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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater InnRosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks



Kristin Billerbeck is the author of numerous Christian novels, hitting the CBA bestseller list and winning the coveted ACFW Book of the Year in 2004 for What a Girl Wants and again in 2006 for With this Ring, I’m Confused. She has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, World Magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitition and been seen on the "Today Show" for her pioneering role in Christian Chick Lit. She has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Jose State University.

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter

 

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Smitten
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687168
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
Falling in love only happens this fast in novellas. But it is Smitten, a Vermont town known for rapid romance. A carry-through mystery plot-links 4 love stories, all using many of the same characters. Amorous novellas by skilled Christian writers. These authors collaborate so well they turn New English lumberjacks into romance-reading fanatics. Like the 4-couple protagonists, readers get Smitten. Fast-paced adventurous courting that will make you swoon.

Publishers typically release trilogies. "Smitten Book Club" is #3. Can we have a "quadruplogy"--a Smitten 4? Is Smitten, VT, Romance Capitol of the World, love exhausted? I hope not. Romantics clamor for amore.

A Smitten smidgen on each novella:
Novella 1- "Love by the Book" by Colleen Coble
A discarded copy of "The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship" is found containing a note to the author's descendants saying the book contains clues to lost gold. In Smitten, VT, when a book has potential for romance and money--well, that's a book of a different cover. An old unrequited love flame returns as a Smitten flicker to Heather. Is it possible to unite 2 spirits so previously devastated by rejection and abandonment?

2- "Shelved Under Romance" by Kristin Billerbeck
"Gentlewoman's Guide" now in Abby's hands, continues to reveal nuggets of romantic wisdom, but can Abby find a lovely cache that can be `taken to the bank?' Wyatt invites her out creating an immediate use for the book's teachings, plus her stylish make-over. Her chai tea and his java don't exactly blend amiably, even if he is super-smitten. A quest for gold through the book's clues is taken in hand by Abby.

3- "A New Chapter" by Diann Hunt
Lia's lost filling repaired by her childhood heartthrob, Dr.
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By Alyssa Faith on January 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Smitten Book Club
Thomas Nelson
January 14, 2014
5 stars!!

[About the Book]

"Consider that your beau is like a coveted novel whose compelling first lines you've just begun to read." --A Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship"

At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.

As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they'd made the book into a movie!

One by one, each of the women finds romantic love--often in spite of the historic book's advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.

[Review]

Smitten Book Club was written by various Christian authors, including the late Diann Hunt, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Smitten Book club follows four women who take turns reading, "A Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship", and the four women see the book differently. For example, Heather sees the book as a mystery. While they each read the book they also find their own romantic love along the way.

If you want a great pick-me-up, cute, and romantic book to read during an open afternoon I suggest you buy Smitten Book Club.
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Smitten Book Club is the third book in the "Smitten" series. I have to say, this has been one of the most unique series I've seen. All of the books are a collection of novellas from four authors with different main characters - and yet there's one central theme/story that binds them together.

For Smitten Book Club, it was Pearl Chambers' book and the search for the legendary buried gold. I think this was my favorite part about the book, as I loved the little bit of mystery it brought to the story. The quotes from "the Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship" (Pearl's book) at the start of every chapter were fun, too!

As for my favorite novella, that was the last one: Happily Ever After by Denise Hunter. It seemed like the novellas got better with each one: Love by the Book was just okay for me; I felt like it needed better editing, as the story didn't seem to flow that well and was confusing at times. Shelved Under Romance was good and I liked this story. A New Chapter is my second favorite novella in this book; I enjoyed it very much and the only thing that I didn't care for all that much was how quickly things moved in the end - didn't seem believable. As I said, Happily Ever After is my favorite of the bunch. I felt like it was the most complete novella and flowed the best. I really liked that one! :)

Overall, a fun read! If you like contemporary reads, you might enjoy Smitten Book Club.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done.
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