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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1st Downtown Press Trade Pbk. Ed edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Kendrick won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award for My Favorite Mistake. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and an unshakable devotion to the Chicago Cubs. After surviving too many Minnesota winters, she moved to Arizona, where she is working on her second novel (coming soon from Downtown Press). For more information you can visit the author's website at www.bethkendrick.com.

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The characters were well developed and very believable.
Anna
Which in retrospect might have been a better thing, because when he did speak, you just wanted to hand over that pacifier again.
nodice
Kendrick created a story and characters with a sense of humor, great female relationships and characters with multiple facets.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By ChickLitGirl on August 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
"My Favorite Mistake" is a story about a girl named Faith, who has long since left her hometown in the state of Minnesota, and is now based out of Los Angeles. She is a world-traveling culinary writer currently visiting Italy for an article, when she gets a phone call from her younger sister Skye back in Minnesota. It seems Skye has gotten herself into trouble once again and desperately wants Faith to come home. (Home as in Minnesota, not Los Angeles). Skye's husband has left her, she is pregnant, and the bar that they co-own is in financial trouble. Faith at first is adamant about not wanting to go home for various reasons, but after a couple of terse phone calls (one from Faith's own ex, who can't stand her but really thinks she needs to get back to Minnesota to help her sister), Faith gives in. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she packs her stuff up and takes a road trip to Minnesota.

Thus begins Faith's adventure. She vows to save her sister, save the bar, and reconcile with (or just avoid entirely) her ex-boyfriend Flynn. But of course things don't quite go the way she plans. Her ex, who had proposed to Faith before she'd fled town with another guy ten years previously, seems to not be able to take being in the same room with her. Her scatter-brained yet lovable sister Skye is desperate to get her life together, but can't seem to pick a decent guy or show up for work on time. Worse yet, certain financial circumstances force Faith and Flynn to spend a lot of time together. When it becomes apparent that there is still a lot of sparks between herself and Flynn, Faith realizes she must come to terms with why she ran off in the first place, and whether she still has feelings for him. (Feelings other than physical, that is!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on November 4, 2005
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A successful traveling food writer, Faith reluctantly returns to her Minnesota roots to aid her flighty sister in turning a profit on the bar they own together. She does not count on having to run into Flynn, her first (and only) love. Ten years earlier, Flynn gave her an ultimatum - marry him or move on. She chose to move on to LA with a bass player (which comes up in several humorous conversations).

As she tries to salvage the bar and renew a friendship with Flynn, old wounds are opened, and she finds herself falling for Flynn all over again, Faith turns to her halfwit sister for romantic advice with mixed results. Can either of them forget their past misdeeds and try to forge ahead by learning to trust each other?

Filled with a lot of longing on both sides, Kendrick does a great job of creating completing characters, injecting witty dialogue into every day situations, and making the reader feel like they are in the room with the characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TheSchemer on September 12, 2005
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Given a choice, food columnist Faith Geary would rather be undergoing a root canal than be back home in Lindbrook, Minnesota. You see, ten years ago, Faith did a stupid thing. When her first and only true love proposed, Faith panicked and fled for California with another guy -- who actually ended up dumping her, but that's beside the point. Now, thanks to her sister Skye's convoluted love life and failing business (a bar in which Faith has invested all of her life's savings, thank you very much), big sister Faith is back in Lindbrook to fix the mess. Unfortunately, there's one little glitch in Faith's master plan. It seems Skye has a partner at the bar and his name is Patrick Flynn. The same Patrick Flynn Faith had unceremoniously dumped a decade ago. Welcome back, Faith.

It's immediately apparent that Flynn has not forgotten nor forgiven Faith for their break-up. But, interestingly enough, it's also obvious that he can't stay away from her, which is a good thing since they have to work together to save the bar and keep Skye out of trouble. Soon the sizzle is back and its time for Faith to stop running and face their past. Can she go home again?

Beth Kendrick's debut is a realistic look at the trials and tribulations of a modern day heroine, flaws and all. An intriguing blend of guilt complexes and wry humor, Faith is a career girl who once screwed over her prince charming, but is now determined to make things right and try for another shot at a happily ever after. While not as vividly brought to life as Faith, Flynn comes across as a wary man still hurting from his first love's rejection but not closed off to the idea of a reunion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chickwithbook on September 22, 2004
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Readers of chick lit - and anyone who appreciates a very well-written story - will love MY FAVORITE MISTAKE.

New author Beth Kendrick is a talent to watch. She skilfully tells the story of Faith, a smart, savvy woman who has been doing just fine, thank you very much, living far from her family and her high school boyfriend. However, when her younger sister Skye calls with the perfect hat trick (my husband ran off; the business in which you invested your life savings is about to go bankrupt, and, oh yeah, I'm pregnant), Faith has no choice but to leave Los Angeles and return to the small town in Minnesota where she grew up.

Faith thinks she is going home to straighten out her sister's life, but as she runs into certain faces from her past (not the least of whom is Flynn, the boyfriend she abandoned ten years ago), Faith learns that maybe her carefully constructed life in LA wasn't so fulfilling after all. Her return home sets in motion a journey of self-discovery that is at once funny and touching. I found myself giggling at one page, blinking back tears at the next.

Witty and clever don't begin to cover Kendrick's way with words. The author's unique voice is one to treasure, and MY FAVORITE MISTAKE quickly became one of my favorite chick lits of this year - or any year.
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I write fun, lively women's fiction as Beth Kendrick and a series for teens under the name Beth Killian.

To find out more about me and the books, please visit my websites:
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