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From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you pick up the wrong suitcase in an airport, only to fall head over heels for its unseen owner? Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't exactly off to a great start. After unceremoniously dumping everything in her bag in front of the most From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you pick up the wrong suitcase in an airport, only to fall head over heels for its unseen owner? Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't exactly off to a great start. After unceremoniously dumping everything in her bag in front of the most attractive man she's ever seen in real life, she arrives at her hotel only to realize she's grabbed the wrong suitcase from the airport. Her only consolation? The irresistibly appealing contents of the case: a copy of her favorite book; piano music; and a rugged, heavy knit fisherman sweater only a Ryan Gosling lookalike could pull off. The owner of this suitcase is Laura's dream man--she's sure of it. Now, all she has to do is find him. The mix-up seems written in the stars. After all, what are the odds that she'd find The One on the same remote island where her mom and dad had first fallen in love, especially as she sets out to write an article about their epic romance? Commissioning surly cab driver Ted to ferry her around seems like her best bet in both tracking down the mystery suitcase owner and retracing her parents' footsteps. And if beneath Ted's gruffness lies a wit that makes their cab rides strangely entertaining, so much the better. But as Laura's long-lost luggage soulmate proves difficult to find--and as she realizes that the love story she's held on a pedestal all her life might not have been that perfect--she'll have to rethink her whole outlook on love to discover what she really wants.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you pick up the wrong suitcase in an airport, only to fall head over heels for its unseen owner? Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't exactly off to a great start. After unceremoniously dumping everything in her bag in front of the most From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you pick up the wrong suitcase in an airport, only to fall head over heels for its unseen owner? Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't exactly off to a great start. After unceremoniously dumping everything in her bag in front of the most attractive man she's ever seen in real life, she arrives at her hotel only to realize she's grabbed the wrong suitcase from the airport. Her only consolation? The irresistibly appealing contents of the case: a copy of her favorite book; piano music; and a rugged, heavy knit fisherman sweater only a Ryan Gosling lookalike could pull off. The owner of this suitcase is Laura's dream man--she's sure of it. Now, all she has to do is find him. The mix-up seems written in the stars. After all, what are the odds that she'd find The One on the same remote island where her mom and dad had first fallen in love, especially as she sets out to write an article about their epic romance? Commissioning surly cab driver Ted to ferry her around seems like her best bet in both tracking down the mystery suitcase owner and retracing her parents' footsteps. And if beneath Ted's gruffness lies a wit that makes their cab rides strangely entertaining, so much the better. But as Laura's long-lost luggage soulmate proves difficult to find--and as she realizes that the love story she's held on a pedestal all her life might not have been that perfect--she'll have to rethink her whole outlook on love to discover what she really wants.

