Book Review: “Smitten” By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann HuntDecember 8, 2011 at 8:05 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Christian Fiction, Romance Fiction
From the back cover: “Welcome to Smitten, Vermont. With the help of four friends, it’s about to become the most romantic town in America.
The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they’ve got just the plan to save Smitten. They’ll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers-complete with sweet shops, a high-end spa, romantic music on the square and cabins outfitted with fireplaces and hot tubs.
But is this manly town ready for an influx of romantically-minded guests?”
The four authors have joined together to bring us four stories about four friends that give us one complete story about one town that stretches over the four seasons. Colleen Coble starts it off with the story about Natalie: Birthday Wishes. Then Kristin Billerbeck picks it up with the focus on Julia: Small Town, Big Dreams. Diann Hunt takes the story over to Shelby: You’ve Got a Friend. And finally Denise Hunter rounds it out with the spotlight on Reese: All Along.
Technically, “Smitten” is one story that lasts a whole year told through the lives of the four women. So that means we get four tales of romance as we watch the town change and grow. All four authors know how to write characters that come alive off the page. The focus that it is the women that will save the town is extraordinary and well done. The theme of facing your fears and accomplishing more than ever expected is well-played out over all four stories. We fall in love with the town of Smitten and its people and wish there really were such a place to visit. The good news is there will be a sequel coming next year so we can return to the streets of Smitten. I recommend this book highly!
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