Jessica - unsatisfied with life, love, herself; how will a bet help her?
Erik - driven crazy by Jessica's
flightyway of dealing with life.... and by his interest in her.
Becky - Jessica's best friend; what more needs to be said?
Peter - Jessica's brother, Erik's best friend and secretly in love with Becky.
Setting Boston and Lake Tahoe
Jessica has made a crazy bet with Erik to get a date with her favorite celebrity. Through pursuing the bet Jessica comes face to face with her life goals, love interests (maybe Erik?) and herself.
You're kidding, right???
Betting Jessica is a book that is a fun and light read. Wilsted certainly has a gift with the development of her characters - particularly for a new author - and she demonstrates the same skill in the settings of her story. The feel of the writing reminded me of Sophie Kinsella - and had much of the same humorous situations, in a very real way.
The Book Worm's Library
Deanne Wilsted’s newest book, Betting Jessica, is a fun, fast read, full of love and laughs. After a night of drinking, Jessica finds herself in a bet with a man she doesn’t particularly like named Erik. The bet: Can she get a date with a certain celebrity? It’s a nearly impossible task, but Jessica takes it on, not realizing the motive behind Erik’s bet. I’m betting Wilsted’s got a hit on her hands with Betting Jessica.
Best selling author - Penny Warner
UNTANGLING THE KNOT - (Same sweet story, new great cover design.)
Gabriella- the church wedding planner, struggling with her feelings for the groom
Ryan - a pro football kicker, widower, father of two and groom
Mandy - Ryan's fiance, socialite, not really step-mom material
Peter - Ryan's five year old son
Chloe - Ryan's 10 year old daughter, still struggling with the death of her mom.
Setting Boston and Italy
Storyline Gabriella begins to organize a wedding ceremony for Ryan and Mandy, only to find that, because of her feeling for Ryan and his kids, she is subconsciously sabotaging all of the plans. She, Ryan and his children all need to come to terms with death, God and love in order to accept the family that is meant to be rather than the one Ryan is trying to create.
Lucia - 26 year old American who travels to Italy to learn the fine art of cooking from her Aunt.
Nonno - Lucia's Grandfather who has taken care of her in America for 10 years, since her parents died.
Uncle Gianni - Lucia's uncle, who is the one actually doing all the cooking in Italy.
Aunt Christina - Lucia's aunt, who after switching jobs with Gianni, now runs the family construction business.
Aiden - An English guy who inherits a run down villa which is haunted by angry saints.
Setting - Tuscany, Italy.
Storyline - Still recovering from the death of her parents, Lucia is finally ready to revisit her family land of Italy. Met by an aunt who quotes the Godfather, an uncle who is a four star chef, a cousin who is gay and an English guy who is... well.... gorgeous and completely crazy, Lucia's world is thrown into chaos and she has to decide whether to keep hold of her controlled existence or allow herself to embrace Molto Mayhem.
Setting - Tuscany, Italy.
Synopsis - Jane and Harry (working title)
In her own, oddly romantic way, Anna has always dreamt of her daughter's first true heartbreak. She's even created her plan for supporting her . . . a trip to England to heal; with inspiration from her literary hero, Jane Austen. Unfortunately, when the time arrives, all Tiffany is interested in is playing loud, dark music on her electric guitar. The compromise? Anna agrees she will visit the Harry Potter sites Tiffany wants to see, in exchange for Tiffany visiting her mother's Jane Austen sites.
But, when they arrive in England Anna is immediately thrown into a maelstrom of emotion caused by the chaos of the Harry Potter sites, her daughter’s negative attitude toward all things Austen, and her own inability to find any connection there with the author she loves. It is from this uneven footing that she finds herself confronted by her own Mr. Darcy. Malcolm is tall, handsome, and clearly very successful. He is also the owner of a company who designs products based on literary characters.
It only takes one whiff of Elizabeth Bennet’s lavender scented hair ribbons for Anna to feel anything but relaxed around this man. He appears to be all things that Anna hates . . . commercialization at its worst. At least this is what she tells herself and tries desperately to avoid him. But, the brain behind everything from a remote control flying broom which carries a Harry Potter figurine, to Tea Cups with a gradually appearing Mr. Darcy on them, Malcolm pops up everywhere Anna and Tiffany go.
Tiffany, though, is wowed by Malcolm’s fun personality, knowledge of all things Potter, and especially by his connections. As Anna journeys around England with her daughter, and spends more and more time with Malcolm, she finds her connection to Jane coming to life; not in the places she visits in England, but by the experiences she lives while there. And whether in literature or in life, Anna finally realizes the lesson that Jane Austen teaches us all, that depth and truth are all about love.
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