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.

Genre: Fiction

Number of Pages: 400 pages

Date of Publication: 11/11/2021


The author is Sophie Cousens and the publisher Penguin Random House UK.

Rating: 4.5/5


Trying to find love is always hard and sometimes our expectations of what we want to find in other people can be unrealistic and cause issues in peoples lives and this book explores this topic.

This story really captivated me as from the beginning as the writing was good and well-paced with an interesting premise. Laura is a woman who is trying to find her soulmate while working as a journalist who interviews people who had met their loved ones through interesting and romantic ‘meet cutes’ (P.S There is a sweet mention to Cousen’s previous book) and this has given her some high expectations on what finding love will be like.  She finds herself in a difficult and stressful situation with her work as she has to find a special love story to write about and the only one that she can think of is the love story between her parents.   A story she knew well as, although she didn’t know her dad, her mother kept retelling to her. She soon finds herself flying to where her parents met to research the story while trying to find the guy whose suitcase she mistakenly took at the airport.

Soon Laura realizes that her parents love story wasn’t as perfect as she thought and soon finds herself wondering what is real and what is not.

A light-hearted, cute story with a touch of humour.  I loved how well balanced it was between Laura’s relationship with her job, friends and family while trying to find the love or her life. This is a story where not everything is perfect and where what we expect is not what is meant to be. Such a cosy story written by one of my favourite authors.


Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops

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