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Friday, February 21, 2014

Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!

The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.
Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.

When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.

What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?

In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman’s Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.

Purchase a copy here.

My Thoughts:

"Smitten Book Club" is the third book in the charming "Smitten Series," a collection of short stories by four fabulous writers that are centered around the small fictional town of Smitten, Vermont.

Once again the ladies of Smitten are on the look-out for love for their friends, and each story revolves around a particular woman and the man who would become "the one" for her.  These stories are full of fun and romance, and throughout the book, there is a central mystery that the ladies are trying to solve as well. There is also a sweet element of inspirational faith that is threaded throughout the book.

I have enjoyed the previous two books in this series, "Smitten" and "Secretly Smitten," and was delighted with this installment as well. Book groups would get a kick out of reading this as well as fans of well-written inspirational fiction.

About The Authors:

Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, HuntRITA-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 was a writer of romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She lost her courageous battle with cancer last fall. A Hallmark Channel adaptation of her novel "For Better or For Worse" will air fall 2014.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and to Thomas Nelson Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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