This was a delightlful collection of stories and I loved how all of the main characters from each of the stories really interacted with each other throughout all of the stories, because they are all a family so it was like a whole inter-connected series in one volume!
I loved how these stories were so well written and fun to read, and relax with. There was a mystery that wove all four of the stories together, and alot of love and laughter. I absolutely loved this small-town romance novella collection. I think you will to!
Overall, a lovely read that is wonderfully enjoyable. I loved visiting Smitten and I can't wait to go back!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
I have read the first book in the Smitten series and loved it. This book is a great addition to the series. I like how each author's personality and writing skill can be seen in these stories. From the ice cream shop to the gardening center to the knitting & yarn shop this book delivers a great group of stories that uplift and entertain. If you are looking for christian romantic fiction that makes you smile look no further than the town of Smitten. This former logging town turned romance capital is a fun place where I would love to visit if it really existed....
I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
In Secretly Smitten, each author tells the story of one of the women in the Thomas family. The small resort town of Smitten, Vermont, is the setting for each of these tales, and it was fun to revisit this quaint town.
I thought Smitten was a fun read, and Secretly Smitten was the same. The authors' writing styles are similar enough that each story flowed into the next one, which made for a smooth and easy read. Each character had her own insecurities to work through, and this was done well, especially considering that this had to basically be done within a novella.
Colleen Coble's story was my favorite, but this is probably just because I am used to her style of writing, since I have read many of her other books. I also felt more connected with her characters for reasons that I can't seem to put my finger on.
The mystery aspect to this novel is told well throughout all of the stories, but these stories are mostly based on the romance. As I said in my review of Smitten, this novel was a little bit too perfect and syrupy-sweet at times, but it was a nice diversion from some of the overly emotional and more drama-filled books I've been reading lately. And I always like a little mystery added to any story!
Secretly Smitten is a collection of fun, easy-to-read romantic stories with a little bit of mystery woven in.
I was a huge fan of the first book in the Smitten series and was very excited to read the next book.
Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter are some of my favorite authors and together they write a fun, energetic, interesting and creative book!
I enjoyed reading about other characters in Smitten and how the dog tags tie so many of them together. Each individual story is a great read. My only complaint is that I wish each story could have been longer! I wanted to know more about their stories but I understand the concept of the 4 short stories making one book.
I love the town of Smitten and the quaintness of the buildings, the parks, the people and the businesses. Each story makes me want to drink some coffee with them and take a walk around Smitten!
Secretly Smitten: Love Changes Everything by Kristen Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. This is really 4 novelettes all rolled into one book. I really enjoyed the writing and love the story line. I just wish that each of the 4 separate stories had been developed further and the characters story line taken to a further place. I felt that each of the individual stories kind of left you hanging - looking for more info. There is a main story line that involves a mystery of how dog tags were left in Grandma's attic from a man that supposedly died 50 years ago. That storyline is continued and talked about in varying degrees throughout all 4 of the novelettes. The other 4 stories are love stories involving the mother, Anna and her 3 grown daughters, Zoe, Clara, and Tess. The book does refer to characters that we should know about from the first book in the series - I had not read the first book and there were times when I felt like a character just plopped into the book with no introduction. Still, it was a delightful book and I found that once I got into the story I couldn't put it down.