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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Smitten with this story

Four best friends hatched a plan to save the town of Smitten when the mill closed down. This is a sweet romantic tale of how love and faith saved a town and it's people.

I really enjoyed reading this novella. Even though each of the four stories were written by diffe...
Four best friends hatched a plan to save the town of Smitten when the mill closed down. This is a sweet romantic tale of how love and faith saved a town and it's people.

I really enjoyed reading this novella. Even though each of the four stories were written by different authors, it flowed together very smoothly. I appreciated the way each woman's faith was shown. The authors sort of mirrored the characters after themselves and I loved how they added little details to the story that made it more personal to them. Each woman was different and yet they were able to come together and put their faith into action to implement something beautiful and successful.

There are discussion questions and an interview with the authors at the back of the book.
A very cute story that makes for a fun, fast read.

I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

posted by tmurrell2 on December 3, 2011

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Would have worked better as a series than a collection of novellas

An easy read with lots of sweet parts. I'm only giving it 3.5 stars, though, because at the end, I felt mildly disappointed. Each story had so much potential, and they weren't well served as a collection of novellas. There was too much time covered and not nearly enough...
An easy read with lots of sweet parts. I'm only giving it 3.5 stars, though, because at the end, I felt mildly disappointed. Each story had so much potential, and they weren't well served as a collection of novellas. There was too much time covered and not nearly enough introspection or action shown to make some of the reactions all that plausible or realistic for me. I would have preferred full-fleshed novels in a series instead, because each couple was really cute and charming, and I wanted to see each relationship develop more than I did.

Each of the four parts of the book had misses for me, from character reactions and decisions to story flow. I felt a lot of the choices the characters made were a little cliche, a little stereotypical, and a lot gender-specific. I struggled to identify with the women throughout a lot of the book, and actually think that it might have been better if instead of writing their own personalities, the authors had chosen to write a friend's personality instead. I liked the characters better when they weren't the main character (save for Reese - I liked her story the best), which says that maybe these ladies were better and kinder at writing each other than themselves.

The men were also a problem, and I found them a big mismatch. They were very before and after kind of characters, with very little transition to explain their 180 degree turnarounds. I'd like to believe that love can change a person, but I need to see more than what was shown for it to feel authentic.

The biggest problem for me was the entire third part, or Shelby's section. That particular story fell woefully flat for me, and suffered from a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. It also did not mesh well with the other three sections; I don't know if it was tone, exactly, or writing style, but where the other three parts felt at least related to each other, this one unfortunately stood out and felt forced. That was a huge letdown because Shelby had some of the best lines in the first two sections, and I was looking forward to her story in particular. Hardly anything was mentioned of Penelope, either, which was surprising given the earlier attention to the little dog.

The best section was the last, as it was probably the best written, had the tightest story, and the characters felt the most realistic. The ending, though, was abrupt, made even more jarring because that was also the ending for the whole book. A little epilogue to sum up things would have been nice, or just a stronger ending to anchor everything.

I will say that I was surprised by how much I appreciated and respected the way religion and faith was handled. This is my first Christian-genre book, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But all four authors handled the characters' faith in a gentle and calming way, where you could tell it was an authentic part of their lives. Seeing the way the characters displayed and embraced their faith was a truly pleasant and sweet surprise. It felt like a warm hug, and I liked it a lot.

Overall, Smitten it was a light, fast read about a charming town and faith.

posted by bellenoir on January 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Would have worked better as a series than a collection of novellas

    An easy read with lots of sweet parts. I'm only giving it 3.5 stars, though, because at the end, I felt mildly disappointed. Each story had so much potential, and they weren't well served as a collection of novellas. There was too much time covered and not nearly enough introspection or action shown to make some of the reactions all that plausible or realistic for me. I would have preferred full-fleshed novels in a series instead, because each couple was really cute and charming, and I wanted to see each relationship develop more than I did.

    Each of the four parts of the book had misses for me, from character reactions and decisions to story flow. I felt a lot of the choices the characters made were a little cliche, a little stereotypical, and a lot gender-specific. I struggled to identify with the women throughout a lot of the book, and actually think that it might have been better if instead of writing their own personalities, the authors had chosen to write a friend's personality instead. I liked the characters better when they weren't the main character (save for Reese - I liked her story the best), which says that maybe these ladies were better and kinder at writing each other than themselves.

    The men were also a problem, and I found them a big mismatch. They were very before and after kind of characters, with very little transition to explain their 180 degree turnarounds. I'd like to believe that love can change a person, but I need to see more than what was shown for it to feel authentic.

    The biggest problem for me was the entire third part, or Shelby's section. That particular story fell woefully flat for me, and suffered from a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. It also did not mesh well with the other three sections; I don't know if it was tone, exactly, or writing style, but where the other three parts felt at least related to each other, this one unfortunately stood out and felt forced. That was a huge letdown because Shelby had some of the best lines in the first two sections, and I was looking forward to her story in particular. Hardly anything was mentioned of Penelope, either, which was surprising given the earlier attention to the little dog.

    The best section was the last, as it was probably the best written, had the tightest story, and the characters felt the most realistic. The ending, though, was abrupt, made even more jarring because that was also the ending for the whole book. A little epilogue to sum up things would have been nice, or just a stronger ending to anchor everything.

    I will say that I was surprised by how much I appreciated and respected the way religion and faith was handled. This is my first Christian-genre book, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But all four authors handled the characters' faith in a gentle and calming way, where you could tell it was an authentic part of their lives. Seeing the way the characters displayed and embraced their faith was a truly pleasant and sweet surprise. It felt like a warm hug, and I liked it a lot.

    Overall, Smitten it was a light, fast read about a charming town and faith.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    This was in enjoyable book to read.

    Smitten is the story of how the people in a small town fought together to save it after the closing of the lumber mill. Natalie, Julia, Shelby and Reese dreamed up the plan to make Smitten the new romantic vacation spot. The men in town don't see it working, but eventually get just as involved as the women.

    There are four stories with each one telling about the plans of each woman. Each one has a man of interest that helps them and everyone knows everyone from their younger years. Some have moved away and come back home, others have lived in Smitten all their lives. The ladies don't really have a past with their man of interest, but they have things that make them feel they can never be together.

    I would recommend this book for a good clean read, it show's how people can pull together for the good of their community. Even with disagreements things can get worked out and people prosper not only financially but emotionally as well. You have to forget about things in the past and see what the present and future hold for you.

    I won this book and was not required to read it or do a review.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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