30 review for Just Haven't Met You Yet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Journalist for ‘Love Life’ magazine Laura La Quesne writes the popular ‘How did you meet?’ column. She is seeking her own life altering Hollywood style love and witnessing the happy ever after stories she writes about is tough. Her friend Vanya advises her to keep the faith and ‘you just haven’t met him yet’. Her boss Suki sends her to Jersey (Channel Isles) in order to write her parents love story, her deceased father Alex having been a Jersey resident. Will she meet her soulmate? You’ll have t Journalist for ‘Love Life’ magazine Laura La Quesne writes the popular ‘How did you meet?’ column. She is seeking her own life altering Hollywood style love and witnessing the happy ever after stories she writes about is tough. Her friend Vanya advises her to keep the faith and ‘you just haven’t met him yet’. Her boss Suki sends her to Jersey (Channel Isles) in order to write her parents love story, her deceased father Alex having been a Jersey resident. Will she meet her soulmate? You’ll have to read it to find out! Laura tells her story, interspersed with extracts from her parents letters and snippets from ‘Tiger Woman’ by Bee Bee Graceful. This is an enjoyable, light, fun, sweet, a bit cheesy in a good way, summer beach read novel. It’s not just about finding the man who makes your heart race or swoon if you’re a swoony type but it’s also about learning about who you are, what is actually important and what makes you tick. It’s peppered with good humour some of which makes you laugh out loud and there’s a dash of sadness and some lies which are told for the best of reasons. The characters are good, there’s a good variety from Suki who is something else, to lovely Ted the taxi driver and his adorable father Gerry. Laura is an excellent central protagonist, she’s joyful at times, funny, gets herself into a few scrapes which makes her very relatable and likeable. She finds that men are like buses, none, the two come along and the unravelling of that one is fun as she discovers which one gives her the Kablammo moment. One of the biggest stars of the show has to the the beautiful island of Jersey. The setting is as gorgeous as one of its famous sons in Henry Cavill and yes, he’s mentioned several times and the places on the island are used very effectively in the storytelling - Jersey tourist board take note!! Overall, this is a lively, engaging and compelling read as Laura seeks her Hotty McFace! If you like Phil Collins you’re a shoe in with this one (!) and if you like a lovely setting then, ditto. If you like a cringe or three at times, a bit of a chuckle with a dash or several of romance then this will fit the bill! With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House, Cornerstone, Arrow for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    Super cute Rom-Com! I thoroughly enjoyed laughing emotionally over this uplifting slow-burn. If you want an end of the summer beach read, this is definitely one to add. I devoured this book in one day and it was a much lighter read than what I normally read. I loved these characters!! Laura is headed to Channel Island on a business trip to cover a story on her parents love story and how they met on this same island. On her flight, she met the most handsome man she had ever met. When she picked u Super cute Rom-Com! I thoroughly enjoyed laughing emotionally over this uplifting slow-burn. If you want an end of the summer beach read, this is definitely one to add. I devoured this book in one day and it was a much lighter read than what I normally read. I loved these characters!! Laura is headed to Channel Island on a business trip to cover a story on her parents love story and how they met on this same island. On her flight, she met the most handsome man she had ever met. When she picked up her suitcase, she realized it isn't hers, but hoping it is the dreamy man's. When she opens the suitcase, it contains things they have in common: One of her favorite books, piano music, and a fisherman's bulky sweater. Her cab driver, Ted, makes the story with his dry humor and helpfulness. He is her tour guide while she secretly hunts for this mysterious man. The story radiates each person's vibrance and happiness, although the message is how hard life can be and how you overcome adversity. There were emotional parts when she reevaluates what she is looking for in love and finds unexpectedly info about her parents' lives. Looking for Mr. Right while gaining a love for the island and endurance for her parents' past after her father has died is sure to touch your heart. Thanks NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This was a sweet and sometimes surprisingly poignant story about a journalist yearning to meet ‘the one’, but using the yardstick of her parents own impossibly romantic story as her aim. It was set in Jersey, a gorgeous place I’ve been lucky enough to holiday in. Plus I’ve recently been enjoying bingeing on Bergerac on BritBox - notably enjoying a youthful John Nettles - so I was very pleased to see the island brought to life here. I enjoyed the humour and the banter but the romance let it down a This was a sweet and sometimes surprisingly poignant story about a journalist yearning to meet ‘the one’, but using the yardstick of her parents own impossibly romantic story as her aim. It was set in Jersey, a gorgeous place I’ve been lucky enough to holiday in. Plus I’ve recently been enjoying bingeing on Bergerac on BritBox - notably enjoying a youthful John Nettles - so I was very pleased to see the island brought to life here. I enjoyed the humour and the banter but the romance let it down a bit for me. Laura meets one chap and is chasing after another, both men are good and hot and so I struggled to commit to a romance with either of them. Fortunately the romance isn’t the only story here, this is as much about Laura learning about herself and her family as the romance and I was actually just as interested in that. It’s a sweet and undemanding read that would be good for the beach; it didn’t blow me away but it was absorbing and I enjoyed it. Thanks to the publisher via netgalley for the arc.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling

