Book Review: Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

“Tell me the story of how you two met…”

Set to be published on 11th November, Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens follows journalist Laura who spends her life asking couples the all-important question, “How did you meet?”. She has built a career out of finding the most epic love stories for her column on relationships. The trouble is that Laura has never had her own meet-cute. Thirty years old and single, she is starting to wonder if she’ll ever have her sliding doors moment. So when Laura picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport on a work trip to the Channel Islands, she gets the sign she has always dreamed of. She knows it’s crazy, but she can’t help but think that the owner of the suitcase might really be the man of her dreams. If Laura job has taught her anything, it’s that when it comes to love, you can’t just let the opportunity pass you by. She must make it her mission to return the suitcase, and maybe, finally find the one.


Thank you to Penguin Random House for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t often read romance books so I’m quite picky when I do decide to pick one up. And after loving her previous book, This Time Next Year, I was very excited to read Sophie Cousens’ latest.

A heartwarming, poignant and uplifting story, Just Haven’t Met You Yet gave me all the feels. It had me laughing out loud, tearing up, and feeling full of warmth. And now I’m sad that it’s finished. Is it too early re-read it?!

The characters are all so lovably charming and I had such an enjoyable time on this spontaneous adventure with them. And yes, I absolutely fancied Ted. I finally have a book to fill the “book boyfriend” prompt in bookstagram challenges, because he is an absolute dream.

Yes, it may be light and fluffy, but there’s a lot of heart in this story and it put a huge smile on my face. And it’s not only about the romance, either. There’s also a focus on family and self-discovery, as the characters each have to understand their own emotions and desires before they can mean anything to anyone else.

The setting of Jersey is described wonderfully, too, and I love the inclusion of a map in the book as you can follow Laura and Ted around the island, getting to know them along the way.

If I was single, I would definitely be heading to an airport to intentionally pick up somebody else’s suitcase in the hope of finding my very own Ted right now. But if you don’t want to get arrested, then I recommend you just pick up this book instead. You won’t be disappointed.


Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
Release Date: 11th November 2021
Print Length: 400 pages
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Penguin Random House / Arrow / Cornerstone Digital


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 the 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?

About The Author:

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.

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