Sunday 29 May 2022

Book ~ "Just Haven't Met You Yet" (2021) Sophie Cousens

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 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.

Laura writes "meet cute" stories for a lifestyle magazine and has a temperamental boss.  With her mother's recent passing, she decides to write about how her parents met and fell in love in the Channel Islands and convinces her boss to let her do it.  

Before she even gets on the plane, everything starts going wrong ... she's not allowed to take her suitcase on the plane so has to check it. The contents of her purse, including about 100 tampons, fall out and a cute nice man helps her pick them up. When she gets to the Channel Islands, she grabs her suitcase and heads to her hotel. There she discovers she had grabbed the wrong suitcase but judging by its contents, the owner is the man of her dreams and she sets out to meet him so they can live happily ever after.  Really?!

In the meantime, she still has a story to write so hires a local cabby to take her around so she can recreate the pictures of her parents.  He has issues of his own but they eventually forge a friendship.

I thought this story was okay ... I was expecting light and fluffy and for the most part, that's what I got.  Everything happens over a weekend (!!).  It was written in first person in Laura's voice.  Considering she was 30ish, I wasn't buying that she was that immature to assume that from the contents of a suitcase, this was the man she was going to marry. When Laura did meet the owner of the suitcase, he was just too good to be true (I found him to be too annoyingly nice to be believable).  I did find the backstory of Laura's parents' love story interesting and how that all worked out was a nice surprise. As a head's up, there is swearing.

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