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Maybe This Time

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  11,520 Ratings  ·  1,467 Reviews
Andie Miller is ready to move on with her 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. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans who have driven away three nannies already, and things are getting ...more
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Published August 31st 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2010)
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I went into this book completely blind and had no idea what to expect. I didn't read the synopsis, didn’t even read any reviews before diving into the story. Why bother? The author’s name alone is promising enough for me to give it a go, and of course, she didn’t fail me. Maybe This Time surprised me in many ways and every revelation literally stunned me for a moment. Furthermore, when everything fell into place, I was totally blown away.

My first surprise : The second chance romance between
5 Creepy But Cute Stars!
I loved this one! I was up all night laughing reading this one. It was different. I'd say the love story was on the back burner during this one. Well...the love between North and Andie anyway. lol The love between Andie and the kids Carter and Alice was strong.
North and Andie are divorced but Andie is still getting alimony checks from North and it's been ten years. Andie hasn't cashed any of them and she wants North to stop sending them to her. She's ready to move on fro
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
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
It was very funny this was my third buddy read with my friend Catherine. The last book we read was inspired by Pride and Prejudice and the first book we read was the classic The Turn of the Screw which this book was obviously inspired by.

I have never not loved a Jennifer Crusie book. This one starts slow and isn't as laugh out loud funny as some of her earlier books, but it is great fun and well put together.

Unlike the original, this take on Turn of the Screw is not as claustrophobic (and has a
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4.5 Stars. Wish I hadn't taken so long to pick this one up. I thought it was a charming read and the séances were so funny, I laughed through this entire book. I have really missed reading JC's writing.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published here.

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,
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts
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
Tiffany PSquared
**Audiobook Review**

First of all, let me just put this out there: This is not the book I thought I was going to hear. I thought I was in for a run-of-the-mill romance with a little prepared family ending (since there were kids involved). I did not expect... well, let's just say there were ghosts. Mean ones.

There was also a tarot card-reading mother, a story-hungry journalist, a parapsychologist with an affinity for tweed and couches, and - since there are ghosts - of course, a medium. Throw in a
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, jennifer-crusie
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
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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Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute ghost romp that doesn't take itself seriously and is lots of fun. A great palate cleanser between more difficult reads, light, witty and romantic.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from what I'm used to reading by JC. I glad she traveled out of her element to write this very enjoyable book. it still has her dosage of quirkiness and fantastic humor with a side of the supernatural :)
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
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
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Lynn Spencer
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
2.5 stars This book was really all over the place for me. Here's the basic setup: Andie Miller and North Archer have been divorced for 10 years. Andie plans to marry again and so she marches into North's office, determined to break the very last of ties between them by throwing his alimony checks right back at him.

Of course, that plan doesn't work and instead Andie ends up agreeing to go to rural southern Ohio to care for North's 2 young wards in an old English castle that some eccentric relativ
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
Taylor Fenner
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jennifer Crusie fans, people who like strong independent female characters
All Andie (Andromeda) Miller wants is closure from her ex-husband of ten years, North Archer, so she can marry her new love Will. But on the day Andie goes to return her un-cashed alimony checks to North he has an unusual proposition for her.

North has become the guardian of a distant cousin's two children, Carter and Alice. So far the kids have gotten rid of three nannies who all claim the children are incorrigible and that the house is haunted. So North is willing to pay Andie $10,000 a month
Willow Brook
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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 -
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 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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
More about Jennifer Crusie...
“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.” 23 likes
“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.”
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