Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter & Diann Hunt

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of publication: February 2014

At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.

As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they'd made the book into a movie!

One by one, each of the women finds romantic love--often in spite of the historic book's advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.

Smitten Book Club is the third collaboration  about the town of Smitten between these authors.  I have only read the second book, Secretly Smitten and I did enjoy that one.  These can really all be read as stand alone books, so I encourage you to try the others.  The book is made up of 4 novellas.  Each one dealing with a  different couple, but they are all tied together with the same story arc. 

Heather, Abby, Lia and Molly are all close friends who look forward to their weekly meeting with the Smitten Book club.  When they find an old book that gives love advice to single women, they also realize that it might hold clues to a hidden treasure.  I loved the little snippets from the book.  Some of the advice was dated but really funny!  The treasure hunt was also a lot of fun.  I liked all of the stories equally, so it was hard to pick a favorite.  I think readers will fall in love with all of the couples.

If you are looking for a great book to curl up with on a rainy day, make sure to visit the town of Smitten!

1 comment:

Nicole Pyles said...

I love books like this! Easy going books that make me wish I lived in the little world the writer created. :) I've put this on my own TBR list!