Book Review: This Time Next Year

06 February 2021|

Title: This Time Next Year

Author: Sophie Cousens

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Main Characters:

  • Minnie Cooper – female lead
  • Quinn Hamilton – man that shares Minnie’s birthday
  • Leila – Minnie’s best friend


A man and woman who were born at the same hospital on New year’s Day meet on their thirtieth birthday and discover many times their paths almost crossed before.

Down-to-earth baker Minnie Cooper knows two things with great certainty; that her New Year’s birthday has always been unlucky, and that its 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’s at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has conditioned to favour 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 is that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to leave them both hoping for more?


My first book of 2021 and it did not disappoint. This book came us as a recommendation on my iBooks library but then I also saw it on two of my favourite bloggers online bookclubs: Ashley Brooke Bookclub and ENW Reads and I just knew I had to get a copy and get stuck in… It has to be one of my favourite books of all time – it’s an easy to read, romantic story about fate and coincidence. As a hopeless romantic, I believe in fate and love at first sight and this book was a beautiful story. I love the way this book takes us through different families and different upbringings and how one small moment can change and impact our journey through life, but also how we are responsible for our own happiness in life, and it’s a choice we get to make. I also loved that these two characters had crossed paths so many times in life yet never know… And I often wonder how many times that has happened when we meet someone from our home town or we know have shared a common place in life. I would highly recommend this book.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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