Friday, February 1, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten
Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck,
Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter
ISBN: 978-1401687137
January 2013/400 pages/$15.99

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.


RITA-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's books include Bittersweet Surrender and For Better or Worse. She has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

Find out more about these authors here and on their blog.


I loved returning to Smitten, Vermont and meeting a few other folks in the town. This multi-generational family of women made me smile, especially their Sunday lunches with the conglomeration of foods they each brought; they gave "potluck" a whole new connotation! But flaws and all, it was a cherished tradition. Romance is in the air, but a decades-long mystery causes some bumps in the relationships of the women in these four intertwined novellas combined in one volume. Each of the novellas focuses on a different granddaughter's story while a common thread of their grandmother's lost love flows through all four of them, making this a delightful read. Grandma Rose and Great-Aunt Violet are quite a pair. No one can love like a sister - and no one can make a person as angry, either - no matter the age! February is the month for love, and the perfect time to curl up with this book and spend some time being (not-so!) Secretly Smitten.

The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Beth said...

Looks right up my alley! Thanks for the review!

Colleen Coble said...

So glad you loved it, Linda!

Michelle said...

I love a good mystery.
Thanks for posting.