Smitten- a collection of novellas

Leah Courtney

Smitten is a collection of novellas written by real life friends and authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter.  In the world of Smitten, four friends are joining forces to save their small town after the local mill is forced to close.  They want to turn Smitten into a romantic honeymoon destination and attract the tourist trade.  But, can they make a go of it, and can they get the men of the town to go along with their ideas?  One small girl unites the town in faith that their town can be saved.  And each friend finds her own love even as the group works to save Smitten.

I've read books by at least two of the Smitten authors and enjoyed them, so I expected to like Smitten.  I wasn't disappointed.  I always feel a little hesitancy about a collection of works that several authors have collaborated to write.  If I really like one author but the collection is not god, it can dampen my enthusiasm for the author I previously enjoyed. Smitten was enjoyable enough for me to say I liked the entire collection.  Was it the greatest book ever written?  No.  But, it was a good, simple, easy read.

What I loved:
* The story of Smitten flowed seamlessly from woman to woman to woman as the story moved from one friend's perspective to the next.  Almost an entire year in the life of the small town was covered, and the authors helped the story to flow very well.
* I enjoyed the different friends's perspectives.  The introduction to the book lets readers know that each author put a little of herself into her character's story.  This was very well done and enjoyable to read.
* I like strong, easy to identify with, female heroines in my stories, and Smitten had them in abundance.  From our four main characters to little Mia and her wreaths of faith to the indomitable Garner sisters and their music, Smitten has some great characters.

And what was not as great:
*  All of the stories seemed a bit predictable.  The girl always got her guy, and everyone lived happily ever after.  I like a happy ending as much as the next person, but I don't necessarily want everything so "perfect."
*  One of the stories was particularly choppy and did not seem to flow as well as the rest.  It was still entertaining reading, but the author- one I hadn't read before- was not my favorite.

I still would give Smitten a strong 4 stars.  It was an enjoyable read.  Smitten was definitely a G novel.  I'd feel comfortable giving it to any reader.

I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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