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Flirting With Pete (Large Print)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,163 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
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.

Casey Ellis has arrived at a lonely place in her life. Her mother remains in a com
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sep 23, 2008 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter was confusing and hard to get into, but then I couldn't put the book down. I really liked this book because it's one of those stories that keeps you guessing and you have to try and piece together until the end. As she's piecing the story together that her father left for her, you keep trying to figure out who the people in the tragic story are. With all the hints and clues, I still didn't piece it together until the very end. It's also a really sad story up until the end. I wa ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Nice, light, easy and fun read!

"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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Feb 02, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Casey Ellis is a young woman whose father, a renowned psychiatrist, never acknowledged her (Casey was the result of a one-night stand). Until his death, that is. Casey's taken off balance when he leaves her a very valuable piece of property and is reluctant to accept anything that was a part of him. Casey is a likable, hard working character whose only living family is her mom who lies in a coma.

When Casey finds a journal among her dad's things with a note that says something along the lines of
Mar 09, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, can I just say that I cannot wait until I finish writing my thesis (which I should be working on right now but cannot focus.... I am so tired, but can't sleep). Anyway, back to my review.

I am a Barbara Delinsky fan for life!!!! She is right up there with Bernice L. McFadden.

If you like mystery, intrigue, drama, humor, sorrow, and hope all rolled into one book, well this is your book. I read this book in two days. Should I mention my newborn son was only two months old and I was working on
Rhonda Rae Baker
What a page turner...I read it in one day as it was impossible to put down…

Prepare to skip meals and not want to do anything else but read this one. The story will grab you from the very first page and won't let you go until you've turned the final page.

There are some reviews that don't give this novel justice and I feel it must be because they don't understand the family dynamics that are presented on these pages. I could relate to these characters, have experienced and witnessed much of what w
Eric Wright
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Bonnie Tharp
Oct 05, 2010 Bonnie Tharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life has a way of dipping way down on you when you least expect it, but somehow you find your way up again with the help of friends and family. Even when you didn't know you had any family left. Casey Ellis is having a really bad time, the father she's never known has just died, her mother is in a coma, and one of her office mates took off with the rent money. I've always heard that bad things always seem to happen in three's and this story is no exception. There are some great characters who he ...more
Good family drama/romance. Not my usual reading material but Delinsky writes interesting and well developed characters that you get to know well. This tells two stories. Casey Wells is a phycologist she has never met her biological father when he leaves her a town house on Beacon Hill. He was a renowned phycologist and she finds a case study of a young girl from Maine who has been abused by both her parents. Both stories unfold and they are rich and interesting. The gardener for the house become ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 13, 2011 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, family, friends
I found this book hard to get into but I persevered and it was well worth it. I have a bad habit of reading the back page of any book that I read and I knew it had a happy ending, this probably why I kept going.

Casey Ellis is a young woman whose father, a renowned psychiatrist, never acknowledged her (Casey was the result of a one-night stand). Until his death, that is. Casey's taken off balance when he leaves her a very valuable piece of property and is reluctant to accept anything that was a p
Jen Morningstar
May 10, 2011 Jen Morningstar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved that this was like reading two books in one and how they ended up fitting together like that last puzzle piece at the end.

I really wondered about Pete the entire time I was reading, and thought he was just too good to be true, but he had to be because he was the hero and going to save that poor girl.
I was so into the Jenny & Pete part of the story, I had to remind myself this was fiction.

Once again, Delinsky drew me in from the start and didnt let me go until I read the last sentence
Mar 23, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonable thriller/romance; good escapist fiction. What really is special about this book in my opinion is the description of the beautiful townhouse in Boston's "exclusive Beacon Hill" that the main character inherits from her father. For some reason I come back from time to time to this book - and have done so over many years - to re-read the author's description of the house. This isn't literary fiction, but the vision of this house echoes in my mind, and keeps this tired and dog-eared boo ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some aspects of this novel were obvious I won't give them away here as I don't like spoilers). It was interesting to see how Casey dealt with a dead father's bequeath and the issues of her mother's coma. Interesting that she became a psychoanalyst after having such an unremarkable upbringing (with the exception of the absentee father). I liked the story within the story however Pete was one of the unsurprises.
Jul 11, 2013 Lyndsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this book. I just wish Delinsky came up with better titles for her books, "Flirting With Pete" sounds sleazy romance to me, which it is not at all... I'd say more comparable to Nicholas Sparks love stories... just my opinion though:)

