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Better Homes and Hauntings | [Molly Harper]

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 rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”
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Publisher's Summary

Author of the beloved Half-Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together - if it doesn’t kill them first!

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 cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself - while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

©2014 Molly Harper White (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Rock Hill, SC USA 06-26-14
    Amazon Customer Rock Hill, SC USA 06-26-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    I was disappointed in this new venture by Molly Harper. I've enjoyed her equally light vampire series (especially "Driving Mr. Dead"), but this story lacks the irony and humour that make the vampire books worth reading. The setting seemed forced and the plot predictable, and the characters were uninteresting. I can understand Ms. Harper wanting to get away from Half Moon Hollow, but this is not her best effort.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    JonMontanavega 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."

    "What she said." I quite agree with the reviewers who love Molly Harper's books but didn't enjoy this one (as much). What can I add from my perspective as a guy?

    Her books about vampires and werewolves and other creatures make me believe - well, willingly suspend disbelief - about them. She got me to enjoy a genre, paranormal, I loathed. Why? Snarky, odd-ball, topical, refreshingly original humor, characters with stories and romance without too much 'tall, dark and handsome.' And a plot. Plots.

    Here is the difference with Better Hauntings: I don't want to know anything more about ghosts. I still disbelieve and did throughout. Each of Ms. Harper's other books made me ask this question of myself: If the world had ... vampires ... werebeasties ... fae ... would I want to be one? Fall in love with one? [Let my daughter marry one?] Yes to all questions. None of those questions has any meaning for me if the subject is ghosts.

    Please: Don't dis my review because you think the cliché quote means I think women are some how less than men. I don't and I have many years of staying home raising kids to back it.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina K. Rogan Missouri 06-26-14
    Kristina K. Rogan Missouri 06-26-14 Member Since 2008

    K. K. Sutro

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    "Love Molly but not this story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be more for a first time Molly Harper reader. If they get past this one they will be especially surprised because the rest of her books are infinitely better than this one.


    What was most disappointing about Molly Harper’s story?

    Couldn't keep track of who the main characters were and not enough bonding time with any of the characters to really get into them, The story was unstable with all of the random bouncing around and it was hard to keep track because the characters didn't have a solid introductory base.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is awesome, it was the story that was written in an off the wall manner.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Had this book in my wish list for a while and it has been to hard to pay attention to. Only half way through and I already just want it to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let one bad review spoil the whole cart. Molly Harper's Books are 99.9 percent amazing. This just happens to be the .1 that isn't .

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Lr marietta, GA, United States 06-28-14
    Lr marietta, GA, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I DON'T KNOW......I DIDN'T DISLIKE IT"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book seems a little forced. I didn't feel the fun as much in this one. Her other books seem to flow a lot better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know. Something was just off about his book. I wasn't feeling it.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Amanda was great as usual. I enjoyed the characters.


    Was Better Homes and Hauntings worth the listening time?

    It was OK. It took longer than a usual Molly Harper book for me to listen to. I didn't dislike it.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-05-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "3.5 Overall."

    Okay book, personally I like the Naked Werewolf series the best. This book seemed to have to many points of views from different characters. This made it hard to really connect with any one of them. Also the clues came to easy and seemed unrealistic where they were found. Plus it was easy to figure out the mystery behind the house. Even with the few problems the story was still an overall enjoyable book. It was basically a light easy to read romance. Narrator is awesome as usual, I really like Amanda Ronconi.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kimbacaffeinate 07-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Coffee loving blog owner @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Books , audios, coffee and Dr.Who are my addictions

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    "Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that"
    Any additional comments?

    • Better Homes and Hauntings is a standalone paranormal romance filled with humor, a benevolent spirit and diverse group of people working to restore an old family mansion.

    • The setting is fantastic. The home is on an island surrounded by water and reached by boat. The house built in the early 1900’s has secret nooks, a ballroom and tons of atmosphere perfect for spirits.

    • The cast is very diverse from the tech geek to the gardener creating for entertaining meals, feuds and friendships. We get multiple Pov’s, and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing forth their personalities which added to the listener’s enjoyment. I loved the banter, late night girls’ talk, the bickering and of course, the romances that developed.

    • Ghosts, old family legends, murder and more made Better Homes and Hauntings interesting. I loved the old family tragedy, the hauntings and the slow build as the entities’ anger escalated. Back-stories and threats from Nina’s past had me fully engaged.

    • The romances were very different. Nina and Deacon’s romance so cute, sweet, awkward and funny. Cindy and Jack had history and theirs was a haters to lovers’ romance that made for a hilarious listen.

    • Amanda Ronconi did an excellent job narrating and quickly gave a unique voice to each character making the transition from each character seamless. The humor and hauntings were enhanced by her skill set.

    • While we get a few creep-tastic moments, for the most part this is a G haunting, and I would have loved darker tones.

    • The tale is predictable, and moments lagged a little, but overall this was entertaining.

    • A little something was missing, and I cannot quite figure out exactly what I needed. Perhaps because no aspect of the tale was the main focus, and multiple POVs left me wanting more depth.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Rosenthal 06-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the Author, Love the Narrator, Love the book"
    Where does Better Homes and Hauntings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty High


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Cindy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending but no spoilers


    Any additional comments?

