Flirting With Pete

Flirting With Pete

A Novel

Book - 2003
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In Flirting with Pete, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky weaves together two fascinating narratives that merge in a dramatic, highly emotional, and totally unexpected conclusion, as a daughter's struggle to win the approval of the father she never knew becomes a journey of self-discovery.

Psychologist Casey Ellis never met her father -- but that didn't stop her from following in his professional footsteps. Now he has died, and Casey is shocked to have inherited his elegant Boston town house, complete with a maid and a handsome, enigmatic gardener. When she finds a manuscript that could be a novel, a journal, or a case study of one of her father's patients in her new home, she becomes engrossed in the story of Jenny, a young woman trying to escape her troubled life. Convinced the story is true and that her father left it as a message for her, Casey digs deeper. As she pieces together the mysteries surrounding her father, Jenny, and the romantic new stranger in her life, she discovers startling links between past and present, and unexpected ties between what is real and what is imagined.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2003.
ISBN: 9780743469845
0743469844
9780743253307
0743253302
9780743246422
074324642X
9780739435151
0739435159
Characteristics: vi, 355 p. ;,24 cm.

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Eclectic1
Mar 11, 2010

You know how some people "get" the murderer half way through the book? The ones who say "Oh, I had everything figured out by the third chapter". Well, I am NOT one of those people. You can pull the wool over my eyes anytime! I'll be reading the second to last chapter of a book when all of a sudden THE BAD GUY comes in, pointing a gun at the hero and heroine. My eyes pop open: You're kidding! HIM????? That's me - I can never guess the outcome ahead of time... In Flirting with Pete, Barbara Delinsky so skilfully, so cunningly, so carefully weaves an amazing story that just past the half-way mark I went - Wait a minute! WAIT A MINUTE!! WHAT IF...????? I didn't "get it" completely, but it was like she was opening windows one by one, letting the sunshine, or in this case, the answers, in...this was one of the best books I've read in awhile and definitely the best Delinsky. The basic plot is that a 34 yr old psychological counsellor, Casey Ellis, is the illegitimate child of celebrated psychologist Dr. Cornelius Unger and student Caroline Ellis, after a one-night stand. Dr. Unger has never acknowledged Casey as his daughter and yet, after his death, he leaves her his 3 million dollar townhouse in Beacon Hill, Boston, providing she retains Meg, the cook and Jordan, the (gorgeous) gardener. At first Casey is tempted to sell the property as much as in defiance as to help with the medical costs of her comatose mother. But she starts to feel comfortable in the townhouse, she really likes Meg and feels a physical attraction to Jordan. She finds complete solace in the garden he created. Then she stumbles upon one of Dr. Unger's case studies. Or is it a journal? Is it fiction? It's about a sexually abused teenager named Jenny Clyde - suddenly Casey is determined to find the solution and ending to this story. Delinsky throws in a HUGE TWIST at the end (some of which can be deduced as the novel progresses) but this intricate, soft, endearing story is so good that dinner was 2 hours late because I had to finish Flirting with Pete!!

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