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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling Australian author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women - under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement-home manager.

Distraction (n): Something that turns your attention away from something you want to concentrate on. See: Teddy Prescott. 

Ruthie Midona is 24 (going on 94), and fully committed to her job at a luxury retirement village. Keeping herself busy caring for the eccentric residents means that Ruthie can safely ignore her own life - what little there is of it. 

Teddy Prescott is practically allergic to a hard day's work. When he rocks up as the retirement village's newest employee, Ruthie is less than impressed. The last thing she needs is a distraction as irritating (and handsome) as this selfish, rich kid. 

Lucky for Ruthie, her favourite pair of mischievous residents need a new assistant to torture...so she hands over Teddy, ready for them to send him running. 

Except Teddy may be about to surprise her - not just by surviving the old women's antics, but by charming Ruthie so much, she starts to remember that there's more to life than work.... Could Teddy be far more than simply an unwelcome distraction? 

©2021 Sally Thorne (P)2021 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I inhaled Second First Impressions - I had to force myself to slow down because I didn't want it to end. It's a truly adorable, heart-warming, swoon-worthy love story. A book hasn't given me the warm-fuzzies like this for a very long time." (Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare)

"The warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humour and heart." (Emily Henry, author of Beach Read)

"A hilarious and cute romcom set in a retirement village with the quirkiest, most likeable heroine ever." (Allie Reynolds, author of Shiver)

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  • 05-30-21

My first impression was that this book was boring

...and I was right.
Ugh.
Nope.
This chick is boring and as stiff as a dried up old stick.
I'm so bored I can't even be bothered trying to think up a better metaphor.
The cliches are rife.
The constant reminders of her christian values,  how much she loves the TV show "heaven sent" were just too much for me and I thought I couldn't continue. Then she meets and goes all gaga and googly eyed for a "tattooed bad boy" and I thought, ok, here's something, it might get better.
It did not.
I forced myself through to chapter 8, but the phone call to the parents tipped my tolerance for the saccharine prose right off the edge of the cliff and I lost my will to persevere.
Life's too short to waste on drivel like this.
Jennifer Jill Araya is an average narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-21

HoHum

So underwhelmed. No chemistry between the main characters and weak story. Sorry but a waste of time and money

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-21

pure young love

A beautiful story. making me smile and want to keep listening. I so hope I can be the mischievous old lady!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-15-21

Warm Fuzzies

2 very cute and flawed main characters which makes the narrative endearing. The world around them is equally if not more so. A cute and wholesome concept with quality narration.

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  • Victoria
  • 07-13-21

Predictable

very predictable storyline
easy listening
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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

Putting this into my favourites list.

Far too many positives to list. Both narrator and story were cute, romantic and funny.