Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Hi friends! Thanks so much to Putnam for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!

About the Book:

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.

My Review:

I really enjoyed Hogle’s debut novel You Deserve Each Other, so I was eagerly anticipating her next book. Twice Shy was just as fun, and even more pure and sweet. 

Things I liked:

  • I loved the idea of co-inheriting a fixer upper mansion, and it provided a common goal for the main characters when they didn’t really like each other in the beginning. There were so many cool ideas and plans for renovating this house and my favorite is the literal coffee shop! 
  • The characters were so soft and just pure marshmallows. Maybell is such a relatable character, especially for me because she is very mindful of other people’s feelings—so much so that it was a detriment to herself. I loved watching her grow and learn to stand up for herself over the course of this book. 
    • Wes was the most adorable love interest I’ve read for such a long time. His struggle with his anxiety was some great representation, and the way he dealt with it was heartwarming. 

My only complaint was that I wish they got together a little earlier on in the book. They didn’t admit their feelings for one another until about 60% of the book, and even then the relationship progressed super slowly. There’s nothing wrong with a slow romance, but I just wish there was something in the earlier bits of the book to keep me more invested in their romance. 

Thanks so much for reading! If you’ve read this book let me know what you thought of it in the comments or on Instagram!

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