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Maybe This Time

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  9,862 ratings  ·  1,313 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars!

Andromeda (Andie) and North were married way too quickly at way too young an age. When North's uncle dies and leaves the family law firm in North's hands, he changes. No longer the fun and attentive husband, he becomes a workaholic and leaves Andie for nights on end, only coming home for sex and sleep. Andie doesn't want to be alone for the rest of her life, left waiting on a husband that barely remembers that she's alive. So she leaves.

It's now ten years later and Andie is
Trigger warning for discussion of rape.

Romance. Andie Miller's ex-husband is desperate; his two young wards refuse to leave their giant English manor, and all the nannies he's sent to take care of them keep leaving, or dying. Andie agrees to look after the kids for a month, packs up her car, says goodbye to her almost fiancé, and moves to southern Ohio.

This has a lot in common with The Turn of the Screw: creepy house (complete with creepy pond), creepy orphans, creepy nannies. Except this makes
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In the mood for a cozy, post-holiday read? I suggest you give MAYBE THIS TIME a try. I first discovered Jennifer Crusie through the insanely entertaining Bet Me. I then immediately went on a Crusie binge. And though I enjoyed several of them, none quite matched up to that first one. So I'd been kind of avoiding another Crusie read, even after hearing very positive reviews of her newest. The fact that it was categorized as a mystery/romantic suspense piqued my interest,
Like several of Crusie's recent collaborations, this wobbles away from the romance genre but doesn't quite make it all the way to thriller or action. However, it does flow more evenly and the relationships, while certainly not her best, are more convincing than those in Wild Ride, Dogs and Goddesses, or The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, which failed to show any connection, affection or compatibility between her romantic pairs. Here the relationship-building we see is more between the heroine and th ...more
Finally, a solo title from Ms. Crusie! I've read some of her co-authored works, the only one I liked was Agnes and the Hitman which was excellent but I was glad to see Crusie doing her own thing again.

Maybe This Time is Crusie's re-telling of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I don't know this because I've read The Turn of the Screw, or because I was an English major, or a librarian. I know this only because Jenny told me. Well, not me specifically but the group of us that were at her book
In January 2006 I was introduced to Jennifer Crusie by a friend who lent me Bet Me. I read it in 1 sitting and have read it numerous times since. I have pretty much read everything by Jennifer Crusie with Bet Me and Welcome to Temptation at the top of my favourites. I have been disappointed in the last 2.5 books by her that I’ve read and didn’t have very high expectations going into this book. Maybe This Time has joined Bet Me and WTT as my Crusie favourites.

This is what I call classic Crusie, f
This book reminded me why I love Jennifer Crusie!! What a great story, it made me laugh right out loud and it made my chest ache at times! If you love a fun book with a everything from ghosts, a creepy mansion, a crazy medium, kids that need love and a HEA of a love lost that was found again!!

I love the fast paced, witty dialog that JC brings to her books and this one is no exception. I loved Andie from the beginning but you grow to love the rest of these characters, they are amazing. I am rambl
4 stars
POV: 3rd person: Andie, North
Sensuality: Warm
Mystery/Suspense: Average

Andie Miller is finally moving on with her life. Ten years after her divorce from North Archer she is in a content, adult relationship with Will Spenser and she plans on accepting his marriage proposal. First she has to return the ten years of alimony checks from North.
Seeing him again still makes her heart flutter, but she's over him. When he asks for her help taking care of his wards--children he "inherited" when his
This is the newest book by Crusie and it was it's normal quirky self with some added extras in the paranormal department. The main character Andie is happy to finally be moving on from her ex-husband and marrying a new man. So to celebrate she is bringing her ex-husband North all of the alimony checks he sent her in the last 10 years. When she sees North again, she expects him to be the same man. When North sees Andie (Andromeda) again, he finds himself surprised that he's actually happy about s ...more
Oct 24, 2010 willaful marked it as dnf
This began with a scene straight out of “His Girl Friday” and I might have loved it if it had continued in that vein, because the ex-husband/ex-wife relationship was great -- witty, sexy, heart-wrenching, everything you want from Jennifer Crusie. Instead it went to a weird, discombobulating place with creepy kids, ghosts and possessions and I just could not maintain interest, no matter how much I loved the couple. (It didn't help that they spend very little time together for at least the first t ...more
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Andie and North once had a whirlwind romance. They met, they fell in love and they married the next day. They thought they had everything. Then a year into their marriage things changed and 10 years ago Andie walked out on North; they divorced, and they never looked back. Now Andie is contemplating marrage and looking to start fresh, that is why she decides to see North for the first time in 10 years.

