Title: Better Homes and Hauntings
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
There are books that just smell of summer, and this is one of them.
I’ve not come across Molly Harper before, but if I happen upon any of her books in the library, I’m definitely going to take them out. I read a lot of quite heavy, serious books, and it’s a breath of fresh air to read something that is just really good fun.
Okay, so it’s really silly as well – I’d guessed the plot twist by about page twenty, and some of the plot contrivances were really daft (bloke doesn’t recognise a woman he really enjoyed dating a few years ago? Right…) – but it’s just such an enjoyable read that none of that really matters. It’s not so much about the story, but the time spent with the characters and the setting.
And the story was reasonably good, though if you’re looking for scares, you’re in the wrong place. There are a couple of chilly moments, but I’ve read Middle Grade books that are more frightening. It’s hard to take the ghost stuff seriously when on the next line people are discussing shoes and dresses.
So, a very girly, beachy, summery sort of read that I really enjoyed. If you’re a paranormal romance fan looking for something to take on your holidays, you can’t go far wrong with this.