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  1. Secretly Smitten - eBookeBOOK
    Secretly Smitten - eBook
    Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt, Kristen Billerbeck
    Thomas Nelson / 2013 / ePub
    $9.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 34 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable Anthology
    March 14, 2013
    ChristianFictionLover
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Secretly Smitten, Smitten Series #2.
    I like novellas because they're bite-sized stories. They read fast, they're romantic, and they're satisfying. I liked this sequel to Smitten!

    The setting—small-town Smitten—is delightful. The setting ties these novellas together, as does the family connection. Each story zeroes in on one of the sisters, and one tells the mom's love story. I related with every single heroine, at least in some respect. One of the other elements that tied the stories together was the grandmother's love story. Her granddaughters (all adults now) discover her first love's dog tags in the attic. But the grandmother hasn't ever seen them. How did they get there? Hadn't the man died in the war? This mystery kept me reading through the novellas as well. I especially enjoyed the introduction to the underlying (first love) thread in novella one, the tenderness of story two, that story three centered on a mother of 20-somethings and turned a cliché situation (not wanting to trust in love following divorce) into a believable and heartfelt storyline, and the setting and hero of story number four.

    I gave the collection four stars because I was lost a few times in the first story (due to POV) and had a hard time getting past the overuse of "that" (around location #970-#980 e-Book) in the same story, etc.

    Looking forward to any further Smitten books that come along. Enjoy!
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 5, 2013
    DUCKgirl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Secretly Smitten, Smitten Series #2.
    Secretly Smitten

    By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt

    Book Description

    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?

    Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

    This book is delightful and easy to read. The characters are approachable, charismatic and easy to relate to. Even though there are four different authors, the book is seamless and the end result is impressive.

    Sometimes when a book of novellas has more than one author the story line can become rather confusing. These four authors did such a fine job that I moved from one novella to the next forgetting that I had started reading the writings of a different author. The plot was well developed and the dialogue was so real and true to life. Through the character development in each story, I felt that each character was a personal friend. All human emotions were covered in the descriptions and scenes making me feel as if I were living each character's life. The romance in the stories made them great stories but the mystery of the dog tags just added to my enjoyment of the book. I did not want the book to end for I felt as if I were leaving my friends and wanted to know more about their lives.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend to everyone who likes a great romantic story that also has an intriguing mystery. I plan to go back and read the first book in the Smitten series and am eagerly awaiting the third book.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 3, 2013
    Reviews4U
    This review was written for Secretly Smitten, Smitten Series #2.
    I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series called "Smitten" and enjoyed my visit back to Smitten just as much. The focus of these four novellas was on the Thomas sisters, their mother Anna and their Grandma Rose. The story begins with the dog tags of Grandma Rose's long lost love, David Hutchins, being found in her attic. How did David's dog tags end up in the attic if he was killed in action and never returned to Smitten? Rose's granddaughters were determined to find out how this happened. While trying to solve this mystery the girls find themselves on their own journey to love.

    I really enjoyed the stories and felt they flowed very well for being written by four authors. I found the book to be a very light-hearted read but it did have some depth as the family dynamics came to light. I believe the stories gave a realistic view of what happens when families love but also experience hurt. I personally would love to see these stories turned into a movie. I recommend this book and look forward to the new release in January 2014. Also, be sure to check out www.smittenvermont.com to listen to the Smitten song, recipes and more.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. 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."
  4. Anchorage, Alaska
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It was a fun read.
    February 27, 2013
    Lori
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Secretly Smitten, Smitten Series #2.
    I was drawn to this book because I read the first Smitten book and because Colleen Coble wrote one of the short stories. I think the stories were cute and it was neat the way the authors put them together.
  5. Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    February 27, 2013
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Secretly Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt is a collection of four novellas about three generations of women living in Smitten, Vermont. The mystery of the story begins when the young daughter of a cousin finds a pair of dog tags in Grandma Rose's attic. The dog tags belonged to Grandma Rose's first love but he was killed in Korea during the Korean War so the dog tags should not have been in the attic. Tess, Clare, and Zoe are determined to solve the mystery of the dog tags but their mother warns them against meddling.

    In Love Between the Lines, Colleen Coble tells the story of Tess who puts everyone else before herself and has no thoughts of marriage until Ryan, a widower with a young daughter, enters her life and then things start to change. Kristen Billerbeck continues the saga in Make Me a Match with the story of Zoe. People seem to think that Zoe has no ambition and are quite surprised when she opens her own business which is a match mating service. Through a freak accident, William, the new city manager, enters Zoe's life and then the excitement begins. Anna's story is told by Diann Hunt in Knit One, Love Two. Anna is the mother of the three girls and since her husband left her for a younger woman, she has put all thoughts of love and romance out of her mind. Life gets interesting when Michael comes into her knit shop to pick up some yarn for his mother. The last story, Love Blooms by Denise Hunter is the story of Clare who works in a landscaping business. On a stormy night she discovers Ethan in the back of a storage shed and even though he looks like a disreputable biker, she hires him to help in the business. Clare has low self-esteem but a fantastic gift for landscaping and Ethan urges her to open her own business.

    Sometimes when a book of novellas has more than one author the story line can become rather confusing. These four authors did such a fine job that I moved from one novella to the next forgetting that I had started reading the writings of a different author. The plot was well developed and the dialogue was so real and true to life. Through the character development in each story, I felt that each character was a personal friend. All human emotions were covered in the descriptions and scenes making me feel as if I were living each character's life. The romance in the stories made them great stories but the mystery of the dog tags just added to my enjoyment of the book. I did not want the book to end for I felt as if I were leaving my friends and wanted to know more about their lives.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend to everyone who likes a great romantic story that also has an intriguing mystery. I plan to go back and read the first book in the Smitten series and am eagerly awaiting the third book.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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