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Description - Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

From the bestselling Australian author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women - under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager

Distraction (n): Something that turns your attention away from something you want to concentrate on. See: Teddy Prescott.

Ruthie Midona is twenty-four (going on ninety-four) and fully committed to her job at a luxury retirement village. Keeping herself busy caring for the eccentric residents means that Ruthie can safely ignore her own life - what little there is of it.

Teddy Prescott is practically allergic to a hard day's work. When he rocks up as the retirement village's newest employee, Ruthie is less than impressed. The last thing she needs is a distraction as irritating (and handsome) as this selfish rich kid.

Lucky for Ruthie, her favourite pair of mischievous residents need a new assistant to torture . . . so she hands over Teddy, ready for them to send him running.

Except Teddy may be about to surprise her - not just by surviving the old women's antics, but by charming Ruthie so much, she starts to remember that there's more to life than work . . . Could Teddy be far more than simply an unwelcome distraction?

'I inhaled Second First Impressions - I had to force myself to slow down because I didn't want it to end. It's a truly adorable, heart-warming, swoon-worthy love story. A book hasn't given me the warm-fuzzies like this for a very long time' BETH O'LEARY, author of The Flatshare

'A delight. Will make you laugh. Charming, funny and heartwarming' Kirkus

'The warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humour and heart' EMILY HENRY, author of Beach Read

'A hilarious and cute romcom set in a retirement village with the quirkiest, most likeable heroine ever' ALLIE REYNOLDS, author of Shiver

'After a sweet, funny and heartwarming love story, then look no further' FIONA PALMER, author of Secrets Between Friends

'The definition of a feel-good romance. This story and these characters will grow on you until Ruthie and Teddy are wrapped around your heart' Herald Sun

'Tender ... beneath Thorne's fresh and breezy writing style is a story with real depth.' Bookpage

'It's Thorne's storytelling, which gives her seniors as much life as her twentysomethings, that proves as delightful as an early bird special' USA Today

'An addictive romance filled with deep feeling, crackling attraction and cackling laughs . . . will have your he

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780733646133
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 157mm x 26mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Hachette Australia
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2021
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne - Reviewed by (16 Apr 2021)

4 stars Recipe for a Sweet and Funny Romance 1 dowdy-looking 25yo retirement village Activities Director (AD) with a tendency to OCD (labels, locks, lists, routine), inordinately devoted to her residents 1 pretty 22yo half-Japanese office temp with passion for match-making 2 sisters: 1 loud and demanding 91yo former fashion editor who revels in the demoralisation of (preferably male) personal assistants; 1 reserved and resigned 89yo former lawyer Place all in a luxury retirement village. Put the AD into acting management position. Add in: 1 wealthy real estate developer, recent purchaser of said retirement village, (philosophy: Life is Change) determined to push his son into responsibility 1 drop-dead gorgeous 27yo raven-haired motorcycle-riding itinerant tattoo artist with commitment issues, needing accommodation and employment. Pass the developer through the scene then set aside for later. Slot the tattoo artist into the empty half of a duplex occupied by the AD, and give him to the old ladies to play with. Mix well, then add: 1 clerk at a local thrift store saving suitable garments for his crush, the AD 1 older half-sister of tattoo artist, determined to climb daddy’s corporate ladder. Season to taste with: concern for the future of the village residents, thwarted aspirations to veterinary medicine, endangered turtles, unsupportive moralistic parents, dismissive family, an enthusiastic makeover/dating plan, a shared fervour for a churchy TV soap, a nine-year man-drought and an unrealised tattoo studio dream. Stir in a generous pinch of dazzle power and a good dollop of sexual attraction, then simmer until love crystallises.

Second First Impressions is the third novel by Australian author, Sally Thorne. Does her recipe work? It does. It’s no spoiler to reveal that Truthful Ruth the Reverend’s Daughter does eventually find love with Theodore Prescott: hazel eyes, little-kid freckles across the bridge of his nose and a waterfall of long black hair. Those in the mood to swoon a little will enjoy this light-hearted romance. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Hachette Australia.


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