Haunting Jasmine

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A charming new novel that "will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned." -New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.

A call from the past brings divorcee Jasmine Mistry home to Shelter Island to run her beloved aunt's bookstore, which has always been rumored to be haunted. With that knowledge, Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, urged along by her ...

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Overview

Read Anjali Banerjee's blog and other content on the Penguin Community.

A charming new novel that "will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned." -New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.

A call from the past brings divorcee Jasmine Mistry home to Shelter Island to run her beloved aunt's bookstore, which has always been rumored to be haunted. With that knowledge, Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, urged along by her quirky family, and guided by the highly emotional spirits of long-dead authors. Surprisingly, she finds herself moved to heal her broken heart when she falls unexpectedly in love with an enigmatic young stranger.

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Ay, Ganesh! Only the Hindu god of removing obstacles and creating new beginnings could help lovely, suffering Jasmine Mistry, still smarting after her divorce from handsome, unfaithful, and ruthless Robert. Bengali-American Jasmine reluctantly leaves her L.A. money management job to manage her Auntie's dusty, relic-stuffed bookstore in a decrepit Victorian Queen Anne mansion on an island in Puget Sound. Then Connor Hunt, a rugged, windswept stranger, appears in Auntie's foyer, Ganesh's enigmatic answer to Jasmine's angst. Jasmine dodges her overbearing parents and memories of Bengali culture as she tries to recover from "Robert the dung heap." Banerjee's opulent prose is as colorful as Auntie's cherished keepsakes, and gently ironic supernatural elements—such as Jane Austen's ghost telling Jasmine "We love, and we lose, but we can love again"—add dimension to a romance that spins refreshingly into a quirky, surprising denouement. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238714
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,140,945
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written five novels for children and three novels for adults.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Paranormal and romantic elements in this Northwest story

    Jasmine has been summoned to the Seattle area to run her Bengali aunt's bookstore on a small island while her aunt returns to India for heart treatment. Jasmine fears for her aunt's health; the reader will wonder if the condition is physical or emotional. Jasmine is still bitter and angry over the divorce from her cheating ex-husband and her mood and words put a damper on her younger sister's upcoming wedding. In the beginning of the book, Jasmine is simply not a very likeable character. She begins to hear literary greats whispering to her, assisting her with finding the perfect book for her customers. Readers will realize long before Jasmine what is going to happen with Connor, the new man in her life. The romance between these two happened much too quickly and seemed a bit forced. A quick, easy read. Interesting information about Indian culture. A paranormal element flows through the book and blends nicely with the story. No graphic sexual scenes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    AMAZING!

    I've been a big fan of Anjali from the time she wrote Imaginary Men. I discovered this book through her facebook fan page as I was wondering when she'll be writing her next book. The months leading up to the release I WAS SO EXCITED!
    Then one day I received my copy in the mail and started reading it right away. The book had me locked to it from the moment I started reading it to the moment I stopped. I felt like I could relate to the character's life. Every moment had me wondering what will happen next. I didn't want to finish the book so I read it slower than I normally read my books. I wish more authors wrote books like this. Ive never had any author captivate my interest as well as Anjali does. If you havent read her work I definitely recommend her books. They are a good read. I promise :)

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    A Beautiful Read

    'Haunting Jasmine' is a smooth, rich read. You'll feel the heartache, the confusion, and the love. Most importantly, you'll learn the importance of listening to ghosts.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    superb second chance at love

    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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