Review: Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle


Release date: April 6, 2021

Publisher: Putnam

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.


What a unique and fresh feeling romance this one was! Maybell was such a refreshing character to read about, especially in a romance and Wesley was as well. This was a softer, more tender read than the authors debut, but there was definitely something special about this one, it definitely felt like a cozy, comforting read.

Maybell is the type of person with a larger than life imagination, I’m talking she can daydream so hard and so vividly she sometimes loses hours fantasizing about the life she wishes she had. I loved seeing her grow and blossom under Wesleys attention, although he brought out a wonderful side to each other, the beauty here was that she did the same for him. It wasn’t about changing yourself for your partner but rather about coming into your own with the support of the right partner and it was adorable, sweet and so nice to read about. This one was a slow burn and very low on the steam scale, but honestly that’s pretty much how it had to be with these too, super steamy would’ve felt disingenuous to them. Read this when you want a soft and sweet romance.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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