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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Maybe This Time

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise

Source: ARC from publicity firm/St. Martin’s Press

Grade: 4 stars out of 5
10 years after they divorced, Andie visits ex-husband North to return 119 alimony checks and to tell him she’s getting married again. Ouch. North then drops a bomb of his own and offers Andie a deal she really can’t refuse: $10,000 a month for taking care of two children down in a house in Ohio where their father (North’s distant cousin), their Aunt May, their grandmother, and almost a governess died. Andie accepts and finds herself in a haunted house with a pyromaniac, a screaming 8-year-old, and a housekeeper that likes her tea spiked (heavy handed please). They can be only 3 reasons why there are ghosts 1) everyone’s been drugged; 2) someone is pulling a really nasty prank; 3) there really are ghosts. Andie is bringing reinforcements.
Jennifer Cruise’s Maybe This Time was flirtatious read. It draws the reader in then pushing them away; it forces them to dream about the book—borderline nightmare—then wakes the reader up at 6 in the morning because the next chapter is dying to be read; it melts the body into the couch while reading for 4 hours straight then the reader realizes they can’t move because your muscles have been locked in place. But the reader does not care because this is some good stuff read. (Not that I speak from experience coughcough.)

One thing that I loved most about this novel that I just do not get enough of in YA lit is the closeness in families. In Maybe This Time family plays a large role with Carter and Alice, the children, Flo and Lydia, North’s and Andie’s mother, and Southie (Sullivan), North’s brother. It is not this cold-shoulder-mention-once type of deal, but they play vital key components to the novel with their rich dialogue and funny antics. But the children are the spotlight with a great relationship of sister and brother. Even when Alice is extremely stubborn and constantly screaming, there was no feeling of irritation from me. I found both children endearing and brave to endure it all.

The tension between North and Andie is 60% sexual and 40% love at least from what I garnered throughout the book. It can get a bit frustrating at times. I did enjoy the banter between the two and there were hints of deep affection between the two.

There is a mild twist in the end and another funny twist at the last page that I thought ended Maybe This Time on a right note.

In all I found Maybe This Time to be a blast to read and will end it with a quote by the editor of the novel Jennifer Enderlin: “I’m stopping you in the street. I’m grabbing you by the lapels and I’m saying “You’ve got to read this book.”’

Cover B+
It’s cute—very.

Maybe This Time releases later this month: Amazon / Indie Bound / Book Depository

OR you can win a copy! Thanks to the same marketing manager who sent me my copy (thank you!!!!) and to St.Martin's Press, I have one copy to give away. For an extra entry, let me know in the comments if you believe in ghosts!

42 comments:

  1. Great review! Sounds like an awesome read. Also sounds a bit spooky :P And yes, I have to admit, I do believe in ghost :D
    So this is a book I gotta read.

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  2. Sounds great. Cant wait to read it.

    And yes I do believe in ghosts.

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  3. This sounds like a great book.

    Yes I do believe in ghosts. Although I've never seen one a few people I know have seen them.And there is alot of haunted places around here.

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  4. Thanks for the review! I haven't read any Crusie for a year, and I've been wanting to try her work again.

    Ghost-belief? No, but I do believe in angels, so that's something at least. :-)

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  5. I have lived in the same house for over 30 years. My mother and I owned the house together. She passed away several years ago. I have had many paranormal experiences in my home, both before and after my mother passed away. The first experience was to glance over at a living room window late one night and see the "Scream" face looking in! I rushed to the door and turned on the front porch light, and not a "soul" was about! Another time, on Halloween night, I heard distinct footsteps on the wooden floor of the upstairs hallway. My mother and I were both downstairs and no other "human" was in the house. One night, I went upstairs to my room without turning on the stairway light. When I got to the doorway of my room, a large misty shape moved from the area of the doorway and went across the room and out the window. One bright Sunday morning, I had overslept, which is a rare occurrence. A voice from the doorway of my room said: "Are you getting up?". I looked over through sleep-filled eyes and saw the blurred image of a large friendly blonde woman dressed in red and royal blue. I answered, and then realized it wasn't my mother! The "woman" was twice the size of my mother (who was actually downstairs in the kitchen). Since my mother passed away, I have noticed unusual scents in the house. I have smelled my grandfather's pipe tobacco, my grandmother's lily of the valley, and my mother's fingernail polish remover. All of these people are deceased, and none of those items are in the house! The time that I was the most afraid was when I came home to find my house almost in a vacuum state. There seemed to be no air, no sound, and no smell of any kind in the house. My cats were in hiding. I don't know what had been in the house, but it had some kind of mojo!

