Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

Tell me the story of how you two met…

Laura has built a career out of interviewing people about their epic real life love stories.

When she picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, Laura wonders if this could be the start of something that’s written in the stars.

From piano sheet-music to a battered copy of her favourite book, Laura finds in the bag evidence of everything she could hope for in a partner.

If Laura’s job has taught her anything it’s that when it comes to love, you can’t let opportunity pass you by. Now Laura is determined to track down the owner of the suitcase, and her own happy ending.

But what if fate has other ideas?

I started Just Haven’t Met You Yet at the weekend as I wanted a nice lightweight read (my reading mojo has gone missing over the past few weeks!) but it very quickly became obvious that this book was going to be much, much better than I was expecting! I had already read Sophie Cousen’s debut so knew she was a great storyteller but this book just blew me away! I didn’t want it to end and it’s one of those rare reads where I want to know where the characters are now and what they’ve been up to since that final page took them away from me!

Laura spends her working life interviewing couples about how they met and the more unique and romantic the better! Her own parents also had an amazing story about how they got together and when she gets the chance to go back to the place their love story started, she jumps at the opportunity. On leaving the airport when she flies to the Channel Island of Jersey, she discovers that in her haste she has picked up the wrong suitcase. And this is when things took a really interesting turn for me and possibly not in the direction I was expecting either…

Laura was such a carefully crafted character creation and I adored watching her as her experiences on the island of Jersey brought some shocking revelations to light. But with every new surprise she seemed to slowly become more determined version of herself, letting the past into her life in a positive way that probably wouldn’t have happened in the busy chaos of London that she had left behind. And along the pathway of self discovery, she meets people who become an important part of her journey. I loved all of them especially the way in which they all contributed to the gradual unveiling of the new Laura.

Just Haven’t Met You Yet (and yes-I also sing it Michael Bublé style too EVERY SINGLE TIME I SAY IT!) is irresistibly romantic, poignant and humorous and I absolutely adored it!

Sophie Cousens started her career in television, where she produced, among other things, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother, Ant and Dec and Russell Howard’s Good News. Working in TV taught her three things;

1 – Wearing a lanyard makes you look as though you know what you are doing.

2 -The best phrase you can contribute in meetings is "let’s action that!"If you say it often enough, hopefully someone else will do your work for you.

3 – If in doubt, find someone wearing a lanyard – they’ll know what to do.

Sophie currently lives in Jersey where she now writes full time. She lives with her husband Tim and has two small children who keep her occupied with important questions such as ‘but did Cinderella have a toothbrush?’ and ‘do giraffe’s know they have really long necks?’ She yearns for a time when she will be able to add a miniature dachshund to the party.

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