North takes the news of Andie’s upcoming nuptials calmly and asks her for help. He says he will
6/15 Reread: Since this was my first Crusie I could not understand for the life of me why so many people were irritated by it. Having reread it after reading way too many of her other books (not actually too many, since I haven't read them all yet) I can see the gripes. It was still fun, but the parts that I loved (the romance, Andie's relationships with the kids, her ex-in-laws and well, everyone) were sidelined by the things I didn't (the ghost story). I'm excited that Crusie keeps trying new ...more
I think there is a rule - let's call it Georgie's rule - that states that if you come across a brilliant DIK of a book, the second book you read by the same author will be a let-down. Think of The Proposition (brilliant) and Black Silk (ho-hum), The Rules Of Seduction (sexy as hell) and Lessons of Desire (let me out), Neanderthal Seeks Human (stop strangers in the street and quote bits) and Neanderthal Marries Human (you see what I mean). So - I am sorry to say - it is with Maybe This Time in th ...more
Jennifer Garcia
Wow, what a surprise this book was. I thought it would be a regular romance, but nope ... it was so much more than that. This book had ghosts, amazing kids, and a nanny. With all of that, there was a romance and not in the traditional sense. The people in love were apart for most of the story but the thoughts were there. How she was able to create such a romance with two people that are barely together is a gift. She did a great job with it and it was believable.

I fell in love with the kids in
I got WAY more sucked into this book than I wanted to. I loved the dry wit of some of the characters - the psychic for one. What a hoot! I also loved that the main character was very "I will do anything for these children!" without making the reader (me!) feel the weight of my ticking time bomb ovaries. The evil reporter woman - was it Kelly? Made me hate with the glee you can only get from living through the 80's and having watched original airings of Dynasty. (Joan Collins - YOU were an AWESOM ...more
Willow Brook
Enjoyable story, in many ways classic Crusie with offbeat characters and fast dialogue. But it was missing the laugh out loud humor of her best work. Or even of her lesser work that still had great lines. I didn't even softly chuckle to myself with this one though I liked the characters a lot and the story well enough.

Not sure why Crusie has gone the paranormal route. I couldn't bring myself to read Wild Ride so can't comment on that one. I wish she'd write more and write what she is great at -
What a fun audio book! The narrator is Angela Dawe - she's got a youthful, not too mature voice which works very well with the characters. Don't get me wrong - she managed to give the older women the right voices, but her own narrator voice is youthful! Her characters were consistent and funny, and she refrained from adding sound effects, for which I was thankful. (an earlier book by another narrator became a DNF when the narrator kept adding "heh heh" to every character's line when the author w ...more
I didn't mark this review as containing spoilers, because I don't actually give specifics. However, I do mention story structure points, in a generic way.

I love all of Crusie's books, so for that reason alone I recommend this book. However, there were 2 things that bothered me about this book: 1- it didn't actually feel like a Crusie book. Which I can excuse because it's a new sort of book for her (Eeeeverybody is jumping on the paranormal bandwagon.) 2- For me, the book felt like it was in 2 p
I was lucky enough to score an advanced readers' edition of this book from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (thank you, Sarah). I rarely look forward to a book as much as I looked forward to Jennifer Crusie's first individually-authored book in years (those of you with a more orderly mind will be able to tell me exactly how many years it has been). And yes, it was worth the wait.

This book has it all; an eternal love, a broken marriage, a life cut short, children in peril and a Gothic castle. In Ohio
Shannon Stacey
I put off reading this for quite a while because of the ghosts. I'm a Crusie fan (though I prefer her older categories most of all) but ghosts? Really?

