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Books Read in 2014: BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS by Molly Harper

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
Audiobook read by Amanda Ronconi
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper | Review on KayeDacus.com

Book Blurb:
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.”

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.

My Review:
Ratings:

    Story: 4.25 stars
    Narrator: 4.5 stars
      Goodreads bookshelves: books-read-in-2014, contemporary-romance, paranormal, audiobook

      Read from July 06 to 15, 2014

What a fun story! I’d love to see someone like Joss Whedon or Eric Kripke make this into a movie. It was both snarky and (slightly) creepy at the same time, just like what those two create.

I’m not the world’s greatest at solving mysteries (which is why I rarely read them), but even I’d figured out the “twist” at the end of this romantic ghost story. But that’s okay, because it was fun watching the characters figure it out.

Harper did a great job developing the characters, too. It seems like she started with the typical two-dimensional stereotype characters (the rich frat boy; the nerdy tech billionaire; the emotionally abused shrinking violet; the hates-all-rich-people, up-by-her-bootstraps sassy girl; and the hippy-dippy bohemian) and then built from there–and then made all of them sympathetic, relatable, and three-dimensional.

I really enjoyed the author’s humor, evident throughout the prose—and even the chapter titles had me grinning or outright laughing.

I look forward to reading more books by this new-to-me author!

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My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay/not a favorite
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR/DNF = I hated it and/or Did Not Finish it

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