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  6. I'd love to read this book. Good review.

    I don't believe in ghosts. I get spooked easily, so it's easier to not believe in them.

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  7. This sounds adorable! I totally want to read it!

    And yes, I absolutely believe in ghosts. Though I don't know if I believe in hauntings, I just don't see how ghosts wouldn't exist. I believe in reincarnation, and I think there's got to be some wait time before it happens - and thus, ghosts.

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  8. I don't believe in ghosts,but I would love to be proved wrong =)

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  9. Nice review, it sounds like a book I would enjoy. I don't believe in ghosts because I've never had a ghostly encounter but if I ever do then I might change my mind.

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  10. This sounds like an unusual book and a fun read! And I do believe in ghosts.
    Margay

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  11. I think this book sounds like a great read. As for ghost, I believe in them. The good and the bad kind.
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I do believe in ghosts. We used to live in a very old home and there was a ghost. It wasn't scary, but there were just too many kooky things that happened there that we couldn't explain. Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  13. I'm not sure one way or the other. I guess ghosts might exist, but I've never encounted one.

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  14. I just posted this to win a book!

    http://winabook.westofmars.com/2010/08/19/maybe-this-time-by-jennifer-crusie/

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  15. I do believe that ghosts are real, or that there are spirits here. I avoid scary movies and houses that people have died in because I get scared to easily LOL.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

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  16. I honestly do not know whether or not there are ghosts or spirits here. I do, however, know for certain that I would have a cardiac episode if I ever saw one!

    safoga at gmail dot com

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  17. Sure i believe in ghosts, doesn't everyone?

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  18. Not ghosts, but definitely spirits.

    I've been to John Edward in person 5 times. That guy is definitely not faking.

    JHS
    Colloquium

    jhsmail at comcast dot net

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  19. I'm iffy. I'd have to see it to believe it.

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  20. I don't believe in ghosts, but they're an excellent literary device in some stories.

    baileythebookworm[at]gmail.com

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  21. This book sounds like a wonderful read. I'm one of the "see it to believe it", so I'm kinda in the middle on this one. Thanks! :)

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  22. I do and I don't. I haven't seen one personally, but my grandmother and aunt had many stories of ghosts in my aunt's house.

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  23. I don't have any reason to NOT believe in ghosts.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  24. I do and don't believe in ghosts. I honestly don't know!
    tishajean@charter.net

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  25. I do believe in ghosts.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I definitely believe in the possibility of ghosts, but don't have anything to prove or disprove it.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I'm not certain I'd call them ghosts, but I do believe in spirits.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I don't know that I believe ghosts as much as in spirits. People might say they are the same thing though, so who knows. I just don't want to run into one! :)

    mjmbecky(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I think ghosts are real!

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I do believe there are ghosts.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  31. I've read a few of her books and have enjoyed them. No, I don't really believe in ghosts -- at least not until I run into one!
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  32. I do not really believe in ghosts. I do believe in aliens though.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  33. Having never met a ghost, I will say no, I don't believe. However, if there are any ghosts reading this, yes, I do believe!

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  34. I don't think I believe in ghosts, but I'm open minded. It wouldn't take a lot of proof to make me a believer.

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  35. Great review....but I don't believe in ghosts
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  36. I don't necessarily believe in ghosts, but I do believe there are unexplained phenomena.

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  37. I was never a believer in ghosts until my mom recently passed away. We live thousands of miles away from each other so I did not have a chance to say goodbye. All I could do was cry as I felt so bad about not being there for her. About a week after she passed away I was in my room crying in the dark. All of a sudden I saw her. She touched my hair and told me it was okay and not to cry as she would always be as close as a thought. From then on I knew that there are ghosts, especially ones you have loved and lost.

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  38. I don't believe in ghosts, but if I have evidence otherwise, I'd be open to changing my mind : )

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