Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Smitten Book Club by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter & Hunt

Heather, Molly, Abby and Lia are all members of the Smitten book club. Each of the four authors has written a short romance about one of these book club members.

It all starts with Heather discovering a dusty edition of The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship written by a Smitten native, Pearl Chambers. Her curiosity aroused, Heather looks over the book and finds a note indicating a treasure is to be found within its pages. A little investigation indicates Pearl had always claimed to have found a gold mine in the area – in fact, on the property to which Molly has the mineral rights. Molly had lost her husband about a year ago, a firefighter who died in action. Molly who is trying to make a go of the adventure business she and her husband were building. Molly, who is about to loose everything because of her difficult financial situation.

Heather soon gets her friends looking for the treasure. While not finding the gold, she finds a treasure herself. As The Gentlewoman's Guide gets passed around the group, each of the four women find romance.

These romances are short and fast (only in novels, as they say). You are not going to find any complex plots here. Just short and quick romances. The stories are woven together as the mystery of the treasure of gold continues to the very end. There are quotes from The Gentlewoman's Guide as we read through the book. It was fun to see Pearl's wisdom from a generation or two ago still applied today.

This is a light read of pleasant romance.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book. You can see other reviews here. You can watch a video of the authors explaining the idea for the book here.You can listen to the first five minutes of the audio recording of the book here.

Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt are friends who love to collaborate on the Smitten series of books. Coleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels. Learn more about her at Kristen Billerbeck is a Christy Award finalist and two time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award. Learn more about her at Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels. You can find out more about her at Diann Hunt, the author of 25 books, recently lost her battle with cancer and died in late November of 2013.

Thomas Nelson, 384 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.

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