    Thank you to Rachel at Penguin Random House Cornerstone for my physical copy! Okay, this could be a long review as my head is brimming with things I want to say, so please bear with me. Firstly, I loved the title. Didn't twig until my fiance and sister pointed out the song title of a particular singer... and now I don't know how I missed it, as I sing it in my head whenever I read the title cover! I loved the premise- the line 'so tell me how you both met?' gets asked to me and my fiance a lot but Thank you to Rachel at Penguin Random House Cornerstone for my physical copy! Okay, this could be a long review as my head is brimming with things I want to say, so please bear with me. Firstly, I loved the title. Didn't twig until my fiance and sister pointed out the song title of a particular singer... and now I don't know how I missed it, as I sing it in my head whenever I read the title cover! I loved the premise- the line 'so tell me how you both met?' gets asked to me and my fiance a lot but it is one of my favourite stories to tell. Along with the 'grand gesture' of his proposal! Anyway, I digress. The beginning of the book starts around the phrase "cheer up, it might never happen", and this is literally the worst phrase ever to me. People who say that can't have had any trauma or bereavement in their lives, and how do they know it hasn't already happened for that person? I lost my sister last year, and I swear if anyone says that to me, they will get the Ginger Tornado (me) unleashed. So I definitely gave Laura a virtual pat on the back for her response. The characters were wonderful, and I have to say my personal favourite is Gerry. I honestly think we all need a Gerry in our lives. His outlook was remarkable, and as someone with a permanent disability, the way he talked about his struggles really spoke something to me. I feel like writing his quotes out and displaying them all round my house as a reminder to myself to stay positive. Love him. The loss Laura has had to deal with was heart breaking to read, and Cousens definitely stayed true to reality in her portrayal of grief. The funny moments to balance the sadness were hilarious (the cows come to mind first LOL) and I laughed out loud frequently. Jersey was the perfect setting for the story, and Cousens' ability to describe it's beauty and character was extremely special. While it was a little predictable, I didn't care. It was just what I needed for my light but at times sad, bedtime read. Loved it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Just Haven't Met You Yet incorporates elements of chick lit, family/relationship drama all under a fairly original and likable umbrella. ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Just Haven't Met You Yet incorporates elements of chick lit, family/relationship drama all under a fairly original and likable umbrella. ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    (PUB Date 11.9) 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐍'𝐓 𝐌𝐄𝐓 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐘𝐄𝐓 isn't just the title of one of my favorite Michael Buble songs, it's also the title of Sophie Cousen's follow up to her debut-T𝘏𝘐𝘚 𝘛𝘐𝘔𝘌 𝘕𝘌𝘟𝘛 𝘠𝘌𝘈𝘙. Thanks to GP Putnam and Netgalley for early access.  I was going to wait until closer to the publication date to read this, when I saw that it featured two of my favorite things: the meet-cute trope (featuring mixed up luggage) and travel (Channel Islands- Jersey) I said "Nah- read it now."  I found it warm heart (PUB Date 11.9) 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐍'𝐓 𝐌𝐄𝐓 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐘𝐄𝐓 isn't just the title of one of my favorite Michael Buble songs, it's also the title of Sophie Cousen's follow up to her debut-T𝘏𝘐𝘚 𝘛𝘐𝘔𝘌 𝘕𝘌𝘟𝘛 𝘠𝘌𝘈𝘙. Thanks to GP Putnam and Netgalley for early access.  I was going to wait until closer to the publication date to read this, when I saw that it featured two of my favorite things: the meet-cute trope (featuring mixed up luggage) and travel (Channel Islands- Jersey) I said "Nah- read it now."  I found it warm hearted and a perfect pick me up. It's one of those books that blends levity and humor with heft. The characters are endearing & authentic. Plus- the lead, Laura, has a bit of a Bridget Jones vibe which you know I'm here for.  And- one of the main male characters is named Ted. Something about that wholesome name made him even more real. Equally appealing was the cast of supporting characters, some of which kept me smiling, and others who made me break out the stink eye.  It's also a love story to the island of Jersey. I couldn't help pausing my reading to Google photos of the island and research my own seaside cottage to rent for a vacation.  Ah- my wanderlust is real.  I would categorize this as 'romance adjacent". The door is slightly ajar. Light on the steam. 

