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Virtual Event: Sally Thorne, Second First Impressions, in conversation with Christina Lauren

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 6:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Sally Thorne with her new book Second First Impressions in conversation with Christina Lauren.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

About Second First Impressions

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 Parloni’s 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…

About Sally Thorne

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.

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, The Unhoneymooners, Twice in a Blue Moon, The Honey-Don’t List, In a Holidaze and many more. Find them online at, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

About The Soulmate Equation

Jessica Davis isn’t interested in dating – she’s a busy single mom, raising her daughter, along with her grandparents, so when she has a chance to try a new matchmaking company, GeneticAlly, she isn’t interested. At the prodding of her romance-novelist BFF, Fizzy, Jessica gives it a shot, and discovers a 98% compatibility match with the founder, Dr. River Peña, a man she can’t stand. But between losing a big client and giving her addict mother another loan, Jess needs money, and GeneticAlly offers to pay her to date him. As Jess begins to get to know the real River, she starts to wonder if the data might be right. The Soulmate Equation is a story that questions the science behind compatibility, and how fate effects the decisions we make. ​

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Second First Impressions: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062912855
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781982123963
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Published: Gallery Books - May 18th, 2021