Title: Secretly Smitten
Author: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter
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.*