Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Here is my review of this enjoyable anthology:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Secretly Smitten" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Secretly Smitten” is the second anthology of novellas taking place in the romantic destination town of Smitten, Vermont.  In this set of four love stories, a common thread of mystery is woven through the tales of love.  The Grandmother of three of our leading ladies apparently has a past which is exposed in the form of a set of military issue dog tags found in Grandma’s attic that do not belong to their deceased Grandfather.  These entertaining stories come together beautifully and offer hours of heartwarming entertainment.

***“Love Between the Lines” by Colleen Coble.  Tess owns the Smitten bookstore and Ryan is a widowed single Dad who brings his daughter, Sophia, in for story time and to browse the books.  Perhaps Tess and Ryan have a story of their own to write.

****“Make Me a Match” by Kristin Billerbeck.  Zoe is just starting her own business as a matchmaker when William, the new City Manager, walks into a ladder in front of Zoe’s store.  As Michael discovers that Zoe has committed several infractions while trying to open her business, it becomes clear that Zoe is stealing Michael’s heart as well, and this traveling man may be contemplating “staying put” in Smitten.

****“Knit One, Love Two” by Diann Hunt.  Anna Thomas is the Mom of our three other protagonists, and convinced that she has had her chance at love and it left a long time ago with the girls’ father.  But this knitting shop owner may have to reconsider when retired U.S. Marine, Michael, moves to Smitten to care for his ailing mother and winds up needing some help, himself.

****“Love Blooms” by Denise Hunter.  Clare has worked at the local flower nursery since high school and has a real knack for garden design and plant choice which keeps her customers coming back.  Ethan shows up looking for a job and ends up finding a love that he didn’t know his heart was looking for.

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