Need a Hug? Read Twice Shy

This follow-up to Hogle’s debut novel, You Deserve Each Other, does not disappoint.

It wasn’t easy picking my favorite book from April. I had three favorites. So rather than continue the pondering of how to choose between three good books, I am highlighting Twice Shy as the best because of its feel good energy I can’t get enough of these days. And I’ll throw in two honorable mentions. As an added bonus, I’ve created a donut recipe for the occasion, since the protagonist’s dream coffee shop is sprinkled with donuts. Let’s call it The Twice As Good Donuts, as they’re made of peanut butter and chocolate, two of my favorite combos.

Review of Twice Shy by Mary Ann Tippett

You might want to read Twice Shy twice. It’s that good. Take an unfortunate girl who inherits a dreamy old mansion and a drop dead gorgeous landscaper crippled by anxiety who co-inherits the property and enjoy the ride. Author Sarah Hogle wanted to write a great fluffy book hug and she hit it exactly right. There’s a treasure hunt, a trip to Ireland and the dream of a coffee & donut shop life that all conspire to keep these two together, thanks to the antics of a recently deceased aunt.

Twice As Good Donut Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free (or regular) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Drizzle

  • 1/2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tsp powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 6-donut baking tin.
  2. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients, except chocolate chips.
  3. In smaller bowl, whisk wet ingredients together; then add to dry ingredients, stirring together just until combined — don’t overmix.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and spoon batter into donut molds.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. While baking, melt peanut butter and coconut oil in microwave until runny. Stir in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  7. Remove donuts from oven and let cool completely. Loosen edges of each donut with a knife and turn the tin upside down over a plate to release the donuts. Turn each donut over again, and drizzle the peanut butter glaze over top, adding more mini chocolate chips if desired.

Enjoy these healthy-ish delicious donuts warm at less than 200 calories a pop!

Twice As Good Donuts have a peanut butter cup vibe.

Honorable Mention Books of The Month

Wow. This book makes you think. If you didn’t fall asleep in Philosophy class you will be fascinated by this deep dive into alternate choices/lives. So many quotable lines. And it has an ending worth reaching. I need to reread this one and I do not reread books.

The Shopaholic series didn’t do it for me. One of Kinsella’s forgettable books I buddy read last year didn’t do it. But this older story by the same author no one talks about? It’s my jam! Books with a touch of magic make my heart happy. If you love movies like 13 Going On 30, Ground Hog Day, and Liar Liar — you know the ones that are funny and magical and bring on joyful weeping — you’ll love this book.

And In Case You’ve Forgotten Already…

Donuts!

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