Then I saw it on and grabbed it on a whim. I'm not as picky about the audiobooks that keep me company while I clean as I am about the ones I sit and devote precious reading time to.

I'm glad that whim hit me because I enjoyed this book so much. As strange as it sounds, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed "reading" the book as much I loved
At First Sight: Andie Miller just wants to start a new life with her fiancé and break with everything that reminds her of the old one, specially her ex-husband North Archer - who keeps sending her alimony checks every month, ten years after their divorce.

But when she shows up at North's office to return all the un-cashed alimony checks, North asks her a favor and she is reminded of how she has never really been able to say 'no' to North. So she heads off to the wilds of southern Ohio to look af
Mrs. Missive
This book was damn close to five stars. The story line was really well developed...I absolutely fell in love with all the characters...and I got a really cute HEA ending. The only reason this is not a complete home-run for me was the secondary cast didn' completely get their just desserts. Okay, basically I'm pissed that the reporter didn't get a more complete slam. That chick was exploiting kids for her own career and all she got was a little action from a nympho ghost posession and tossed out ...more
I have several bad habits when it comes to books and reading. Owning and reading this fun novel actually encompasses two of my vices. First of all, I am a true believer in the idea that you can never have enough books. So even though I had three paperbacks and many Kindle books with me as I drove from Lititz, PA to Staunton, VA, I was not sure that I could survive. I was going to be on my own for two days. What if I finished everything?

Which brings me to the second vice. I can't pass a bookstore

I love Jennifer Cruise,so I was excited to stumble across this book at the library. J.C. is a wonderful storyteller, and one of my favorite authors, so I knew exactly what to expect with her type of writing. I liked that this book was different than most of the other J.C. books that I've read. I finished the entire story in a day... I couldn't put the book down! The only reason that I gave the book four stars instead of five was that I came across enough spelling and word choice mistakes that it
Amelia Fransiska
Aq sukaaa ヽ()ノ

Pas baca sinopsis n review2 di sini maupun amazon agak ragu mo baca...
Soale ni nvl para-romance
Helloooo sejak kpn JC nulis para-rom??

Creepy mansion, check..
Ghosts, check..
Possessed, check..
Drop dead gorgeous hero, check..
Adorable heroine, check..

Apalgi y yg bikin aq sukaaa? cinta lama bersemi kembali antar hero-heroin... Tp keknya yg lebi cocok cinta lama gak abis2...
Udah 10 thn mrka cerai tp cinta itu msh ada n tambah kuat malah...

Romance di nvl ini dikit sih y,, ampir stngah buk
Fun!I really enjoyed this comedy/romance/ghost busting story. It was an entertaining read which I would recommend to others. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 center around the character of Kelly. The character of Kelly had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever and was trashed by Andromeda during the seance. It detracted from the story. I enjoyed the Tim Burton-esque style of the Archer House and its occupants. The ending was great!
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I would probably rate the book 3 stars and the narration 4 stars so I settled on 3.5/5. I really enjoyed Angela Dawe's interpretation of the characters in this story. I had a good chuckle at several points in the story. The children and the ghosts stole the show.

There isn't actually that much romance in this book but there is some tangled up in all the ghostly happenings at Archer house. I was a little baffled, in truth, by the premise that Andie and North could have had such
Ginny  Gallagher
My Goodreads status update at 74%:
Loving this book! Wishing I hadn't let it sit on my shelf for so long but happy that I finally made time to read it.

I bet you can guess that I loved Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise.

The mystery about the ghostspropels the story forward while all the main characters worktheir way towards a second chance at happiness.

The main character, Addie Miller, is ready to put her past behind her.To do that all ties to her ex-husband must be cut. Unfortunately, she arrives
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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“Have you talked to North?" he said.
"Yes," she said. "I asked him to get us cable."
"I wish you weren't talking to him."
"I'd talk to Satan to get cable," Andie said.”
“The measuring and mixing always smoothed out her thinking processes - nothing was as calming as creaming butter - and when the kitchen was warm from the oven overheating and the smell of baking chocolate, she took final stock of where she'd been and where she was going. Everything was fine.” 18 likes
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