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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Secretly Smitten is Perfectly Delightful!

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Let me begin by saying that I was smitten with this book cover!  After opening the book, I fell in love with the town of Smitten, Vermont as well as the people.  Secretly Smitten is a beautifully written love story (created by 4 different authors who are real life best friends!) detailing the lives of a mother and her daughters.  The book contains 4 stories that are knitted together in the sweetest of ways- with love.  Secretly Smitten begins with a mystery and a love story from the past.  Anna, Tess, Zoe and Clare Thomas are enchanting and lovable but nowhere near perfect.  Delving into history and memories, the women hope to uncover information about a pair of dog tags found in their grandmother's attic.  What they discover may bring happiness but what if  heartache occurs instead?

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Anna, Tess, Zoe and Clare Thomas.  Their stories are unique and heartwarming but also filled with real life frustrations and worries.  God is who they turn to when frustrated/upset and I found this truly refreshing.  Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerback, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter have created a delightful patchwork of characters that made me laugh and even cry!  I was drawn to Tess most of all as I saw much of myself in her.  She's insecure about her looks, is overly sensitive at times and a bit "chubby".:)  She also loves books and has a big heart (Does Colleen Coble read my blog??- lol!)  I think her story was my favorite, although each one was wonderful.  The sisters are as different as the colors of the rainbow and yet they all shine in their own way.  Secretly Smitten is a series I highly recommend.  Run out and treat yourself to a copy!

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.

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.

*I was given a copy of Secretly Smitten by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


Tristan said...

I LOOOOOVE when you do book reviews, you have such good taste :)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thank you so much, Tristan! Wish we lived closer so we could get together and chat about books.:) Lori

Jerelene said...

This looks so good! I will see about getting this. Is it part of a series? I wish we lived closer too. You are such a sweet friend:-)

Jerelene said...

This looks so good! I will see about getting this. Is it part of a series? I wish we lived closer too. You are such a sweet friend:-)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Jerelene- You would love it, dear friend! Yes, "Secretly Smitten" is the second book in this series. The first book is called "Smitten". How I wished we lived closer, too! Lori