31 Oct 2022



Author: Kasie West
Series: N/A
Source: Audio from Audible
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
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One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year's Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn't so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.
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Maybe This Time sees Sophie Evans as she is constantly put in situations and events where Andrew Hart will be. Working with the local florist, Sophie has always been a big part of events, and has happily done so, especially when her best friend, Micah, is often there working with her dad's catering business.

When Micah's dad asks a renowned chef to come and help widen his business, this brings Andrew to town, and immediately he gets Sophie's back up. It seems he's always there, causing problems, and making Sophie's already stressful life even worse. But, as they are thrown together more and more, a sort of camaraderie appears, and it seems like hatred might not have been what Sophie was actually feeling.

I thought this was pretty cute - I enjoyed the way it was told through the different events that were attended throughout the year. But it did feel like something was missing - maybe because we didn't get to see any development outside of events (and events are stressful, which causes heightened emotions!).

I also wanted a bit more development at the end and to not have such a broad opening for it. I think there are a lot of questions that go unanswered, which can be fine, but not necessarily for this type of novel.

Maybe This Time had a cute premise and the potential to be a heart-warming story, but it lacked the development to make me truly fall head-over-heels. While it had the classic playful banter and entertaining storyline of any Kasie West novel, I was hoping for more development in the characters to become my next favorite contemporary.

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?

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