Flirting with Pete

Flirting with Pete

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Flirting with Pete by Barbara Delinsky, Linda Emond

Casey Ellis has arrived at a lonely place in her life. Her mother remains in a comatose state several years after a terrible accident -- and now her father has died.

Although Casey didn't really know him -- never met him, in fact -- she had held out an oblique hope that someday this man, Dr. Cornelius Unger, a celebrated psychologist, might acknowledge her. In an attempt to please him, she even went into his field and became a counselor, to no avail.

It comes as a shock, therefore, when she learns that he has left her his beautiful townhouse in Boston's exclusive Beacon Hill section. She is of half a mind to sell it and use the money to care for her mother, but then she visits the townhouse and finds it enchanting. In fact, any chance she might have had of resisting the house is lost when she falls in love with the hidden garden out back. Sweetening the deal is the maid, a woman close to her age, who cooks and cleans and wants only to please her; and the gardener, a man who is as enigmatic as he is handsome.

Yet always in Casey's mind is the question of why Cornelius Unger chose to acknowledge her in this way. Sensing that he had an ulterior motive, she searches the house and finds the first part of a manuscript that could be a novel, a journal, or a case study of one of her father's clients. The manuscript tells the harrowing story of a young woman named Jenny who was sexually abused by her father and emotionally abused by her mother. When her mother was murdered, her father was sent to prison. Now, after only six years in jail, he is about to be released, and Jenny knows she has to escape. Her way out appears in the form of a mysterious stranger, a dream of a man named Pete, who shows up on his motorcycle and offers to whisk her away.

Convinced the story is true -- even more, that her father has left this manuscript as a message for her -- Casey sets out to find the rest of the pages. With the discovery of each additional segment, she learns more about Jenny, about herself, and about Cornelius Unger, who she realizes has planned this journey for her, actually begun the first day she set foot in his house. The manuscript proves to be the key to understanding not only her father's past but also that of the man she has come to love.

Flirting with Pete reaches its climax with a startling twist, one that explores the role of imagination in our everyday lives. Through Jenny's story, Casey gains insight into her own life as she vacillates between what she wants to be true and what actually is. With unflinching grace, Barbara Delinsky delves into the human psyche as it colors contemporary family life. Flirting with Pete is sure to touch a personal chord with readers and win her even more dedicated fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743529891
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 06/10/2003
Edition description: Abridged, 4 Cassettes, 5 Hours
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Barbara Delinsky has written more than twenty New York Times bestselling novels, with over thirty million copies in print. Her books are highly emotional, character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry and friendship. She is also the author of a breast cancer handbook. A breast cancer survivor herself, Barbara donates her author proceeds from the book to fund a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hostipal. Visit her at


Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

August 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts


B.A. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1967; M.A. in Sociology, Boston College, 1969

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Flirting with Pete 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Second time reading this story and love it even more this time. So much to think about so much emotion. Definitely recommend it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a emotional story with many twists. I was surprised and thrilled all the answers were included. I was worried about the little red haired boy too!
LucyLH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I have several books on my Nook by Barbara Delinsky, What I enjoy about her books most is she writes women who are not in their twenties. But women I can assoiate with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read many of Barbara Delinsky's books and loved them all. This was so well written and a real page-turner. Definitely gets 5 stars!
sakh More than 1 year ago
what a story, love it
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Carol-Mindy-White More than 1 year ago
This was the first Barbara Delinsky book I read and I was expecting something like Danielle Steel or Maeve Binchy, but they could never caught me surprise. I remember gasping when the story was revealed. You should also read Sundowners by Lesley Lokko.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Some parts moved a little slowly - but I was so curious to get more info on the mysterious manuscript, who it was written for, and if the people were real or fictious that I kept reading and reading. I was totally captured by Pete's charm and Jenny's determination to find happiness. The way BD tied everything together in the end was brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flirting with Pete has everything I love in a book. Mystery, Romance and sex. Loved it!!! I'll probably read it again someday...definietly check this out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you have a psychologist, a deputy, a gardener, a maid, a sexually and emotionally abused girl a mother in a comatose state, a father you never knew that just died, a townhouse given to you by this father and a manuscript that you believe to be true? You get a wonderful and intriguing story that is hard to stop listening to. Casey Ellis is the psychologist and she has inherited her father¿s townhouse worth $3 million. With her mother in a coma from a tragic accident, Casey tries to come to terms with her life. Finding a manuscript among her father¿s papers, Casey believes the story to be true and begins a search to discover if she is right. The townhouse comes with a gardener, Jordan, and a maid, Meg, both of which her father¿s will asks her to keep on. Jordan keeps the garden alive with blooms and also triggers a bloom in Casey¿s heart. Meg is a wonderful cook and fills Casey¿s body with good food. Between them, they ground Casey and help her settle in the townhouse. Ms Delinsky writes with twists and turns that keep you wanting to listen to more. Just when you think you have things figured out, Barbara throws another idea in. This keeps your interest high and the story alive. The tragedies she writes of are all too true in today¿s society which makes them all the more real and alive. The reader, Linda Emond, is easy to listen to. She doesn¿t use a really deep voice to represent the men in the story, yet you know who is talking. The female voices are easier to tell who is talking as she gives them more distinctive inflections which would be easier as she is female herself. I highly recommend picking up a copy of FLIRTING WITH PETE and settle in for a good evening of listening enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't find it that predictable, it was a good mystery. Exciting and interesting as I pieced the clues together. I found the mystery exciting and unique. I couldn't put this book down! Barbara Delinsky did an excellent job weaving the tales of these 2 wonderful characters together. I was enthralled and quite pleased. I truly enjoyed the storyline and the characters, and I absolutley LOVED the ending. GREAT READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom actually checked this book out, but in a moment of desperation, I picked it up. As soon as I did, I couldn't put it down. While the mystery was pretty easy to figure out, the twists and turns this book doles out will keep you guessing up until the last page. The ending's a charm, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would probbaly give this book 4.5 stars if I could. This is my second Delinsky book and I was far more impressed with this one. It was such a complex story with so many elements to it. I liked how it was two stories in one: Casey's and Jenny's. Delinsky keeps the reader hooked wondering how everything will fit together. The ending is very satisfying. Don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book looked very interesting to me, but fell slightly short. I liked the ending, but some of the book could have been left out as it tends to repeat itself, ie too much garden, nothing happened much in the garden. One good thing that the book was not written in the first person. If you are sleepy, don't try to read this book, it jumps around alot and is hard to follow if you are tired. Like I said, the author pulled it together at the ending but it was a long time coming
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very slow start but gets good. Can be annoying when switching back and forth between Jenny and Casey. I wish she focused more on Casey and Jordan and less time with the diary. I felt that once the book was really good it ended. However it was a good read and I felt satisfied when I finished it. I even cried a little in the end!! I plan to read more of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful gripping story. Couldn't put it down. Jenny shows great courage under strife and yet we see her shadows and pain. Casey is a wonderful character as well and shows strength in her own pursuit to face the hard truths of growing up, uncovering those things that are just below the surface in our lives.