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!
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.*