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Posted March 1, 2014
If you are looking for Christian romance with just a touch of ro
If you are looking for Christian romance with just a touch of romance mystery - this is the book for you!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If you want a good mystery, with a little romance I would advise you to look elsewhere.
Posted February 7, 2013
It's hard when a well-written set of short stories feels formula
It's hard when a well-written set of short stories feels formulaic and unfulfilling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I wanted to like "Secretly Smitten," and the first story ("Love Between the Lines" by Colleen Coble) gave me hope. However, the three that followed, while generally good, just fell into a standard girl meets boy, girl likes boy, boy likes girl too, happily ever after.
The commonalities among the four stories are that each centers on one particular member of a family: a mother, Anna, and her three daughters, Tess, Zoe, and Clare. Running through the four stories (besides the standard love story) is a mystery: After their cousin's daughter finds an old set of dog tags in their grandmother's attic - which apparently belonged to her fiancé who went off to war and never returned - the girls set off to find out how the dog tags got there and what really happened to the man who wore them.
If you're a born romantic, you won't be disappointed with these stories. I just get frustrated when authors created characters and/or situations that are just too good to believe, and that's true of most in these stories.
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
Posted January 18, 2013
This book was a bit outside of my normal genre that I usually pi
This book was a bit outside of my normal genre that I usually pick up but the cover is so interesting that I chose to give it a chance. Secretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas written by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. I was not familiar with any of these authors and honestly, I had no idea that this was considered book two. That doesn't seem to matter. I was able to read and follow the story without any trouble. I thought this book was okay. It didn't really jump off the page at me and pull me in but it wasn't awful. I think it was just outside of a genre I really enjoy. It was romance--JUST romance. No other theme. With it being Christian fiction I was actually a little let down that there wasn't more of a Christian theme. I never really saw the characters praying or the life lessons that I enjoy from Christian fiction. Overall though--not bad. I'm not sure I would read another part but it wasn't terrible. It simply wasn't my style, I think.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
About the Story:
Love Between the Lines was the first story in this collection. It was written by Colleen Coble and follows the story of Tess Thomas as she tries to solve a mystery involving her Grandmother's first love who was supposed to have died during war time sixty years ago. Her questions lead her to the attic of a young widower named Ryan. As time is spent with Ryan and his young daughter, Tess begins to open herself up to the possibility of love.
Then we move on to Make Me a Match by Kristin Billerbeck. The second story in this novella collection follows Zoe Thomas as she opens a matchmaking service for the Smitten community. She is determined to find love for everyone else while she is happy being single. That is--until William Singer makes his appearance in town. Zoe may find out that she is in need of love as well!
Story number three is called Knit One. Love Two by Diann Hunt. In this story we meet Anna, the mother of the Thomas girls. Anna's husband up and left her for another woman and has nothing at all to do with his daughters. Of course, Anna's heart is still mending and she is not looking for love when she meets Michael Conners. With her faith and trust shaken--Anna must learn to open her heart if she wishes to find love again.
Concluding this book is Love Blooms by Denise Hunter. I thought Clare Thomas' story was the most interesting. Her prospective love interest was by far the most interesting and appealing sounding. He had a back story and a bit of angst that appeals to me in a character. I also felt that the spiritual overtone was most prevalent in this last story and I actually enjoy that. Said prospect, Ethan is rugged and interesting. I actually looked forward to the conclusion of their story. We also have the added bonus of an additional side romance. Although, I will say that I find it rather a stretch to believe that six women from the same family would all find love so close together.
Again, I don't think this was a bad book or that someone else wouldn't enjoy it. I think it just didn't click with me the way that I had hoped. I think if you're into romance and you would like a light happy-go-lucky story with very little drama or anguish then this is the type of book for you!
I received this book free from the publisher through a fantastic program called Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own.