Maybe This Time is a Novel by Jennifer Crusie from St. Martin's Press.
Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiance 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.
When Andie meets the two children she quickly realizes things are much worse than she feared. The place is a mess, the children, Carter and Alice, aren't your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers.
What's worse, Andie's fiance thinks this is all a plan by North to get Andie back, and he may be right. Andie's dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that's not the only haunting.
Maybe This Time is the first book I have read by Jennifer Crusie and I really enjoyed it.
Andie Miller and North Archer married after a whirlwind night of romance. They were both young and in lust - but sadly, when the real world intruded - Andie and North went their separate ways.
Now Andie wants to re-marry - and she feels like she has to have closure with North.
North is a very hard working attorney - and when he is left guardian to two young children - he visits once and hires a nanny. And then another, and finally a third. All the nanny's leave.
When Andie walks into North's office he has the brilliant idea to send Andie to look in on the children.
What Andie finds at The House of Archer is two young children in need of attention, an old and incompetent house keeper and a ghost or three.
Getting through to the children will be hard - but not impossible. Getting rid of the ghosts - that may not be as easy.
Maybe This Time is a fun read with wit and charm to spare. Populated with quirky and endearing characters that make you laugh and keep you turning the page for more - this is a must read. :)
I give Maybe This Time 5 out of 5 stars.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 31, 2010)