Book Review

by Jennifer Crusie

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

2010 Contemporary Romance Nominee

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After six years without a solo project, Crusie roars back onto the scene with a marvelous new tale that includes her patented brand of humor and human foibles. Crusie takes lucky readers into a gothic and ghostly adventure set in 1992, filled with the offbeat and the wacky. Nevertheless, the emotions ring true as this indomitable heroine fights for the children — and second chances. Crusie is brilliant as always and this novel is worth the wait!

Ten years after their divorce, neither Andie Miller nor North Archer has moved on. That may be about to change. But North has one last request: a distant cousin has died leaving North the guardian of two children. Something strange is going on at the remote estate and three nannies have bolted. North figures Andie can straighten things out.

Upon her arrival, Andie realizes things are seriously amiss. The children, Alice and Carter, are withdrawn and the housekeeper a gothic nightmare. Add in a ghost-hunting TV reporter and an annoyed medium and you have a recipe for disaster. And that’s before you factor in the actual ghosts! (ST. MARTIN’S, Sep., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: September 2010

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
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Maybe This Time

Submitted by Robin in PA on March 30, 2014 - 3:28pm.

Andromeda Miller decides to meet with her ex-husband, North Archer, to return her alimony checks and tell him she is getting married soon. But Archer asks her for a favor before the wedding. He is the guardian of two orphaned children. The kids have driven away three nannies and he is having a hard time finding a replacement. He wants Andie, who has teaching experience, to take care of the kids for a month until he can find a new nanny. Andie agrees and quickly makes her way to find an old house with a moat, a creepy housekeeper, and two very strange children. When Andie puts out an "SOS" to Archer asking claiming the house is haunted, she instead gets her ex-brother-in-law, a TV-anchorwoman, a Parapsychologist, and a Medium ready to hold a seance. When Archer finally arrives, he finds the place in chaos and everyone is seeing ghosts.

I usually love Jennifer Crusie's books, but this one really didn't work for me. This story is about a haunted house that won't let the children leave. These ghosts aren't fun. They are murderous and scary, but the story didn't feel scary at all...just weird. The romance doesn't work either since the hero and heroine are separated for over half of the book when Archer finally makes an appearance at the house when 180 pages have passed. The story does have some humorous parts, including a seance that keeps getting interrupted. And I liked all of the goofy characters that come to the house to "help out" with the children. My rating: 3 Stars.