Summon the Keeper

Summon the Keeper

eBook - 1998
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Penguin Putnam
Discover the first book in the Keeper's Chronicles, where a young woman becomes master of the possibilities of time and space, maintaining the balance between worlds to protect Earth.

Austin was a black and white, far-from-young cat. Not just any cat, mind you, he was the Keeper’s cat, a very outspoken feline with extremely strong opinions he was always willing to voice. After all, who knew better than Austin what was best for the well-being of Claire—and for the not-quite-as-important rest of the universe?
 
Claire Hansen was a Keeper, a member of that select group that kept the universe in one piece. And now she’d been Summoned to the Elysian Fields Guesthouse, a rundown bed-and-breakfast that seemed to attract the most unusual clientele. And Claire was not happy about this latest assignment, not happy at all.
 
Not when she’d been tricked into taking over here by a horrible little gnome of a man who’d abandoned his post before she’d even figured out who he really was. Not when room six held a resident who’d been sleeping there for so many years that she really needed a good dusting—except that it was far too dangerous for anyone to get that close to her. Not when the basement housed too much temptation for anyone’s mental health. Not when she found herself surrounded by “helpers” as distracting as Dean, the hunky-yet-innocent handyman, and Jacques, a ghost with a real lust for life.
 
And especially not when it looked like this might be the not only her most challenging mission, but one she’d be stuck handling for life....

Baker & Taylor
One of the protectors of the universe, Claire Hansen and her preternaturally vocal cat, Austin, are tricked into taking charge of a dilapidated bed-and-breakfast whose handyman is a ghost and whose guests include Hell, which resides in the basement. Original.

Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c1998
ISBN: 9781101658031
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 25, 2016

Whimsical, often funny, clever, light reading. The Author is not ashamed of being Canadian; her characters and venues are unashamedly Canadian - so unusual an refreshing.

While looking for something to fill the void left by Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, I stumbled upon Tanya Huff and The Keeper’s Chronicles. The character development could be fleshed out a bit more, but the story is interesting and moves along at a brisk pace. I would definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys a light easy fantasy read.

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Mar 30, 2016

Claire Hansen, the Keeper, is summoned to the Elysian Fields Guest House to reseal a hole in the basement, which is literally an opening to Hell. The owner and monitor of the site disappears, leaving Claire stuck managing the place until the problem is solved. Her new employee, Dean McIssac, is a gorgeous Newfie who cooks, cleans, and lives the Boy Scout oath. Then there's Jacques Labaet: very French Canadian, very sexy, very dead. Jacques is a ghost who wants to be the man in Claire's life. Oh yeah, and there's Austin, a talking cat with attitude: "I barely know you, but I'm assuming you're human. I'm not saying this is a good thing, it's just the way it is."

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