Review of Better Homes and Hauntings




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 nineteenth-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.  (Goodreads)


When Nina is hired by Deacon, a techie billionaire, for a job on a private island, she sees it as a chance to save her crumbling career as a landscape contractor.  She does find it odd that she was the one picked out of all the contractors available, but she does not dwell on that fact.  She also finds it odd that all of the workers must live on the island for the duration of the project.  But she can live with that.  But when odd things begin happening, and she is sure she has seen things that are not really there, she becomes a little concerned.  She does not know if she can live with the ghostly encounters, or if she herself will turn into a specter.   

The characters were well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I enjoyed getting to know all of them and read about their interactions.  I liked the fact that Nina and Cindy, an organizer/stager, hit it off and developed a friendship.  I also enjoyed reading the bickering and banter between Cindy and Jake, the architect and Deacon’s best friend.  

The flow of the story was a little choppy for me.  I think this stemmed from the fact that there were so many points of view in the story.  There was Nina’s. Deacon’s, Jake’s, Cindy’s and Dottie’s, Deacon’s cousin.  That is quite a few in one book.  I am used to different points of views being separated (each character has their own chapter) but in this book, many points of view were included in one chapter.  I would get involved in one person’s perspective and then it would change to another one and I had to readjust my thinking.  This is only my opinion and this may not have been an issue for other readers.   

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the setting was perfect for a ghostly haunting story.  A huge run-down mansion that may hold many secrets, that is isolated and difficult to gain access to, is the perfect backdrop for supernatural activity. There was enough creepiness and spookiness to make this book a great chilling read.  I have always enjoyed ghost stories (book or movie) and this was a good one.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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