Heart's Desire

Heart's Desire

by Laura Pedersen
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Heart's Desire by Laura Pedersen

Card sharp and former wild child Hallie Palmer is in college now–and Bernard Stockton, her legal guardian, has suddenly appeared during final exams. He’s hysterical about his recent breakup with his longtime boyfriend, Gil, and wants to enlist Hallie in a scheme to win Gil back. So Hallie returns to Cosgrove County, Ohio, for the summer, to her job as live-in yard person for Bernard and his delightfully oddball mother, Olivia. Also present are Ottavio, Olivia’s hot-tempered Italian lover, who’s desperate for a wedding; Rocky, a chimpanzee who’s one Singapore Sling away from an AA meeting for primates; and Hallie’s own ever-expanding family, which she fled as soon as she could slide down the drainpipe.

Around town, folks assume that since Hallie isn’t in jail, she clearly has no problems of her own and can therefore tackle theirs. But Hallie has plenty of troubles–a looming tuition bill, gambling temptations, and an ex-boyfriend who’s back in town for the summer to upset any potential if highly unlikely (a girl can dream!) romantic flings.

Yet as Hallie and company navigate life’s unexpected paths of games lost and love found, the real truth begins to emerge: With friends, family, and a place to call home, your heart’s desire is always within reach.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307415462
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 320,061
File size: 986 KB

About the Author

Laura Pedersen is an author and playwright from Buffalo, New York. After finishing high school in 1983, she moved to Manhattan and began working on the American Stock Exchange, later spending the better part of the 1990s writing for The New York Times. In 1994, President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on varioius TV shows, including Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2001, her first novel, Going Away Party, won the Three Oaks Prize for fiction. Her other books include Beginner's Luck, The Big Shuffle, Heart's Desire, and Last Call. Laura lives in New York City.

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Heart's Desire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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b00kworm89 More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in this series and I love how the characters draw you into the story. For those of us who are a little older, Hallie's voice brings back all the anxiety and angst inherent in young adulthood. Heart's Desire introduces you to a new set of friends that you become engaged with and begin to care about. You want to go along for the ride with Hallie, Bernard and the rest of the characters. I can't wait for the sequel.
SammieWrites More than 1 year ago
Hallie Palmer is going home for the summer after her first year of college. She hopes to figure out her financials and maybe pick up a boyfriend along the way but like always Hallie seems to be fixing other people before herself and before long finds herself in all kinds of situations. I loved this coming-of-age story and felt that like the first book - Beginner's Luck - I connected with the characters because of how real they were portrayed. Not one of them were perfect, they all had their hang-ups and their flaws and while many authors out there today add in the ups and downs of life for authenticity Laura Pedersen made it feel like a true story wrapped in fiction. I especially liked that throughout the narrative and dialogue I couldn't suppress the bubbles of laughter. It truly was the cherry on top for me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Heart's Desire is everything readers want in a book! Genuine characters walk through these pages, sharing their lives with honest abandon and a delightful touch of humor. This sequel to Beginner's Luck is every bit as wonderful as the first story. Hallie Palmer, teen poker queen, is living at college, yet her heart is back home with the Stocktons. When Bernard shows up at her dorm, distraught about his breakup with longtime boyfriend, Gil, Hallie returns to Cosgrove County to set things straight. However, that's not all that needs fixing. As soon as Hallie steps back into the offbeat house of Olivia and company, life grabs her hand for a sometimes bumpy, always amazing ride. Laura Pedersen is an incredible author. Not only do these characters leap off the page (I swear I heard them breathing!), but the situations they encounter are real in a wonderfully bizarre sort of way. Hallie and her friends and family will generate a great deal of interest and sympathy from readers. Although some of the issues explored are controversial, this very conservative reviewer found herself totally immersed in the story and rooting for everyone to live happily ever after. Now, that's the sign of a great writer. At the forefront are the complex relationships that progress with a startling amount of candor. Hallie's inner thoughts are shown to readers, causing this young woman to be heartily embraced for her actions and feelings. The entire cast of characters is perfect and fills this novel with an assortment of ideas and subplots, which offer smiles as well as profound wisdom. Heart's Desire is life, with all its faults and fun, wrapped up in family love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sequel to BEGINNER'S LUCK (best read in order), this book was a wonderful surprise. Sharp, natural prose that made me think, laugh and feel good. Wide age appeal, probably 13 and up. Mostly women's fiction, however my husband heard me chuckling throughout and enjoyed the novel too. I hesitate to say 'an old-fashioned read' because Pedersen is anything but dated (very fresh!) but there's a wonderful whimsy along with the social commentary, great characters, and relationships, so if you liked 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' this is another winner. I already have my book group committed to reading THE BIG SHUFFLE this winter (next in series, preview at her Website -- laurapedersenbooks). My teenage daughter is threatening to come for that!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though she would prefer not to work another summer at mother and son Olivia and Bernard Stockton¿s estate garden where she took refuge last year (see BEGINNER¿S LUCK), Hallie Palmer knows she needs the money to offset some of her freshman year debts. So Hallie returns to her Ohio home accepting the same job she held in the past. --- However, she is shocked when a depressed Bernard informs her that his lover Mr. Gil dropped him. He enlists Hallie¿s help to bring Gil to his senses and restart their relationship. At the same time, Hallie sees her high school boyfriend Craig and, though she has a college beau, she remains attracted to him. He feels the same way even reflecting on whether their agreement to see others was realistic as being together feels like the right thing. Is it her HEART¿S DESIRE or just a nostalgic summer love? --- This sequel stars the still whimsical charming former poker champ Hallie, a likable teen still feeling crowded in the Palmer household as the second born with a horde of siblings. The story line beguiles the readers as the older wiser Hallie is helplessly overwhelmed once more with relationships, her own with Craig, and Bernard with Mr. Gil. Fans will appreciate Laura Pederson¿s teen queen who hopefully returns for one more entanglement perhaps as a recent college graduate whose only work is yard work at the Stockton home garden.--- Harriet Klausner