Pedersen, Laura. Heart's desire, a novel.

Author:Applegate, Sarah
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

PEDERSEN, Laura. Heart's desire, a novel. (Sequel to Beginner's Luck.) Random House, Ballantine. 397p. c2005. 0-345-47955-6. $13.95. SA

This quietly satisfying read continues the story of Hallie, master poker player, part-time gardener for the most eccentric family in town, and financially struggling college student. The diverse and often wacky characters never fail to surprise. Hallie works for Bernard, an antiques dealer, old movie aficionado and gourmet cook, and his mother Olivia, local political activist and Unitarian; but there is also Bernard's partner Gil, who has just left Bernard for a woman; and Ottavio, Olivia's much younger Italian boyfriend. Amidst this unique family, Hallie is struggling with her own family (her mother is pregnant yet again) and she is afraid she must drop out of school because of lack of money. These...

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