  7. 5 out of 5

    Littlebookworm

    Laura works for Love Life, a lifestyle platform, where she interviews couples about the quirky stories of how they met. When her boss Suki wants to step things up a gear, Laura has the idea of telling the serendipitous story of how her own parents, both now dead, met on the island of Jersey, visiting the places they went together as part of her piece. Yet setting off to Jersey herself on this work assignment and picking up the wrong suitcase at the airport, it seems fate might just have set her Laura works for Love Life, a lifestyle platform, where she interviews couples about the quirky stories of how they met. When her boss Suki wants to step things up a gear, Laura has the idea of telling the serendipitous story of how her own parents, both now dead, met on the island of Jersey, visiting the places they went together as part of her piece. Yet setting off to Jersey herself on this work assignment and picking up the wrong suitcase at the airport, it seems fate might just have set her up to meet her own perfect match. I really enjoyed Sophie Cousens' debut This Time Next Year and as such was eagerly anticipating her next book, which I am glad to say did not disappoint, and if anything I ended up enjoying this even more than her first. As with her debut, it is a delightful rom-com, and I liked how whilst the overall feel was still light hearted there were more poignant aspects of the book too, which added some emotional depth. I also thought the book was a wonderful love-letter to Jersey, and enjoyed the island setting with its close knit community and the sense we got of the place. The premise of the story revolves around Laura picking up the wrong suitcase at the airport, unpacking its contents and on the basis of what she discovers inside, 'falling in love' with its owner, after all he plays the piano, is a fan of Phil Collins, has good taste in clothes, is sweet and thoughtful to his mother and is the owner of a well thumbed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird; all of which sets him out as her perfect man and so sets her on a quest to find him. Along this journey she is helped by Ted, a cab driver, to whom there is much more than initially meets the eye. Laura herself made for an engaging heroine. It did take me a few chapters to properly warm to her character, but once I had, I ended up really liking her. She could be hilarious at times, and I liked her romantic spirit, and also how she really seemed to come into her own and find her element whilst on the island. The story is all told from Laura's point of view, though interspersed are letters between her parents, and also excerpts from a self-help book that Laura is reading called 'Tiger Woman'. There is actually more to her parent's story than what we are initially led to believe, with Laura uncovering some family secrets whilst on the island, and I think one of the themes the book explores is how love is not always neat and tidy and doesn't always meet idealistic expectations (which is something Laura has a tendency to strive for). Subjects such as loss and grief are also gently explored. There are some great side characters too, like Suki (who I definitely would not want as my boss) and Gerry, an elderly man with Parkinson's Disease, whose attitude towards life was simply inspirational. I did think the story seemed to slow down a bit after the 70% mark or so, and for me at least, seemed to lose just a bit of its magic. I did still enjoy the latter part of the book, just not as much as the rest of the story. I don't know whether it somewhat felt as if it were going through the motions a bit in these later parts, but that's why it doesn't get the 5 stars for me, but it was very close. I'm not sure how I felt about Belinda turning up at the end as well, nor the Tiger Woman reveal (it was just a bit too coincidental). Overall a fun and romantic read, with proper heart and a lovely setting. Another winner from Cousens! 4.5 stars (view spoiler)[ With regards to the romantic plot, I think it was fairly obvious early on that it was actually Ted who Laura was falling in love with even as she was searching for Jasper (suitcase man), however, predictable as this was, Cousens told the story with such charm that the inevitability of how it would end didn't bother me at all. I liked that both Ted and Jasper were decent men, though the fact that Jasper was so adorable did make me feel a bit bad for him (though all worked out well in the end for him too). However, overall Jasper was a bit too puppyish for me personally (the whole kitchen thing was bizarre too, albeit in a funny way), and it was definitely Ted that I was rooting for. I just thought that Ted and Laura connected on a deeper and more emotional level and had a really easy rapport between them, and I loved their interactions and conversations with each other.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Random House UK (Cornerstone, Arrow), in exchange for an honest review. CW: death of both parents, divorce, abandonment, illness, a bit of jealousy between women, lie, snooping in another person's personal items. What a cute book this was! I haven't read such a cheer-up romantic comedy in so long. I have read Cousens' previous book, This Time Next Year, and I enjoyed it, but I have to say that this was the I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Random House UK (Cornerstone, Arrow), in exchange for an honest review. CW: death of both parents, divorce, abandonment, illness, a bit of jealousy between women, lie, snooping in another person's personal items. What a cute book this was! I haven't read such a cheer-up romantic comedy in so long. I have read Cousens' previous book, This Time Next Year, and I enjoyed it, but I have to say that this was the book I preferred overall between the two of them. Basically the story begins when Laura goes to Jersey to retrieve the steps of her parents' love story, and there, at the airport, she swaps her suitcase with another man at the airport - and she firmly believes by the contents of that suitcase that he's the perfect man for her. While I truly believe with a passion that you should not snoop around in another person suitcase - please don't do that if it ever happens to you lol - I also suspended my disbelief for the sake of the romantic story. Laura then decides to find the owner of the suitcase to give that back to him, and she will be helped by Ted, a grumpy cab driver that will show her the island and help her in the quest. I truly enjoyed the humor in this book, I think Cousens has a funny way to tell a story, and I liked the humor in this one a lot. All of the Phil Collins reference were also top notch - for a person whose father also tried to give her a musical education based on The Genesis in my case, it was a nice touch to the story. I think the twists and turns are quite predictable and there wasn't s single thing that I didn't grasp from the 20-30% mark of the book, but that was good, I didn't mind that. I think it was a novel about hope, family, friendship and most of all finding love when and where you least expect it, it conveyed very well the fact that most of the expectations we think we have all our lives will just be proven wrong when we really fall in love. And last but not least, there's a Taylor Swift reference in this song, so yeah, that's always a plus for me lol. In conclusion I think that if you like fluff romantic books set in cozy small towns (in this case in a wonderful island), with a great sense of humor, this could be the one for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    In Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Laura spends her working life interviewing couples about their larger-than-life love stories. This, together with what she has been told about her parents’ relationship, has given her a rose-tinted view of romance that none of her previous relationships has ever lived up to. On a work trip to Jersey to revisit places that were special to her parents, and write an article about it, she ends up with someone else’s suitcase. On opening it, to try to find out who it belon In Just Haven’t Met You Yet, Laura spends her working life interviewing couples about their larger-than-life love stories. This, together with what she has been told about her parents’ relationship, has given her a rose-tinted view of romance that none of her previous relationships has ever lived up to. On a work trip to Jersey to revisit places that were special to her parents, and write an article about it, she ends up with someone else’s suitcase. On opening it, to try to find out who it belongs to, the contents lead her to believe the owner would be her Mr Right if only she could track him down. Laura reminded me of Bridget Jones in that some of the humour was of the cringeworthy variety and often at her expense. Told solely from Laura’s perspective, Just Haven’t Met You Yet is not just the lightweight romantic tale that is promised on the cover, but also a heartbreaking story about family secrets. The supporting cast of memorable, quirky characters are well drawn and gradually help her to discover what she really wants to do with her life. Jersey is a wonderful setting and beautifully described by the author who clearly has great affection for the island. There is a cinematic quality to the story and I could see it being made into a movie. The action takes place over just a few days so the pace is fairly brisk. I did not always find Laura particularly likeable, and the whole suitcase mix-up dragged on a little too long, but overall I enjoyed reading Just Haven’t Met You Yet and look forward to whatever Sophie Cousens writes next. Thanks to Arrow and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I love Sophie Cousens' writing. It's funny and charming and I really enjoyed her first book, This Time Next Year. I think Just Haven't Met You Yet is even better and I loved reading it. I did have an inkling from early on what would happen with her love life, but I loved the journey and getting to know the characters. I literally laughed out loud during her time at the fair. It slowed down a little for me around 3/4 in and there was maybe a few too many obstacles to get around considering she wa I love Sophie Cousens' writing. It's funny and charming and I really enjoyed her first book, This Time Next Year. I think Just Haven't Met You Yet is even better and I loved reading it. I did have an inkling from early on what would happen with her love life, but I loved the journey and getting to know the characters. I literally laughed out loud during her time at the fair. It slowed down a little for me around 3/4 in and there was maybe a few too many obstacles to get around considering she was only in Jersey for a week, but it was the loveliest read, and now I really want to visit Jersey!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nyah ☾

