Book Review: “Secretly Smitten” By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter

January 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter in their new book “Secretly Smitten book coverSecretly Smitten” Book Two in the Smitten series published by Thomas Nelson takes us back to Smitten, Vermont.

From the back cover:  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?

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 Tess:  Love Between The Lines.  Then Kristin Billerbeck picks it up with the focus on Zoe:  Make Me A Match.  Diann Hunt takes the story over to Anna:  Knit One, Love Two.  And finally Denise Hunter rounds it out with the spotlight on Clare:  All Along.

Once again we fall in love with the town of Smitten and its people and wish there really were such a place to visit.  It really is a terrific idea that these four friends had when they created this town that it is so easy to fall in love in.  Technically, “Secretly 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.  While the stories focus on Anna and her three daughters the real mystery is with Grandma Rose and the dog-tags.  Great storytelling, mystery and romance, what more could you ask for?  I know:  one more sequel!  I recommend this book highly!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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