ROMANCE

Second First Impressions

Morrow. Apr. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780062912855. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Ruthie Midona has a perfectly safe life. During the day, she cares for the residents and the endangered tortoises at Providence Retirement Villa, and at night, she manages the online forum for her favorite TV show from her townhouse on Providence’s property. Two simultaneous events cause Ruthie’s world to tilt on its axis: two of the residents, the nonagenarian Parloni sisters, need a new assistant to boss around, and Providence’s owner comes for an unscheduled visit to evaluate the grounds for a potential build site, with his hot, tattooed son in tow. Ruthie suddenly has carefree Teddy Prescott working as an assistant for the women while living in the townhouse next to Ruthie. As Teddy charms his way into her life, Ruthie begins to see how small and lonely her world has become. She’ll have to decide how much of her heart and her safety she’s willing to risk, while also trying to keep the place she loves up and running.
VERDICT Following 99 Percent Mine, Thorne’s latest novel is a sweet story, merging a woman whose fears tend to overpower her dreams, and a slow-burn romance that turns her world upside down.

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