Book: Better Homes and Hauntings Author: Molly Harper Date of Publication: June 24th, 2014 Publisher: Pocket Books Source: bought ebook Rating: 5/5 Beans
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.
When I picked out this book I didn’t really know what to expect. I was following a recommendation on Goodreads when I came across this and it sounded interesting. Well, I was hooked. This has honestly become one of my favorite books, if not the top. I should start at the beginning.
When we are first introduced to Nina Linden, I was a bit underwhelmed by her character, that is until she started coming out of her shell. It was really neat to see a character develop right in front of you and gain confidence that you know she should have only to hear her story later on to finally understand why she was the way she was. I loved Nina’s snarky, sassy, yet innocent character and how much she contributed to the group as the introvert with the geeky mindset. Cindy Ellis was another character I was not sure about at first, until I learned she was pretty much a walking encyclopedia of historical knowledge of the place. She grew on me just as fast as Nina. On the other hand, Deacon Whitney was someone I liked almost right away. Coming off the helicopter and hearing Nina describe his awkward stance with a Captain America T-shirt, I was instantly stricken. Gotta love a guy who isn’t afraid to be his dorky self! Jake Rumson was a charmer and I felt kinda bad for his initial situation, but he was a sweet guy who just needed a good whack on the head. Dotty Whitney (?) was just plain out awesome! I was a little hesitant to like her at first but she grew on me as I recognized her passion as legitimate and not temporary.
I loved the story and the progression not only of the various romances, but also what we learn about the history of the place and what really happened to the original Whitneys to live there. Overall, I loved this book and is probably my top book right now for a re-read. I can’t get enough of it. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes the supernatural, a mystery, along with a good bit of romance thrown in. This book deserves all 5 beans from me!