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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten is the first novel I've read that is four stories in one and at first I wasn't sure if I would like this format or not but I loved it! I will certainly be picking up Smitten (the first novel) on my next trip to the bookstore. It made it much easier to follow Anna and the story of her three daughters: Tess, Clare, and Zoe. These four women, their grandmother Rose, and Rose's two sisters are the main characters that overlap from story to story. Each story follows a different woman and a different season but the overlapping mystery that transcends all four stories is finding out what happened to David Hutchins. He and Rose were engaged and she believed he was killed in action when they were young until his dog tags were found in the attic. If he was killed in action then how did his dog tags end up in the attic? Rose's granddaughters decide to find out and in their search for the truth they find more than just what really happened to David Hutchins. They each find out more about themselves as does their mother Anna.

Smitten, Vermont, is where all four stories take place and with each story I fell a little more in love with the town as I was introduced to more businesses and people that call Smitten their home. I certainly hope we haven't seen the last of Smitten from the lovely Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt!

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.

About Secretly Smitten: 
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?
Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.
Link to buy the book:     
Meet "The Gals":  
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.
Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.
I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sounds like a very intriguing story. Would it be better to start with Smitten?

  2. I love stories that overlap like this. Should I start out with Smitten?


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