Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Secretly Smitten~ Litfuse Blog tour with review and giveaway

    Secretly Smitten
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140168713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687137
This book is also available as an e-book.

January 8, 2013 Smitten (Book 2)

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.

My take on this book:
"Secretly Smitten" is  four short stories  that take place in Smitten,Vermont,a place where neighbors are like family. 
When a set of dog tags with the name of David Hutchins is found in Tess Thomas's grandmother's attic little did they know that the mystery surrounding the tags lead not only Tess, but her sisters and mothers to finding love as well as answers. 
"Secretly Smitten" is written by four different authors and provides readers with four different tales of romance. Short and sweet, each story flows well, and gives a few twists that held my attention. I enjoyed watching each sister get their own happily ever after, but my favorite story actually belonged to Anna their mother, who owned the Sit 'n Knit yarn shop.I enjoyed the setting of the store, the descriptions of the yarn and clanking knitting needles. I thought the characters of Anna and  Michael were very well done, and I always enjoy reading about second chances at love. Overall, I enjoyed my trip back to Smitten, and think if you enjoy reading short stories where characters overflow from one story to the other, along with a sweet romance, sprinkled with a christian theme,your going to enjoy "Secretly Smitten." The bit of mystery woven in was an added bonus for me. While this is the second book that takes place in Smitten it can be read as a stand alone work. Although if  you enjoy romance with  a small town feel I certainly recommend you read "Smitten" as well. 

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, and Hunt here.

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.

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