Wednesday, January 22, 2014

CFBA Review: For The Love of Pete by:Debby Mayne

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
For the Love of Pete
B&H Books (January 15, 2014)
Debby Mayne


Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.


Widow Bethany Hanahan is trying in vain to fill an empty heart and an empty nest. The result is a home filled to the brim, but something is still missing. That’s when her new gardening club friends come to the rescue, encouraging her to let go of the past as well as the present clutter –emotional, spiritual, and physical. It’s not long before Bethany is finding friends, not bargains, to fill her days. But has her life become too full for someone like Pete Sprockett, a childhood friend, for whom her romantic feelings are beginning to bloom? Join the quirky, loving community of Bloomfield as they do what they do best – poke their well-meaning noses in and intervene in times of need –in author Debby Mayne’s second novel in what has become a five book series about a community where life is simple and love is real.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of For the Love of Pete, go HERE.

My Review:
 Bethany is a widow that still after a few years of loss, still does not feel any better about letting go of the few things she has left of the people she loves and had to give back to God. And that also includes her heart, she still hangs on tightly to it even though Charlie has been gone now for almost three years.

 But unfortunately, her mother Naomi will NOT take no for an answer. With all her pushing and shoving and conniving, Bethany finally succumbs to the pressure. She hands over some of her prized so called, "knick-knacks" for the new town festival, used to bring in new residents to Bloomfield.

 But soon after some things change along with the ideas for the festival and the people in charge of it. Bethany gains some much needed confidence and soon everyone sees a change in her that seems to suit her fine. But how is Pete going to feel about this? He has cared for Bethany for quite a long time but now she seems to busy to even notice him.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.