Great book none the less... great story line(s) and wonderful characters. her novels are always full of strong heroines, which I like:). This novel is the story of two very different women woven together to make one book... and of course the han
Jun 23, 2013 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think this is my first book with this author. Very nice. Story of 2 young women. One, Jenny, who grew up in an abusive family and finally escaped when she was beyond despair . The other, Casey, grew up in a one parent family full of love and hope, yet missing the acknowledgement of her father. But is Jenny real? Casey finds bits and pieces of her story not knowing if it is the beginnings of a novel, a case history left to her from her father, or something else.(takes place in Boston) Casey goe ...more
Annette Mardis
Jul 25, 2013 Annette Mardis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Flirting With Pete" will touch your heart on so many levels, and it's a story (within a story) that will resonate long after the last page is turned.
The twin tales of Casey Ellis and Jenny Clyde are skillfully intervowen throughout the novel and offer some surprises at the end. The "aha" moments are no less powerful if you manage to figure them out in advance before the big reveals.
I've enjoyed other works by Barbara Delinsky, but this one really stands out. While there are str
Aug 11, 2013 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this book was slow going. Once I got into it, I had already figured out the general ending. "Flirting with Pete", follows Casey, a psychologist, after the death of her father, whom she never had a relationship with. Her father leaves her his huge town house when he dies. Casey finds a mysterious story in an envelope marked with her initial. As she reads each chapter of the story, she decides to research and see if the story is real or just fiction. I kept reading, just to see if ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Delma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Very romantic. Casey Ellis is a successful young professional woman who has always sought to know her father, famous psychologist Cornelius Unger. Her birth was the result of an almost passing relationship between her mother and the father she has never known. Now, her mother lies comatose, the result of an accident, and her father has died. Surprisingly, he generously remembers Casey in his will, leaving her an elegant townhouse on exclusive Beacon Hill. Not only is the townh ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really got into this book, it's one of those which is a story within a story,so don't get confused with the prologue as it is a story within itself, & then it blends into the rest. It tells of the relationships between families & different kinds of people, I really love the setting described in the mansion she inherits and the garden. Don't know why the author had to make the gardener be an artist as well, it didn't quite fit.And the title of the book is deceiving- at first gives you a s ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Flirting with Pete is a story within the story of a young woman who never met her father in life, and like him, Casey Ellis becomes a therapist. She's a whiny character that about drove me crazy for 3/4's of the novel, but she does redeem herself in the last 150 pages. The story line that held my attention was that of Marybeth Jennifer Clyde. Her father killed Jenny's mother as the woman beat Jenny. Jenny has no friends. Folks in Little River shun her - maybe out guilt, shame, or pure meanness. ...more
Andrea Torres
May 11, 2014 Andrea Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second one I’ve read from Delinsky and it got me again. With an amazingly well thought plot and believable characters, the book features two parallel stories that develop together and end up entwined on a very dramatic and unexpected conclusion.
The setting the scene part at the beginning was a little bit too long for me… but as I went forward, the plot started to unfold and things begin to connect with each other on ways that I wouldn’t have ever imagined. At the end, I found very t
Shannon Ford
Jun 02, 2014 Shannon Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I love it !!! Iv read it so many times . I could read it again ! I'm trying to get other people I know to read it also :).
Nov 05, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read

There seems to be two stories going on at once and it take a long time to find any connection between the two. Raised by her mother, Casey has kept tabs on her absent father who has ignored her all her life, even following in his career footsteps. When he dies there is a huge surprise for her. In the other story, Jenny has been abused and manipulated all her life and Pete is the only way she could survive the return of her father who had been in prison for murdering her mother. Great interweavin
Peggy Parsons
I understand where they got the title, and it is appropriate to the book, BUT the title is misleading in that it leads you to think it's a light, fun romance. Far from it.

Jenny is a 24 year old in stress as she awaits her father's release from his 6-year stay in prison. Jenny's only friend in town is the Deputy Sheriff, Dan. Casey is a practicing psychiatrist hoping against hope that her mother lying in a coma will some day wake up. Casey has attended her renown father's lectures but has never m
Kathleen Basi
The story of Casey, who grew up knowing who her father was and yet remained unacknowledged by him until he passes away and leaves her a windfall: a Beacon Hill home, with a hot gardener and a too-good-to-be-true cook/housekeeper, neither of whom she has to pay. Casey spends the book unraveling the mystery of her family through a mysterious journal she uncovers in the house.

It was easy to read and interesting, and Casey is very relatable. But the cast of characters was a little too conveniently c
Aug 27, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fict-2-liked-ok
Main character, Casey, was flat and one dimensional. Delinsky tried to give her depth, but there was still something flat and one dimensional about the writing. Just didn't much connect with her except in the beginning scenes when she was talking with her Mom. I thought those were quite creative.

Jordon, similar to Pete, was too perfect.

Before I get into the spoiler, I will say this book was a little hard to rate because what I most didn't like about it ended up having a legitimate reason for exi
Apr 27, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This light hearted title led me to believe it would be a light story, but I was wrong. Delinsky does it again with vivid characters that you love or hate, or just don't understand. But this book has wonderful twists (I won't say where so I won't give it away) that will have you saying, "Oh, I didn't expect that!" The relationship with Jenny's father is disturbing but Delinsky doesn't go for details, which I'm glad about. I know abuse is in our world. But there is so much to read in this story I ...more
Susan Krich
Oct 10, 2016 Susan Krich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mystery and insights in this book make for a great read. I especially enjoyed the mystery's outcome.
My only change would be that the format instead of jumping between past and present would be a continuous line. This is only a personal preference .
Mary Sewell
Oct 08, 2016 Mary Sewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
Absorbing. Not as good as some, but still good.
Lourdes T. Burgonio
This book is hard to put down and I couldn't wait for the next one. I was doubtful with the title but eventually I found out why. I would highly recommend this book.
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