Sunday, August 11, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Authors: Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt, Kristin Billerbeck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
January 2013
ISBN: 978-1401687137
Genre: Romance

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?

SECRETLY SMITTEN is the follow up to this award-winning quartet’s novella collection, Smitten, and this one is tinged with mystery. At first I thought it’d be a mystery tied into Colleen’s story Love Between the Lines, but as I finished that first one with no clear resolution of the mystery, it became clear it stretched through-out the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed all four stories in this book, all written by some of my favorite authors, all different types of genres. But the stories mesh well together. If you like novella collections, then consider SECRETLY SMITTEN for an end-of-summer romantic collection. $15.99. 432 pages.


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