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This Time Next Year made my list of favorite books for 2020, so, naturally, I was looking forward to reading Sophie Cousens’ new book Just Haven’t Met You Yet. There’s nothing better than finding an author whose writing hits the mark for you, it’s even better when her newest novel lives up to my expectations. This book will definitely be making my list of favorite books of 2021!
Laura works for a lifestyle platform interviewing couples about how they met. Being a romantic at heart, Laura longs to find her soulmate and have a love story that can rival even her own parents’ romance. Her mother had always recounted the romantic relationship between her and Laura’s father, leaving Laura with the desire to find her own meet-cute.
Laura pitches the idea to her boss that she could travel to Jersey, in the Channel Islands, to retrace her parents’ romance. Seeing all of the meaningful places where her parents spent time together would make Laura feel closer to both of them.
Upon arriving at her destination, she accidentally retrieves the wrong suitcase. After looking at its contents (only for the purpose of identifying its owner, of course), she is sure that this suitcase must belong to the man of her dreams. With the help of a gruff cab driver who will also be her tour guide around the island, so begins Laura’s search for Suitcase Man.
I enjoyed every moment that I spent with Laura. Yes, she had an idealized view of love. Yes, she had a series of bad luck. And yes, her expectations were unrealistically high. But, hey, you can’t fault a girl for getting her hopes up.
This novel may seem like a lighthearted read, and it definitely does have its humorous moments, but there is so more to this novel than a few laughs. Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a fabulous story that has its share of heartbreak and emotion. With a wonderful cast of characters, there was never a dull moment. And the romance? Well, let me tell you that I was all in for the romantic tension that was happening between the characters. As a big fan of slow-burning romances, this one delivered the perfect amount of build-up and angst, providing me with the anticipation and butterflies that I crave.
Just Haven’t Met You Yet was a great way to spend a couple of days during the bleak month of November. I was dreading the moment when I would come to the last page. This book truly was the cat’s meow, or should I say the tiger’s roar?! I’m already looking forward to the next book by Sophie Cousens. She is a must-read for my to-be-read list.