Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt
Secretly Smitten is the second installment in a series written by a group of real-life BFFs. In the Smitten series, Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter and Hunt, each with best selling books of their own, come together to tell the stories of the residents of Smitten, Vermont. What results is a collection of short stories intertwining with each other, creating a rich, deep story about each character. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I really enjoy reading books that have intertwining stories and this one did not disappoint. I was already a fan of the majority of these authors before I stumbled upon Secretly Smitten and I was super excited to partake of their collaborative efforts. The stories flow well together and I found myself completely immersed in the story, wishing I could take a trip to Smitten and meet the characters.
In Secretly Smitten we follow the stories of the women of the Thomas family, Tess, Clare, Zoe and their mother, Anna. We learn about their own stories and follow along as a family mystery unravels after a set of dog tags are found in an attic. The dog tags belong to Anna’s mother’s first love who supposedly never returned from war. As Tess, Clare and Zoe set out to solve the mystery the uncover deep family secrets. These are the kinds of secrets that can destroy families and the bonds they share. But do they separate the family or draw them closer together?
Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt have a collaborative blog, too. If you’d like to check it out head on over to http://www.girlswriteout.blogspot.com.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
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