Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (Releases Aug 31st)

About The Book:
(From Author's Website)

When Andie Miller goes to see her ex-husband, North Archer, to return ten years of uncashed alimony checks, he asks for one final favor: A distant cousin has died and left him guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already; will she take the job? Bribed with money and a need for closure, Andie says yes, but when she meets the two children she realizes things are much worse than she feared. The children aren’t any run-of-the-mill delinquents, the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers, and something strange is happening at night. Plus, Andie’s fiance thinks it’s a plan by North to get Andie back, and since Andie’s been dreaming about North since she arrived at the house, she’s not sure he isn’t right. Then her ex-brother-in-law arrives with a duplicitous journalist and a self-doubting parapsychologist, closely followed by an annoyed medium, Andie’s tarot card–reading mother, her avenging ex-mother-in-law, and her jealous fiancĂ©. Just when Andie’s sure things couldn’t get more complicated, North arrives to make her wonder if maybe this time things could be different….

What I Thought:

I was able to tell right from the start that I would like this one! I enjoyed the author's fast paced writing style; there was no fumbling over words or over descriptivness. (Is that even a word?) It was a meat & potatoes story right from the start! (Hopefully everyone knows what that expression means LOL!)

It was a refreshingly new storyline (for me) and the characters were very "interesting" shall we say. The lead character Andie was totally spunky and determined.

My only complaint....I don't think the cover matches the story. The cover made me think that it would be a much more "romantic" story but it had just a bit of romance and in my opinion a lot of spook! While looking at the author's website I saw that there were quite a few covers that were looked at. You can see them here. I think they could have gone with a "darker" one.

Really though, that is irrelevant to the story itself. I thought the book itself was excellent and this is an author that I plan on reading more of.

You can find her website here. It's really cool and worth checking out. There's even a "story behind the story" page!

**review copy provided by publisher

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this honest, but positive review. GL

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  2. Great review! I just finished with this one the other day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a new twist for me. I found it to be a bit refreshing! And OMG.. North!

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  3. Great review. I'm anew follower.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  4. More spook that expected? Ooooooooo I need this. Great review btw.

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