HIGH-CONCEPT LOVE STORY: This warm, moving, and lushly romantic tale of one would-be couple’s missed connections, chance encounters, and fated reunions is perfect for readers of Josie Silver’s One Day in December and Colleen Oakley’s You Were There Too, and for fans of Love Actually and Notting Hill.
HOLIDAY READ: Centering on a couple who share a New Year’s birthday, and chock-full of scenes from New Year’s Eves past and present, This Time Next Year is poised to be a feel-good favorite, and lends itself to holiday merchandising opportunities.
IDEAL FORMAT: Trade paperback has become the go-to format for romantic fiction, appealing to a wide crossover readership from genre romance fans to readers of rom-coms and upmarket love stories. We are designing a romantic and sophisticated package sure to appeal to readers and to the booksellers who have increasingly been supportive of trade originals in this space.
BOOK CLUB OPPORTUNITIES: Readers will enjoy discussing Minnie and Quinn’s fateful choices, and the novel lends itself to lively conversations about destiny versus free will, about making one’s own luck, and about the many ways people’s lives can unexpectedly collide.
UK PARTNERSHIP: We acquired this novel from Penguin UK/Arrow, who will publish it as a lead title in October 2020.
“A funny, pull-at-your-heartstrings read, this is the perfect companion for curling up with hot chocolate and a blanket. Unashamedly romantic and packed full of holiday sparkle, it’s a hug in book form.”—Josie Silver, author of One Day in December
“[A] cute contemporary romantic comedy…The characters in this page-turning novel are richly drawn and transform substantially, especially Minnie, and all suggest that maybe happy ever after is up to us.”—NPR Books
“If you make time for just one holiday read this year, make it Sophie Cousens’s This Time Next Year.”—PopSugar
“With its distinctive British charm and New Year’s Eve midnight magic, this swoony debut holiday love story is about two people whose paths have crossed numerous times.”—Parade
“[A] touching debut…Flashbacks to New Year’s past and subplots…add depth, while hilarious secondary characters inject levity in just the right places…Cousens’s debut is ripe with both emotional vulnerability and zaniness.”—Publishers Weekly
“This Time Next Year is a clever, offbeat romantic comedy…Cousens’s colorful, quirky cast becomes embroiled in big, memorable scenes…Rom-com readers will revel in Cousens’s wry, lively story, which probes themes of self-discovery, acceptance and forgiveness, and the abiding nature of friendship.”—Shelf Awareness
“Sparkling and uplifting.”—Mhairi McFarlane, author of If I Never Met You
“Heart-warming and unashamedly romantic.”—Ruth Jones, author of Us Three
“Swooningly romantic…I didn’t want to put it down’”—Kirsty Greenwood, author of He Will Be Mine
“A beautiful debut full of heart, soul and serendipity with characters you can’t help but fall in love with.”—Alex Brown, author of A Postcard from Italy
“This Time Next Year will make you laugh, cry and keep reading long into the night - it’s the escapist read everyone needs right now.”—Holly Martin, author of Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls
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