Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review: For the Love of Pete

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 Thoughts
This is one of those books that will make you say, "Good Grief"...but it's a good thing!   When you get a bunch of older ladies together, all trying to do their eyes....well, you know what happens!  The old ladies in this book take the cake, they even make their 50 something kids seem like little children, especially when they connive and try to create romance.

Then...there's the parrot, Murray, he's quite the squaker and he tends to speak his mind...could be why one relationship doesn't seem to move forward!

This really is a funny story, a bit quaint, taking place in small town America with festivals galore, a town where everyone seems to know everything and everyone.

The namesake of the book, Pete, seems to have his feet firmly on the ground, someone has to, he knows when to talk, when not to, he's a good guy, he just has to keep something great from slipping through his fingers!

I could go on about the characters, they were all so much fun, but I'll let you wonder and read the book for yourself, a real treat!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


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