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Review: This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Title: This Time Next Year

Author: Sophie Cousens

Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map) UK

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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?

Review: Sometimes I just need to read a book that I know is going to be quick and predictable and adult contemporary romances do just that. I think I've said this before in a review, but during the pandemic, predictable works for me these days as the world around me seems random and unknown, with ever-changing rules and what we know and understand about COVID.

I love the story of Minnie's birth, how she got her name, and how it has impacted her life for 30 years. Minnie goes through a believable transformation in this novel as do the people around her. There aren't really any surprises about the romantic storyline, but that's okay. I am all good with a happy ending! There are deeper relationships in this book though. Quinn's mom and Minnie's mom are good characters that we don't know tons about, but their friendship is well done and revealing.

If you want a fun story with characters you will like (there's nobody that's icky), this book will be a good choice.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • A to Z (title)--"T"

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