"You're the One" by Judi McCoy is different than any other romance novel I've ever read. This romance involves a man who's very much alive and a woman who very much isn't...and hasn't been for quite some time. I know what you're thinking...that there's no way that a living, breathing man and a ghost can fall in love and find happiness. I too was a little skeptical when I picked up the book, but a few chapters in Judi McCoy had convinced me that it was in fact very possible.
Randall MacPherson, the president of MacPherson Development, has just inherited the family manor. It's been boarded up for longer than anyone can count and they say that it's haunted, or at least Rand's crazy uncle Colin said so. Rand, always having a certain respect and love for the old house, decides to move in and begin the tedious job of restoring the old Victorian back to it's original glory. What he doesn't know is that the old ghost tale is in fact true and he's inherited the spirit as well. And she's not too happy to have him!
Cassandra Kinross' story is such a sad one. Forced to marry American Colin MacPherson by her strict Scottish father, Cassandra moves into the new mansion to await her wedding day. Unfortunantely for Cassandra, that day never arrives, as she is buried alive in a make-shift coffin from a closet where she meets her untimely death. Awakening to find herself in the spirit world, Cassandra casts a curse on Colin and all of his male kin that none may find true happiness or love. The curse itself cannot be broken until Cassandra finds her one true love.
The interaction between Rand and Cassandra is at times funny, heartbreaking, and passionate. It's amazing to see Cassandra's transformation from a spirit into a human being as she begins to fall in love with Rand. It's also interesting to see the struggle inside Cassandra as she must overlook her hate for the MacPherson's and accept a man she's cursed into her heart.
Aside from Rand and Cassandra, there is another romance forming between Rand's newly single sister Nancy and his co-worker and longtime friend Bill. These two have always had an attraction to the other, and now that Nancy has divorced her cheating husband Warren (a plastic surgeon), Bill decides to make his move. Their romance is put to the test though by Nancy's two young children, who very much miss their father and are not too eager for another one.
If you're looking for a different sort of contemporary romance novel, "You're the One" by Judi McCoy is right up your alley.