Book : Twice Shy
Author : Sarah Hogle
Genre : Romance
Personal Rating : 5/5 🌟
Publisher : Putnam Books
Publication Date : 6th April, 2021
“You’re much more flowers than you are cactus.” ~ Twice Shy
Many thanks to Penguin Random House International #partner for the free book. 💚
I know it’s 3am here, but I don’t have a sense of routine anyway so might as well post a reminder/review here. Twice Shy is coming out in a few hours and I don’t normally beg people to read books I love but please read Sarah Hogle’s newest book???? Her debut novel, You Deserve Each Other is one of my favourite books of all time (I’m obsessed tbh) SO I’m really happy that I loved this one too. 🥺💜
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.
If the *Grumpy X Sunshine* trope had a face, Twice Shy’s cover would be painted all over it. 😅 Maybell and Wesley were complete opposites and I loved seeing them fall in love with each other. The banter, the chemistry, the humor – Everything between them was just *chef’s kiss* I couldn’t help but root for them throughout the story. I am a sucker for scenes where the male and female lead have conversations through letters ~ so yeah, I totally swooned. One of the pivotal scenes from Twice Shy has been illustrated on the cover of the book, and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! :’)
My favourite thing about Sarah Hogle’s novels is that she always makes sure to make her characters very, very real. M&W had issues with social anxiety and coming out of comfort zones ; so I related with how they felt countless times throughout the story. Like all kinds of romances, the book was cheesy and dreamy too, but the characters along with their background stories made the book stand out to me. I wanted to adopt Wesley and Maybell and live in their manor. Which kind of makes you think if the gorgeous manor is the reason behind me wanting to adopt them, no? Ummm… maybe?
I’ll go sleep now with the hope that Twice Shy will have a thousand more fans by tomorrow. Goodnight!