Maybe This Time
by Jennifer Crusie
St. Martin's Press, 2010
Summary (from Barnes and Noble): 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.
Review: Annie is like a tough, non-singing Mary Poppins to two very smart, very spooky kids. Right from the beginning the reader knows that this is not your regular chick-lit or romance novel because there is a very large supernatural subplot that grows with each turning page. Maybe This Time is an entertaining and fun read but the reader must suspend belief because this is escapism at its best. The characters are eccentric and funny, the plot is non-stop, and the reader can easily get wrapped up in the story and lose track of time (at least that is what happened to this reader). My only criticism is that the romantic triangle was predicable and seemed almost an afterthought in comparison to the rest of the plot. Rating:***1/2 out of 5
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