Best Bet: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Since Hallie's father died and left behind ten children, money at the Palmer household is tighter than ever. And just when Hallie thought she was graduating from college, it turns out she's four credits short. A professor needs one more student for a project that will take her around the world, only longtime boyfriend Craig has another proposition for Hallie.

Thus begins Hallie's great odyssey, for the first time she ventures outside the safety of Cosgrove County and the ...

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Best Bet: A Novel

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Overview

Since Hallie's father died and left behind ten children, money at the Palmer household is tighter than ever. And just when Hallie thought she was graduating from college, it turns out she's four credits short. A professor needs one more student for a project that will take her around the world, only longtime boyfriend Craig has another proposition for Hallie.

Thus begins Hallie's great odyssey, for the first time she ventures outside the safety of Cosgrove County and the sixty-mile radius in which she's functioned for her entire life. But somehow, escaping home doesn't translate into leaving behind all of her problems, and, unfortunately, not all can be solved by putting her superior gambling skills to work.

Eventually, it's time to return home to all the good people who are great at driving each other crazy. Hallie must finally face the biggest decision of her life.

Humorous and heartfelt, Best Bet underscores the importance of friends, family, and a sense of belonging. The characters in this modest, but neighborly, small town prove that an ordinary existence made up of small but genuine moments can satisfy a soul that's hungry for life in all of its glories and disappointments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440170188
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 942,793
  • File size: 396 KB

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Humorous and a heartfelt read

    I loved this book! I realized I'm reading this book first even though it is the last book in the series. I want to read the other books in the series so I can get the entire story and I plan to read this book again to help recreate the full story. This book had its laugh out loud moments and I enjoyed reading it. The character lost her father at a young age and dealt with the financial constraints brought about the loss. She thought she was about to graduate from college but was short four credits from finishing college. She tries to get away from all of her problems by leaving the area she grew up and lived in all her life to someplace else. However, she learns that her unresolved problems will follow her around no matter where she goes. All of the characters know each other personally providing a small town atmosphere and warm fuzzy feel. I had a hard time putting down my e-book reader and I would wonder about what would happen next in the book. I would also think about a funny little line the main character spoke which brought a smile to my face and made me laugh. This book touched my heart and I can't wait to read more of Laura Pedersen's books.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Hilarious, Intelligent, and Charming

    BEST BET is actually the fourth book after BEGINNER'S LUCK, HEART'S DESIRE and THE BIG SHUFFLE and the last in the Hallie Palmer series. (LAST CALL is a wonderful and very unique stand-alone romantic comedy if you haven't checked it out.) It's not necessary to read the Hallie books in order but the suspense is obviously better that way. Although, there's not tons of suspense. These books are more about relationships between families and friends and boyfriends and girlfriends as well as life decisions. The characters are terrific and they'll undoubtedly remind you of people you know. There's a good laugh and a good thought on every page. No vampires or zombies, just an old-fashioned laugh-out-loud funny read that's a real pick-me-up on a rainy day or if you're just having a rainy day of the soul. Pedersen books always make me feel better about everything and manage to drop a few uplifting words of wisdom along the way.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    HILARIOUS CONCLUSION TO AN ORIGINAL SERIES

    Pedersen manages to spin a warm and witty finale to her frolicsome but touching Hallie Palmer series (BEGINNER'S LUCK, HEART'S DESIRE, and THE BIG SHUFFLE). The books can stand alone and be read out of order but they're best together, as main character Hallie goes from 15 - 21. In an interview Pedersen said she loved Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer when a teenager but wanted a gal to have all the glorious adventures for a change. So Hallie dives in head first, getting into scrapes and dusting herself off, usually with a few wisecracks and a bit of wisdom taken onboard. But Hallie's escapades are only the road map and much of the fun lies in all of the fabulous secondary characters, who Pedersen successfully brings back to enlighten and entertain, even while Hallie takes a trip around the world and wrestles with her chaotic romantic life. I was left guessing right up until the very end. This series is hard to describe since you have a coming-of-age story that can be easily enjoyed by an 80-year-old. There's something old-fashioned in the characters and settings, yet timely when it comes to their concerns and problems. I'm thinking Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, and To Kill A Mockingbird all head for Comedy Central. Bottom line: These books will brighten your day. (And not to sound cliche, but you'll laugh out loud if reading in public places, so beware.) I'm waiting for the movie!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Loved it!

    This book was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I absolutely loved it and the storyline was intriguing too. I look forward to reading the other books in the series as it would be nice to get the whole back story. I learned this book is the fourth book within the series. I felt sad for the character as she was four credits away from graduating from college. She was so close to meeting her goals and ends up leaving town with hopes that her problems would disappear in the process however she learns her problems followed her everywhere she goes and has confront the issues. The story was comical and touching at the same time. I liked that the author wrote a story to touch others by pulling on their heartstrings and making them laugh hard at the same time too. I would recommend this book to others maybe buy the other books in the series and put them together for a nice gift to given for a birthday or as a nice Christmas present.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Transcends age groups - perfect for young adult readers and olds like me

    I began reading Laura Pedersen's Hallie Palmer series to check out the first book for my niece. This is the fourth, and here I am again, grateful that I had the excuse to pick up the first book, and shamelessly pressing it into the hands of any friends that have the need for a pick-me-up. Hallie's all grown up, about to graduate from college, but she's derailed. Laura has done a great job of updating Hallie's teenage acerbic wit, softening the edges just enough to suit a maturing young woman. What struck me about this book, and what I retroactively realized about the previous ones, was that the first chapter is like the ascent up the first hill of a roller coaster. You hear that a lot about books, but the dialogue is punchy, the phrases well-turned, and the action well-paced and you really get the sense of impending adventure that we can imagine Hallie must feel when things take a sharp turn down a blind alley. My niece came to these late, so she didn't 'grow up' with Hallie per se, but she consumed this one as eagerly as the previous ones, and was so invested in Hallie's story that she surprised me with how much she held after a single read. Another great read from Laura Pedersen, whose characters are full of life and written intelligently, with not a whiff of it being 'dumbed down' like a lot of books for young adults. I highly recommend it not only for the teenage readers in your life, but for yourself, whether a cafe book or a beach book, find a way to fit this series into your life and get some of the literary feel-good you may be missing by sticking to other genres.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    Great Book! More Hallie Palmer!

    Best Bet is a must read - it's so good! I just recently read the 3rd book in this series and was excited to see that the 4th was out! Hallie Palmer, the main character, is awesome - she's funny, heartfelt.and a great gambler! She's had some tragedy in her life too and has some burdens to bear, but this is a coming of age novel about graduating college and what that means and Hallie comes into her own - even if it takes her a trip around the world to get a little wiser. It's a great read - both serious and funny - and I'm sad that this is the final book! More Hallie!!!! Luckily, I've been reading these books out of order and I still have the first two left to enjoy!

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