Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
St Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Goodreads: Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiance 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 fiance 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-in-law, and, of course, her jealous fiance. 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…
Jennifer Crusie is, hands down, my favorite comedic romance writer. The first Crusie book I read was Bet Me and it was pure magic. I remember reading it back to back & then taking it back to the library only to check it out again a few days later because I needed to read it one more time. Not only did I take that one out, I took out every Crusie book the library had and spent the weekend engrossed.
It has been SIX YEARS since Jennifer Crusie published her last book (those anthologies & books with Bob Mayer don’t count!) and I’m glad I don’t have to wait any longer. At the end of this month I will have in my hand what I hope will be another sweet, hot and funny read. Welcome back, Jennifer Crusie! I’ve missed you!
*Waiting on Wednesday is an ingenious idea hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.