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by Sarah Hogle
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Maybell Parish, a dreamer and a hopeless romantic, inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet. Seizing the opportunity to make a fresh start, she moves out of her shared apartment and quits her job before discovering it seems her troubles have only just begun. When she arrives at her newly inherited home that is in the brink of collapsing, she is informed that she isn't the only inheritor. She has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who's as grouchy and as it turns out he has a very different vision for the property's future.
Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. As renovations begin to restore the home, Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley's scowls and cold-shoulders—leading readers in a heartwarming tale about two strangers that find love where they least expected. Love that had me wanting more, more, and more of this sweet romance!
Shortly after putting this highly anticipated release down (with a show of hands, who else has been waiting for this since 2020?) and devouring it in one sitting (not the first and surely not the last with this author), I had to take a moment to gather myself… because this was absolutely phenomenal. Sarah Hogle is hands down the new queen of romance! She has me 2 for 2, 5 star ratings!
Oh my goodness!
‘Twice Shy’ was perfect.
It’s the only word to describe how she was able to bring these characters to life with the romance, storyline, humor, and real life issues (death, anxiety, etc). This slow burn romance hit me right in the feels! And the characters were incredible—so what’s not to love?
One hand we have Maybell—epic one-liners, hopeless romantic that more often than not daydream of being swept off her feet by ‘Jack’ in her AU where she owns a cute retro coffee shop. Then the other, Wesley—brooding, grumpy, grouchy loner who has an unexpected soft side to him. He’s so book boyfriend material. Wesley was adorable and I couldn’t help but want to hold him when he got shy, flustered, and struggled with his social anxiety. Seriously as the story progressed, I fell more in love with the main characters. They’re so charming, real, raw and I simply couldn’t get enough.
Honestly I never have much success with authors follow up novels. There is always a major flaw that makes them fall flat and I didn’t think it was possible for the author to top ‘You Deserve Each Other’ but ‘Twice Shy’ pars for sure.
‘Twice Shy’ is perfect for fans of “The Hating Game’, ‘You Deserve Each Other’ and ‘Shortcake’, especially for readers who are looking for opposites attract romance, laugh out moments, amazing characters with a decent plot that glues everything together.
This book made me smile. Sweet, cute, funny romance. I like the idea of an alternate universe daydream coffee shop, too. Wesley is one of my new favorite book boyfriends.
Every review I’ve seen said this book was sweet. I honestly do not have anything more to add.
This was the sweetest contemporary romance I’ve read. The characters are nice and likeable, the romance feels real and I’m probably a bit in love with Wesley myself.
If you need something to brighten you mood, this is it.
Can you find real love when you've always got your head in the clouds? Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start. Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn't the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who's as grouchy as he is gorgeous--and it turns out he has a very different vision for the property's future. Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley's scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one's comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Maybell inherits a half share of her great-aunt’s dilapidated house -- and so does her great-aunt’s grumpy groundskeeper, who has his own ideas about what should happen to the property.
I was invested in seeing Maybell’s circumstances improve -- when the story begins she’s underpaid, unappreciated and heartbroken after being catfished by a friend. I liked watching her grow closer to Wesley and I liked how, because this is another single POV romance, his perspectives are sometimes a genuine surprise for both Maybell and the reader.
Some of Maybell’s experiences cleaning and restoring/renovating the house get glossed over but I was interested and would have liked more. Objectively I don’t think more details were needed per se -- it’s a romance, of course the romantic relationship is going to be the main focus! -- but I came away with the odd feeling that there was something incomplete about the story. Subjective reactions not always reasonable, I guess… ( )