SMITTEN

by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: December 20, 2011

Format: Paperback (432 pages)

ISBN: 9781401684945

Origin: Publisher though netGalley (eGalley)

***Though the publisher provides the free ebook, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Any company going out of business should not bring a town’s whole economy to a halt, but the mill is the main employer in the town of  SMITTEN, Vermont.    

Four women, all friends, endeavor to remake the town’s image and revitalize it through tourism, of sorts.  They envision their town as a  “Smitten is for lovers” destination to play off the town’s cute attribute, its name.  However, to convince an entire milling town to change their course is a tall order, but these four friends each have a story to make of their own life too.

In addition, for one reason or another, each of these women will have their tales begin and end in Smitten.  

Throughout the seasons, Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese tackle this new challenge, revamp a town, change the minds of the townsfolk, and face their own life’s challenges along the way. Nevertheless, it is two children demonstrating what true faith is all about.    

My Take:

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter cross-stitch a cohesive story together but apart from each other because each one writes the story of a main character. In reality, SMITTEN is different novellas sewn into an entire book without the reader ever seeing the individual treads.  

You’ll find friends, faith, laughs, tears, and trouble in SMITTEN with  some quirky and cute characters too.  

This read is an escape to where romance is always in season, just like growth, opportunity, and God’s favor. The next book in this series, SECRETLY SMITTEN, will release in December 2012, but in the meantime, you’ll want to visit http://www.smittenvermont.com/ and meet the authors, enter sweepstakes, or find more recipes! 

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