Book Review: This Time Next year by Sophie Cousens

I think I may have stumbled upon a tiny miracle. A romance novel with no romance at all. Now that’s an achievement and wonder in itself ..right? I mean this book had no chemistry at all when it came to its romance. The romance portion actually kicked off in mere two pages and then fizzled out then emerge towards the last pages over doing the whole Sleepless in Seattle romance. Its like forcefully dropped towards the end to remind that the book was a romance novel. Well! too late ! This time next year may be we can bring up a much more swoon worthy romance

This Time Next Year Official Synopsis

In this warm-hearted love story for fans of One Day in December, a man and woman who were born at the same hospital on New Year’s Day meet on their thirtieth birthday and discover the 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 it’s 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 at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor 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 it that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to leave them both hoping for more?

This Time Next Year RWAT Take

What I felt is that the book lacked direction. It travelled a bit on self discovery then partially travelled on family and friendship and all along kept poking at stuff that vaguely sounded like love life but wasn’t totally that. The couple barely have some time together in the book where you can genuinely feel that yes these two are perfect for each other. There is no actually arc to the romance. Its all random and abrupt sneaking in between

The amount of romance scene in the whole of book merely is a chapter in any other romance fiction. I am a fan of subtle romance but not when there is no actual chemistry or spark between the characters. Its just the notion of romance.Add to the struggle, a slow pace and the book completely put me off even when I was on audiobook for the book. 


In conclusion I would say that the book was a complete NO NO for me because it didn’t had the right ingredients and was all over the place with the theme. It was contradicting itself over the chapters. The low pace of the book definitely made it even worse for fully enjoy it.

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