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Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times Best Seller

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn't be more different. After 30 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 30th 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. 

©2020 Sophie Cousens (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"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.”—Josie Silver, author of One Day in December

"[A] cute contemporary romantic comedy...The characters in this page-turning novel are richly drawn and transform substantially, especially Minnie, and all suggest that maybe happy ever after is up to us.”NPR Books 

"If you make time for just one holiday read this year, make it Sophie Cousens's This Time Next Year."PopSugar

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Cute & Quirky RomCom

A quick, easy, light, read, rom-com. Just what I needed after such a rough, heavy, year that covid and quarantine has brought. Enjoyed this book and the characters.

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So sweet and lots of laughs

I really enjoyed this book. It’s so sweet and made me laugh a lot. It’s a lighthearted read but also deals with mental health is such a brilliant, gracious way.
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  • Barbara S
  • 2020-12-17

intelligent rom-com

Good Morning America chose “This Time Next Year” as December’s book club pick. Rom-Com is not a genre I gravitate towards, so I am grateful for their pick as it is an intelligent, fun, and sweet story. “Sleepless in Seattle” is referenced in this novel, and it’s perfect because similar to “Sleepless”, this is a novel that is heartwarming and satisfying.

Minnie hates New Years because she believes she is jinxed. She was born on New Year’s day 1990 and was to be named “Quinn”. Her mother chose that name because she felt it’s a lucky name. Minnie’s mother was in labor and in the same room with another woman who was going to have a boy. The woman gave birth to her son firsrt, and SHE named her son Quinn. As a result, Minnie’s parents felt they couldn’t use that name because it was taken, and her father chose “Minnie” as her name.

This was unfortunate because her last name is Cooper. Yes, her name is Minnie Cooper. Her mother, since birth, has told Minnie that she’s unlucky, and Minnie believes it. Unfortunate things seem to happen to her on New Year’s Eve and Day.

The story really begins when she meets her nemesis: The “Quinn” who stole her name (actually it was his mother who did the deed). The story is told in jumping timelines with the chapters dated previous New Year’s and then the current timeline. Minnie learns that Quinn’s life isn’t the charmed life she sees on the surface. And poor Minnie….school children are SO MEAN!!

If you read one Rom-Com this year, take a look at this one. It’s intelligent and very clever. I was giggling throughout the book. I listened to the Audible production narrated by Hannah Arterton who is perfect. Be warned about listening in public: you will breakout in giggles and guffaws and those around you (if they don’t see your earbuds) will deem you as a crazy person.

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  • Jacqueline Jacobs
  • 2021-02-16

Past Meets Present

Absolutely loved the book but I wish there was more on them realizing they were meant to be since children. The small nod to it at the very end was cute but could have been more. I just knew he was going to see the model Star Wars when he was helping her move.

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  • Meghan. R
  • 2021-06-18

Predictable, outlandish plot with unlikeable characters

What started off as an easy, interesting book quickly turned into a predictable and overly silly plot. The characters were gag-worthy, non consistent and completely unrealistic. They acted in ways that were assumed rather than natural, like a bad caricature . The protagonists was frustratingly unaware, childish and unlikeable.The plot was highly predictable, and at times frustratingly juvenile. This book tried to be funny, uplifting and relevant but instead turned into a cringe-worthy waste of time. The ending was flat with zero payoff. I stuck through it because I was hoping it would end well, (and once I start a book I must finish it) but it all around disappointed. DO NOT waste your time!!

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  • TB0209
  • 2021-04-30

Meh

It's you're typical romance book. The story isa little too predictable and a lot of chapters don't really add anything to the story, so the story drags on. I honestly had a hard time caring if the main characters got together. It was an okay book.

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  • Denysewoo
  • 2020-12-25

Best Love Story

Destiny from birth to now! I loved how Minnie And Quinn found their path to one another!
I needed to hear this wonderful story!
Thank you and Hannah’s narration was a gem!

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  • Jensum1
  • 2021-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

I laughed and I even teared up as so many scenes brought me back to remembrances of my own life. The narrator was so good…into character for each of them. Loved it!!

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  • H. Divis
  • 2020-12-27

Charming

I enjoyed this story very much. The narration was great and the story was charming. It was full of witty lines, and both heart-twisting & heart-warming moments. I recommend it.

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  • Jenifer Graham
  • 2021-05-20

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super cute story. mental health is very important. appreciated that nod and what helped Tara
they picked the perfect narrator.

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  • LovelyD
  • 2022-06-29

Main character is blah

It's a great story however, when I think of the main character and try to come up with things that make her loveable, I really struggle. She's not particularly bright, realistic or inspiring. She really is just a lifelong caterpillar with no hope to be a butterfly. If the author would've just dropped a more quick-witted character into the story, it would've been 5 stars.

I would've loved to follow Leah's story tbh. Or even Connie's. They seem loads more interesting.

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  • gerri borenstein
  • 2022-04-12

Delightful

This was an Entertaining and fun story with a predictable End that did not disappoint