Take Two, Birdie Maxwell focuses on a second chapter for an actress who finds a chance for happiness in an unlikely place.


The Description

Publication Date: March 5, 2024

Hollywood’s biggest rom-com star tries to recover from her damaged reputation by staging her own rom-com and following a lead on a lost love in the new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch.

Birdie Robinson thought she’d gotten everything she wanted out of life: fame, adoration, and an A-list Hollywood career. But after an on-set feud goes viral, she leaves L.A. for the one place where no one would think to find her: her hometown. She’s startled to stumble upon a love letter from a former boyfriend asking for a second chance. And there’s just one issue: the letter was unsigned and she’s not sure which ex sent it. Still, a public reunion with an ex-boyfriend could turn the wave of public opinion back in her favor. Life imitating art. What could go wrong?

Elliot O’Brien, star reporter, knows that life isn’t an actual rom-com. Case in point, he’s spent two decades repressing his long-simmering feelings for his twin sister’s best friend, Birdie. But with his journalism career cratering and Birdie back in their hometown at the same time he is, he realizes that chronicling her search for her long-ago ex may be his opportunity to right some wrongs.

As they hit the road in an ancient RV, Birdie and Elliot retrace her romantic history for clues to who wrote the letter and come face to face with their own romantic missteps, all while grappling with whether happy endings are found only on the big screen—or whether their own happier ever after could be closer than they both ever imagined.

The Review

Birdie Maxwell, once considered America’s sweetheart on screen, watches her career tank thanks to a video that caught her ranting.

Take Two, Birdie Maxwell sets up a humorous tale as Birdie returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. Author Allison Winn Scotch delivers an unexpected romance thanks to an unsigned love note from a former boyfriend who wants another chance.

The story takes off as Birdie tries to determine which ex-boyfriend it is, but she has to do it very carefully to avoid attention. She joins forces with Elliot, her best friend’s brother. As a journalist, he plans to chronicle Birdie’s search.

Their journey takes an interesting turn as Birdie’s search makes them focus on love and whether it’s real. Along the way, the sparks start to fly.

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About The AuthorAllison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Cleo McDougal Regrets NothingIn Twenty Years, and Time of My Life. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and their two rescue dogs, Hugo and Mr. Peanut.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Take Two, Birdie Maxwell focuses on a second chapter for an actress who finds a chance for happiness in an unlikely place.4.5-STAR REVIEW: TAKE TWO, BIRDIE MAXWELL by Allison Winn Scotch