Secretly Smitten

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Secretly Smitten 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Smitten series, but it can easily be read on it's own. There are four cute love stories in the book, three of them are sisters and the other one is their mother. They all fall in love with sweet, attractive men! :) All of the four authors worked together very well. Even though this is four different stories, the book as a whole flowed together really well. I greatly enjoyed this book, but did not think it was as good as the first Smitten book. Secretly Smitten was supposed to have a lot to do with a family mystery as well. However, we did not hear a whole lot about the mystery except in the first story and the last story. I wish that would have been woven throughout the whole book a little more. I loved all of the characters. They are all so full of life. I really enjoyed that they are all family, and we get to see how well they know each other. The girls always know when one of their sisters or their mom is attracted to the new guy in the picture. It was fun to read about.  I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Four fiction authors with four smitten romance novellas, share a setting, characters, and even overlapping plots with fun small town romance. The mystery of the dog tags that were found in Grandma Rose's attic continues throughout all the sections along with mini story lines of Tess, Clare, Zoe and Anna. We learn a lot about each woman's fears and dreams. Together they find the courage to face their fears and see their dream come true.  One storyline, with four sections, by four different authors. I enjoyed reading each authors take on the same story. Each section focused on a different character and her love life. Four different protagonists from a single household, "Secretly Smitten" read like a single novel. LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES: Colleen Coble wins awards with murder mystery/romance. Not surprising this romance involves a dead man, but a twist of one potentially again alive. Love with suspense propensity. 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? MAKE ME A MATCH: Kristin Billerbeck has Smitten's matchmaker Zoe begin her Cupid's shop in an old building and William, new city manager, must enforce rules and codes.  KNIT ONE, LOVE TWO: Diann Hunt places readers inside the Sit `n Knit shop owned by Anna (divorced mom of 3 single adult girls) where she turns a little unraveled when Michael enters for a shopping spree. A revealed secret causes tempers to fly. LOVE BLOOMS: Denise Hunter writes of nursery manager Clare waving a rake as a weapon against a tool shed-hiding hunk of a man, Ethan.  All secrets, mystery, conflict, and Smitten romance is cozy-wrapped.  I was ready to read something fun and it’s true each novella begins with a conflicting relationship that is predictably to end in romance. After all, it is a novella with great storytelling. I recommend this book for who needs a fun romance to read. It's good Christian fiction, folks, so expect wholesome lust.  I received this eBook from Thomas Nelson in the BookSneeze blogger program for my review.
JamieA More than 1 year ago
I've been looking forward to returning to Smitten, Vermont ever since I finished the first book in the series. Sometimes the second book's a disappointment but not when you have four talented writers who know their craft well. Once again I was transported to a town I'd jump at the chance to live in surrounded by characters I grew to love. Tess, Clare and Zoe as well as their extended family are people I know I'd like to know. The only drawback is the book comes to an end (a very satisfy one at that) ... but I believe there's more in the works. When the next Smitten book is available you can bet I'll be one of the first to get a copy. Thank you Colleen, Kristin, Diann and Denise for creating this continuing community of romance and faith.
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4MartyAnne More than 1 year ago
Romance lovers, this one is for you! The town of Smitten, Vermont is 200 years old and has been made into a lovers' retreat. One by one people meet, and couples form -- some just cross paths, some use the new dating service. An old mystery is found and gradually chased down until a love-triumphs moment becomes more than a cliché, and at the same time, a story for the ages. If you like romance, I think this is a must-read!
