Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review and Giveaway: "Haunting Jasmine" by Anjali Banerjee

Newly divorced, with a cheating ex-husband to boot, Jasmine Mistry is struggling to let go of her relationship and start fresh. When her Auntie writes and asks Jasmine to take over running her bookstore, Auntie's Bookstore, located on Shelter Island so that Auntie can go home to India and "heal her heart", Jasmine readily agrees, even though she has a big presentation due at work as soon as she gets back and she needs to stay on top of her work in order to start over financially.

Jasmine bustles into the bookstore ready to clean the place up and attract some new customers, but what she's not counting on is the fact that Auntie's Bookstore already has a personality all its own. Guided along by the spirits of long-dead authors, Jasmine begins to understand what books and the bookstore means to those who come in to browse and she takes steps towards tentatively falling in love again and maybe even letting go of her past.

Haunting Jasmine was even more of an enjoyable read than I was expecting. I'll admit that I was initially wary of the fact that there would be spirits involved- it's not often that a book involving the mystical appeals to me, but in this book it just worked. The spirits of the long-dead authors were simply charming and a welcome addition to the plot. Of course I loved the fact that books played such a central part in the story. It always breaks my heart a little when someone tells me that reading is a waste of their time. Haunting Jasmine portrayed books as I feel about them- that they are there when you need them, always ready to lend a hand, and that there is a book out there for every person and every unique situation.

This was a quick read for me, and a very enjoyable one at that. I recommend it to anyone who loves women's fiction and books with a little bit of the mystical thrown in there.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge, South Asian Challenge 2011

Thanks to Erin at Penguin I have one copy of Haunting Jasmine to give away. To enter:

1. *Mandatory Entry* Answer this in the comments: Have you ever read a book that you felt you were meant to read? If so, what was it? Please leave me an e-mail or a way to contact you if you win. No e-mail= no entry.

2. *Bonus Entry* Become a follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect and leave me a separate comment to let me know that you now follow. Already a follower? Just leave me a comment and let me know that you already follow to be eligible for the extra entry.

3. *Bonus Entry* Spread the word about this contest in some way. Blog about it, add it to your sidebar, Facebook it or Tweet it. Just leave me a comment to let me know what you did.

This contest is open to US and Canadian residents only and runs until March 8, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. The book I was meant to read is The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker: Goodreads review here: The Anthologist: A Novel

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    The book I was meant to read is The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker: Goodreads review here: The Anthologist: A Novel

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  3. I just read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and I think it was a book I was meant to read - it struck very close to home for me. kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

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  4. Great review. The first paragraph didn't catch me, but I continued to read your review and it is great. Sounds like a wonderful book. (I'm meant to read this book).

    I would have to say that several non-fiction books have called out to me to say I was meant to read them. One called Map Addict by Mike Parker is a recent one.

    Also, if a romance promises me a man in a kilt, then I have a hard time not picking it up. But that's a whole nother issue.

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  6. Oh, there are so many books I've read and thought, "Right book, right time." The one that immediately comes to mind is Aidan Donnelley Rowley's Life After Yes, which I'm constantly harping on! One of my all-time favorites. Rowley's thoughts on love and growing up found me at just the right moment.

    Would love to read this one -- thanks, Jonita! :)

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  7. A book that resounded with me for a long time was Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey. This book was memorable and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I have read so many wonderful books but a beauty was Sarah's Key by Tatania de Rosnay. Heartbreaking and compelling. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I loved Stay by Allie Larkin.

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  10. I just finished a book I felt I was meant to read... South Phoenix Rules... because I was thinking of Phoenix as a good winter retirement community...now changed my mind.

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  12. Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Every time I read that simple little book, I discover something new about myself.

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  13. Saving Sammy was one that was powerful for me.

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  14. I read Memory Keeper's Daughter...and that story really stayed with me.
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  16. I read The Book Thief for my daughter and totally lost myself in the story. It was as if it landed on my lap.
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  17. i loved 'a stray drop of blood' by roseanna white :)

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  19. Have I ever read a book I felt I was meant to read? Yes. I just finished A Wrinkle in Time by Madeliene L'Engle. I had always heard good things about the book but just never cared to read it. I saw it on a top ten list and decided to give it a shot. I was glad I did. I thought it would be just okay, but I fell in love.
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  20. I feel that I was meant to read Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride. I LOVE SARAH DESSEN'S BOOKS!!! I love how Auden and Eli heals each other...!!! (sorry, I really love exclamation points)

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  21. It sounds great, and different from what I usual read these days - which means exactly something I would want to give a try! Thanks for the review :)

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  22. Sounds interesting!

    I'd love to enter

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  23. I'm a follower

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  24. Reading Michael Connelly for the first time, I knew the relationship between his Detective Harry Bosch books and myself would be a match made in heaven.

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  26. The Prince Of Tides by Pat Conroy is the book that immediately comes to mind. It is so well written that it reads like poetry. I consider it my favorite book of all time and I always felt that I was meant to read it at the time.
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  29. Oh, I'm glad you found this book so enjoyable - I did too! I hope you don't mind if I include a link to your review to the South Asian Review Database.

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  30. I read The Girls From Ames about a lifelong friendship between women who had gone to school together. It made me want to make a stronger bond between my former school friends and myself and I did!
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  32. I recently read Sugar by Bernice McFadden. The book opened my eyes, and I felt as if I was meant to read it.

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  35. I read a book very recently that I feel I was meant to read. Devotion by Dani Shapiro spoke to me like no other book has in a very long time. It's a fantastic book!

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!
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  37. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a book that certainly touched me like no other has. It made me yearn for simpler and more satisfying times.

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