I’m happy to report that “Smitten” is another jewel in the crown for writers Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter. I enjoy each of these authors separately; together they’ve put together a story that is even better than the sum of its parts.
“Smitten” takes place in the fictional town of Smitten, Vermont. The town’s mill has just closed, leaving the future of the town very much in doubt. Four girlfriends have an idea: what if the town was to capitalize on its name and become the lovers’ destination of New England? The idea meets with mixed reviews from the townspeople. Some are in favor, but several of the men feel as though the women are infringing on their ability to earn a living. Starting with the Smitten brothers whose name the town bears, the girlfriends have to win over the town and come up with a plan to quickly establish the resort.
Technically, “Smitten” is four novellas, each written by one of the authors about the character she most identifies with: Colleen Coble writes Natalie’s story, Kristin Billerbeck provides the details of Julia’s life, Diann Hunt describes Shelby’s conflicts and Denise Hunter wraps up with Reese’s tale. However, “Smitten” reads like one novel rather than four novellas, in part because the authors are close friends and in part because they each took a 3 month period to write about, so that there is no overlapping and the story moves forward through each season but from a different character’s point of view.
The book also includes an interview with the authors, recipes and other treats. A web site, “SmittenVermont.com” is mentioned, but the web site content is not yet available, presumably because it is before the book’s official release date of December 20th (although I have already seen the book in two stores).
This book would be a great last-minute gift for anyone who likes contemporary romantic fiction.
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