Maybe Once, Maybe Twice is a love letter to music and second chances

Maybe Once, Maybe Twice. Image courtesy St. Martin's Griffin
Maybe Once, Maybe Twice. Image courtesy St. Martin's Griffin /

Sometimes, a pitch for a book engages you so much you can’t stop thinking about it and that’s how I felt about Maybe Once, Maybe Twice by Alison Rose Greenberg.

Everyone thinks about creating a marriage pact with a friend and using it when they’re older, but this book takes that concept to an entirely new level. For our main character, Maggie Vine, she’s a bit all over the place.

I won’t get too much into the plot just yet, but I’d like to thank Meagan Beatie PR for sending me a copy of this book to read early and frankly, making me so interested in it. I’ve never even read an Alison Rose Greenberg book before so this is even wilder.

Whether you’ve read her debut: Bad Luck Bridesmaid or not, this one is a lot of fun and easily one I’ll be thinking about for months to come.

Maybe Once, Maybe Twice is a romantic tale of love in all forms.

Maybe Once, Maybe Twice starts off with Maggie Vine on her 35th birthday and she’s planning for the future. She knows she wants to be a mom and the doctor essentially is telling her she needs to hurry up and start trying. Of course, this causes her to think of two deals she made.

The first she mentions is with Garrett Scholl who she met at 23 and fell hopelessly in love with yet the timing was never right. The two tried to connect time and time again but it was always the right person, the wrong time. It all comes to a head when they meet up on her 35th birthday and Garrett tells her that he’s engaged. I mean he does this after kissing her so it means it sends mixed messages.

After learning about that, she eventually stumbles upon Asher Reyes, her first love from her teenage years. Maggie finds out that he bought the right to her favorite book and she decides to confront him. It’s clear the connection is still there and they end up deciding to meet back up so she can audition to write the music for the film.

If this book sounds messy, that’s because it is. We watch Maggie as she forms a relationship with these two men. It’s clear from the start which one you want her to end up with but Maggie really goes through the wringer to decide. While she was an incredibly flawed character, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Maggie Vine.

The book does focus a lot on those two relationships, but we also see her maintain an incredible friendship with Summer, her best friend from college. Summer’s also going through a bit of a crisis at 35. We’re also finally seeing Maggie get her big break when it comes to her musical career and seeing the success she’d always hoped for and worked for.

Maybe Once, Maybe Twice feels like a book I’ve read before yet not at the same time. It was a love letter to music, first loves, and realizing that sometimes the path to happiness isn’t what you think. I’m just hoping we eventually get someone who will record Maggie Vine’s songs because I was dying to hear them.

Maybe Once, Maybe Twice by Alison Rose Greenberg is out now where books are sold.

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