took him three years to woo her
the milksop woman
"A word originating from a comic strip character in the 1920's named Casper Milquetoast. The word has come to define someone unassertive and timid."
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated: a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise.