I really enjoyed getting to know Ms. Collins’ character, Nan Burton. I loved the entire storyline and felt that wrapping a ghost story around Nan writing the last book for deceased well-known author Maxine du Bois was a fun idea she came up with. I laughed when I found out that Maxine was really just a pen name for Maximilian Alexander Murdoch. Her characters were well-rounded and each brought their own voice to the story. I also felt that the author did a fine job of having Nan blossom into the writer that she became while she transcribed Max’s notes of the book he was last working on before he passed away. This was a fun read that I think any reader would enjoy.
Nan Burton has just inherited a beach cottage in sunny California from her beloved aunt. Being unemployed at the moment, she wonders how she’ll be able to survive and pay for any incidentals that may arise in assuming ownership of the very house that famous author Maxine du Bois used to live in. You see, her aunt set it up that Nan would get a monetary inheritance when she turned thirty years old. Being that was still a few years away, Nan had hoped that she could find a job quickly. Never did she imagine that she’d stumble upon the fact that not only was this cottage the one that the infamous author Maxine du Bois owned, but also Max left behind the notes to the very last book he was working on. Max will stop at nothing to convince Nan that she must transcribe his book and get it published by his publisher. Can they work together long enough to not drive each other crazy? Is it possible for the book to be a complete success?
When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results. (228 pages)