Monday, February 25, 2013

Secretly Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter

I loved these cozy romances set in the town of Smitten!  The four stories feature three sisters and their mother.  Slightly overweight Tess has a crush on a guy she's known since high school, who's now widowed with a child.  She feels she could never compete with his first wife, though, who always looked so put together.  Flighty Zoe has finally decided what she wants to do for a career: start a matchmaking service.  Will it even get off the ground when she meets Will, the new town manager who plays by the rules?  Their mother Anna was heartbroken when her husband left them to start a new family.  Could she ever trust and love again?  Clare is predictable and likes to play it safe, but when she spontaneously hires a stranger, will she come to regret it or take a risk on love?  One of the story lines running through them all is about dog tags found in the attic of Grandma Rose from her first love who died in the Korean War, but how did they get there?  The three sisters decide to investigate the mystery.

I love the romance in each of the stories.  There are a lot of sweet moments, but also some real issues each woman has to face in their path to love.  The town sounds like an ideal place to live and I love the feel of community there.  I also liked the mystery woven through all the stories.  This is the second book set in Smitten, but it isn't necessary to read the other one first, and there is a third book planned for January 2014.  I can't wait!  I definitely recommend it!

I received this e-book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I am a member of booksneeze and love reviewing their books! What other websites can you recommend me to review more books? I noticed that there were other books from other publishers on your blog.

    1. Waterbrook Multnomah has a site called Blogging for Books; it's a bit involved because they want you to have a Klout account and twitter account too. Bethany House, Revell, Tyndale, Kregel, & Moody all have some kind of blogging program and Abingdon just started an actual program; I just googled and found some that way or filled out a contact form and asked. There are a few places like Handlebar Central, Litfuse, etc. that handle publicity for certain books. Hope this helps!