Friday, October 22, 2010

Currently Reading: Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

It has been a long time since we have had a Jennifer Crusie book. Yes, she has done collaborations with all kinds of people, but for pure Jennifer Crusie, the last one was Bet Me which was released in 2004.

Here's the blurb:

The New York Times bestselling author of Bet Me, Tell Me Lies and Welcome to Temptation delivers her long-awaited novel

Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé 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 fiancé 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-inlaw, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. 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…

A very important part of this book seems to be music and on her website Jennifer Crusie shares the soundtrack to the book. There are references to early 90s music and also to music from the early 80s. Andie and North's song was Somebody's Baby by Jackson Browne, which I must confess I didn't recall. Here it is from Youtube.


  1. I think it's cool she has a soundtrack b/c she does reference the music a lot!

    How are you liking it so far? I enjoyed it. Not my favorite but nice to finally have a solo Crusie book again!

  2. I have about 20 pages to go and I am pretty sure that is basically going to be my overall reaction to it too!

  3. I've been wanting to try some Crusie for awhile. Is Bet Me a good one to start with?

  4. I've never read Jennifer Cruise, but I love that she has a soundtrack for her book! That makes me want to read Maybe This Time.

  5. Holly, I would start with either Bet Me or Welcome to Temptation.

    Erin, it is a nice added extra isn't it!

  6. I have read a few of her books - but not this one. Looks good :)

  7. I've been meaning to read one of her books. I'll have to see if the library has this one. Love the idea of the soundtrack too.

  8. I definitely want to read more soon. BTW, pretty good design that blog has, but don’t you think it should be changed from time to time?

  9. I have been wanting to read a book by Cruise for a long time, but I am not sure that this is the one for me. I am going to have to scope out some of her others and see what I like.

  10. Zibilee and Amy, I would start with Bet Me or Welcome to Temptation.