Before I Do (Paperback)
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A heartwarming and playful novel about the ones we love and the ones we lose by the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year
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 humor?
About the Author
Sophie Cousens worked as a TV producer in London for more than twelve years and now lives with her family on the island of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, located off the north coast of France. She balances her writing career with taking care of her two small children, and longs for the day when she might have a dachshund and a writing shed of her own. She is the author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven’t Met You Yet.
One of Reader's Digest's 30 Most-Anticipated Books of 2022
"A thoughtful and romantic story about the moments and choices that change our lives in unexpected ways….Cousens has created something special with this lovely tale." —Washington Independent Review of Books
"[R]efreshing…Cousens masterfully switches between past and present to deliver a satisfying love triangle that will pull in even those who don’t normally gravitate towards love stories with this theme. Witty and heartfelt, Before I Do takes a familiar trope and turns it on its head, and readers will find themselves tearing through this book to find out how it ends." —Booklist
"Cousens puts a clever spin on the standard rom-com trope of the love triangle….The true heart of the story is about her struggle with her past and whether she’s willing to create a new, more honest future for herself. A charming and surprising take on a classic love-triangle formula." —Kirkus Reviews
"Cousens…charms with this witty and emotionally rich story… [and] enhances this lighthearted rom-com with some truly touching moments as the authentic characters grapple with tough decisions. Readers will be especially drawn to Audrey, a woman unafraid to chase her own happiness and face challenges head-on. This is sure to charm." —Publishers Weekly
"[R]eaders will cheer Audrey on as she disentangles herself from the what-might-have-been love triangle….Cousens (Just Haven’t Met You Yet) offers up a chaste, heartwarming romance." —Library Journal
"The perfect feel-good book." —Reader's Digest
"I am the biggest fan of Sophie Cousens! She always delivers a true, laugh-out-loud, romcom with a ton of depth, and Audrey may be my favourite heroine. Before I Do could easily be her best book yet!" —Lizzy Dent, author of The Setup
"Utterly charming, clever, and truthfully romantic, Before I Do is a breath of fresh air. Sophie Cousens' books always surprise and delight." —Lauren Ho, author of Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic and Last Tang Standing
"I adored this novel! Funny, clever, poignant, with characters that just leap off the page. I loved how I was never sure quite how it was going to end, and I kept thinking about it even when I wasn't reading. Thoroughly recommend!" —Emily Stone, author of Always, In December
"A total page-turning—with an endearing protagonist and packed with humor and warmth, Before I Do is a dazzling romance. This book is definitely 'the one'!" —Beth Reekles, author of The Kissing Booth