Smitten

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Title: Smitten
Series: Smitten
Authors: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: December 20, 2011
Pages: 432

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Best friends Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese are shocked when the town’s lumber mill closes, so in order to save their town they come up with a plan to save their tiny little town. The plan: use their town’s name, Smitten, to full advantage an turn their town into the most romantic town on the eastern seaboard. They just have to convince the other town members that this is the way to change their town from barely there to on the map.

With little Mia’s lavender wreaths hanging around town as a reminder that faith can work miracles, the women push together to make this manly town into one that couples want to come to. When Sawyer Smitten, famous country singer and Smitten native offers to have his wedding in Smitten, the town and the country become excited and start believing that this could really happen.

As Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese push for the town’s change, the each have doubts about its success, but when love is in the air, it can’t help but revive the spirits of even the most stubborn naysayer. With new men by their sides they start feeling confident about their town’s new start. With love and determination anything is possible.

Will the town be able to succeed or will they fail and make things worse for the Smitten residents? Will these ladies find love or will they just end up with broken hearts instead? Can Sawyer Smitten’s wedding generate enough publicity to make this town successful or will it be a total failure? Will faith, determination, and love be enough to save this town or is it not enough to do any good?
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Having read books by each one of these authors and enjoyed them, I knew what to expect as far as romance but I didn’t quite know what I was going to get with the book. What I got was a nice set of four novellas that are in one book and read as one. I loved the fact that these four friends got the chance to collaborate and I loved the chance to see how differently each of these friends writes. This is definitely a unique read.

The romances in this book were typical novella romances. There’s enough there to call a romance but not enough to really satisfy. I did enjoy the fact that each novella ran into each other, so you were able to keep up with the other characters in the story and their romances while having a new one take place. That’s a nice feature that I enjoyed about these romances.

I loved the storyline to this book as well, I loved how the town rallied together to completely change everything about their town. It made me wish I could live in a close-knit small community. Also, the storyline made sense and seemed pretty realistic, though a little too idyllic, and because of that I wish that Smitten existed and I could visit the coffee shop, chocolate factory, spa, and outfitter’s store. I was majorly disappointed that the small town really didn’t exist.

The characters in this book are all eccentric lovable characters and they make you wish that these characters were real just so you could talk to them. I wish that Smitten exists so I can meet all of these characters and their corresponding shops. I guess I and everyone else will just have to patiently anticipate the next book in the Smitten series to see these lovable characters again.

I’ve read books by all of these authors and though I recommend that someone read their full-lengths first, I thinks fan of any of these authors will enjoy this book. It was fun, whimsical, and just plain up lifting. This book probably won’t be the best book you’ve ever read, but I guarantee that you won’t be sorry you read it. These ladies and best friends worked well together and created a book filled with romance and hope.

Overall, I liked this book because of the faith and determination of an entire town, it showed what can happen when everyone works together toward one goal. I recommend this book for romance or novella readers. It’s perfect for adults, teens, and possibly mature Tweens. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through net galley in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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