Haunting Jasmine

Divorcée Jasmine Mistry is intent on restarting her life when she gets the chance to do just that. A call from the past brings her home to Shelter Island, a green dot in the middle of Puget Sound, to run her beloved aunt’s bookstore. The familiarity is heartening – the rocky beaches, pewter skies, country boutiques, and above all, Auntie’s Bookstore, nestled in a quaint Queen Anne Victorian, and believed, not incidentally, to be haunted.

With that knowledge, Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, urged along by her quirky family, guided by the highly emotional spirits of long-dead authors, and moved to heal her broken heart when she falls unexpectedly in love with an enigmatic young stranger. He knows about blurring the lines between truth and fantasy. In redefining the meaning of everlasting love, he urges Jasmine to reinvent herself in a place she calls home. All she has to do is close her eyes and say yes.

Praise

“Elements of magical realism give the plot some unusual twists…Banerjee invites the reader into her colorful, hopeful world, one in which the Northwest island tides coexist with the ghost of Julia Child, Charles Dickens’ mirror, and a sari or two.”
-Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

“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, we lose, but we can love again”–add dimension to a romance that spins refreshingly into a quirky, surprising denouement.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Haunting Jasmine is part love story, part ghost story, and all in all a thoroughly entertaining tale that will leave readers happy and satisfied by the surprising end…This is a book destined to become a perennial favorite with romance readers as well as fans of otherworldly tales.”
-Sharon Galligar Chance, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“This story is enchanting and delightful to read. Light on its feet as a ballroom dancer, it makes good writing look easy and pulls you into its world with irresistible charm.”
-Amanda MacNaughton, Paulina Springs Books

“Jasmine is a complex character…The paranormal aspects of the novel are creative and fun.”
-RT Book Reviews (rated four stars)

“Sensual…richly detailed…a literary ghost story, a gentle romance, and an homage to Bengali culture as transplanted to our region. It’s a subtle and encouraging book.”
-Barbara McMichael, Book Monger, in Kitsap Sun and Bellingham Herald, 1/23/11.

“This delightful novel set in the Pacific Northwest is filled with charm and mystery. Readers will be reminded a bit of the romantic classic, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.”
-Jane Bowman, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA

“Gorgeous…the kind of book that makes me remember all the reasons I love to read. Anjali Banerjee writes in luminous prose about the deepest secrets of a woman’s heart…A story that will haunt the reader long after the final page is turned.”
—New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

“I thought this was a charming novel of reinvention and healing…that said a lot of good things about reading and books.”
—Robin Beerbower, Fiction Librarian

“Haunting Jasmine is completely charming, not only as a story of a woman coming to realize her own worth, but as a love letter to books and bookstores.”
-My Friend Amy’s blog

“The story made me laugh, cry and above all believe that life can be amended. 5 out of 5 stars.”
-Reading between Pages blog

“Haunting Jasmine was even more of an enjoyable read than I was expecting.”
-The Book Chick: Reviews

Letter from Kelly, Assistant Librarian in Salem, Oregon:
“…You capture the scenes and surroundings with such descriptive detail. I feel I’m really in that dusty old house with Jasmine, can actually hear the books falling from their shelves and feel the ghosts by my side. You have a great way with words!…And please hurry up and finish your next book! I’m dying to read it!!”