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Book Review: Secretly Smitten

18 Jan

687137_w185Summer, 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.

Smitten-116RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include A Billion Reasons Why and What a Girl Wants. * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including A Cowboy’s Touch and Sweetwater Gap. She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.


My Impressions:

Do you like stories that are short and sweet with a little bit of mystery and humor and a whole lot of romance? Then you should check out the 4 novella collection in Secretly Smitten, book 2 in the Smitten series. Set in the small Vermont town of Smitten, a town that has dubbed itself the romance destination of the world, 3 sisters and their mother, grandmother, and 2  great-aunts live life to the fullest despite the absence of men in their lives. But all that is about to change as each story in the collection unfolds. Each author takes a sister and the mom and follows the trials and tribulations of finding just the right man. There is also some mystery involving a set of dog tags and Grandma Rose’s long lost love. What you’ll find are 4 romances with an uniting thread of the mystery and the search for Mr. Right.

Although each section is written by a different author, the charming setting, the uniting plot lines and the consistent characterizations make it feel like it could be one novel. Secretly Smitten is book 2, but can be easily read as a standalone. However, you may want to grab book 1, Smitten, also written by the four friends/authors. I enjoyed Secretly Smitten. It was a quick, fresh read that satisfied my craving for a little sweet romance.


(I received Secretly Smitten from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

You can read what other reviewers have to say HERE.


Welcome to the campaign launch for real-life BFF’s and writing team of Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and DiAnn Hunt. They’re back with a new installment of the wildly popular Smitten series. Secretly Smitten offers four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

The “gals” are celebrating with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They’ll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They’ll also be answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don’t miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.