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 nineteenth-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.
I adore Molly Harper s books. You know why? Because she is one of those rare authors that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. I love her writing and her characters and the storylines she comes up with, usually they are both funny and heartbreaking, and that was the case with this book. Better homes and hauntings is the story that brings together the past and present of a family, with four different people in the center of everything and three dead people whose story was never figured out. The story begins when Nina gets a job to work on a mansion, a mansion in which Gerald and Catherine Whitney lived a hundred years ago until Catherine was murdered and Gerald blamed for it. Now, people talk about cold spots in the house, shadows moving, all those things associated with a ghost haunting. Deacon Whitney, the heir of the estate decided to renew the house and hired his friend Jake as an architect, along with Nina and Cindy with their bussinesses to work on the house too. Because there is a lot of work, they live on site and each of them has some sort of bizzare stuff happenning to them. When Deacon s cousin Dotty comes, to try and find the truth from a hundred years ago, they decide to piece together what happened through Catherine s diaries and to set the ghosts free.
Among all the ghost solving problems and a hundred year old mistery solving, my favorite part were the love stories of Nina and Deacon and Cindy and Jake. There were some really funny scenes between all of them, some really scary what with the ghosts wandering around and some romantic. I need to say that Molly Harper managed to make me fall in love with a story and her characters yet again, and I have to thank her for the laughter and the happy tears this book brought me. I look forward to her next book.