Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Secretly Smitten 4 in 1 by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter

About Secretly Smitten: 
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.

Where to buy the book: http://ow.ly/gM679     

Meet "The Gals":  
 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 has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt here.

BlogTour Schedule here

Postponed Facebook Party til 2/28

 Secretly Smitten

An Evening of Giggle, Gab & Prizes

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. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

My Thoughts

Smitten, Vermont is the place for romance and new beginnings.  Grandma Rose is unaware that her three granddaughters, Tess, Zoe, and Claire are secretly trying to dig up information about her first love. But the military told Rose and his parents he was missing in action/dead.  The girls especially Tess want to learn more about the man her Grandmother lost to the war so many years ago.  The girls mother, Anna thinks it needs to be left alone so as not to bring up the hurtful memories Rose had endured.

The book follows Cupid's arrow as it hits it's first target. Tess Thomas is always trying to solve a mystery.  For some reason she thinks there is a mystery concerning her Grandmother's old beau. But she does not want to harm the memory of her grandfather.  She wants her Grandma Rose to love again.  In searching information about the soldier Tess finds out her best friend, Ryan from childhood has bought the old house that the soldier's parents had lived in.  She wants to search the attic of the old house to see if there is anything there about the soldier.  This will give her a chance to spend some time with Ryan.  We are sure Tess is  smitten now we need to find out if Ryan is smitten.

Cupid's arrow hits it's second target!  Zoe Thomas is know best for not being able to figure out what she wants to do with her life.  The one thing she is sure of is she wants to do whatever it may be in Smitten. With the possibility of the town becoming a train stop she has decided to start a dating service of sort for the Smitten singles.  But could it be she herself might be smitten before she even gets the doors of her new business open that is if the old building can pass a safety inspection.  It is the responsibility of a  newbie to Smitten to determine whether or not it will open.  But will his decision be swayed by his attraction to Zoe?

Could Cupid really be targeting Anna the girls' mother?  Seems so, Cupid's arrow is aimed directly at Anna and her new neighbor, Michael Conners.  His mother, Emma comes to her shop for group knitting and to buy supplies for her knitting projects.  Anna can't deny he is a looker but she is not looking.  Then she becomes the good Samaritan when Michael gets injured in a skiing accident and Emma asks if Anna can drop in on him to make sure he is okay or might possibly need something.  She is sure she can handle his flirtations and get back to her own business.  Oh no, is she smitten?

Has Cupid ran out of arrows? Nope he has a quiver full!  This next arrow is aimed at Claire.  Surely Claire is to quick for Cupid's arrow! She has ran off every guy that has gotten too close.  She is always busy working at potting plants or delivering mulch for the Smitten community.  But things are just too hectic and her boss has told her to hire someone to help out with the deliveries.  Her new employee is a drifter she stumbled across in the Nursery tool shed.  At first she felt threatened by the drifter but for some reason she felt like he could be trusted and he was there looking for employment.  He was very kind and worked hard at his job.  She even saw him at her church.  He seemed to have secrets but who doesn't.  He had a close relationship with God and was not embarrassed to share his what he believed.   He sounds more like an Angel sent from God.

The authors worked these characters together like they were at a quilting bee adding their special pieces to create a mystery family quilt and then adding their fine stitches to top it off and rounding it off by starting and ending with Grandma Rose.  All pieces are original.  Making this book a keepsake for me and other readers.

Please don't ask who was my favorite character or my favorite author.  It's my secret!

I have several daughters and granddaughters and will pass this book to them.  I am sure it will warm their hearts as well.  I found the mystery of this book to be LOVE.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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