by Beth Kendrick

August 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-7034-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Downtown Press
Trade Paperback

Faith is a young woman, who by her own admission, 'has more issues than National Geographic'. She feels she has found her niche in travel and food writing and is enjoying her current locale of sunny Italy. Her idyll is ruined when she gets a phone call from her hometown in Minnesota. Faith's sister, Skye, who's been abandoned by her second husband, is pregnant, and the bar they own is going down the drain quickly.

Faith returns not only to face Skye's mess, but has to deal with Patrick Flynn. He was Faith's high school sweetheart and both have never gotten over her breaking the engagement ten years ago, though neither wants to admit it. Faith has to decide if she can go home again, or if she needs to truly move on with her life.

My Favorite Mistake , is Ms. Kendrick's debut novel, but a skilled writing style shines through. There is droll, often self-deprecating, humor mixed with poignancy. The story is as much about family love as it is romantic love. In fact, the passion in the plot is implied rather than described. The emphasis is on sexual tension rather than performance. The characters are fleshed out well and engaging, 'warts and all'. This is a novel that does not neatly fit in the traditional romance genre, but it will leave you with a warm, satisfied feel. Ms. Kendrick's shows all the signs of having a promising writing career. I will look forward to her next book.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Roberta.

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