Second First Impressions | By Sally Thorne







Book Review | Contemporary Romance

Second First Impressions
Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.     (Goodreads)    





My thoughts 












Narrative and Plot 













Before we begin, I am not one of those readers who ended up gushing after the Hating Game. I liked it but I won’t be going back for more. That being said, I went into this book without much expectations. Keeping that in mind, I enjoyed the whole narrative. It is just light hearted, warm and fun.




We follow Ruthie – the main character – who is an old soul and apparently dresses like one. The story is basically her blooming into a fine young lady along with the help of the good people in her life.




I just enjoyed the charm and fun and that is just about it. The plot is your pretty simple contemporary romance book. Towards the end, it felt every bit like a cliche. That doesn’t mean it would bore you. It is your regular chic lit book and I say this, as a lover of the genre, in the most positive light. 







Characters and Conflicts






The characters in the story are contrasting and complementary to each other. Teddy is as flamboyant as Ruthie is modest. Melanie and Renata add to the dramatics while Aggie likes to keep things grounded. The characters felt more like caricatures. Since it is not limited to just one character, I would like to think that the story is pretty much self aware.


Ruthie is your tidy girl and Teddy is your bad boy. To put things in perspective, it is the possibility of a romance between Rory ( from the earlier seasons) and Tristin which you never got to witness in Gilmore Girls. If that’s your jam, go for it.
















Second First Impressions was fun and even a laugh out loud read sometimes. But it is still a one time read for me. If you’re looking for a breezy fun romance , pick this one on the way.










































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