July 14, 2013

"Secretly Smitten" Book Review- a Perfect Beach Read

"Secretly Smitten" by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt is a series of 4 romance novellas set in the town of Smitten, Vermont. Each novella is written by a different author but the stories all intertwine beautifully and include many of the same characters. Here's a synopsis from the publisher:

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.

This is the perfect book to take along on your summer vacation or to the pool for the afternoon.  Each novella is entertaining and the characters are likable and unique.  While the stories are somewhat predictable, knowing that is actually quite comforting,  as the reader gets to speculate about how each one will work out.  Sometimes groups of novellas can feel disjointed and can leave me unsatisfied but this wasn't the case with "Secretly Smitten." I liked the fact that the characters all have story lines that continue through each novella, and each time I finished one I was compelled to start the next right away.    I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys Christian romance novels with fun and quirky characters. 

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1 comment:

Laura B said...

Hi Dawn,
Just wanted to let you know that your book (The Devil's Puzzle) is still circulating. I just received it today from Sparta, Greece. I live in Alberta, Canada.
Hmm, not really my style of book, but I'll give it a shot...