Thursday, December 9, 2010

Haunting Jasmine -Anjali Banerjee

Haunting Jasmine
Anjali Banerjee
Berkley, Feb 1 2011, $15.00
ISBN 9780425238714

In Los Angeles, Jasmine Mistry has not fully recovered from her divorce from womanizing ruthless Robert. She knows she needs a new start and after prayer to Ganesh the Hindu god of new beginnings, she quits her high salary management position and moves to Shelter Island in Puget Sound where her Bengali family resides.

Jasmine takes over managing her Auntie's bookstore loaded with all sorts of artifacts and junk in a rundown allegedly haunted Victorian Queen Anne mansion. From nowhere except she assumes guided by Ganesh and assisted by Jane Austen’s spirit, Connor Hunt arrives in Auntie's foyer. Ignoring her parents and her heritage, Jasmine begins to move on past "Robert the dung heap."

This is a superb second chance at love tale with a whimsical mystical element that enhances the delightful character-driven tale that enables the readers to glimpse first and second generation Bengali-American culture. Jasmine holds the entreating story line together as she learns “we love and we lose …”, but the experience of love lost can break a person if they cede their soul to their former beloved or make one stronger as “… we can love again". –This is a fabulous endearing romance with a profound underlying concept of get off the floor and dance with the vigor of life again and if necessary again.

Harriet Klausner

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