Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Book Review

I love stories that have a friendly, cozy small town setting. Smitten, Vermont, is a beautiful town that would be a lovely place to live. Secretly Smitten, written by a collaboration of four well-known Christian authors: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter is a story that will make you want to move to this attractive village.

This is a story about three sisters and their mother who all find love in small town Smitten. This is definitely not realistic but that’s OK. It is still a good read. The descriptions of this Vermont town are part of what makes the book appealing. The downtown with the trees covered in small, twinkling, white lights, Anna’s Sit ‘n Knit Shop, the Wind Chill Creamery, Lookaway Village Books and the local coffee shop, Mountain Perks all give Smitten a sense of community. And Main Street does not close down at night. The evenings in this vibrant community have both residents and tourists enjoying the charming downtown.

Each of the authors writes four stories within the book, covering the mother, Anna and the three daughters, Tess, Clare and Zoe. The four authors do an excellent job of keeping the details accurate in each story, making the book seamless. The four protagonists are interesting women, entrepreneurs who have carved out enviable lives for themselves. And yes, they all meet amazing men.

I definitely recommend this book. The odds of four women in a village each meeting the man of their dreams are not good but for many reasons the book is definitely worth reading. It’s the kind of book to read by a warm fire with a hot cup of tea.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions are my own.

About Secretly Smitten: 

Summer, fall, winter, spring-Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

Meet "The Gals":  

 RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.

Live Webcast and Giveaway:  

The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship.

They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends.

Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

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