An Island Romance

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

Summary from GoodReads:

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 look alike 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.

Confession:

“Someone once told me that growing up feeling loved allows you to go on to love other people. Maybe love is simply a huge chain letter, passed down through the generations. The details of the stories begin not to matter.”
― Sophie Cousens, Just Haven’t Met You Yet

I really enjoyed this romance! It had some great characters, a wonderful setting and a really cute romance. This book made me fall in love with the British Channel Islands though, another place to add to my list for a vacation.

The story is all told through Laura’s point of view and I really enjoyed being inside her head. All of her thoughts and feelings about her life felt really genuine. Her life was pretty hectic though, with a job that maybe wasn’t the perfect one for her, which added to all of her stress, to her still grieving for her mother and the father she never knew. She does eventually get herself together and makes better choices by the end of the story.

I loved both of the guys she met on Jersey. Ted was such a lovely person and eventually really makes Laura feel so welcome on the island. He was also someone that was going through a lot of things, and most of the time I just wanted to wrap him up in a warm blanket and tell him everything was going to be ok. I liked suitcase guy as well, although he was a little bit like a golden retriever, always wanting to please. He was the perfect fit to what Laura thought she wanted from her soulmate, but was he really?

There are a lot of secondary characters in this story, and all of them were so welcoming of Laura and many helped her with her search for suitcase man. We also get to know her two best friends back in London through texts and phone calls. All of these characters were wonderful, but I have to say that Gerry was my favorite. He was such a wonderful person with such a great outlook on life.

The plot of the story was well done. Even though there is a love ‘triangle’ it doesn’t last long and you know pretty early on which guy is the right choice for Laura. There were some interesting twists to Laura’s parent’s love story that helped Laura to realize some important things about love. There are no steamy sex scenes in this one, but I was ok with that, sometimes it is nice to focus on the romance.

A nicely done romance with some sweet characters who are just trying to make their way in this world and finding someone to share their lives with. I will check out other books by this author as I hear they are quite good as well.

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