Smitten

Smitten

by Colleen Coble
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Smitten by Colleen Coble

Welcome to Smitten, Vermont.

With the help of four friends, it’s about to become the most romantic town in America.

The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they’ve got just the plan to save Smitten. They’ll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers—complete with sweet shops, a high-end spa, romantic music on the square, and cabins outfitted with fireplaces and hot tubs.

But is this manly town ready for an influx of romantically-minded guests?

Country music sensation Sawyer Smitten, the town’s hometown hero, wants to help by holding his own wedding there on Valentine’s Day. And little Mia’s lavender wreaths hang all over town as a reminder that faith can work miracles. Along the way, four women spearheading the town’s transformation—energetic Natalie, sophisticated Julia, graceful Shelby, and athletic Reese—get in the spirit by reviving their own love lives.

Join best-selling inspirational romance authors (and real-life BFFs) Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for an inspiring stay at the (soon-to-be) most romantic town on the eastern seaboard.

One visit . . . and you’ll be smitten too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410459558
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/24/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 551
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written numerous romantic suspense novels including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and Beneath Copper Falls. Visit her website at ColleenCoble.com, Twitter: @colleencoble, Facebook: colleencoblebooks.

Kristin Billerbeck is the author of numerous Christian novels, hitting the CBA bestseller list and winning the coveted ACFW Book of the Year in 2004 for What a Girl Wants and again in 2006 for With this Ring, I’m Confused. She has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, World Magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitition and been seen on the "Today Show" for her pioneering role in Christian Chick Lit. She has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Jose State University.

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her Facebook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter.

