Secretly Smitten Love Changes Everything by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN: 978-1-4016-87137

Secretly Smitten Love Changes Everything by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter, is the second book in the Smitten series. Each author wrote a novella that provides a look into the lives of the Thomas women.
Smitten is a logging town in Vermont that is trying to reinvent itself as a tourist attraction. The Thomas women are long time residents and have strong ties to the community.
The first story, Love Between the Lines, opens with the family at a bridal shower. A child playing in the attic makes an interesting find. The discovery of dog tags that belonged to a David Hutchins leads to a shocking discovery. He had been the fiancé of Grandma Rose. It was thought he died in the Korean conflict and that his body was never recovered. How did the tags turn up in her attic? Tess, her granddaughter, decides to solve the mystery. Along the way Tess is forced to face her insecurities and, as a result, she finds love of her own.
Zoe, Tess’s sister, is the protagonist of the second story, Match. She doesn’t heed the family wishes for her to attend college. Instead she opens a matchmaking service in a building with wiring issues. The new City Manager, William Singer, tries to tell her there are code violations, but she decides to go ahead with an opening party that ends unexpectedly and with surprising results. In Knit One, Love Two we meet Anna Thomas who is the mother of the Thomas girls. She doesn’t think it’s a good idea to uncover the mystery of the dog tags-some things are better left alone. However, Anna has her own story. Ten years ago her husband left her for another woman. She established a new life, but a new man in town creates conflict for her. She, too, comes face to face with her fears. The fourth story, Love Blooms, is about Anna’s daughter, Clare- a talented and independent woman who thrives on routine. Like her sisters, she had not yet found love. Without warning, a mysterious man appears from out of nowhere. And, just like her sisters and her mother, she discovers that love can happen when least expected.
This book is delightful and easy to read. The characters are approachable, charismatic and easy to relate to. Even though there are four different authors, the book is seamless and the end result is impressive.
I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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