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

February 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter in their new book “Smitten Book Club book coverSmitten Book Club” Book Three in the Smitten series published by Thomas Nelson takes us back to Smitten, Vermont.

From the back cover:   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 theGentlewoman’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.

Once again we fall in love with the town of Smitten and its people and wish there really were such a place to visit.  This time the focus is on Heather, Abby, Lia and Molly, four friends who not only are trying to read a book for their book club but, because of this book, are also going on a hunt for lost gold.  Technically, “Smitten Book Club” is one story that connects through the lives of the four women.  So that means we get four tales of romance as we watch them change and grow.  All four authors know how to write characters that come alive off the page.  Great storytelling, mystery and romance, what more could you ask for?  I know:  one more sequel!  I recommend this book highly!

You can find “Smitten Book Club” at a discount at  http://www.deepershopping.com/item/various/smitten-book-club/5940548.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.  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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