• Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-06-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (133 ratings)

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Hazel on 08-10-14

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By angela on 07-07-14

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By kimbacaffeinate on 16-07-14

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.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Kristina K. Rogan on 26-06-14

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 .

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