It’s basically gotten to the point where I read at least one Kasie West book each month. I don’t exactly plan for this to happen, it just does. Maybe This Time was one I requested through Libby about 2 months ago and finally was able to check out. Sadly… it wasn’t worth the wait.
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.
I’ve learned throughout the course of my Kasie West adventures that I either really like her books or I feel nothing for them. Maybe This Time is a book I just feel so “meh” about.
I usually love her writing because of the adorable encounters between the love interests, the strong family bonds, and the relatable friendships. This book tried to have these but it didn’t work out.
I didn’t feel close to any of the characters. I can’t really tell you what any of the characters look like, what motivates them, or what their quirks are. I felt like all we got from them was dialogue; no insight on anything that makes them feel real. I felt such a distance, even from the main character Sophie, and this really made it hard to empathize with their struggles. I actually found Sophie to be really rude for no reason. She quickly crossed from playful banter to often unwarranted judgement. I know West was going for character development here, and Sophie did develop in the end, but it just made her an overall unlikeable lead.
Because the characters were under-developed, I found myself unable to really connect with the plot, relationships, or conflicts. Honestly, I don’t really know what the plot was other than a journey of self-discovery. It’s pretty difficult to root for relationships between characters you don’t have any feelings toward, so that was also a bust for me. The conflicts were all pretty minor and I don’t think we got to dig into them as deeply as I would have liked, possibly because of the big time gaps in between chapters and events.
Maybe This Time seems to pale in comparison to some of West’s other books like Listen to Your Heart and P.S. I Like You. I thought there were still a lot of loose ends by the end of the book that were either abandoned or tied up in a convenient little bow. While the summary seems promising the execution is lacking and this wouldn’t be the first (or second, or third) Kasie West book I would recommend to someone.
Have you read Maybe This Time? What did you think of it?