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Twice Shy

by Sarah Hogle

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This is one of those tropes that are among my least favorite: a couple inherits a building and must renovate it together, finding true love in the process. However, Ms. Hogle manages to give this a unique twist in that both Maybell and Wesley are extremely shy and introverted. It makes their interactions almost painful at first, but as they slowly build a relationship, they find they can both have their dreams. It's a lovely read, just quirky enough and making me want to root for the couple to get past their inhibitions and take a chance. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Nov 20, 2021 |
Maybell Parrish has spent most of her life daydreaming about the life she wants but living a life she can't stand. Her desire to be liked by everyone makes her a doormat who is constantly stepped on by her mother, her coworkers, and her friends. Out of the blue, she is informed that her Great-Aunt Violet has died and left her a house in the Smoky Mountains. Maybell is ecstatic until she arrives and finds out that she must share the house with the groundskeeper named Wesley Koehler. They clash over different ideas of how to utilize the property, but Violet had a plan when she left the house to Maybell and Wesley, so now it is up to them to make it a reality.

The title Twice Shy is a little misleading in that Wesley and Maybell have issues that extend well beyond just being shy. Maybell and Wesley are a bit frustrating in the beginning of the book - Maybell because of her unwillingness to stand up for herself, and Wesley because of his extreme lack of communication, but those obstacles are quickly addressed as the story progresses. Both characters are very well developed in ways that are lovely and charming as they grow and change throughout the book. However, some of the dialogue becomes overly sweet, to the point of being unrealistic, but overall, Twice Shy is an enjoyable read with characters to root for. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Maybell is a daydreamer and Wesley is a serious non-people person. They don't seem like they would be a match, but as they learn more about each other they are drawn together.

Cute romance of forced proximity. I sometimes got a little confused during Maybell's daydreams, but after I got used to them I found them a fun part of the overall story. ( )
  sdbookhound | Jun 17, 2021 |
This is a light, predictable rom-com that might be perfect to read in between more serious historical fiction or edge-of-your-seat mysteries. The best word to describe this novel is "sweet" and maybe a little too sweet, depending on your taste buds. The characters (Maybell and Wesley) start out as polar opposites but end up falling for each other - remember it's a rom-com. Great Aunt Violet bequeaths them jointly a huge but ramshackle manor in the Smokie Mountains. Each has a different vision of how they want to renovate and to what purpose. Maybell, who is a dreaming romantic and a top-notch baker, has a vivid imaginary life that includes the perfect coffee shop. She envisions a hotel/retreat that can also accommodate weddings, reunions, and holiday events. Wesley is a strong, moody hunk who has a green thumb and is a talented artist. He envisions an animal sanctuary and protector of the environment.

The book is divided into four parts: 1. Maybell's harsh experiences as a child and then working at a hotel, 2. Maybell and Wesley meet and learn of Great Aunt Violet's wishes for them to co-inherit her hoarder-crowded old mansion, 3. Maybell and Wesley can't communicate and misunderstand each other, 4. they admit their feelings for each other, compromise on their visions for the renovation, and live happily ever after.

I haven't shared any spoilers as to how they get from #1 to #4 because after all, that's for you to discover when you read the book. ( )
  PhyllisReads | May 20, 2021 |
Super cute! Very much written in the same style as her first book, which was also very enjoyable. ( )
  iewi | May 18, 2021 |
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