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Love Between The Lines Tess has been secretly in love Ryan for most of her life but what would a man as rich and as handsome want with her – especially after having Ms. Perfect as his first wife. Review: This was really sweet. It’s a cute love story reminding us that we need to look on the inside to get the whole story. Author: Colleen Coble Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Make Me A Match Zoe is so excited about her new matchmaking business that she can’t help but blow off the warnings from the new city manager. This is Smitten – he wouldn’t dare shut her down! Review: It was ok. I liked the story BUT didn’t like the ending so it kind of ruined it for me. Author: Kristen Billerbeck Grade: B Ages: 16+ Knit One, Love Two Anna’s been on her own for a long time. Now her daughters are grown and she’s trying not to be lonely. It helps that she’s got a neighbor in need of help since he broke his leg skiing. An amazing man. A man too much like the one that deserted her so many years ago. Review: This was a story! It was very realistic and fun. I really enjoyed Anna’s story though I didn’t like her much in the first story ;) Author: Diann Hunt Grade: A Ages: 16+ All Along The big 3-0 is looming and Clare is single once again. This time it’s because she’s “boring”, as if! When a drifter stops at her nursery she hires him on the spot – if only to prove she’s not as predictable as everyone believes. Review: Terrific! This on really hit home for me. Author: Denise Hunter Grade: A Ages: 16+ Hott Review: I really enjoyed this book! It’s a must buy! More… Source: Thomas Nelson via Netgalley Grade: A Steam: YA Setting: Smitten, Vermont Series: Smitten Novella Series #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for Christian romance with just a touch of romance mystery - this is the book for you!! If you want a good mystery, with a little romance I would advise you to look elsewhere.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! This is a compilation of 5 Novellas that combined create one whole story. It was fun for me to see how each author took over the story from the ending of the previous one and continued the story focusing on another character. I thought the characters were well developed and likeable throughout. It is clean and entertaining. The relationships have just enough tension but not so much to be ridiculous like many romances. They are sweet and uplifting. It shows individuals successes and relationships. Many of these authors are new to me and I will look for more of their works.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
At first, I thought I might give this a four star rating. After all, it is a romance with a bit of sappiness, and everything works out just as it should in a typical romance novel. Nothing earth-shattering there. It's written by four authors, and the book is a nice, clean Christian romance. At first glance, the book is not a stand-out. I figured it would be four short stories since each author wrote a certain section. Here is what makes this book absolutely unique and makes it deserving of the rating I have given it. Don't let the fact that four authors write this book together cause you doubt how wonderful the book is. I believe the authors have accomplished something that very few authors (if any) could do. This book does not read as four separate stories written by four distinct individuals. Instead, it reads like a cohesive novel that was written by one person. Somehow these four women have made it work. I honestly could not tell the difference between writing styles of these authors, and the story made complete and perfect sense. I have to admit the only truly negative thing I would say would be that I wish each romance had developed a little slower. I realize the authors were working under a time constraint, but I think it could have been accomplished--or at least tried to do so. If you like romances, small towns, and a little inspiration, this is a quick, easy read for you! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters of Smitten, I didn't want it to end! Looking forward to another.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Secretly Smitten Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter Book Summary: 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. Book Review: Like all the stories very much. I think it would be hard to pick a favorite. Even the one that I was least interested in became very enjoyable to the point of wanting to know how it ended. I like the carryover ‘mystery’ involving Grandma it was a good link between the stories. I liked Denise Hunter’s story because it tied everything up very well. Not all series do that. Grandma’s mystery did not have a very exciting climax which was sad but with a limit to the length and content of the story something had to be decreased and left to one’s imagination. I am looking forward to reading Smitten now. I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
This is the first anthology fiction book I've read. I know. Where have I been, right? I was pleasantly surprised. Four very different authors with very different voices came together and pulled off a terrific book. I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable how each author wrote about a specific character and how each had their own twist to the short story. My time is excruciatingly limited, and at first, I was a little concerned at how thick this book was. All that for nothing. Each story was well written and I found myself flying through the book. Each character was well-rounded and likable with her very own traits that endeared them to the reader, and each hero was a perfect match. No one fell in love too quickly, and there was just enough romantic angst to keep you reading. It was a gently told story that weaved in much truth ~ each person, no matter what family they were born into, is different ~ with their own personality and worth. It's a keeper and I will read it again. If I could, I'd give it 4.5 stars. ~ I received a complimentary copy of this book, thanks to Thomas Nelson, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading the three different authors who carried the same theme in each book.
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cookieMOMster713409HF More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I didn't expect much, but I ended up feeling very pleasantly surprised! I dominated this book in a day, and I was a little sad when it ended!  I hadn't read any books by these authors prior to this book, so this was a nice introduction into their writing styles and techniques!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard when a well-written set of short stories feels formulaic and unfulfilling. 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.
CSWCH More than 1 year ago
A very good light entertaining reading
