Book Review | Secretly Smitten

Secretly SmittenTitle: Secretly Smitten

Author: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter

My Review:

Secretly Smitten is about the three Thomas sisters and their family. The book is set in small town Smitten, Vermont. It’s a story about love and the mystery that follows, when an old set of dog tags are found in their Grandmother’s attic. The book is written in four parts, each one written around the three sisters and their mother. As each one finds and falls in love, the story of the missing dog tags unwinds.

I wanted to like this book from start to finish. The story itself had all the makings of a charming little love story. When I started reading the first quarter of the book, I was disappointed by the style of writing. It left me confused and sometimes re-reading a paragraph, because the story just seemed to jump from one stage to the next, with no gradual change in direction. As I mentioned, the book is written in four parts. By four different authors. Some may say this is a good idea, as you get a fresh healthy perspective of each character from each author. For me, it was harder to read this way. It seemed that each author wrote their main character with the same personality traits, making all four main characters virtually the same. Thankfully, as the book went on, the writing of each author improved. So what left a sour taste in my mouth at the beginning of the book, gradually merged into something I feel I didn’t completely waste my time in reading.

Would I read this book again? No. Will I keep this in my library? No. I would however, pass this book on to someone who may have a better appreciation for a light and airy read, that doesn’t require too much depth or thought. It’s the kind of book you could read over a weekend, when it’s cold and snowy outside, and you want something to keep your heart warm and tingly. Your thoughts dreamy with the idea of love.

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*


  1. Annette says

    I enjoy reading to relax, but having to go back and re-read is just too much work. Sorry it was a disappointment.

  2. Elisabetta says

    maybe this kind of book is good when you are in bed and try to get asleep? it depends on your mind, if is too bored or curious and so wants to re-read :)

  3. Tammy S says

    Sometimes I enjoy these types of books that require no thinking. I like to be able to put it down and not worry that I forgot something important. So it sounds like a book I would check out from the library, not spend my money on. Thanks for the review.

  4. Anne C says

    4 authors. That is something new to me. I might pick up this this just to see how they did it. I think it will be a little confusing but let’s see…

  5. Erika Birrell says

    Thought this would have been better too. I don’t like to read books that are hard to follow and that jump all over the place and make you re read paragraphs. Thanks for the heads up and the review!

  6. says

    When a reviewer says they didn’t enjoy the writing, it makes it hard for this bookworm to want to pick up a copy… even a free one.
    Thanks for being honest though and not fluffing it up.

  7. Pam B. says

    Thank you for your book review. I have read books that have chapters that represent each character in the book,
    however, they were all written by the same author. I like the idea, but I don’t think I would like the differences in the authors take as you described. I am glad I read your review. This might be a book I would read if lent to me. I doubt I would buy it though. I appreciate your honesty. I love to read, but I want a good experience!

  8. Rachel Salinas says

    Seems like a cute read. I have found it confusing also when different parts are written by different authors.

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