Saturday, January 18, 2014

For the Love of Pete by Debby Mayne

This is a slow moving and methodical novel.

Bethany lost her husband over two years ago. She has moved back to her hometown, to the home she inherited from her in-laws. It is full of ceramic creations from her mother-in-law, plus her own collections of knick knacks. Pushing 50, romance is the last thing on her mind.

Pete and Bethany were once an item. Now Pete has taken over his father's plumbing business and is bringing it to the point of success. He can't believe it when he sees Bethany back in town. He's a committed bachelor but something stirs inside him when he thinks of her.

The most exciting event in Bloomfield's future is a festival proposed by Bethany's mother. Bloomfield needs just a few more residents for that magic number of 10,000 – needed to get into the Best Small Towns of America book. It is hoped the festival will draw people to the town.

Various quirky characters come together to make the festival a reality. Bethany is encouraged to give up some of her knick knacks for festival prizes. Giving up her prized possessions is something she struggles to do.

There you have it. A rather calm story line. There is no heart stopping action or suspense. This is a good novel for those who like a gentle novel and don't mind the plot tension that does appear being repeated several times.

Debby Mayne has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, a product information writer for a TV retailer, a creative writing instructor,and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. Find out more at

B&H Books, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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