Friday, 10 February 2012

Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter


Welcome to Smitten, Vermont.

With the help of four friends, it's about to become the most romantic town in America.

The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they've got just the plan to save Smitten. They'll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers-complete with sweet shops, a high-end spa, romantic music on the square, and cabins outfitted with fireplaces and hot tubs.

But is this manly town ready for an influx of romantically-minded guests?

Country music sensation Sawyer Smitten, the town's hometown hero, wants to help by holding his own wedding there on Valentine's Day. And little Mia's lavender wreaths hang all over town as a reminder that faith can work miracles. Along the way, four women spearheading the town's transformation-energetic Natalie, sophisticated Julia, graceful Shelby, and athletic Reese-get in the spirit by reviving their own love lives.

Join best-selling inspirational romance authors (and real-life BFFs) Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for an inspiring stay at the (soon-to-be) most romantic town on the eastern seaboard.

One visit . . . and you'll be smitten too.

My take:~

A stellar idea from four close friends who are also very talented writers offers a sweet, escapist read yet didn't quite fulfill the hopes I had for their stories. Smitten includes four novellas written by Colleen, Kristin, Diann, and Denise with their heroines imbued with their particular personalities and quirks. From that perspective, the book is a fun and fast read and will appeal to those who love their romance lighthearted and the insight into the writers themselves is a great premise. The repetition of each heroine having to convince her guy of their plan to turn Smitten into the romance capital of America meant each story was similar and I would have enjoyed a little more diversity in that regard. My views are coloured by the high expectations I have in respect to these authors' stories and I also acknowledge the challenge of in depth characterisation and plot in much shorter novella. All in all, Smitten is still an enjoyable read and I look forward to returning to Vermont when Secretly Smitten releases in December, 2012.

With thanks to Thomas Nelson for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Visit the websites of Colleen, Kristin, Diann & Denise
Visit their blog Girls Write Out
Check out Smitten's own website
Buy Smitten from Amazon or Koorong


Lydia said...

I felt the same way. Love these authors individually but these book didn't quit meet my expectations.

Merry said...

Me too! I had high hopes but I will still look for the next book. :)

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