Title: Maybe This Time
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pub. Date: July 9, 2019
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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Continue reading to see my review of Maybe This Time.
Kasie West will always be one of my favorite authors. Her books never fail to make me happy while I’m reading them, and I zoom through them because I just have to know how they end. I love the way she writes her characters, I instantly feel like I know who they are and am invested in their plot lines.
If there’s one thing I’ve been loving a ton recently, it’s an enemies to lovers situation. There’s something so redeeming about two people finally realizing that they don’t actually hate each other and actually have romantic feelings for one another that’s just so ridiculous it works. From day one, Sophie and Andrew haven’t gotten along. Andrew is always grating on Sophie’s nerves and getting under her skin. Try as she might to just ignore him, he always seems to be there, along with his frustratingly self-centered father, a has-been cooking show star.
Kasie West does an amazing job of showing realistic character growth in her characters. Sophie, Andrew and Micah navigate the ups and downs of their unique relationship. Sophie and Micah have highs and lows, just like many best friends. People rarely make the right decisions 100% of the time, and the flaws of being human are very prevalent in Kasie’s characters.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Maybe This Time is the inclusion of the floral aspect to the story. Not only do are flowers a big part of the story because Sophie works as a florist’s assistant, but we learn the meaning of 9 different flowers at the beginning of each section in the book. I love how the meaning of each new flower we learn is relevant to the event that’s taking place in that section. Plus, any flower shop with these tidbits of information in Sophie’s sassy manner would definitely help them to gain me as a customer.
Overall, I absolutely loved Maybe This Time. If I had to rank them (please don’t make me, though) I would probably put this in my top three Kasie West novels. That being said, I obviously gave it a 5/5 star rating. I know this will be a book that I come back to read many times.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*