Better Homes and Hauntings
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to r ...more
Deacon Whitney is the very rich creator of Eye-Dee, a social networking site. He has also inherited his family’s mansion that sits on a private island that has the reputation of being haunted by his Great-Great Grandmother, Catherine Whitney. Deacon is the first to break the curse and to have a successful business and has decided to use his success to refurbish the mansion to all its former ...more
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A review of both the audio and kindle version...
Better Homes and Hauntings is a standalone novel by one of my favorite author/narrator teams; Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. I often wonder if they share the same brain waves because, without fail, Ms. Ronconi performs the story exactly the way I imagine Ms. Harper meant it to be performed.
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 ...more
4 Ghostly Good Stars!
Molly Harper is one of my go to authors. I've read everything she's written, and her paranormal romances are my personal favorites. Her endearing quirky characters, witty laugh-out-loud dialogue, and exceptional story telling make her books a joy to read. Better Homes and Hauntings fell right into that mold and proved once again why I love her books so much!
There was not one, but two romances in play and fun friendships that formed. I only wish that there were more ghostly ...more
I’ve always been drawn to scary stories, even when I was much younger. I’m not sure why because I’d usually end up scared out of my wits and unable to turn the lights out at bedtime. These were times I was very grateful to have shared a room with my sister! As a grownup I still love a good thriller, so the thought of vengeful ghosts, and spine chilling encounters, had me giddy to pick up Better Homes and Hauntings. Add in a big, beautiful, spooky mansion as the setting, and some romance ...more
I paused for a day and never wanted to go on. I browsed through the rest of the book and it keep going as boring, slow-paced and predictable as ever:(
This is the first Molly Harper book I haven't managed to finish. I think the ghost story was extremely poorly made, the multiple VOPs made the characters distant and the whole story somehow lacked the vibe and humour I usually enjoy all all of the authors books.
I have no idea how to rate this, I couldn't finish it after all! Somewhere ...more
** 4 Ghostly Stars **
I love everything that I’ve read of Molly Harper’s to date (I have to say her “Half Moon Hallow” series is favorite of mine) Her characters are witty, snarky, and just plain fun & refreshing and the cast of characters in this book is no exception.
Better Homes and Hauntings is a stand-alone but has the same snarky humor I've come to expect from her books. Nina Linden is one of several contractors hired to renovate the r ...more
Nina Linden has been hired by Deacon Whitney to landscape the grounds of his family's ancestral island home. She simply wants to do a spectacular job to get her business thriving and ignore all the ghost stories she ...more
As they restore the house, they gradually uncover a story of murder and betrayal and it seems that the g ...more
I was so excited to read this book. I have heard nothing but great things about Molly Harper and almost everyone who has recommended paranormal romance stories to me has recommended her.
However, for all the hype, she fell short here.
Granted, the ghost story was highly entertaining—I enjoyed it to the very end, even though I guessed less than halfway through who the “bad specter” really was.
But I was promised—or so the book’s ...more
Basic plot. Deacon Whitney is a tech nerd who has made it big with his Facebook-esque technology. He comes from a gilded-age New England lineage, but his family lost the money l ...more
Nina can't shake the feeling of foreboding that sneaks up on her once she sets foot on Crane Island. It doesn't help that she was seasick on the boat ride over, and then once she arrived at the house, she thought she saw a shadowy figure on the roof. Still, Nina desperately needs this job, so she is determined to stick it out and do the best landscaping she can in order to help restore th ...more
From the book blurb I was anticipating the POVs to remain focused on Nina and Deacon, specially since this is a love story of sorts. Instead, it hops around five different characters, which really detracts from the story. I really,really,really wanted to just stick to these main characte ...more
Take a standard romance novel trope, add a ghost story and some humor, and you get a romance novel only Molly Harper could write. BETTER HOMES & HAUNTINGS is a departure from Harper’s normal vampires, werewolves, and witches, but it doesn’t suffer for it. In fact, this standalone was a treat, and definitely worth the read despite my complaints about tropes.
There were some truly creepy moments in BETTER HOMES & HAUNTINGS. Between the ghostly experiences ...more
Nina is hired to landscape a beautiful mansion on an island. This is her chance to rebuild her business and get away from her ex. The owner is Deacon Whitney and he sweeps her off of her feet. The Whitney estate has been abandoned for a while and the workers keep being driven away. Something lurks in the corners of the house and they are not happy about the renovation process. This is a true Molly Harper book. I used to love her Jane Jamison ser...more
Anyhoo. I was excited to read this book.This has been on my TBR pile for ages and when I finally had a copy of it, I read it. Immediately.
It did not go well.
First of all, I was not scared. This is ghost story and I was expecting some serious goosebumps. NADA What's scarier than working in a haunted mansion?
Then there was the author's way of writing. It's not just for me, I think. I keep on getting distracted by it.Safe to say she di ...more
2 1/2 stars... I have to say I was disappointed in this book. I love Molly's other series, and was looking forward to this book. Her funny and snarky characters/dialogue were missing in this book, and the characters just didn't connect with me. There was definitely something missing in this book, and I had to force myself to finish it. ...more
"Of all the things she just said, skipping to the end of a book is what bothers you most?" Jake asked.
Cindy crossed her arms and set her chin. "I hate spoilers."
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Not your ordinary Scoby Dooby Doo gang!
It's not the first time I read Harper's book. I had read her Nice Girl series (just book 1, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs :P) and already like her quirky and nerdy humor. I pick Better Home and Hauntings since this one is just a stand alone and perfect for a quick read. ...more
“Do we have to call it a haunting?” Deacon whined.
“Yes!” the others chorused.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you into a world where 30-ish adults talk and act exactly like teenagers. Not only do they whine, they also giggle,
“You won’t even know I’m here.” Dotty giggled, hopping into Deacon’s lap and giving him a world-class noogie.
He would have whacked his forehead against the desk, but it would have given her too much satisfaction.
Nina Linden's job prospects as landscaper have gone rapidly downhill since her former boss has gone psycho and started sabotaging her. Which is why she needs this job, it could restore her reputation whilst giving her some much needed cash flow...so what that the job is a little strange? And that the property she is landscaping is supposedly haunted and cursed for good measure...and that she will now be living there with the rest of the crew, including the billionaire owner, working on the p ...more