Maybe This Time

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Maybe This Time

Andie Miller is ready to move on. She left North Archer 10 years ago and returning all the uncashed alimony checks is just one step in her quest to leave the past behind and get on with her life. During those 10 years, Andie traveled, worked and has pretty much gotten herself engaged to a writer, Will Spenser. Now, it’s time to face her past.

North and Andie got married in a hurry, because they couldn’t wait, not because they had to. But after a year of marriage, North started spending more and more time at the office and less and less with Andie until she felt neglected and that she could just be any warm body. North no longer shared anything with her, including his time.

North has become guardian of two young children living in southern Ohio. They are his second cousins. Their mother died when the youngest, Alice was born. Their father died two years ago and the aunt that had been taking care of them died a few months ago. North has hired 3 nannies but each has quit within weeks with the latest one complaining about ghosts. North can’t seem to get the children to leave their house and everyone he hires leaves. He’s struggling to figure this problem out when Andie comes into his office.

North offers Andie $10,000 per month if she’ll go to take care of the children and get them moved to Columbus. While Andie is ready to leave her relationship with North behind, she’d also like to get married debt free. Besides, how hard can two children be?

Andie finds out how hard her job is going to be when she shows up at the English castle that the children live in. There she has to deal with an interesting housekeeper, two traumatized children and ghosts. Little does she know that more people are to come!

The back cover of this book has a letter from Jennifer Enderlin, Executive Editor of St Martin’s saying how good this writer is. Personally, I take these types of things with a grain of salt. After all, she wants to sell books. This time, however, I’d like to join Ms Enderlin in grabbing readers and telling them, you want to read this book!

From the first page to the last, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this fast paced and uniquely different story. Each twist in the story only added to my interest and just when I was sure the ending was in sight, I learned I was wrong.

The characters are fantastic. Each has quirks and personality. Andie, North and the two children, Alice and Carter are the main characters. They are fully developed and multidimensional. However, the secondary characters seem to be the most interesting. North’s mother, Lydia gives the appearance of a rich snob who does everything correctly. That is until you find out that she had a 30 year affair with her brother-in-law. Andie’s mother, Flo is the opposite. She’s flighty and believes in the stars, astrology and tarot cards. Add to this character list a younger brother, North’s, a toothy news reporter, a cameraman, a college professor and a medium and you get some of the interesting and refreshing characters in this story.

The situations range from fun to scary to romantic and everything in between. After all, there is a ghost that is trying to kill people and another that thinks the house is his. But not everyone can see the ghosts, so they think that there must be something else going on. The driveway to the house is in horrible shape which forces way too many people to stay in this house until it lets up. One character takes that opportunity to do a little bed hopping!

I really liked this book and didn’t want to put it down. Now that I’ve finished, I wonder how I never read this author before . She’s definitely going on my list of authors whose books I need to find.

Fresh, interesting, unique and romantic are a few words to describe this entertaining book. Weather you believe in ghosts or not, this book will keep you glued to it until you’re done and might even change your mind about things that knock in the night.

Book Blurb for 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 complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if maybe this time things could be different between them.

If Andie can just get rid of all the guests and ghosts, she’s pretty sure she can save the kids, and herself, from the past. But fate might just have another thing in mind…


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 5.00