A Mile in My Flip-Flops
Melody Carlson
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A Mile in My Flip-Flops
Melody Carlson
WaterBrook Press
336 pages
June 2008
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Are you one of these people who love watching "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday nights, amazed at how they change those houses from something in need of extensive renovation into something beautiful? You can't believe it's the same house. Gretchen Hanson is addicted to watching House Flippers on HGTV, and she needs something to keep her mind off her broken engagement - you can only drown yourself in chocolate ice cream for so long.

She's found the perfect house to flip, or so she thinks. Now she just has to come up with the money. Enter her father, a retired contractor who thinks her idea of flipping this house to make a huge profit is a mistake of epic proportions. He doesn't mind the idea of flipping a house, but why this one? Still, being a supportive father, he puts his condo up as collateral for the short-term loan so Gretchen can buy this house. Being such a loving father and having only six weeks to flip the house because of the loan, he enlists the help of his carpenter friend Noah Campbell.

Noah is an invaluable asset to the whole house-flipping venture, but could he make some major renovations on Gretchen's heart? If he can't, perhaps his daughter will. After all, Kirsten's mother will stop at nothing to just drop her off at the house for Noah to keep track of, no matter how busy he is, and Gretchen finds out that she really does like having a young girl look up to her.

A Mile in My Flip-Flops is one terrific book, one that will have you laughing at Gretchen's humorous attempts at using her elbow grease. She may be a contractor's daughter, but she and tools are not the best of friends, much less well-acquainted. A Mile in My Flip-Flops features a father who has only the best intentions for his daughter, and you will find yourself rooting for the "house flipping team" to make their deadline.

Melody Carlson is a very talented author who combines family love, home renovation and humor in one delightful story. I hated to see it end, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with for her next book. I would definitely walk a mile in my flip flops to pick up this extraordinary book by Melody Carlson.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Lori Plach, 2008

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