Review of For The Love of Pete by Debby Mayne

Leah Courtney
For the Love of Pete was a pretty thick Christian romance novel. I expected some depth because the book seemed "meaty." The book is one of a series of books from multiple authors -all centered in the small town of Bloomfield.  Unfortunately, despite the nice hefty feel of the book, it wasn't really deep, just sort of wandering.

The main characters were likable enough- although no one in the story seemed content to leave the heroine alone and let her be herself. The idea of the story sounded like a good one that would be interesting and humorous. But I found myself constantly looking to see how many more pages I had to read- never a good sign for a book.

The action wandered all over and made the story hard to follow. The peripheral characters weren't very interesting. And, although the synopsis sounded interesting, the actual story sort of fizzled out. I found it hard to like this one.

If you are looking for a light read, or you've read other Bloomfield books and enjoy the stories of the small town, you may enjoy this one. I give it 3 stars and a G for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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