Again I am shocked by such a great book! LOL! I guess I could come to expect it, but we will see! ;) I loved this book! My husband and I are members of Christian Motorcycle Club, the Warriors For Christ MC. That made Ellen on her Harley just close to my heart. I don't ride my own bike yet, but I hope to have a Trike one of these days! I loved Ellen's personality. I felt close to Adrian because of my own computer background. I live around red hats, and some minor white hats.
Then we come to the really *good* part. Pete's issue with Asperger's. I have a friend with a son who has Autism. I have been around other Autistic children. However, of late, someone very close to me seems to have a mild version of Asperger's. My friend who's son is Autistic told this person that they sounded like they had quite a few Asperger's symptoms.
As I was reading I was grateful, and wowed at reading about a child who's actions are so very close to those of this person who is so dear to me. The anger, enormous and boiling....just had him labeled as hot tempered red headed child. The not reading body language has driven many people nutty at times, and caused him to be more misunderstood. He did learn how to read body language, but it doesn't always work. Being in their own world at times, enormous intelligence, but serious lack of ability to deal with others struck home to the core of my being! I hadn't heard of Asperger's but once prior to my friend telling this person that they needed to research it. This person was born 3 months premature, and the doctors told the mother to expect problems, including emotional issues. So growing up anger, lack of social skills, you name it, it was just assigned to that. I wasn't until about a month ago that my friend who works with her own autistic son, and others, said to go research Asperger's. This person did so, and found that while not a perfect match on all the points found on the internet so many others matched that it makes so much sense!!! Things clicked into place. In this book Pete can't stand the noise of the Harley. While this person loves the Harley sound, the sound of a typing keyboard or someone eating cereal has, in the past, caused huge outbursts of unexplained anger. Now, at last, because of this book, that makes sense!
I wish that it had been more well known when this person I am talking about was younger, it would have saved a great deal of stress and heartache. However, now that we know, we can work with that. These are very special intelligent people who just need to be understood! Reading this book was a HUGE help for me! I can't thank you enough Linda Windsor for writing this book! I hope that it will be an enjoyable, educational, blessed read for many many people! :D
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For Pete's Sake
Book Two of the Piper Cove Chronicles
(Avon Inspire - April 1, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances.A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire's launch list. In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst. She also works on “as desperately needed” home improvement projects on the 18th-century-plus house that she and her husband began restoring in 1986. Wallpaper and paint are definitely in her near future.
LINDA WINDSOR LOCAL APPEARANCES:
Saturday, April 5th, 2008Jack's Religious Gift Shop701 Snow Hill RoadSalisbury, MD 218042:00PM
Saturday, April 12, 2008 The Gospel Shop800 South Salisbury BlvdSalisbury, MD 2180111:00
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 façade 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?