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Smitten 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not to familar with these writers but it sounded like a good book so i gave it a try and boy was i surprised, very well written and hard to put down. Sorry to see the end of the book. Story was about 4 friends who wanted to help the town after the Mill Closed. I liked the way each story flowed into the next.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED reading Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt. The four authors did such a good job merging four stories together; it did not feel like you were reading a book by four different authors! Before reading, I read their introduction to the story. The authors decided that they would write about four friends, each with personalities similar to their own. This idea was unique in and of itself and made me more intrigued to read the story. I had only read one other story by Colleen Coble, and truly enjoyed it. As I was reading Smitten, I related most to the characters that Colleen Coble and Diann Hunt wrote about, Natalie and Reese. This also made it more interesting to read, figuring out which character I was most like! The four girls are best friends in the story. Their town, Smitten, is ¿going under¿. The mill where many people in town worked is closing down and the town looks as if it has no hope for a future, until the girls and the town decide that they can use the name of their town, Smitten, to get tourist there. They are going to turn their town into a romance destination. Each girl has a man in their life. Natalie and Carson are both town members and help decide things for Smitten, Shelby and Nick are really good friends of about 4 years, Julie and Zac are high school friends and Zac and Julie¿s brother are best friends, and Reese and Griffen are childhood friends. The romance between the couples is a little bit predictable, but still very enjoyable to read! Also, the authors did a great job incorporating scripture and prayer into each story. I found myself taking a moment to say a prayer for my own life several times while I was reading. When this happens, I know the book is hitting home! I enjoyed reading Smitten! Thank you Booksneeze for yet another wonderful opportunity!
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Smitten By Kristen Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter What a lovely story! In wasn't sure how I would like a story told by 4 different authors. I thought perhaps it would be awkward and cumbersome. It is none of those things! Everything dovetails seamlessly as it weaves together the stories of four couples and the fate of their town. Lots of Faith, unexpected meetings (some quite rough) and misunderstandings But in the end, things are looking rosy for the future. A joy to read. ISBN#978-1-4016-8494-5
VictoriaRules More than 1 year ago
What a good read by 4 Christian authors that are well known in the industry. It was over 400 pages and I finished it in less than a week! A new book called "Secretly Smitten" is coming in December 2012 and I am sure going to order it. I also signed up for their newsletter. Buy this book and let the stories whisk you away to Vermont and new love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy any of the four authors that wrote this book you will fall in love with the characters. I am a huge Colleen Coble fan. I enjoyed all aspects of this book and was excited to meet three more Christian authors that I can follow. A must read!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Smitten is a contemporary romance with a dash of faith. Not to sound cliché, but I was completely smitten with Smitten. Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter and Hunt deliver a fast paced romance, complete with small town charm. Main characters, Natalie, Julia, Shelby and Reese are completely different right down to how they exercise; but they are the best of friends. Each is a successful business owner, whose fate is tied to the closing of the lumber mill. They form an idea to turn the town into a romantic tourist destination. The only problem they face is getting the men of the town to agree. The main character's personalities are based on the author's themselves. I thought this was a unique way to get to know each a little better. In real life the four authors are best friends and lean on each other for support and faith. This was evident in the bond the characters shared. The characters are flawed, independent, smart, genuine and care about each other and the town of Smitten. Two young characters Mia and Willow are refreshing and their unwavering faith a wonderful reminder to us all. The tale that unfolds is delightful, and as each woman brings her own visions to fruition, she unexpectedly finds true love. The romance between the couples was sweet. The interaction between each couple, made my heart flutter, made me cry and even laugh aloud.
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
On Friday night, I went to bed fairly early. And then I wasn't completely tired, so I picked up my iPod, planning to read just a chapter or two of my newest e-book, Smitten. An hour and a half later, I finally made myself put it down and go to sleep. Saturday night, I again thought I could read just one or two chapters, but ended up staying up and finishing the entire book. It was just too much fun to put down! There are four main characters in this book, with each one having her story told by a different author. I thought the stories were tied together very well, and I wouldn't have guessed that the book was written by four different people if I hadn't know it already. I really enjoyed getting to know all four of the characters. That was one of the things that made the book hard to put down- as I read one woman's story and was briefly introduced to her friends, I then wanted to continue reading to see what happened to her friends! All four stories, as well as telling about the individual women, together tell the story of their adventures as they try to save their town, Smitten. This is a fun read, and I hope that the authors combine forces again in the future for more Smitten books! Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to Booksneeze. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Smitten by Colleen Cable, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter Natalie Birthday Wishes by Colleen Cable Smitten is a town in VT that has to close the mill down. The women talk about how to attract business and agree that it should be a love type business that would enhance the name of the town. Everything catering to the honeymooners and lovers. Their every wish come true. She even has the mayor on board now and is helping him redo his cabins and they start going on dates. She doesn't really think he is the father of her sister's baby that she's had custody of for over 5 years. Her sister only calls when she needs money. Like how her friends are more than aware of her having to eat gluten free food and they cater to her needs. She finds herself in love with the mayor and the little girl, Mia also loves him. She looks to the bible for guidance in the scriptures. Julia: small town, big dreams by Kristin Billerbeck Julia had worked in an upscale spa in NY but now lives in Smitten, where she takes care of her mother. She still has the insight when it comes to transposing things like someones makeup on their face. She's called her friend Devlin to come look at the town to not only inspire her but to monetarily fund the transformation. Her brother Greg has asked Zak-the body builder who's local to keep an eye out for her. He doesn't feel he has any chance of catching her eye, he's not as high class as her. She needs more faith and hope in her life to help her get over herself and let others help where they can. Or is she gonna head back to the big city? Her women friends have a lot of faith in her and the ending is a total surprise. Shelby: You've Got a Friend by Diann Hunt Shelby's shop is called Social Graces where she teaches girls how to become ladies. Nick is a local fireman and he's helped put out a fire at Shelby's house. On his way back to her house he gets a call that his ex-wife has passed away so now he needs to make plans for his young daughter and bring her to live with him. Roses house had a flood from the hot water heater and now Shelby can't use her house for the classes. Nick has come to the rescue by allowing her to use his outbuilding where in season, he sells Christmas trees and decorations. Things happen that leave her watching Nick's daughter while he settles the trust fund for Willow. Her own child would've been the same age as her but her dad had ordered her to get rid of the baby. I'm in heaven-Willow knows how to knit and crochet! Like how in every story Mia has provided the lavender wreath meaning eternity and having faith in the towns survival, connects them all together. Another thing I really like was in each story there is a daily walk/run/rollerblade exercise and talk with the 4 women. Each day a different person gets to choose the type of exercise. Only God can help when Willow has run away. Reese, all along by Denise Hunter She is ready to start on the renovations with the local contractor: Griffen. She will run the new outfitters shop in town in hopes the tourists that come will find something to do with their time, athletically. She wants to make Griffen jealous but her plan backfires and he wants to step in and make her old boyfriend jealous that he missed out on her. Really great how the whole book was brought together at the end, fantastic!