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These four authors have penned a series of interconnected sweet romance tales that will have readers longing to visit Smitten, Vt. For pure escapism, this book is ideal. -- Romantic Times

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 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401684947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401684945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was surprised with the reviews I've read so far. And then I thought things over and realized that I am an avid romance reader so my bar is set high, and what I find is that this book is poor plot and character development. The story has potential, but the book trips over itself in a rush to reach the same outcome for the 4 main characters: I've fallen in love with a guy I've known since forever and God has to give me the courage to admit it.

I think that a book, christian or not, should take you on a journey, should let you glimpse into the characters thoughts, should make you feel. If the character eats a horrible cookie, I don't want to be informed of it, I want the description to lead me to the conclusion. If the character melts with a glance, I don't want to be told that, I want the description of the glance to melt me.

Everything happens very fast, all relationships are solved in a turn of the page and the reader is not given so much as a glimpse in to the deeper feelings, struggles and thoughts of the characters. The most this book will give you is something along the lines of "was that hurt she saw in his eyes?", "the pain was deep, he hurt her badly". As I said before, writers should take you to the emotions, feelings and somehow make you feel them too, not simply hand it to you on a platter.

I will say that Reese's story was written better than the others. Denise Hunter elaborated a little more on their feelings, but in the entire book left me lukewarm. This is not a book that will beg you to turn the page because you just have to know what's going to happen. This is not a book that will take you in to the characters head and make you commit to them. It's better than some other christian romances I've read, but it can't hold it's own when compared to great works of romance.

I give it 3 stars.

**I receive a free copy via BookSneeze. All opinions are my own.
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First I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE Denise Hunter, she is one of my favorite authors. I hadn't heard of the other authors but I figured if Denise was a part of the project I wouldn't be too disappointed. And the book did not disappoint me. I read it in one sitting over a few hours.

The story follows four friends, Natalie, Julia, Shelby and Reese, as they work to save their town. The ladies also find love along the way. The book is divided into 4 novellas, one for each character and author. The four stories blend together under the setting of Smitten, VT.

I loved the stories and thing I have found a few new authors to add to my reading collection. The stories of love and faith were beautiful as each women faced her fears as she found love in unexpected places. And the story of a little girls' faith flows though the entire collection.
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Smitten is a light read- there is little substance. Each story felt like the same plot and same characters with few variations. It all read like an annoyingly saccharine, sappy, low-budget, drawn out Hallmark movie. Each female protagonist felt like a slight reworking of the last- all were very distrusting and stubborn about silly things. In the first story, Natalie can't trust that Carson is the man he claims to be and seems to be just because she heard differently from her sister, who is notorious for being irresponsible and full of lies. Julia is too stubborn and proud to accept help when its offered to her by her crush, Zak, who she feels is only looking out for her because he's friends with her brother. Shelby has been friends with Nick for a long time but both are too stubborn to see the feelings that are obvious to everyone else (this is true for all of these characters). Reese is pretty much the same as Shelby, as Griffen has been her longtime best friend and has been in love with her for years, yet she can't see it.

So if you don't mind predictable stories that have you wanting to bash characters heads together to just see what's right in front of them... then go ahead and read Smitten. These characters all need a dose of sense- to learn to be honest with their feelings and to open their eyes to what is obvious to everyone else. I suppose that could be said for anyone, but it was a particularly annoying lesson to learn here as it is the same theme in each of the four stories. I would have rather read one cohesive story that wove together these characters- in ways that weren't repeats of the matches made before. Reading one after the other like this, especially when the stories are short, they all kind of blend together with not enough to differentiate them.

I would recommend checking this out from the library before you spend the $$ on it... unless you're in the mood for some brainless, sappy fluff to read.
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I've only read the first novella by Colleen Coble, so I might be reviewing too soon. I'm glad the book is divided into four novellas because I think that is the only way I will be able to finish the book. I like romance but I like logical romance not sappy fairy tale romance that feels rushed. So far that is what the book felt like. I read Christian books all the time, but I wasn't impressed with the religious aspects. There was one character that would say she would pray for her friend and it felt thrown in there, like the author was trying to appear religious. Again, I prefer to read Christian fiction, so religion doesn't bother me if it it is intertwined into the story in a natural way. I got this book for $2.99, I would not want to pay full price, and to be honest I'm not sure it was worth what I paid. If I change my mind after finishing the book, I will try my best to update my review so I can do the book some justice.
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