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Flirting with Pete: A Novel
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Flirting with Pete: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Delinsky
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cassandra (Casey) Ellis, 34, a single, successful psychotherapist, is the newest of this prolific writer's heroines. The novel opens with a memorial service for Dr. Cornelius Unger, a brilliant and reclusive psychologist who is also Casey's father. She never knew him personally, since she was the product of her mother's single encounter with Unger, and is shocked to learn that Dr. Unger has left her a $3 million townhouse on Boston's Beacon Hill, complete with a maid, Meg, and a gardener, Jordan. Casey has always felt hostile toward her famous, mysterious father, even though her mother never expressed any anger. She's uneasy at first about living in a luxurious house haunted by her father's presence, but soon finds its meticulously attended gardens a source of relief from professional stress and the emotional turmoil of caring for her mother, left comatose after a recent accident. Moreover, she is attracted to handsome, virile Jordan. While she's rooting through Dr. Unger's personal papers, she comes across the story of Jenny Clyde, a young woman in her 20s who was abused by her father for years before being rescued by a police officer. Casey becomes intrigued: is this incestuous relationship fiction or one of Dr. Unger's case histories? Why did her father leave it for her to find? Delinsky (The Woman Next Door, etc.) weaves Jenny's story through the novel, and meshes her and Casey's fates in a melodramatic climax. Both stories have some lapses in credibility and underdeveloped supporting characters (Meg is particularly weak), but the plot is more sophisticated and fast-moving than some of Delinsky's earlier work. It will satisfy her fans and may even win her some new readers.
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Casey Ellis has spent her life longing for the father she never knew. Jenny Clyde has spent hers loathing the father she knew all too well. Casey's father is a noteworthy psychologist named Cornelius Unger; Jenny's is a notorious prisoner, Darden Clyde. When Unger dies, he bequeaths Casey more than just his luxurious Beacon Hill townhouse; she also inherits his cook, gardener, and random segments of Jenny's disturbing diary, a bewildering chronicle written prior to Jenny's mysterious disappearance in the company of a shadowy young man known only as Pete. Darden is about to be released from prison for the murder of Jenny's mother, and his imminent arrival permeates Jenny's abject account of her life spent in fear of his psychological and sexual abuse. Hoping to solve the puzzling connection between this tortured young woman and her enigmatic father, Casey follows the journal's tantalizing clues in search of not only Jenny's identity and whereabouts but also her own familial relationships. Fantasy battles reality in Delinsky's emotive novel of discovery and denial, love and liberation. Seamlessly and compassionately weaving Jenny's unsettling past with Casey's uncertain future, Delinsky delivers a scintillating study of each woman's search for answers and absolution. Carol Haggas
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743469844
  • Publisher: Scribner (June 10 2003)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0OMC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Delight! July 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was very creative to weave two stories together. My husband made a comment this morning. "You finished the book? Man, you hardly put it down. Addicting huh?"
Delinsky has the talent to take you into the sights and feelings of her locations and characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT July 12 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars TWO THUMBS UP!!! June 23 2004
By Caitlin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could not put this book down. Between the mystery, romance and excitement of it all, "Flirting with Pete", is a definite read. I found the ending to be very surprising and I did not pick up on it until I was reading it. Great read :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great movie April 26 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Flirting with Pete would make a very interesting movie. The author kept you going by telling a story within a story. The only reason I give this book 4 stars **** is because the ending was a bit bland. Read this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best-seller great Feb. 26 2004
Casey Ellis inherits an elegant Boston townhouse from the father she never knew. As she settles into her legacy, determined to learn about the man, she uncovers bits of an intriguing manuscript secreted throughout the residence. "Jenny's story" leads her on a discovery mission that uncovers the woman's identity and offers a clearer picture of the father Casey never knew. Step by step, as the story moves toward conclusion, Casey also becomes entangled in that forever kind of romance.
Beverly J Scott author of Righteous Revenge and Ruth Fever
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1.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Delinski has done it again! Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
and Again! And again! And Again! And Again! And again! And Again! and Again! And again! And Again! And Again! And again! And Again! According to her publisher, Barbara has done it again, and has been doing it again for the last four years! What exactly has she been doing? I don't know but she keeps on doing it. Who is Pete? Why is this question seemingly unanswerable?
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1.0 out of 5 stars take a pass Nov. 5 2003
By A Customer
I almost threw this book when I was done with it, I was that mad that I even spent money on it! I can't even articulate how lame this story was-I checked the reviews and they were so positive-"Delinsky outdoes herself" so I took a chance, but what I still can't understand how anyone could say this book was riveting. I felt like I was reading a high school creative writing assignment. There was no character development or enough history to make you care about Casey, and come on, the diary thing-please-juvinile. It just made me think that Barbara Delinsky just wanted to cross off her requisite book for the year without a thought to the intelligence of her readers. Then again, I do not read her as a rule and now I remember why. Ugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Tale Oct. 22 2003
I hadn't read a Barbara Delinsky novel before, and this one showed up at my house unexpectedly. I hadn't ordered it, but it came anyways, so I decided to check it out. It's one of the best "book" decisions I've made in a long time.
The novel centers around Casey Ellis. Raised by her mother and not acknowledged by her father, she was constantly searching for approval from her father. She followed in his career path and strived to be as good as him in the field of psychology. It isn't until he passes away and leaves her his townhouse that she really learns about what made him tick and why he chose not to acknowledge her as his daughter.
Casey finds a journal about a young girl named Jenny. Her mother was killed and her father is in prison. Jenny is an outcast and terrified of her father coming home...until she meets Pete. He is everything she ever wanted in a man and makes her feel loved. He is perfect! But is he too good to be true?
Casey can't help but want to know more about Jenny and find this girl. It seems as though her father left her a mystery to solve. This book is the discovery of two girls and their father-daughter relationships..what they need from these men and what they don't. It will make you laugh, cry, want to scream! I recommend this book.
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