Before I Do, Sophie Cousens

A purple illustrated cover with golden dots all around a couple holding hands. She is in a thigh length white dress, he, a tuxedo.

Audrey is what some might call a late bloomer. She hasn’t found the thing in her life to steer her ship towards, yet she’s found many things that have piqued her interest. Now, on the cusp of getting married, she’s thrown a curveball, and his name is Fred. Can this man, whom she spent one day with 6 years ago, undo everything she’s built with her soon-to-be husband, Josh?

I always close a Cousens book feeling incredibly satisfied with how she closes a story, and Before I Do is no exception. When an author talks about theoretical physics, I get happy feels. And while that plays a minor role in the book, when Audrey spoke about her belief in multiverses, I knew she would become my best friend. I understand her uncertainty. Not everyone has a person in their past who has stolen their breath, even if for only a day. It’s normal to think about ‘what if,’ especially when such a momentous day turns so disastrous.

Cousens wrote in the afterward how difficult it was to write dual timelines. I feel she wrote them well. The characters were a lot of fun, even Vivian, who was often irksome, but she was that way to everyone, so it worked. This is a fun read that will make you laugh a lot. Thank you, Penguin Group Putnam, for sending this along.

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About the Book

What would you do if ‘the one that got away’ turned up the night before your wedding?

Head-in-the-stars Audrey is about to marry down-to-earth Josh. Though they are polar opposites, they have a healthy, stable relationship; Josh is just what Audrey needs. But romance should be unpredictable and full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey’s found herself wondering if Josh really is The One.

So, when Josh’s sister shows up to the rehearsal dinner with Fred, Audrey’s What If? guy–the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with–Audrey finds herself torn. Surely Fred’s appearance the night before she is due to get married can’t be a coincidence. And when everything that could go wrong with the wedding starts to go wrong, Audrey has to ask herself: Is fate trying to stop her from making a huge mistake? Or does destiny just have a really twisty sense of humour?


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