delicate family dynamics, themes of soul-searching & self-empowerment, then you throw in some romance. Sign me up

  • Orlando, FL

    Loved this! Although I didn’t particularly love Minnie or Quinn, I loved their story. I felt myself longing for them to finally get together as time went on. I loved the story of their mothers as well

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