Twice Shy

Putnam. Apr. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780593085530. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After an unstable childhood, Maybell Parish is stuck at a dead-end motel job with nasty coworkers. Only a very active fantasy world and sweet childhood memories of time spent with her great-aunt and great-uncle offer respite from her life of disappointing drudgery. When Maybell receives notice that she has inherited her great-aunt’s estate, she has some hope for a new beginning. Upon arrival in the Great Smoky Mountains, Maybell learns that she has to share her great-aunt’s well-worn house with Wesley, the estate’s handsome and taciturn groundskeeper. Maybell and Wesley must contend with their dueling visions for the future of the estate and growing mutual attraction.
VERDICT Hogle (You Deserve Each Other) keeps this sweet story fast and light with likable main characters and a relatable subplot about anxiety. Best for fans of whimsical, escapist romance.
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