Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Haunting Jasmine

Jasmine is an extremely bitter character who just divorced her cheating husband and is trying to figure out where her next move will be. As a defense mechanism, it seems she immerses herself in her work as an investment manager until she gets a call to watch a "special" bookstore while her aunt makes a trip to India to "fix her heart."  Once she gets to the finding out a lot about herself through "visitors" of the store.

I read this book all in one sitting because I could not put it down. It was very easy to get sucked in to the magic in the bookstore, where dead authors play their part in "freeing" Jasmine from her bitterness and her stress. I do feel like in parts I wanted to scream GET OVER IT to Jasmine, who after a year, kept constantly mentioning what a low life scumbag her ex-husband, Robert, was and how his new love, Lauren, was trying to take over her life, however, on the flip side, I can completely understand how hard it is to let go of something you've been holding onto for so long. But--Ok--we get it...it's time to move on. It also seemed to me like Jasmine was a bit slow because she didn't catch on to things that were happening until way after the reader probably did, but it did add to the suspense of the novel.

The writing flowed pretty well and it was definitely a fresh take on starting over and finding yourself in the most unexpected places. I would love to have seen Jasmine develop more in the end-I feel like the relationship between her and her ghost could have played more of an active role in the novel.

Overall great read and a definite recommendation for a book that will make your smile and maybe melt your heart a bit.

Rating: 4

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