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This Time Next Year

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  21,337 ratings  ·  2,575 reviews
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
Hardcover, Book of the Month Club Edition , 352 pages
Published November 1st 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published August 1st 2020)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

I've been trying to make a better point of reading any newly purchased physical books as soon as possible upon their entrance into my home....otherwise they just seem to fall into the "languishing unread on my shelves forever" abyss. Also, I'm trying to meet my Book of the Month reading goal this year. And I am was three books short.

Enter me picking this up right before bed the other night with the intent of reading "just a couple chapters."

Well, we all know how that goes sometimes.


If you yearn for the days of British romcoms before romcoms were good, this is the book for you.

If you’re a Bridget Jones person over a Love Actually / Notting Hill / whatever, this might also be the book for you. Sorry, my vitriolic hatred of Bridget Jones is showing.

(The best British romcom, by the way, is About Time. I will not take feedback on this point.)

This one harkens back to a simpler day, before we cared about being nice to each other and bigotry of all kinds was just a little someth
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is essentially a romance novel there’s much more to it which makes it a more interesting read. Minnie and Quinn are born a minute apart on New Years Eve/Day in 1989/90. Their respective mothers Connie Cooper and Tara Hamilton are so different both in personality and background, as Tara exudes a wealthy background. The story takes us through various New Years Eve and Day events until Quinn and Minnie truly find each other.

The strongest element of the book is the characterisation wh
Michael David
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
November BOTM selection.

“Sweet, sweet fantasy, baby
When I close my eyes
You come and you take me
On and on and on”
-Mariah Carey “Fantasy”

The song has nothing to do with this book, but I thought it was fitting in the capacity of this sweet, fictional rom-com.

Minnie Cooper (a person, not a car) is just vrooming through life as a pie-maker for the less fortunate. 🥧 (Sorry for the dad-joke about Mini Coopers and vrooming 🚗 .) She’s a New Year’s baby...and was supposed to be named Quinn Cooper. Ho
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I read this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I found this book to be delightful and was engaged throughout my reading. I loved how Minnie and Quinn came to be part of each other's lives (the story of their births was great) and how they seemed to constantly be in a loop around each other growing up. Though I gave this 5 stars, I have to say that I think that there was a missed opportunity to explore Quinn more. I think the book focused mainly on Minnie
Jessica | JustReadingJess
This Time Next Year is a great novel. I loved the storyline and the layout of the book with mixed in flashbacks really added to the story. All of the characters are great. Minnie and Quinn are both great people dealing with personal issues. Quinn is afraid to get close to people. Minnie is afraid to take risks and blames everything on her bad luck.

The friendship between Minnie and Leila added to the story. They have been best friends since they were fifteen years old. They tell each other every
Sheyla ✎
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, best-2021, romance
The story was a good one. Two souls that were connected since birth and they finally met at the age of thirty, during their birthday, on New Year's Day.

Or do they already know each other?

Minnie Copper (no joke that's her name) believes her birthday is jinxed. She was born a minute too late on New Year's Day to become the first 90's baby. She lost the cash prize as a newborn. She also lost her name. Her mother wanted to name her Quinn but while ready to deliver Minnie, she was placed in a room wi
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: botm
OMG I loved this book! This was the absolute perfect book to start the year out with! The perfect little rom-com that gave me all the feels!

The name is Minnie...Minnie Cooper..I can't help but want to laugh.. I loved Minnie! So your name gets stolen by a woman your mom met, while they were both in in a moment of desperation she names you Minnie Cooper. Thanks Mom! Look, Minnie is as cute as the car.

Minnie thinks she is jinxed because of her name..well... and she is a bit. She reminde
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book surprised me, I was not expecting to like it this much. I did tho, I loved it in fact. Usually while reading about missed chances, with characters that cannot acknowledge their own worth and on top are very superstitious? That´s not really my cup of tea, it drives me crazy if its written wrong. However this was written so well, I´m still not over it. I adored the main characters and even though they had some negati
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minnie Cooper (with a name like that, you know she is going to be a great character!!) meets Quinn at a New Year’s Eve party. They discover they were both born on the same day and at the same hospital. Minnie has always felt jinxed on New Year’s Eve and blames it on the fact that when she was born, Quinn’s mother stole the name that was meant for her, when the 2 expectant mothers bonded together at the hospital.

This wonderful story is told over several timelines, throughout both Quinn and Minnie
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved reading This Time Next Year, with two unlikely friends that’s has one extraordinary love story.

Minnie is out with her boyfriend Greg, celebrating the New Year with sparkling fireworks, but as its her birthday too, unfortunately nothing seems to go right for Minnie at all, she has so mishaps, which are rather loud out moment. Minnie Cooper struck a chord for me as I’ve never known a character, with everything turning into disasters.

By c
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This book just wasn't for me.

This is the story of two people, Minnie and Quinn, who were born on the same day at the same hospital, and their paths cross on their 30th birthday. I thought this was going to be a romance novel, but it wasn't. I don't even know how to categorize this, because I just didn't care for any of it.
Third person narration in contemporary books to me is just pointless, and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. In fact, I hated both of them, cause they just made
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minnie Cooper (yep, no typo) was born on New Year’s Day and for years, believes she is jinxed after arriving just a few minutes later than the first baby born that same day, Quinn Hamilton.

