The beginning of the blurb on Amazon really sums this up perfectly: “After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…” I really think it’s a bit romantic, that Minnie and Quinn’s lives have intersected since their births.
This one isn’t categorized as romance in Amazon as of today’s date, and I think that is apt. I can’t tell you why I feel that way, because I don’t want to spoil the book, but the categories of ‘Women’s Friendship Fiction’ and ‘Contemporary’ fit this well. If I have one criticism, it would be that there are a few inconsistencies in the book. For example, in the beginning, Leila is described as “not a conservative dresser” who has a very colorful wardrobe. But then, towards the end of the book, her style is labeled as demure. Those kinds of issues are small and aren’t holding me back from rounding my review up from 4.5 to 5 stars.
All the characters in this one were fantastic, except Minnie’s mother, who is so darn toxic. It baffles me that neither her father nor her brother Will ever stood up for her. But considering her brother gets the best of things, it makes sense. I mean, even Minnie’s birthday dinner was more about her mother making an impression on Will’s girlfriend than celebrating Minnie. Leila is a wonderful best friend, who has always been incredibly supportive, and we all could use a Leila in our lives. I loved This Time Next Year. I loved the group of people that worked for Minnie and Leila. I loved the humor, the screw-ups, and all the joys. Thank you, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, for sending this along.
This Time Next Year is available on Amazon for $11.99.