    The combo of Harper and Ronconi have never disapointed

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-27-14
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 06-27-14
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    "Not quite equal to her others but still good"

    I enjoyed this book, but it doesn't equal her other series and independents. The witty banter was there, and the storyline was great, but at several points throughout the story I felt like the characters were kids playing at being adults and not actual adults, with professional business (even if some of them were just starting out) , and that kind of set the book off a little. It didn't carry a maturity level through out in the characters. Sometimes they seemed like what they were, young successful, mid 20s other times I felt like they were 12-13 year olds pretending to be adults or acting out what they imagined their adult lives would be like. There was something missing in the possession scenes, no real build up or end they were just there then gone again, and it seemed a little jarring. I feel like Molly Harper needs to explore the world of ghost and hauntings more to bring it to her level of Vampire, witches and werewolves.

    That said, it was still a great story and great narration and I do not regret the credit, or the time in the least, I have yet to read / listen to any of her books that were not worth it and Amanda Ronconi as usual did an amazing job with the voices and emotions, and I didn't even feel like I was hearing Jane tell a different story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 07-04-14
    Kelly Corvallis, OR, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2010

    Books-n-Kisses

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    "I always feel like someone watching me."
    Where does Better Homes and Hauntings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great read when you need funny, snarky and romance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Better Homes and Hauntings?

    The semi naked green house kissing


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda is just great!!


    Any additional comments?

    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4
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    What is one to do when they are part of a family that has a curse looming over them? And said person is the first successful person in the family in generations? And said person owns the family’s haunted island? Well if you are Deacon Whitney, you hire a group of the best of the best and clean and revamp that house. All while ignoring the things you don’t want to see.

    Deacon may have everyone’s best interest at heart in this new project but it becomes clear that they are not the only ones on the island. The biggest question is who is going to win?

    Love love love this book!! But then again I have not picked up (or in this case listened to) a Molly Harper book that I have not loved. I just love her snarky characters that always have a way of getting into a lot of trouble with minimal damage inflicted on others. I really hope that this will not be the end of the Whitney Island gang (as I would like to call them). I have already submitted my request for a novella for Jack & Cindy and a book for Dotty. Why you ask. Well you will just need to pick up a copy of Better Homes & Hauntings and find out ;)

    Disclaimer:
    I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley, Pocketbooks & Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Turmenne PEABODY, MA, United States 06-25-14
    Diana Turmenne PEABODY, MA, United States 06-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Haunted house fun with Molly Harper!"

    I really enjoyed this book! I have always loved haunted house books, movies, and TV shows. This book was great because it was a haunted house mystery with Molly Harper's humor and a couple of great love stories going on at the same time which is always fun. Amanda Ronconi did another amazing job narrating this book like she has done with all of Molly Harper's and a few other books I have bought just for her narrating them. I have always enjoyed Molly Harper's 1st person books because it is fun getting in the mindset of the main character. This book was fun too with her doing 3rd person since I have always wanted to know what her men are thinking. Also you got to know a lot more characters this way which was also fun. If you like Haunted house books, romance, humor, a great narrator, and sexy nerds this book is for you. I highly recommend this book and it is a stand alone so you don't have to read any other Molly Harper books first but you should anyway because they are awesome.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/1/14
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    "Perfect Molly Harper Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Homes and Hauntings the most enjoyable?

    Light and enjoyable story in the Molly Harper style - I liked the characters and the strong but serene story line. If you look for aggression and stress this is not the book for you but its a good story well performed.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile


    Any additional comments?

    I Ioved the way all the story lines come together and I will read it again - it's the sort of book I can have playing when we travel to Scotland later this year, an 8 hour trip, when my husband can listen as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Launceston, United Kingdom
    12/31/14
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    "Not my favourite sotry from Molly"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    With reservations. I really enjoyed Molly Harper's other stories, which were all first-person ones. This one, a third-person story with multiple major characters, didn't have the same flow as there needed to be narrative backstory for each.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was exactly what I'd expected it to be by the time I got to about 35% of the way through the story, in other words far too predictable.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    I love her readings, great voice and delivery


    Was Better Homes and Hauntings worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad story, but I thought Molly Harper has done far better work with some of her other books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    10/8/14
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    "Lots of fun"
    Where does Better Homes and Hauntings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a light hearted read of a ghost story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are a lot of fun and their relationships grow during the book. It's part a romance, part a ghost story, part the story of a group of characters pulled together by circumstance.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favourite?

    Dotty was my favourite character. I saw a review that said they didn't like Amanda's style but I enjoyed it's light character that contrasted well especially when the ghostly happenings start.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzy GM
    8/5/14
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    "So funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to Better Homes and Hauntings the most enjoyable?

    I listened to most of the book with a smile on my face!


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her sense of the ridiculous and excitement and fun in the story then changing to serious and somber! I love listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read (or listened to) all of Molly Harpers books and thoroughly enjoyed them all!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    7/22/14
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    "Narrator grated on me!"

    This was an interesting concept.
    I liked the idea of the book, I liked the reviews of the book i even started to like to book....
    BUT BUT the narrator grated on me so much, I just could not finish listening to it!
    She is all happy and upbeat, even sing-songy, in this is just not appropriate in placed where the writer clearly means to build a little tension - being it about the haunting or the relationships.
    Dissappointed! Going to ask for a refund on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • angela
    DUNBLANE, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "She done it again!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Better Homes and Hauntings to be better than the print version?

    Yes cause I have dyslexia and it better for me to have it read to me so I don't stuck and I enjoy it being read to me .


    What other book might you compare Better Homes and Hauntings to, and why?

    Tall dark,and dead but not as good as this one but good to .


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes in Tate hallway books that why I like them to she good narrater .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes did it in one day .


    Any additional comments?

    Love all Molly harper book and love Amanda ronconi's reading them so worth buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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