Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Book Review #537

Title: Twice Shy

Author: Sarah Hogle

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Source: Times Reads

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Pages: 320

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 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.

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle is a story that explores the life of Maybell Parrish after finding out about her newly found fortune by inheriting a charming manor. But little did she know that a surprise awaits her in which she finds her fate entwined with a broody landscaper, Wesley. This is a short read which I ended up finishing in a day that not only explores a romantic relationship but also highlights on the process of falling in love that inevitably brings out each other’s strengths.

I don’t really have so much feels toward the romantic involvement between the main characters, Maybell and Wesley. It just feels as though they were match made by Maybell’s Great-Aunt Violet and after spending with each other in close proximity, feelings start to surface and decided to just see how it might go. To me, it didn’t arouse a spark and it just felt too smooth for some reason.

Honestly, this author’s previous book holds had such a big impression on me that I feel like this one overshadowed it a bit. But as it is, it is still a pretty great read. The plot is pretty whimsical and fun as the characters bring the house back to life and try to relive the house back to all its glory. The renovation and restoring the house is probably my favourite aspect from this book. There just seems to be so many things to discover and explore, a house full of surprises that makes me want to live in a house just like it.

This book can be so much better but don’t get me wrong, this book is still quite amazing. I suppose I had such high expectations but I would still recommend you to read this book. To go along with the characters as they bring out the best in each other, gaining strength together and growing in love to be better versions of themselves.

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