Novel Approach: Sally Thorne's latest romance 'Second First Impressions' is charmingly hilarious

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” —Sarah Dessen

Despite our best efforts we can’t always make a perfect first impression, as the characters in our latest read know all too well. While first impressions are important, it’s always good to remember that a first impression is only a quick snapshot observation and that people are always capable of surprising us. Our latest read takes us to a tortoise paradise and retirement community.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Despite being in her 20s, Ruthie views herself as an old soul, which comes out in full force with her librarian wardrobe of baggy cardigans. Ruthie’s style has never bothered her until she does a charitable deed for a man who can’t afford his gas only to have him mistake her for an elderly person.

The man’s mistake pushes her to take a chance and let her friend help her ease into the dating scene. The only problem is that the guy from the gas station turns out to be the son of her new boss, and now he’s living next door to her at the retirement community where they both work.

Chronically single Ruthie quickly finds herself out of her depth with the overly charming and flirtatious Teddy.

Sally Thorne’s latest read “Second First Impressions” is a charmingly hilarious tale of two coworkers and friends who try not to fall in love with each other during their temporary arrangement. Ruthie is an introvert who doesn’t like to leave the community, and Teddy is a tattoo artist trying to save up enough cash to buy into his buddy’s studio. As the perfectly organized and tidy Ruthie catches herself falling for the messy and scattered Teddy, readers are left in stitches over the duo’s sizzling chemistry and the pranks pulled by a pair of the community’s senior residents, the Parlonis.

While Thorne’s latest romance novel is charming delight it also reminds readers about the importance of having a balanced relationship. “Second First Impressions” is a bright and bubbly read that will pair perfectly with a sunny day and a frosty margarita.

From the book jacket...

Dazzle (n): Brightness that blinds someone temporarily.

Position Vacant: Two ancient old women residing at Providence Retirement Villa seek male assistant for casual exploitation and good-natured humiliation. Duties include boutique shopping, fast-food fetching, and sincerely rendered flattery. Good looks a bonus—but we aren’t picky.

An advertisement has been placed (again!) by the wealthy and eccentric Parloni Sisters. The salary is generous and the employers are 90 years old, so how hard could the job be? Well, none have lasted longer than a week. Most boys leave in tears.

Ruthie Midona will work in Providence’s front office, and be at the Parloni’s beck and call, forever. That’s sort of her life plan. If Ruthie can run the place in her almost-retired bosses’ absence, with no hijinks/hiccups, she has a shot at becoming the new manager. She might also be able to defend her safe little world from Prescott Development, the new buyer of the prime site. Maybe after all that, she can find a cute guy to date. All she needs to do is stay serious—and that’s what she does best.

Until, one day, someone dazzling blows into town.

Teddy Prescott devotes his life to sleeping, tattooing, and avoiding seriousness. When Teddy needs a place to crash, he makes a deal with his developer dad. Teddy can stay in one of Providence’s on-site maintenance cottages—right next door to an unimpressed Ruthie—but only if he works there and starts to grow up.

Ruthie knows how this sweetly selfish rich boy can earn his keep—and be out of her hair in under a week. After all, there is a position vacant…

If you enjoy…

Readers looking for more of Thorne’s bright and funny love stories might also enjoy “The Hating Game.” The story follows two coworkers who loathe one another as they compete for the same promotion.

tinamarie.craven@hearstmediact.com