Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter

SMITTEN

By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter

Thomas Nelson, $15.99





Publishers' synopsis:

Welcome to Smitten, Vermont.
With the help of four friends, it’s about to become the most romantic town in America.
 The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they’ve got just the plan to save Smitten. They’ll capitalize on its name and turn it into a tourist destination for lovers—complete with sweet shops, a high-end spa, romantic music on the square, and cabins outfitted with fireplaces and hot tubs.
 But is this manly town ready for an influx of romantically-minded guests?
 Country music sensation Sawyer Smitten, the town’s hometown hero, wants to help by holding his own wedding there on Valentine’s Day. And little Mia’s lavender wreaths hang all over town as a reminder that faith can work miracles. Along the way, four women spearheading the town’s transformation—energetic Natalie, sophisticated Julia, graceful Shelby, and athletic Reese—get in the spirit by reviving their own love lives.
 Join best-selling inspirational romance authors (and real-life BFFs) Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for an inspiring stay at the (soon-to-be) most romantic town on the eastern seaboard.

One visit . . . and you’ll be smitten too.

My thoughts about SMITTEN:


What an interesting concept!  One set of characters written by four different authors!  I was immediately mesmerized by this idea and was (OK I can't help myself) "smitten" with the plot.  It was just too cute not to like!


However, I was a bit disappointed. Maybe is was my preconceived idea of what I was about to read, but as cute and clever as this idea was, I had some problems. Now, don't get the idea that Smitten isn't a fun read. It is!  It's a very enjoyable, fast read. It's perfect escapism and would go great with a glass of ice tea, while sitting by the pool.  


I really expected to find a different spin on the characters by each author, I was looking forward to seeing how the four writers would adapt each character to their own style of writing, I hoped each author would present a slightly tweaked impression with their story. I didn't see that.


I also struggled a bit with the guys in Smitten. I just didn't like them and wondered what the women saw in them. 


I'd love to have seen how each author would have written their own vision of this story, I'd like to think that there would have been more "there" there.


But it was a cute idea, I just wanted more than than the icing on the cake. 


So I give this 3 stars, cute and quick, but not much below the surface. 


**This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley, and in no way affected my review.


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