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Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire
romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone
paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring
star-crossed lovers together - if it doesn’t kill them first!
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off
the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing
business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her
new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a
talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to
renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps,
and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving
workers away faster than he can say “Boo”.
But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she
experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work
closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that
he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself -
while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised
and battered heart.
But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and
if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest,
their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
of the Plot:
Whitney, the only successful Whitney for four generations, has decided to use
some of the wealth he earned from his social media company, EyeDee, and restore
his family’s home, The Crane’s Nest, so he hires a group of professionals and
brings them to Whitney Island where things go bump in the night.
haunt, romances happen, creepers creep, a mansion is renovated, and snark reigns
a huge Molly Harper fan. I have read her Naked Werewolf and Half Moon Hollow
books until they are raggedy resemblances of their former book glory, but Better Homes and Hauntings just didn’t
appeal to my obsessive-must-read-again-and-again side the way her previous
novels have. It’s not a bad book, it did have its moments of greatness, but I have
read better from her.
think the huge problem with this book was my inability to connect with the
characters. While the blurb makes it sound like Nina and Deacon are the shining
stars, there is a whole cast of characters that have their own storylines, so
the book feels a little crowded. And, because I was listening to the audiobook,
I had to pay close attention to the head hopping so I wouldn’t get confused
about what was going on. Another problem with the book was the amount of time
the characters spent in their own head, which limited the interactions and dialogue
between the characters.
there was a lot of info dumping at random and awkward times about The Cranes’
Nest. I was seriously starting to wonder if there was going to be a pop quiz at
the end of the book.
I liked about the novel was Deacon. He was geeky, shy, socially awkward, and completely
loveable. Nina, who was hired to do the landscaping, was the perfect geekette
for him and I can see them totally living blissfully happy in their geekery for
years to come. It was like a match made it comic book heaven.
the architect, and Cindy, the cleaner, make the book worthwhile. They were previously
involved and things didn’t end well so the tension—and Cindy’s propensity to
throw heavy objects at Jake’s head—made the book well worth reading. You know,
I hate to say it, but I wish that Jake and Cindy would have been the main
Deacon’s cousin, is at The Crane’s Nest in search of research for the book she’s
writing that will clear the family name, although Deacon is convinced that this
is just another one of her started-but-never-finished projects that usually end
up costing him. I liked Dotty, she was a bit kooky but fun nevertheless.
mystery was so easy to figure out, I had the who, what, when, where, and why,
figured out by the second chapter.
the book was a quick little read. Although be warned, it’s a slow start at the beginning.
The characters are snarky and quick-witted. I guess I would classify this book
as gothic comedy or humorous hauntings.
of the Audiobook:
Ronconi and Molly Harper go together like peanut butter and jelly. I could not
imagine a better narrator to capture the wit and snark of Molly’s characters.
Kindle should have at least one Molly Harper novel narrated by Amanda Ronconi