    3.75 ⭐️ I have no idea how I feel about this but it was a nice fluffy romance. Emphasis on the fluffy because their was no spice!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica - How Jessica Reads

    I loved this book! It begins when Laura, whose parents fell in love on Jersey, heads to the island to research her own history for an article she's writing. Flustered, with memories of her deceased parents making her miss them more, in the airport Laura accidentally grabs the wrong suitcase off the luggage carousel. In the suitcase she finds: a copy of her favorite book, sheet music by her favorite artist, a bottle of her mother's perfume with a note saying "Happy birthday, Mom!", expensive men' I loved this book! It begins when Laura, whose parents fell in love on Jersey, heads to the island to research her own history for an article she's writing. Flustered, with memories of her deceased parents making her miss them more, in the airport Laura accidentally grabs the wrong suitcase off the luggage carousel. In the suitcase she finds: a copy of her favorite book, sheet music by her favorite artist, a bottle of her mother's perfume with a note saying "Happy birthday, Mom!", expensive men's shoes, and a thick cable-knit men's sweater. She decides that this is it. She's accidentally swapped suitcases with her soulmate. She enlists a taciturn cabbie to help her track down the owner of the suitcase, and has adventures across Jersey for several days. Along the way, she ends up discovering that there's more to Ted, the cabbie, than meets the eye. I've been wanting to visit the Channel Islands anyway, and now I *really* want to go. I loved how Laura found out more about herself, as her feelings for Ted & the mystery man grew and changed. Full review coming for Shelf Awareness.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dikshya Pattnaik

    Laura, journalist of 'How did you meet' column for a lifestyle magazine, goes to Jersey Island in search of her parents meet-cute story. But fate has other plans when her bags get mixed up with a hot-guy at the airport. Convinced that it's her dream man she goes on a quest to find her own story, meeting & befriending a local cab driver along the way who acts as her tour guide. Okay first of all let me tell you this, I've been waiting so long for a story like this. So long. A beautiful written in Laura, journalist of 'How did you meet' column for a lifestyle magazine, goes to Jersey Island in search of her parents meet-cute story. But fate has other plans when her bags get mixed up with a hot-guy at the airport. Convinced that it's her dream man she goes on a quest to find her own story, meeting & befriending a local cab driver along the way who acts as her tour guide. Okay first of all let me tell you this, I've been waiting so long for a story like this. So long. A beautiful written in the stars epic yet everyday kind of a story that will warm your heart. Laura, being a dreamer & hopeless romantic, believes that just like her parents she's destined to meet her man in a whirlwind of a situation. I loved the two halves of a coin story & its significance-good or bad- in Laura's life. Ted, the bearded cab driver, who stole my heart from the first meet itself was irresistible, east going & came with a lot of baggage. Jasper, rich, charming & the perfect guy for Laura didn't have a flaw & was completely smitten with her. Laura in search of her airport-mixed luggage-dream guy, witnessed a whole new side of her family, buried secrets, love, passion & most importantly life. She went to the island in search of an epic story, a fantasy of her own, but ended with something completely different. I LOVED Laura & Ted together. That chemistry, that understanding, the vulnerability they both possessed in matter of 3 days made me believe in love at first sight. Their story was filled with humour & 0 chessiness. God they made my heart flutter with so many emotions. The central theme of the story was commendable; no matter how good a person is for you on paper, your heart will always find the one who you connect with instantly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chaitanya Srivastava

