by Sophie Cousens
Publication Date November 9 2021
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you picked up the wrong suitcase and fell head over heels for its mystery owner?
Hopeless romantic and lifestyle reporter Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't off to a great start. After an embarrassing encounter with the most attractive man she's ever seen in real life, she arrives at her hotel and realizes she's grabbed the wrong suitcase from the airport. Her only consolation is its irresistible contents, each of which intrigues her more and more. The owner of this suitcase is clearly Laura's dream man. Now, all she has to do is find him.
Besides, what are the odds that she'd find The One on the same island where her parents first met and fell in love, especially as she sets out to write an article about their 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. But as Laura's mystery man proves difficult to find--and as she uncovers family secrets--she may have to reimagine the life, and love, she always thought she wanted.
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens is a charming, heartwarming book set on the Channel Island of Jersey. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning more about Jersey. The author does an excellent job of making me feel like I was exploring the island along with the characters.
Laura is a journalist for a lifestyle online magazine who interviews couples about the way they met as part of her job. She pitches an idea to go to Jersey, and explore her parent’s love story. Her father died when she was three years old, and her mother passed away a few years ago. She grew up learning about her parent’s love story on the island of Jersey and wants to know more and thinks this love story would be a good feature for the magazine.
When she lands on the island, she grabs the wrong piece of luggage but doesn’t discover it until she’s in her hotel room. She opens the luggage, looking for identification, and finds the contents give her hints on the kind of man who owns the suitcase. It has a fisherman’s sweater (just like the one Ryan Gosling wears), and sheet music for a Phil Collins song (her absolute favorite singer), and the book To Kill a Mockingbird, (her favorite book of all time). It must be destiny that the suitcase holds these items. She decides she has to meet the man who owns the luggage, as it must be destiny that a man who loves all the things she does and lives on the island where her parents met and fell in love.
What a delight! I enjoyed this book very much. There is a slow-burn romance and lots of great side characters all set on the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. We get to learn about the geography and history of Jersey as Lauren gets a tour of the Island and finds the places where her mother and father fell in love. This book is mostly about Laura, and her search for her own identity, and her own misconceptions about love and family.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good slow-burn romance set in a gorgeous location. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.