Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Secretly Smitten

About The Book:  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.

LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES: Author Colleen Coble produces a wonderfully written murder mystery/romance. Protagonist Tess loves a good mystery and Ryan has an attic full of clues.

MAKE ME A MATCH: Kristin Billerbeck brings to the forefront Smitten's own matchmaker Zoe.  Sister to Tess she begins her Cupid's shop in an old building and William, new city manager, must either do his job and enforce rules and codes or resign.

KNIT ONE, LOVE TWO:  Author Diann Hunt opens up the Sit `n Knit shop, owned by Anna (divorced mother of  the  single adult girls we meet).  Anna finds her life changing when Michael enters for a shopping spree. 
LOVE BLOOMS: Denise Hunter writes about daughter number three,  nursery manager, Clare It is in this final novella that all secrets, mystery, conflict, begin to unravel.

About The Authors: 
Colleen Coble - is an American Christian author of romance, romantic suspense and historical fiction. Her thirty-five novels and novellas have sold a total of about 2 million copies, and have received numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, the Booksellers Best, and the 2009 Best Books of Indiana-Fiction award

Kristin Billerbeck - is an American writer, who writes fiction novels for young women. She is the author of over 17 novels.

Diann Hunt - In 1997, when Diann Hunt and her husband, Jim, started on their three-mile trek through the Amish country, she had no idea she was taking her first steps toward a new career. Inspired by their walk, she wrote an article, which was published a year later. Other articles soon followed. After studying fiction writing, she celebrated her first novella sale in 2001, with CBA bestselling novellas and novels reaching the bookshelves soon afterward.

Denise Hunter - Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

My Thoughts On The Book:  Secretly Smitten is the second in a series, yet it stands alone.  I had no trouble feeling as if I were a character in the stories/  All four authors are master wordsmiths and create totally believable characters.  It was a fun read and once I started reading I did not want to put the book down. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze Program for bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All they asked for was an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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