    Wow, this was kind of disappointing? Sophie's debut novel, This Time Next Year was an instant favourite for me. I loved the idea, the characters, romance and basically everything else in between. I went into this with high expectations and ugh, it fell short by such a wide margin. The biggest issue that I have with this book is - 5 chapters in and I still had no clue where it was heading. I was remotely not interested in the MC and the whole - I need to get my suitcase thingy was fun for some ti Wow, this was kind of disappointing? Sophie's debut novel, This Time Next Year was an instant favourite for me. I loved the idea, the characters, romance and basically everything else in between. I went into this with high expectations and ugh, it fell short by such a wide margin. The biggest issue that I have with this book is - 5 chapters in and I still had no clue where it was heading. I was remotely not interested in the MC and the whole - I need to get my suitcase thingy was fun for some time but got easily stretched on to an extent where it kind of became a little annoying. The slow-burn romance was okay. Since I was not really interested in the MC, the romance faltered on so many levels. At one point, I was wondering why am I even reading this if it's not interesting? But by then I was a little too ahead in the story... Another thing that I feel was missing from the writing was the humour. This Time Next Year was so hilarious. It had tons of laugh out loud moments. Here, I struggled to even smile. I really hate to leave 2 stars for this book because Sophie is an absolute gem of a person with who I have interacted on several occasions but I need to be honest. Thus, this was very average if not bad.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    I can already picture this as a movie, and it would be GREAT. It's got serious Bridget Jones vibes, pairing classic rom com moments with a healthy dose of reality. Our heroine is the star of the show, and she's convinced that she knows exactly what type of guy she wants. But as the book progresses and history starts to unravel, she sees things from a different perspective. I loved the contrasts, the slow reveals, and the visual transformations along the way. There's a subtle and somber tone to m I can already picture this as a movie, and it would be GREAT. It's got serious Bridget Jones vibes, pairing classic rom com moments with a healthy dose of reality. Our heroine is the star of the show, and she's convinced that she knows exactly what type of guy she wants. But as the book progresses and history starts to unravel, she sees things from a different perspective. I loved the contrasts, the slow reveals, and the visual transformations along the way. There's a subtle and somber tone to much of the story, mixed with some humor and lighthearted moments. It's most definitely a romance, but there's a significant amount of introspection and personal growth, with a more women's fiction feel in the back half. While the story was occasionally a little slow for me, I was completely invested in Laura's journey, and I wanted to see how it all worked out. The story follows Laura, a woman who writes about perfect meet cutes. She holds her parents' love story in high regard, so nothing she's ever experienced has come even close to it. But when Laura discovers that she's accidentally swapped suitcases with a stranger, it feels like her own perfect meet cute come to life. The stranger's personal items resonate with Laura, and she feels destined to meet him. While Laura travels around the places where her parents fell in love, she meets a cabdriver with sad eyes and plenty of knowledge about the area. The two strike up a friendship, and Ted becomes Laura's companion as she digs deeper into her parents' history while daydreaming about the sexy stranger that she's swapped suitcases with. This is a slower paced romance that will probably resonate the most with fans of quiet British humor and stories that straddle the line between (closed door) romance and women's fiction. We only get Laura's perspective, but the love story is front and center. I wouldn't necessarily call it a love triangle, but there is a decent amount of time spent on the "wrong" guy, which is probably the only thing that I didn't like about this. I get why it was necessary and the whole thing is well done, so I'm sticking with my 5-star rating. But I had a clear favorite very early on, and I liked him more and more as the story went on. There are some great themes focused on here, with heavier subjects and an overall message that no love story is picture perfect but that doesn't make it any less special. It's a rich, well written book, and I love how unique it felt. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this strangers to lovers romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I enjoyed Sophie Cousens's This Time Next Year so much, that I was highly anticipating Just Haven't Met You Yet. But it's always tricky--what if the follow up to a beloved book doesn't match your expectations? Well, I have to say I loved this one even more. Laura LeQuesne is a lifestyle reporter tasked with writing the greatest love story she's ever known: that of her parents, who fell for each other on the island of Jersey. On her way there, she has a mishap at the airport and grabs the wrong su I enjoyed Sophie Cousens's This Time Next Year so much, that I was highly anticipating Just Haven't Met You Yet. But it's always tricky--what if the follow up to a beloved book doesn't match your expectations? Well, I have to say I loved this one even more. Laura LeQuesne is a lifestyle reporter tasked with writing the greatest love story she's ever known: that of her parents, who fell for each other on the island of Jersey. On her way there, she has a mishap at the airport and grabs the wrong suitcase. In her attempt to find the owner, she opens it to discover that he must be her soulmate: all the contents of the case prove to be items that she has deep connections to. Now all she has to do is find this dream man. The cast of characters in the book are absolutely loveable, from the idealistic Laura, to the positively optimistic Gerry (perhaps the star of this book), to nice guy Jasper, and of course, gruff Ted. I enjoyed every minute of this one and am eagerly awaiting more from this author. Her writing is full of wit and charm. Thank you so much to Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley for making this ARC available to review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Robey

    I adored this perfect romantic story and have been left with a wonderfully warm feeling since finishing it. Sophie Cousens has followed up This Time Next Year with another cracking read. I connected with Laura immediately - she’s written so naturally and is instantly relatable. The relationships she has with Dee and Vanya are wonderful- they’re so different to eachother but offer unconditional support in their three way friendship. Jersey sounds idyllic and as we journeyed with Laura to track do I adored this perfect romantic story and have been left with a wonderfully warm feeling since finishing it. Sophie Cousens has followed up This Time Next Year with another cracking read. I connected with Laura immediately - she’s written so naturally and is instantly relatable. The relationships she has with Dee and Vanya are wonderful- they’re so different to eachother but offer unconditional support in their three way friendship. Jersey sounds idyllic and as we journeyed with Laura to track down her mum’s memories and the mysterious suitcase owner, I found myself noting down the places visited so I might see them myself one day. This is a brilliant romantic tale which would work so well on the big screen - I loved it completely.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I loved this romantic story filled with hope. I connected with the main character of Laura who is searching for her romance. Laura is filled with stories of her parents love tragically cut short, is a true romantic who believes that her true love is out there. This book read like a classic rom com and I adored every page. Great sophomoric effort by this author and I will read anything she writes moving forward. This book will make you swoon and smile