When she‘s 30, Minnie experiences another unfortunate New Year’s Eve and happens to meet Quinn. They’re opposites and from different worlds — Minnie, a baker, working hard to make ends meet, Quinn, a management consultant, living in a posh neighborhood who has a seemingly perfect life. After meeting on their
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
This is one of those missed chances style stories that can sometimes drive me a little bit mad, but happily this one was cute and I liked everyone in it.

They were born a few minutes apart in the same hospital in the first few minutes of 1990. As an aside, I can remember 'seeing in' 1990 (in a pub, I believe I was in fancy dress as Perky pig, don't ask) and to my shame it doesn't feel like it was that long ago. God I'm old and it did make me slightly, uncomfortably conscious that I'm much closer
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed this book, I loved Quinn right from the start, the sort of one sided banter between him and Minnie and the relationship with his mum.

I absolutely loved that this book had quite a serious mental health ‘side plot’ - it really stopped it from being more of typical girly book and definitely gave it that little bit more depth.

Although there are elements of predictability within this, there is also a real unique subplot within this and it made the ending just that little b
Susan Z
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the love, and all the stars, for this fantastic Rom-Com. What an unbelievable debut.

Minnie has been cursed on New Years Day since she was born. Maybe it's because she was named Minnie Cooper. Or maybe it's because a baby born a minute before her stole what was to be her lucky name,Quinn. On her 30th birthday, Minnie meets her name steeling nemesis.

I loved the chemistry and tension between Minnie and Quinn, but I also loved the friendship between Minnie and Leila. If only we were all blessed
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
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even express how much I loved this book.

Quinn and Minnie are born on New Year’s Eve in the same hospital; one minute apart. Their similarities seem to end there for thirty years until they are in the same place at the same time again. On the surface, Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds but there is an undeniable connection between the two of them. Was this a chance meeting or is there more to their story?

From page one I knew I was going to love Minnie Cooper (yes - her name is Min
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5/ 5 stars

This Time Next Year is a wonderful new book that I would describe as part Women's Fiction, part Chick Lit and part Romantic Comedy.

It is set in the UK. The main narrator is 30 year old Minnie (3rd person POV). Minnie runs her own catering business with her best friend Leila.

The book starts on December 31, 2019. Minnie is at a New Year's Eve party where she meets Quinn. They find out that they have the same birthday. And there ends up being a crazy story that has to do with when and w
Doreena Silva
Thank you to Netgalley, Random House, and the Author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a wonderful read. Full of Love, friendship, wit and whimsy.
Quirky characters and families that all seemed to come together in the strangest but sweetest ways.
My first read from this Author and won't be my last as I'll definitely be following her and her works.
talon smith
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh. I ADORED this book. I mean, I had a strong feeling that I would when I saw the simplicity of the cover and read the first paragraph of the blurb and even the two little lines on the cover but I love when my feelings stay the same the whole way through the book. Basically I love it when I am right about a "feeling" LOL!

The best part about the entire book is the characters themselves. ALL OF THEM! Not just Minnie and Quinn but every single character we come in contact with leaves some
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, romance, rtc, chick-lit
Review coming soon
Larry H
3.5 stars.

Sophie Cousens' debut novel, This Time Next Year , is a slow-burn rom-com about destiny, luck, and realizing you’re worthy of real love.

Quinn and Minnie were both born just moments into 1990 in the same hospital. Because Quinn was the first baby born in the new year his family won money—money that should have been Minnie’s, her family believes. And as a further injustice, Minnie was supposed to be named Quinn, but Quinn's mother “stole” the name from Minnie's mom. (So instead of nam
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Okay . . . .

I mean this book was EV.ER.Y.THANG. I had hoped it would be going in.

But first, let’s start with a confession. I really wanted to read this yesterday when it came out. If you know me I’m sure you can imagine the first world problem sort of whining that ensued when I went to check the pornbrary website and saw that SIX others were in front of me. Heifers! But then I realized I had received this as an advance from NetGa
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. RTC
Lucii Dixon
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that completely sweeps you off your feet. It was beautiful and full of soul-searching and was rather poetic, in that romantic kind of way. It was unexpected and addictive and I really, thoroughly enjoyed every page.

The characters were a colourful bunch. Minnie (Cooper), I mean, the name itself tells you she has good character and darn good personality to boot. Leila, the 1950’s style girl who is all confidence and swagger in her own stylish fashion. Bev, Alan and Fle
Tammy (tales.of.tammy)
Thank you to Netgalley, Sophie Cousens, and Random House UK for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Very easy to fall into, this story captivated me from the get-go. The characters are so likeable and relatable in many ways. They have realistic life problems, issues that most people can empathize with (money, relationships), and we all have our quirks and superstitions we believe in that can be a driver in life.

An unconventional love story, Minnie and Quinn are fantast
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Just loved it! Such a sweet, funny, endearing story!
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brits are so practical when it comes to matters of the heart.
Liked how realistic their love story was none of that googly eyed nonsense 2% in.
Good read
Anne OK
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Different than I expected -- sometimes downright corny and boring too much of the time -- I did like the premise of the story and at times felt there might be more to like than not. However, when I hit the end, I just felt blah and there was nothing special to be remembered -- it wasn't really the author or the writing -- just not really my cuppa.
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Sophie Cousens has worked in television for twelve years. She attributes surviving this long to always knowing where the Post-it notes are kept, and her ability to carry six coffee cups at once. This is her first novel.

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