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Take four women who are some of the best authors of Christian Fiction, and have them collaborate and design four unique characters, each with a bit of their own personalities, create a storyline and a place and put it all together and you have the makings of the novel, Smitten. It was written by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter with each of them writing a specific chapter geared around the small town of Smitten, Vermont, who has come under hard economic times. Faced with the mill closing which employs 500 people, the town rallies around the idea of creating a play on the word of their town's name, Smitten, which they believe implies the feeling of love. Their idea is to create a tourist town that will draw people to it, honeymooners, lovers, people celebrating such milestones as weddings and anniversary's and those simply looking to find love to the town of Smitten. Most of the town is excited about the prospects this could mean for new business opportunities but also a great place to call home. However when Carson Smitten hears about the idea, he is greatly opposed and thinks there is a better way, but he can't quite come up with one that will work fast enough and slowly the town's residents begin to warm his heart up to the idea. In the first installment of the book, "Natalie: Birthday Wishes" by Colleen Coble takes the story first when the idea is presented to the town council. Natalie Mansfield, is the owner of Mountain Perks, and who is also raising her niece Mia, now 5, since her mother, Lisa abandoned her and left town. Rumors circulate that Carson Smitten is the father, although he denies ever being with Lisa long enough for that to happen, but Natalie can't help but wonder why he won't subject himself to a paternity test to prove it. While working together to find ways to remodel the town for the new look of love, she finds herself working closely with Carson to help renovate his fishing cabins which remain seriously outdated and less than booked for the season. Natalie learns that Carson's brother has a great idea to help kick start the town's new launch and it may boost more love in the town than anyone recognized. In the second installment of the book, "Julia: Small Town, Big Dreams" by Kristin Billerbeck, the emerging story of the character of Julia we caught a glimpse of earlier in the book continues to grow with her story as one of Natalie's closest friends. Julia Bourne is trying to do her part with the town of Smitten to redefine itself as a romantic destination and desires to open a upscale spa. Since leaving New York, she reaches out to contact Devlin Stovich, a successful New York spa owner and someone who has the money she needs to invest in her idea. When he agrees to come to Smitten, he finds the location of Smitten Grill, a former restaurant geared to the logging industry as the perfect location that now lies abandoned and vacant. However upon closer inspection they both learn that the owner, Zak Grant has ideas of his own on how to renovate the space. Will they be able to work together for the good of the town or will Julia be sent back to New York instead? In the third installment of the book, "Shelby: You've Got A Friend" by Diann Hunt, we meet the third in this group of 4 best friends, Shelby Evans who arrives to her home in Smitten and meets the local fire department there to put out a fire in her Victorian Home. Nick Majors, a volunteer fireman stops her from entering along with her Shih-poo, Penelope until it is safe to go inside. Shelby was using the downstairs for Classes for Social Graces, a program to help young girls become ladies while she lived upstairs. She learns through Nick, that she is responsible for leaving a glue gun unattended and apparently there are more that just sparks flying between the two of them. Will romance be fanned into flames or will they simply be smitten with one another but remain friends? In the final installment of the book, "Reese: All Along" by Denise Hunter, we get the opportunity to meet Reese Mackenzie, the local girl who is your all around sports enthusiast who is trying to launch her own business of opening a sporting goods store and is working with her friend, Griffin Parker. What makes this difficult for Reese is that the whole town is rallying around recreating their town and making it the newest romantic destination to compare with the Poconos but in addition to this is the celebrity wedding to their town's newest country star, Sawyer Smitten, Reese's former boyfriend, who is planning on using the town to host his own wedding. Will Reese be able to define her own feelings for Sawyer or is she about to be smitten with someone from her past instead? I received Smitten by these amazing and talented authors compliments of Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for my honest review. I really enjoyed these individual but connected mini romances found inside the cover of this book. You truly feel like you're getting 4 books in 1 and this is one of the reasons I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. This novel is geared to the hopeful romantic in all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Proof that love stories can be God-honoring
Dreed55 More than 1 year ago
Just a nice read. Not too complex. Good endings. And no vampires or creatures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love Smitten, I kept wanting to get on the train so I could read, almost missed my stop a couple of times! This book is a great read for the overly romantic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only got the sample and i read that abd now i love it a nd im going to get the whole boom i love it so so much i recommend this book to anyone who likes the book matched or crossed and like romantic fiction
KayMKM 6 months ago
Smitten by C Coble K Billerbeck D Hunt D Hunter Review The same characters, four friends, are in the whole novel. However, this novel is divided into four parts, with each part featuring a different woman as the main character. They all live in the small Vermont town of Smitten. Natalie: Birthday Wishes by Colleen Coble I enjoyed this first story highlighting Natalie and her not-yet-adopted young daughter, Mia. Although Natalie has made a nice life for herself and Mia, she has severe trust issues, when it comes to men. My favorite character in this first part of the book is Mia. She is a precious and loving child. Julia: Small Town, big Dreams by Kristin Billerbeck This second story has the women and the town making great strides to improve their hometown in myriad ways. The only discord seems to be between Julia and Zak. And there is Julia’s attitude toward her parents. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the past. This is a good story that made me think and assess my own attitudes. Shelby: You’ve Got a Friend by Diann Hunt This was my favorite story, and it made me remember what a wonderful author Diann Hunt was. I like all the main characters in this story: Shelby, Nick and Willow. Of course, by now, I knew Natalie and Julia pretty well, so I was really pulled in by this segment of the novel. I especially found the spiritual theme of forgiveness to be very real. Reece: All Along by Denise Hunter This last story is especially good. Of the four girlfriends, Reece is my favorite. This story brings everything together and ends the book in a satisfying way.
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! I love how all of the novellas together tell a full, continuing story. What a wonderful idea for these four authors, to each take a character and tell that character's story in their specific novella. I was already a fan of Colleen Coble and Denise Hunter, and am glad to have now read and enjoyed the novellas from Kristen Billerbeck and Diann Hunt. I must admit that it was bittersweet to read the story from Diann Hunt, knowing that she recently passed away and that the other three authors are missing their close friend. I am excited to read the next installments from the town of Smitten. This was a cute and well-done novella collection.
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to tell that each of the stories was written by a different author. They all blended together well and were very similar. The later ones even included characters from the previous stories. They are all feel good stories about the struggles to obtain that right relationship. I liked the theme of the town going through a rebirth and how each member of the community deals with it. Just a fun read.
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Way too predictable...didn't finish the book as a result
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Great book.
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debbie67 More than 1 year ago
Cute, sweet and fun. Loved it!!! A great way to spend the afternoon!