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    jUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET by Sophie Cousens is a heartwarming and humorous story about finding family, following your heart, and realizing that perfection isn’t always what you really need. Laura writes for an aspirational and trendy lifestyle site. She focuses on stories about how couples met because her own parents’ meetcute is such a driving force in her life. She decides to go back to the place where they met, recreate photos of them, maybe even meet some of her father’s family - he died when jUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET by Sophie Cousens is a heartwarming and humorous story about finding family, following your heart, and realizing that perfection isn’t always what you really need. Laura writes for an aspirational and trendy lifestyle site. She focuses on stories about how couples met because her own parents’ meetcute is such a driving force in her life. She decides to go back to the place where they met, recreate photos of them, maybe even meet some of her father’s family - he died when she was young and she’s never met them. She arrives in Jersey and discovers that she’s taken the wrong suitcase but when she opens it, it seems to belong to her perfect man - the clothes, the hobbies, his well-worn copy of her favorite book. She knows she has to find him - and wouldn’t having her own meetcute in the very place her parents met and fell in love make the perfect story? But her Hot Suitcase Man proves elusive. And what about the taxi driver she’s hired to help her find all of the spots her parents went to? The one who calls her Lady Muck with that sexy sparkle in his eyes? And what if what she’s been told about her parents isn’t exactly the truth... This gave me Bridget Jones vibes in the best way - a successful woman always getting into scrapes or madcap situations, looking for Mr. Right. This had such a lovely sense of place with descriptions of the sea and beaches. The food sounded so delicious. Laura was relatable with how confident she was one moment only to be overcome with doubt the next. I love how kind most of the characters are to each other -very smalltown everyone knows everything about you but cares about and for you. This is a quick, charming, heartwarming read with some incredibly tender moments and some truly laugh-out-loud ones - the Instagram live at the fete with Laura wearing a beekeeper’s headgear to cover up the stains on her dress from trying to pet a cow had me in giggles.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Notable Novels_

    ‘Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ -Sophie Cousens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Now my FAVOURITE romance novel. Ever. Cousens has such a rare and innate ability to knit characters into the very fibres of your heart. Initially I was dubious of Laura- but overtime her erratic and hopelessly optimistic nature resonated with me. She conveys a spirit that’s in all of us; hopeful, sometimes scatty and always hilarious- finding herself in the most dubious of situations, through 100% fault of her own (we’ve all been there). Her ‘Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ -Sophie Cousens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Now my FAVOURITE romance novel. Ever. Cousens has such a rare and innate ability to knit characters into the very fibres of your heart. Initially I was dubious of Laura- but overtime her erratic and hopelessly optimistic nature resonated with me. She conveys a spirit that’s in all of us; hopeful, sometimes scatty and always hilarious- finding herself in the most dubious of situations, through 100% fault of her own (we’ve all been there). Her quest for love is amiable because, after all, a meaningful connection is a common humanistic trait. Her desire for fate to intervene and change her unsuccessful love life is comedic at times and heartbreaking in others. The plot (just like Cousen’s previous novel- ‘This Time Next Year’) was genius. The pace was pitched perfectly and it felt immersive- like a best friend following Laura’s journey in her plight for love. I completely; utterly and hopelessly fell in love with this novel and am certain it will do incredibly well upon publication day in November.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a story about a hopeless romantic on a journey to discover her parent’s love story in the place they met and her determination to find her own love story. Along the way, the main character, Laura, must face family secrets and learn to follow her own heart and not just follow how the story is supposed to go. I really enjoyed this romance. It was cute and fun. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this book early. Rating and review are my own. Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a story about a hopeless romantic on a journey to discover her parent’s love story in the place they met and her determination to find her own love story. Along the way, the main character, Laura, must face family secrets and learn to follow her own heart and not just follow how the story is supposed to go. I really enjoyed this romance. It was cute and fun. I really liked the main love interest and felt the characters click right away! While I didn’t enjoy the stress of the “suitcase” the whole time, I was satisfied with how everything was wrapped up in the end. I love happy endings the most. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, romantic summer read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I loved the premise and mostly loved the setting of Jersey. It got a bit tangled and tedious three quarters in but straightened out at end. I loved learning about Jersey most of all. I even googled afterwards to read more. I have it "bucket listed" now. I loved the premise and mostly loved the setting of Jersey. It got a bit tangled and tedious three quarters in but straightened out at end. I loved learning about Jersey most of all. I even googled afterwards to read more. I have it "bucket listed" now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    I loved this summer rom-com! It had great banter, swoon worthy moments and lots of finding out who you are and what you want. I loved Laura! She was so real to me. With her idealistic views on romance and her down to earth humor. I wanted her to get her happily ever after!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is a heart warming romance which brings the island of Jersey into your room. The characters are engaging and the story makes easy reading. One for everyone to enjoy especially if on a beach.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynn McCrum

