Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Smitten Book Club


Book Review



Smitten Book Club is the third book in the Smitten series. Like the previous volumes the book is a collaborative project with authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter. The setting is an idyllic town, Smitten, Vermont. Indeed, Smitten sounds like the number one place on “the best places to live” list.
Four women, member of a book club are the protagonists in this novel. Each author has written the story of one of the women, Heather, Abby, Lia and Molly. Together they have many adventures, help each other out and each find the love of their life. If that sounds formulaic, it is. Not only do they find love and happiness, but also each of them has an incident happen where they jumped to conclusions and almost lost the love of their life. I honestly began to give advice as I read, “Just talk to him. Don’t make this huge assumption.” It was painful.
The thing is the book is still very enjoyable, in spite of being predictable. I love Smitten, Vermont and it is fun to read about such a perfect small town. Somewhat like Garrison Keillor’s Minnesota community of Lake Woebegone, the people in Smitten are all kind, help each other out, and have wonderful traditions. Unlike Minnesota they live with gorgeous mountain views. The book is relaxing and fun and frankly, realism is highly overrated.
So, I do recommend this book. If you like romance it is a shoo-in. It is a fun book and as stated – you will want to move to this town. The book takes place over a year’s time and Smitten is beautiful in each season. Think fall color; perfect Christmas with snow, spring with wild flowers and an idyllic summer.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the book

The century-old Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!
The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.
Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends' romantic exploits.
When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.
What's more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold---exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?
In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman's Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/t7BO1

About the Authors

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. Diann lost her courageous battle with cancer in December 2013.

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