Rating: 4 stars
It's been a while since I've read a book by Jennifer Crusie. I was exposed to her for the first time years ago in a book club. We read Welcome To Temptation, and while the book didn't wow me, it wasn't bad either. Since then, I've read several of her books. Some I've liked more than others. Maybe This Time has to be one of my favorites by Ms. Crusie.
It is a unique story that pulls you in.
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. All of the Jennifer Crusie books I've read have been different. She's not a formula writer, which in my opinion is a good thing.
As I mention, this story was a little out of the ordinary. It had a paranormal element that I wasn't expecting when I picked it up. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'd consider this book romance with a touch or mystery, or paranormal with a touch of romance. It was all seamlessly put together by the author without the book being too heavy of a read.
The other thing I liked about this book was the two children, Alice and Carter. I didn't know what to make of them at first, but they grew on me just as they did Andie and North, the heroine and hero of the story.
At the beginning of the book we are introduced to Andie and North. They are divorced, but the reader can tell that there is some unfinished business there. As the story moves along, we find out more. What was surprising about this book was how little time the hero and heroine actually spent in the same room. For most of the book they are physically apart. That doesn't, however, diminish the romance between them.
There are times in a romance when I don't always like both characters right off the bat. Maybe This Time wasn't like that. I loved both Andie and North right away, and I was routing for them to figure things out and get back together...somehow.
I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a non standard romance. If all you're wanting is a sex filled romp, then this book isn't for you. This is a sweeter romance even my Ms. Cruise's standards, but since it fit with the story and the characters it didn't bother me.
Jennifer Crusie is an Ohio author, and she always sets her books locally. It's nice to read about places I know, and I'm sure I'll be picking up another one of her books in the future.
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.