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Publisher's Summary

Can you find real love when you've always got your head in the clouds?

Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn't the only inheritor: She has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who's as grouchy as he is gorgeous - and it turns out he has a very different vision for the property's future.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley's scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one's comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

©2021 Sarah Hogle (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Excellent.... [An] endearing take on the enemies-to-lovers trope.... Readers are sure to be enchanted by this couple and their deeply felt struggle to open their hearts.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Hogle did a marvelous job of turning what could be a heavy and predictable tale into a lighthearted story full of surprises, redemption and love.” (USA Today

"Hogle's story takes a gentle, knowing look at anxiety, its debilitating effects, and the importance of stepping outside our comfort zones in this slow-burn romance with plenty of charm and witty banter.” (Country Living

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  • Ciel
  • 2021-05-08

Least favorite book of the year (so far :/)

I...hated this book so much. It was incredibly boring, with fairly one-dimensional characters, and the plot at the end was so out of left field.

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  • Douglas Stine
  • 2021-04-19

Just what I needed

Light, smart, funny, wonderfully written, beautifully and adorably read aloud different kind of love story that was the perfect get away. AKA: just what I needed!

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  • Julia McGuire
  • 2021-04-17

Not for me

This book is just not my style and not what I was expecting from the blurb. I bought the audiobook and returned it after about an hour. I wanted something sweet to listen to while I relaxed and it was honestly kind of stressful. No one had any redeeming qualities- every side character was straight up awful. The main character was nice and I liked the daydreaming aspect but there were far too many flowery descriptions of the romantic lead's rugged handsomeness. I found myself alternatively cringing at that and grimacing at the actions of the other characters. The premise promised some drama and I'm sure it delivered but I never found myself caring.

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  • Teresa Williams
  • 2021-04-14

Not great, save the credit

Not as good as you deserve each other
Romance isn’t super entertaining or believable
Disappointing

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  • Heyo
  • 2021-04-08

Love

This book is just my style. So funny, so clever, great characters, such heart and creativity. I loved “You Deserve Each Other” and listened to it in a record (for me) 2 days. Well this book did not disappoint & I listened to it in... 2 days! Sarah Hogle is gifted, the narrator was perfection (sometimes sounded like a young Sally Field?) and I will certainly be reading this book again.