Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Review: For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor

About the book: For Pete's Sake is a remarkable story about the unlikely live between a grown-up tomboy and the millionaire next door.

Ellen Brittingham isn’t sure true live exists until she contracts to do the landscaping of the estate of the sophisticated widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface, He’s engaged to a beautiful woman who helped him build a successful business and he’ll soon have a mom for his troubled son Pete.

Yet, from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down, cracking his thin fa├žade of happiness and revealing the void of faith and love behind it. Even more, his son seems to have his own sites set on Ellen – as his new mom.

As Ellen’s friendship grows with Pete, she realizes that his father is about to marry the wrong woman for the right reasons. And despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only” with the dad, the precocious boy works his way into her heart, drawing Ellen and Adrian closer. Close enough for heartbreak, for Pete’s sake!

But how can her heart think that Adrian Sinclair is the one when he’s engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn’t. When Ellen’s three best friends see she’s been bitten by the love bug, they jump into action and submit her to a makeover that reveals the woman underneath her rough exterior and puts her in contention for Adrian’s love.

But Ellen must ask herself whether she’s ready to risk the heart that she’s always held close. Will Ellen be able to trust that God brought this family into her life for a reason? Or will her fear of getting hurt cause her to turn away from God’s plan and her one true chance at love?

My Review: I want to start off by saying how much I love the cover for this's the perfect cover for this book, simple yet it speaks volumes. It perfectly illustrates the connection made between two people, an almost uncertain but hopeful touch. I was flipping through my Christian Book Distributors catalog yesterday and they had a different cover shown and I'm so glad they changed it!

I loved this book. Ellen is a really loveable character. So is Adrian. So is Mrs. Duffy. So is Pete. I mean that must certainly say it all! This is a gorgeous love story, that speaks of hope and redemption. There's a bit of mystery and intrigue in the mix as well.

I also really enjoyed the various "cultural" activities we are exposed to throughout the course of the book, which is possible since Adrian and Pete are new to the area. I love for an author to open up a new world to me, and having never lived by the water, this was a new world in many ways. I even wanted some seafood after reading this book and that is an accomplishment!

Windsor's writing is strong and enjoyable and full of fun little similies and metaphors. I look forward to the rest of this series.

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