Thursday, July 8, 2010

Random Excitement Friday

Maybe This Time
"In stores on August 31, 2010"

Previously titled Always Kiss Me Goodnight, this is Jenny’s version of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. (The Turn of the Screw is a novella (short novel) written by Henry James. Originally published in 1898, it is ostensibly a ghost story. Due to its ambiguous content, it became a favorite text of New Criticism.

The novella has had many differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive, including those of a Freudian nature. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil that is spoken of in the story.

The Turn of the Screw has lent itself well to operatic and film adaptation.)

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…

I love Jenny Crusie and I've been craving one of her funny/love/mystery type books here for a while. I think we can all agree that Jenny has her own voice out there and every time you read one of her books you can't help but smile! So come August Ill be elbowing in the book stores to grab this one! =)



Mollie said...

I'm so excited for this one! The first non-collaboration book in awhile!!!!! Yesss.

July 9, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

I know right?!?!?! Its about dang time too! lol Hey we should so do a review together for Breezing Through!!! =)

July 9, 2010 at 8:40 AM
Fiction Vixen said...

I've never read this author. Sounds interesting though.

July 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Fiction Vixen~
She a WONDERFUL contemp author!!! You should give her a go! ;)

Happy Friday!

July 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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July 11, 2010 at 10:11 PM
Mollie said...

I'm down for a joint review! Although Jennifer just posted a recent review from Kirkus on her blog, wasn't too good :

But I guess there was a more recent good review from Booklist:

FV, You should give Crusie a try! I think my favorites of hers were Fast Women, Welcome to Temptation, and Bet Me.

July 13, 2010 at 12:54 PM