As I mentioned in this post, I’m slowly but surely making my way through reviews I haven’t posted yet. It means I have to recall books I’ve read in April, which is hard as I’m someone who just about remembers what she ate for tea the previous day, but I’ll be glad once I’m up to date — and one step closer to posting good, on time (!), content on the blog!
I have another one her reads on my bookshelf but, at the time of writing this, this was my first read by the highly recommended author.
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.
I swear it was an accident. I didn’t choose to read two suitcase based rom-coms within weeks of each other but, let me just say, I don’t by any means regret it.
Even though it’s a nightmarish scenario for me, the misplaced suitcase proves the starting point to Sophie Cousens’ sophomore novel, Just Haven’t Met You Yet. Laura, a writer specialising in the good old fashioned love story, finds herself not only intrigued by the owner of the suitcase (and its interesting contents) but determined that he might just be the one. At first, Laura felt like the kind of character you encounter a lot but – as the narrative progressed – you find there’s more to Laura and the love story she thought she knew so well.
I really enjoyed the meta-love-story-within-a-love-story of this book as it moved the plot along nicely and paved the way for interesting, funny and sometimes steamy character interaction. There was more to the love stories than you’d think and I really appreciated it, as it made every swoon-worthy moment more satisfying.
Whilst it isn’t the most original rom-com, Just Haven’t Met You Yet is an interesting and easy read to breeze through on these long summer days. If you’re after a bit of escapism this summer, this book could be exactly what you’re looking for.
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