Title: Haunting Jasmine
Author: Anjali Banerjee
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Multicultural Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Jasmine Mistry is lost in her life. She has a high profile job in LA, but feels bereft by her divorce that happened almost a year earlier. When her beloved aunt contacts her and asks her to come manage her bookstore for a month, Jasmine agrees. But when Jasmine arrives and strange things begin to happen, she begins to wonder if those rumors of the bookstore being haunted actually might have some truth to them, as she opens up to the people around her and learns to love again.
I’ve enjoyed Anjali Banerjee’s previous novels – I’ve found them light, fun, and easy to read. Therefore, I was excited to pick up her newest book Haunting Jasmine. I thought Jasmine sounded like an interesting character and I was curious about the paranormal aspects of the book.
Jasmine isn’t the most appealing character at the beginning of the novel. She is prickly and so miserable that she can’t see any way out of it. She’s skeptical and can’t muster happiness for other people whose lives seem to be going better than her own. However, despite these difficulties, Jasmine is never an unlikeable character. Instead, she has the reader’s sympathy; she has lost faith in her life and herself, and is aimlessly wandering, unsure whether something better will ever come along. As a reader, it’s heartwarming to see how much of a positive impact books have on her life.
The paranormal aspects of Haunting Jasmine are amusing and appealing, rather than scary. Though Jasmine refuses to acknowledge what is going on around her at the beginning, slowly she comes to understand why her aunt picked her as the bookstore’s caretaker. Admittedly, parts of this storyline are a bit cheesy, but I loved the power Jasmine had within herself when it came to books.
Haunting Jasmine is a sweet story of hope and love, and I really enjoyed reading it. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read that will make you appreciate all the books you have around you, then this is a great pick!