31 January 2013

Secretly Smitten, Love Changes Everything, Book review

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
ISBN-13: 978-1401687137


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?

My thoughts:

Secretly Smitten offers readers four contemporary stories in one book written by four delightful authors! 
If you like romance novels and you are looking for a novel to tuck in your vacation tote or to savour during this upcoming Valentine day, this could be the one!

Four Christian novellas complimenting each other, and one mystery: the dog tags of a US soldier reported MIA found in the attic of Rose Thomas, septuagenarian living with her two eccentric sisters in Smitten, Vermont.
Whilst it is the mystery portion which enticed me to read the novel there is little doubt that Rose's granddaughters Tess, Zoe, Clare and their mother, Anna Thomas' romantic entanglements will make this book a sure hit and provide readers with a sigh or two! 

The setting: Smitten, Vermont, a mining town whose popularity's resurge is due partly to the love affair of a well known singer, making it the Romance capital of the US (at least in the book Folks) and its citizens' hardwork.  
Romance is in the air as you read each story, at least for each of the three sisters and their lovely Mum as they find their heart touched by love even when it is least expected!

Love Between The Lines ~ Collen Cobble
Make Me A Match ~Kritisn Billerbeck
Knit One Love Two ~ Diann Hunt
Love Blooms ~ Denise Hunter

The storylines are perfectly tied up with each other and sure to provide good entertainment!

As to the mystery...let's just say when GrandMa Rose's first love comes to light, her family have confused feelings about it but their resolve to uncover the truth leads to a surprise (or two...)

Lighthearted and just the thing to read when life gets boring!(My favourite is Love Blooms!)

A good Christian novel to share with anyone, 4 stars!


About the Authors:

 RITA-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.


The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten 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 wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, 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.

I received this ARC free from LITFUSE GROUP  as part of their blogger review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. I'm going to put your blog in my list of favs! I don't want to miss any of your reviews! Hugs!

  2. Kindly accepted! I so very much enjoy doing this I almost feel sheepish!
    Blessings Dear Lady,


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