January 9, 2013

Secretly Smitten

by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter
A Christian Romance
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?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of the Smitten series, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Secretly Smitten! I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. Revisiting the romantic town in Vermont and delving into the stories of love was fun and satisfying.

Each novella: Love Between the Lines (Colleen Coble) Make Me a Match (Kristen Billerbeck) Knit One, Love Two (Diann Hunt) and Love Blooms (Denise Hunter) share their own connected stories through four points of viewview—the three sisters, Tess, Clare, and Zoe, and their mother Anna. The book flows seamlessly through each season of the year and focuses on their outlook on life and love with a touch of mystery involved.

Heartwarming and satisfying, Secretly Smitten serves the same delicious flavor as the first in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. It is great for reading groups and has a reading group guide in the back of the book.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 377
Pace: fast
First Line: Wrapping paper lay strewn around the floor in a happy crumple of color.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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