A sweetly flavored, light, romantic read that left me smiling and interested in reading Crusie's other works. Maybe This Time pairs a delightful heroine with cute, but troubled kids, a haunted mansion, entertaining secondary characters and a sexy and stoic hero that had my mouth watering. The novel kept me guessing with the underlying mystery and engrossed in the story. Overall it was original and fast-paced, gripping from page to page. I highly recommend Maybe This Time.
REVIEW: Andie Miller is finally going to confront her ex, return all his alimony checks that he insists on sending her and inform him of her impending engagement to the perfect Will. To start a new life she must put her past behind her and North Archer is by far, definitely, her past. That is, until she confronts him face to face and the old memories come flooding back - and then out of the blue he offers her a job to "save" his niece and nephew who are practically being held hostage by their fears and grief in a house that is considered haunted. Crazier still, Andie says yes to his proposal, packs up and travels to the small town to take care of poor Alice and Carter Archer.
Andie gets a bit more than she bargained for when she enters Archer House. Two very disturbed and angry children, a very surly housekeeper and a house that is literally falling down around them. Oh, and also a dancing ghost that asks way to many questions about her feelings regarding North and her lack of feelings for Will. Is the situation hopeless? Will the house defeat Andie, or was North correct in his assumption that if anyone could do it, Andie could?
I really enjoyed Maybe This Time and highly recommend this to romance fans. The characters were so highly developed they felt real, the house becoming a character itself as I imagined the moat, the towers and the spiraling staircases and grand ballroom. Crusie has a gift for making the story come alive for the reader. You won't be disappointed with this one. The plot did get a little zany at times, but it added to the confusion and intensity of the story-line. And let's just say that I'll be looking at reporters with Veneers a lot differently now.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Fans of romance should really enjoy this novel, in fact this is a great transition novel for romance readers that are looking to get a little more paranormal. This is an adult read, it's a romance. They romance. ;)
Andie Miller hasn't had contact with her ex-husband in ten years, except to receive her monthly alimony check, which she never wanted and didn't cash. But now she's getting married, and she feels it's time to sever the ties once and for all, so off she goes to visit her lawyer ex, North Archer, and return the checks. But once she gets there, of course things don't go as planned; North needs a nanny for one month for the two orphaned children of his cousin, and Andie, a teacher, fits the bill. Plus … more
Jennifer Crusie is an excellent story teller, and consistently delivers a great beach book. This one adds a ghost story to the formula for something with a bit more depth, but just as much fun as her usual mix. Andie has been divorced for a decade and is getting ready to remarry when her ex asks her a favor: to go ride herd on a couple of difficult kids at a house that just may be haunted. Andie's adventures, the supporting cast, and the process of figuring out the haunting … more
Product Description TheNew York Timesbestselling author of Bet Me, Tell Me Liesand Welcome to Temptationdelivers her long-awaited new novel--Maybe This Time.Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything.When Andie meets the two children she quickly realizes things are much worse than she feared. The place is a mess, the children, Carter and Alice, aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. What’s worse, Andie’s fiancé thinks this is all a plan by North to get Andie back, and he may be right. Andie’s dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that’s not the only haunting.What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-inlaw, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get more...