    I loved Sophie Cousen’s previous book ‘This Time Next Year’ and was super excited to see she had a new book out. ‘Just haven’t met you yet’ does not disappoint. Right from the opening chapters you become invested in the characters as they are brought to life. It really is a wonderful book and one I highly recommend. Laura is a writer who works for ‘Love Life’ alongside her friend and flatmate, Vanya. When her boss, Suki, demands that someone come up with something spectacular everyone’s heads are I loved Sophie Cousen’s previous book ‘This Time Next Year’ and was super excited to see she had a new book out. ‘Just haven’t met you yet’ does not disappoint. Right from the opening chapters you become invested in the characters as they are brought to life. It really is a wonderful book and one I highly recommend. Laura is a writer who works for ‘Love Life’ alongside her friend and flatmate, Vanya. When her boss, Suki, demands that someone come up with something spectacular everyone’s heads are bowed. Laura, thinking on the spot, starts to talk about her own parents and the romantic story of how they met. Suki is sold on the idea and Laura jets off to Jersey to revisit some of the places her parents visited the summer they met. Arriving in Jersey, Laura grabs a cab and is rude to the driver when he tells her to ‘cheer up’. She gets to her hotel only to discover she has lifted the wrong baggage!!! Trying to find the identity of the owner, Laura rifles through the contents and becomes convinced this is her ‘meet cute’ and it is destiny that this has happened. She then embarks on a journey to try to find the owner in between retracing her parents footsteps and trying to appease Suki all with the help of the cab driver she was rude to. The book is hilarious in parts but also touches on some sad and delicate issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced read copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    I've now read and loved both books by Sophie Cousens and am officially a fan! Her writing is so funny even while touching on sensitive topics like illness, parental loss and abandonment, and divorce. The MC Laura had high standards for romance and while she got her HEA (no spoilers, it's a romance), it wasn't at all like she'd hoped or expected. I sympathized as she discovered her history wasn't at all like she'd been told. And I laughed so hard at some of the situations she found herself in. Th I've now read and loved both books by Sophie Cousens and am officially a fan! Her writing is so funny even while touching on sensitive topics like illness, parental loss and abandonment, and divorce. The MC Laura had high standards for romance and while she got her HEA (no spoilers, it's a romance), it wasn't at all like she'd hoped or expected. I sympathized as she discovered her history wasn't at all like she'd been told. And I laughed so hard at some of the situations she found herself in. The supporting characters were so charming and quirky, especially Gerry and Aunt Monica, and I particularly liked that both potential love interests were decent men and wonderful catches, even if only one was right for Laura. Finally, if you read carefully, you will spot a few Easter Eggs for This Time Next Year! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group for making that happen. This book was interesting in that the primary focus wasn't necessarily on the romance, but rather one woman's journey in self-exploration. Laura Le Quesne is approaching 30, and while her friends are quickly moving on with their lives, she finds herself stagnant. Additionally, she has an almost obsessive view of love based on her parents' love story and has had trouble with relatio I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group for making that happen. This book was interesting in that the primary focus wasn't necessarily on the romance, but rather one woman's journey in self-exploration. Laura Le Quesne is approaching 30, and while her friends are quickly moving on with their lives, she finds herself stagnant. Additionally, she has an almost obsessive view of love based on her parents' love story and has had trouble with relationships her whole life. When an opportunity arises to delve deep into her parents' past, she discovers that not everything is as it seems and that perhaps the person who's perfect on paper is not the one that she's meant to be with. Everything she has ever known is turned on its head, and she discovers who she is in the process of it. Personally, this book was a bit underwhelming for me. It just didn't capture me in a way that I feel like it could have. Laura was personally a bit grating and I felt that after being dealt with what amounts to life-altering information, she just kind of accepted it like it was no big deal. Ted, I felt like, didn't have much of a personality besides being there to fuel Laura's journey. And Jasper was so comically unattractive to me that I couldn't see why she would even consider him. I did like how Cousens handled her parents' story and how it fits in with the narrative, even if I figured it out almost immediately. It provided some much-needed conflict to the story that didn't have much to begin with. But overall, I just wasn't sold on Laura's story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Laura is a journalist who feels lucky to have a job even if it is writing fluff for a lifestyle website. Her biggest following comes from her “How did you two meet?” video series. When her boss pushes her to go further with it, she decided to do a story about her parents’ love story. Since they were both deceased, she decided to go back to Jersey where it started. What follows is a whirlwind weekend where she meets new family members, finds out things didn’t happen the way her mom told her, make Laura is a journalist who feels lucky to have a job even if it is writing fluff for a lifestyle website. Her biggest following comes from her “How did you two meet?” video series. When her boss pushes her to go further with it, she decided to do a story about her parents’ love story. Since they were both deceased, she decided to go back to Jersey where it started. What follows is a whirlwind weekend where she meets new family members, finds out things didn’t happen the way her mom told her, makes new friends, figures out how to follow her passion in work, and falls in love. Plus tiger woman. Not having ever heard of Jersey before, it was nice to get a tour of the island through this book. This is a well-rounded romance novel and just as good as her last one. Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    booksbytheboats

    A refreshing read which was just what I needed right now and the second one from Sophie Cousens which did not disappoint. A good level of romance, mixed with good humour and some classic banter. Although it’s your ‘almost’ typical girl meets boy book, there are some very poignant moments and some very key themes that run throughout the book that add an extra level of depth. I can picture this as good movie but for now I’d say it’s the perfect beach read… if it ever stops raining!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kennedy

    A great read. Laura is in Jersey for work, and when she takes the wrong suitcase from the airport, she believes this will be her own meet-cute. With Ted the taxi driver helping her out, will she find the suitcase owner and man she hopes to meet? Makes me want to visit Jersey now! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.

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