Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing me with a review copy of This Time Next Year!
I was over the moon when GP Putnam’s Sons reached out to me about reading and reviewing This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens – I had had my eye on this book already because of how great the premise sounded. The book is about two characters with nothing in common (except for being born at the same hospital a minute apart) who keep running into each other – it sounded like Serendipity meets One Day in December and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…
Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990–and the name Minnie 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 gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all–while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?
A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect–no matter what the odds.
This book had a super interesting timeline structure – it bounced between flashbacks and the year 2020. The flashbacks were fun snapshots into the backstories of Minnie and Quinn – they helped give both characters definition (and helped justify Minnie’s fear of New Years Day). The flashbacks were also perfectly timed throughout the book – they were great for pushing the main timeline forward. The writing quality in this book was amazing – right from the start I was hooked on Minnie and Quinn’s story, and only put the book down once while reading it.
I loved Minnie – she was a perfectly imperfect character, just trying to find her true calling in life. I really loved that even when she got knocked down (or puked on) she didn’t take it lying down, she was quick to adapt and listened to the advice doled out by her friends. Her devotion to her best friend was remarkable – she was willing to derail her life to ensure the mental health of her best friend. Reading about Minnie growing more and more confident and self sufficient was a joy – she slowly stopped looking to others for validation and learned to rely on herself.
Quinn, on the other hand, was hard to get a read on at first. He was clearly afraid of commitment and very dedicated to the care of his mother, but outside of that, it was unclear what his true intentions were at the start of the book. I really loved how the author used the flashback chapters to build a foundation for his character – through these flashbacks, Quinn’s backstory became clear, as did his motivations and overall character traits.
Now, for the most important part of any romance book – how was the chemistry between Quinn and Minnie? In short, phenomenal. This is a very, very slow burn book – the couple had a lot of hurdles to overcome before they could finally get their happily ever after. What I really appreciated was the fact that despite their off the charts chemistry, they waited to get together until both characters were in the right headspace for it – they didn’t rush into it. Trust me, the slow burn is very, very worth the wait in This Time Next Year.
This Time Next Year is perfect holiday reading – it’s cozy, romantic, and perfect for reading with a cup of hot chocolate by a fireplace. I loved it so much that I’m already planning to reread it between Christmas and New Years Eve (since so much of the book takes place on New Years Eve/Day). If you enjoyed One Day in December or the movie Serendipity, you will definitely love this book. 5/5