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Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Secretly Smitten ~ Four Stories in One! Smitten is the place for romance and new beginnings.  Grandma Rose is unaware that her three granddaughters, Tess, Zoe, and Claire are secretly trying to dig up information about her first love. But the military told Rose and his parents he was missing in action/dead.  The girls especially Tess want to learn more about the man her Grandmother lost to the war so many years ago.  The girls mother, Anna thinks it needs to be left alone so as not to bring up the hurtful memories Rose had endured. The book follows Cupid's Arrow as it hits it's first target. Tess Thomas is always trying to solve a mystery.  For some reason she thinks there is a mystery concerning her Grandmother's old beau. But she does not want to harm the memory of her grandfather.  She wants her Grandma Rose to love again.  In searching information about the soldier Tess finds out her best friend, Ryan from childhood has bought the old house that the soldier's parents had lived in.  She wants to search the attic of the old house to see if there is anything there about the soldier.  This will give her a chance to spend some time with Ryan.  We are sure Tess is  smitten now we need to find out if Ryan is smitten. Cupid's arrow hits it's second target!  Zoe Thomas is know best for not being able to figure out what she wants to do with her life.  The one thing she is sure of is she wants to do whatever it may be in Smitten. With the possibility of the town becoming a train stop she has decided to start a dating service of sort for the Smitten singles.  But could it be she herself might be smitten before she even gets the doors of her new business open that is if the old building can pass a safety inspection.  It is the responsibility of a  newbie to Smitten to determine whether or not it will open.  But will his decision be swayed by his attraction to Zoe? Could Cupid really be targeting Anna the girls' mother?  Seems so, Cupid's arrow is aimed directly at Anna and her new neighbor, Michael Conners.  His mother, Emma comes to her shop for group knitting and to buy supplies for her knitting projects.  Anna can't deny he is a looker but she is not looking.  Then she becomes the good Samaritan when Michael gets injured in a skiing accident and Emma asks if Anna can drop in on him to make sure he is okay or might possibly need something.  She is sure she can handle his flirtations and get back to her own business.  Oh no, is she smitten? Has Cupid ran out of arrows? Nope he has a quiver full!  This next arrow is aimed at Claire.  Surely Claire is to quick for Cupid's arrow! She has ran off every guy that has gotten too close.  She is always busy working at potting plants or delivering mulch for the Smitten community.  But things are just too hectic and her boss has told her to hire someone to help out with the deliveries.  Her new employee is a drifter she stumbled across in the Nursery tool shed.  At first she felt threatened by the drifter but for some reason she felt like he could be trusted and he was there looking for employment.  He was very kind and worked hard at his job.  She even saw him at her church.  He seemed to have secrets but who doesn't.  He had a close relationship with God and was not embarrassed to share his what he believed.   He sounds more like an Angel sent from God. The author's worked these characters together like they were at a quilting bee adding their special pieces to create a mystery family quilt and then adding their fine stitches to top it off and rounding it off by starting and ending with Grandma Rose.  All pieces are original.  Making this book a keepsake for me and other readers.   Please don't ask who was my favorite character or my favorite author.  It's my secret! I have several daughters and granddaughters and will pass this book to them.  I am sure it will warm their hearts as well.  I found the mystery of this book to be LOVE. I highly recommend this book. I rated this book 5 out of 5. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Secretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas that return to the authors' created town in Vermont. The town is still trying to find ways to stay alive. And four young women are on their way to discovering romance. These novellas tie together with those in Smitten, the other collection by these authors and friends.  Have no fear, you can read this collection on its own.  I love how real the characters are and the way I want to join them at Mountain Perks for a good conversation and update on their romantic adventures. I also enjoy the cameo appearances by characters in the earlier collection and the way the characters carry over from story to story. Because there are four novellas in this book, each can be read in a long sitting and it's the perfect book to take along on a spring break trip. Easy to put down when you need to do something else, but also engaging enough, you'll want to return often to this delightful town.  Do keep in mind that this book contains four shorter works. While longer than a short story, they are not full length novels. Yet each story gives a full romance.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the opinion is mine alone.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Smitten, Vermont!!! Where romance is once again the air with many more couples bound to find love in surprising ways when they least expect it. Renown authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter each take a turn charming our romantic hearts once again in four very different stories that are interwoven into each other, in the novel, Secretly Smitten. In Love Between the Lines by Colleen Coble, she introduces us to the first of the Thomas family women, Tess who runs the towns charming bookstore. She believes that there is no way the handsome and now eligible single father, Ryan Stevenson would ever fall for a plain old girl. After losing his beautiful and rich wife earlier and is now raising his young daughter Sophie alone, he finds solace and peace in Tess' girl next door personality who isn't afraid to just be herself. Can Ryan find a special love interest with Tess? Make Me a Match is the second story by Kristin Bellerbeck, who takes on the love life of Zoe Thomas, the youngest of the Thomas daughters who dreams of opening a match making service in town when the new business falls under the scrutiny of the new City Manager, William Singer. Will sparks fly between them or her building with faulty wiring? Knit One, Love Two by Diann Hunt, introduces us to the matriarch of the Thomas daughters where we meet Anna Thomas, mother to Tess, Zoe and Clare, as well as the owner of Sit N Knit. She finally meets what could be the man of her dreams, Michael Conner. Little does she know he lives next door caring for his mother, Emma who has been diagnosed with cancer. Will love find them when they least expect it? Love Blooms by Denise Hunter wraps up the love interest for Clare Thomas who truly believes love will remain elusive for her and her predictable and often boring ways. Just when even finding prospects at her sister, Zoe's match making business seems to come up short, she thinks her own company will be in raising plants and flowers for the town. While putting away tools one evening she comes across a homeless man, Ethan Foster, who will show her that love will often show up in the unlikeliest of places. I received Secretly Smitten by these four talents authors compliments of Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. The common thread woven into all four of these romance stories is the mystery of what happened to the long lost love of their grandmother, Rose who learns that the man she believed was MIA is found thanks to the efforts of her granddaughters who believe that it's never too late for a lost love. A delightful series that takes readers into the little romantic town of Smitten and teaches us all that love can be found if we are willing to be open enough to let it find us. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see what else these four talented authors will come up with next. Little by little we are slowly meeting each of the town's residents through each of these delightful books. While this book is the sequel to Smitten, you can read this one as a stand alone book but trust me, you'll want to get lost in all the love that this small town seems to have in big doses.