Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spotlight and Giveaway: Second First Impressions

Today we are celebrating the publication of Sally Thorne's latest novel, Second First Impressions. Melissa's is reading it now and is excited to see what will happen. Thanks to William Morrow, we have two print copies for some lucky readers!

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 Parlonis’ 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…

Second First Impressions is the warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humor and heart. I want to live inside Sally Thorne’s brain.”
— Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

Photo by Katie Saarikko
Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

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Melissa said...

My neighbor made a great first impression on me when my mom and I bumped into her while she was working a sampling event at our local Target. We'd never spoken before, but she stopped us and mentioned she recognized us and ever since, we've been great friends!

Nancy said...

A lady with a local business made a great first impression when she was helpful and kind to me.

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traveler said...

Someone who made a very good impression upon me years ago was this older woman who was so warm and welcoming. We have been best friends for years and we look out for each other.

rubynreba said...

There was a very caring couple at our church who welcomed us when we were new there and that formed our opinion to join the church.

ArtemisG said...

We have a lot of stray cats in my neighborhood. Many of them are sick, little kittens without their mom. My neighbor takes care of them and takes them to the vet (her monthly income is not high). I was very impressed, one day we talked about it and now we are good friends and we take care of them together.

Grandma Cootie said...

I'm usually pretty optimistic when meeting new people so my impression is favorable. More often than not it works out.

Mary Preston said...

New boss at work - very favorable.

holdenj said...

Years ago, a new neighbor was wearing a sweatshirt from out alma mater when they answered the door.

diannekc said...

My neighbor made a great first impression on me when they first moved in. She was really friendly and had lots of kids. We became great friends and are now more like family.

bn100 said...

new neighbor is friendly

Amber said...

When we met our neighbors for the first time because we were in charge of our precinct's caucus (Iowa caucuses woo hoo!). They were so gracious and nice! They had us over for dinner (We were newer to the area) and have been our good friends ever since! We are so grateful to have them in our lives and our daughter is good friends with their daughter. Love them! Great first impression! :)