GIFTED / I am so happy to tell you all about the book I enjoyed so much: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. I can’t even tell you how good this book was, it took me by surprise how much I loved it, even though my expectations were high from the beginning.
Twice Shy came out on April 6th 2021 and it has 302 pages. I want to say thank you to Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).
About the book:
FROM GOODREADS /
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 stands out with it’s appealing cover and promising premise, but what made me want to read it as soon as possible were all the glowing reviews it received since it was published.
I am so glad that I gave this book a chance, because it is, in my humble opinion, one of the best romances published this year, and it is also very fun.
Plus, it has great anxiety representation.
Going into Twice Shy my stakes were high, and still I was pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed spending my time with the characters. It was so easy for me to connect with them.
With Maybell as I am also, just like her, daydreaming a lot and often lose myself in my imaginary world, and with Wesley who talked about his anxiety stopping him so often in his life, which was so familiar to me.
The writing style was great. So enjoyable, with good sense of humour and easy to fly through.
The novel is written in first person, following Maybell’s POV.
I haven’t read Hogle’s debut You Deserve Each Other, because the premise didn’t something I would enjoy, but now I think I will give it a chance anyway. I am also looking forward to see what else Hogle delivers in the future.
My favourite part, except the characters, were the atmosphere of the old house that was captured so well, and I enjoyed reading all about bringing it back to life, but also the slow paced love development was just perfect.
I feel like I can’t recommend this book enough!