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.
I really enjoyed reading Better Homes and Haunting mainly because of the characters; also the fact that it left me giggling at the end! First off, I really like how Molly Harper introduces her characters in stages so that you don’t get confused with who is who. I loved how flirty and shy Nina is throughout the book, equally how geeky Deacon is. I also thoroughly enjoyed how you got a glimpse into each character’s past. That really helps with character building, so that you feel more connected to each person. Harper’s characters are clever, and flirty. The antagonist characters are the perfect bit snarky and evil. I also love the imagery all through the book! I can picture each person clearly as well as the gardens and the house! All around this novel is fun and flirty with a dash of Scooby Doo mystery. I rate this book a 4!