Speed Reviews: Three by Barbara Delinsky

I was first introduced to Delinsky’s writing last year by a friend who gave me The Summer I Dared.  I really loved that book, and I went on to read Flirting with Pete, which I enjoyed as well. When I recently saw one of Delinsky’s other books on sale via Amazon, I snapped it up for my Kindle.  While Suddenly was not bad, it was  my least favorite of the three.  However, I will definitely be reading more of her books, as I like her writing style, characters, and the relevance of the stories to everyday life situations.

If you’re interested in trying some Delinksy or want to read more, I saw that several of her books (in Kindle format) are going to be on sale as of Tuesday, May 29th on Amazon. Via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books:

  • The Forever Instinct by Delinsky, Barbara * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
  • The Scent of a Jasmine by Delinsky, Barbara * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
  • Straight from the Heart by Delinsky, Barbara * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
  • First Things First by Delinsky, Barbara * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe

Here’s the speed review version of the three books I’ve read:

1. The Summer I Dared – Julia Bechtel is a 40-year-old New Yorker who is on her way to visit family on a small New England island when tragedy strikes in the form of a boat ferry accident. Julia survives but begins to drastically rethink her life, resulting in a story of starting fresh, reconnecting to the past, and making time for the things that matter.  The message of the book really spoke to me, and I loved the romance between Julia and Noah, a local fisherman.  A great read!

2. Flirting with Pete – Casey Ellis is a talented young therapist who unexpectedly inherits her estranged father’s Boston mansion after his death, as well as its hunky gardener and shy housekeeper.  While going through the house, Casey finds the account of a mysterious young woman, Jenny, who is abused as a child and finds a way to escape.  As Casey delves deeper into the story of Jenny, she must also come to terms with the man who was her father, her comatose mother’s imminent passing, and her feelings about the gardener (yes, there’s some hot garden sex!)  There was a LOT of drama in this book, and the ending was a bit predictable, but it’s still a good read.

3. Suddenly – Paige Pfeiffer is a thirty-something pediatrician living in a small Vermont town.  When one of her friends and partners, Mara, suddenly commits suicide, she and the other doctors in the practice are left to pick up the pieces and ask themselves how this could have happened.  Paige also coaches cross-country at the local private school, where she meets Noah (yes, another Noah, and wasn’t that confusing for me), the unpopular new head of school who is struggling to form a relationship with his teenage daughter.  I liked the book but found it a bit slow-going at times and not as well plotted as some of her other books.

So what are you waiting for?  Go out and read some Delinsky! 🙂


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