Cheers to This Time Next Year

Be a good companion to yourself and you’ll never be lonely.

Sophie Cousens, This Time Next Year

This Time Next Year? As long as it’s nothing like 2020, then PLEASE TAKE ME THERE. Am I right? Can I get some snaps or claps of agreement?

For those of you who snapped/clapped, I have some good news. This beautiful book, written by the lovely Sophie Cousens, will temporarily take you out of 2020. You’ll be transported into an alternate reality where COVID and murder hornets don’t exist.

This is Sophie Cousens’ debut novel, which is available starting today. Let’s take a moment to applaud her for the wonderful story she created. You go girl!


Book Description Brought to you by Amazon:

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.


Why You Should Just Read This Time Next Year

  • Minnie Cooper’s mishaps will make you LOL. She believes that she is cursed on every New Year’s Eve and Day all because Quinn Hamilton was born one minute before her, making him the prized New Year baby, stealing all her luck. Obviously she has hilarious evidence backing this up.
  • Minnie and Quinn have an adorable Meet Cute. Minnie goes to this glamorous New Years Eve/Birthday Party with her boyfriend at this swanky club. While there, she ends up getting herself trapped in the ladies room. All night. Who rescues her in the early morning after everyone leaves? The beautiful Quinn Hamilton (insert heart eyes here).
  • This book teaches you an important life lesson. If this book teaches you any life lesson, let it be this: never tell anyone the names you have picked out for your children before they are born. Especially to someone who is in labor at the same time you are. Have some common sense.
  • The classic Pride and Prejudice theme. Quinn is a classic Darcy. Handsome and rich, plus well respected in the community. I mean, it doesn’t get much more Darcy than that. Then of course you have Minnie, who’s family is from a lower class. Not to mention, Quinn makes her feel like she’s less (at least in the beginning). Can you guess what happens? I don’t want to give it away, but girl realizes that the boy wasn’t who she thought he was, and they fall – oh wait, I almost gave it away!
  • You’re reminded that self-fulfilling prophecies are REAL. Connie, Minnie’s mom instilled the idea in Minnie that Quinn Hamilton stole all of her luck when he stole her name and title of “New Year’s Baby”. When you grow up being told this, you eventually believe it, and of course you begin expecting horrible things to happen to you #MindOverMatter.

I’m seriously giving this book five stars. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered for Minnie and Quinn the whole way. If you’re looking for a light read to brighten your day, then I sincerely suggest you crack open This Time Next Year. I promise, you won’t regret it.

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