For The Love Of Pete by Debby Mayne is a cute cozy that takes a look at letting go of the past and living for the future.
Bethany Hanahan has moved back to Bloomfield after her husband dies. She is now living in the town where her overbearing and controlling mother live. Although she loves her mother, she does not enjoy her mother trying to take over life.
Many well-meaning friends tell Bethany she needs to clear out her house of all it’s clutter. But what others see as clutter, Bethany sees as memories that she does not want to let go of. When a rummage sale and festival are scheduled in Bloomfield, Bethany agrees to part with many of her antiques for the cause. As the clutter starts to disappear, Bethany begins to feel less stuck in the past and looking forward to her future.
Pete Sprockett is one of the reasons she’s beginning to look forward to the future. Pete has been Bethany’s friend since grade school but she finds herself having more romantic feelings towards him. And Pete wants Bethany to be more than his friend. Will these two take a chance on making new memories together?
The writing style flows easily and it was an easy read. The descriptive writing helped me to be pulled into the small town setting, feeling like I was right that watching the happenings. The characters were well developed and well rounded. The only problem I had with the characters was that I had a hard time remembering that Bethany was 50 years old. To me, she acted more like someone in her thirties. It was hard for me to believe that her mother would still be meddling in her life and that Bethany allowed it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean cozy. This is a feel-good book about moving on from the past and making a new future. Although it was a Christian cozy, it did not feel preachy at all. There were some good messages throughout the story that we can all be reminded of. I will be looking for other books written by Debby Mayne.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and B&H Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book.