Shelved Under Romance ~*Kristin Billerbeck
A New Chapter ~*Diann Hunt
Happily Ever After ~*Denise Hunter
Heather DeMeritt, Abby Gray, Lia Burton, and Molly Moore meet their friends at Lookaway Village Books, enjoying Natalie Smitten's Mountain Perks coffee sipped around a warm fire. There is more in store for these ladies in Smitten than they could imagine outside of their book club evening.
An old leather-covered book is donated to the Smitten library book sale. Enclosed inside is a letter alluding to a treasure within. The title? "The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship."
The four stories join their daily lives and how they applied the Gentlewoman's Guide. One quote I like from the chapter headings ~*Once smitten, a suitor will understand what the ardent girl has always known: love is the most precious of all treasures.*~ My very favorite was the story of a little girl who used sign language and then spoke the most important words of all. All four stories wove into each other perfectly. These authors are so close, each story overlaps the other as if written by one! I look forward to reading the other two books, Smitten and Secretly Smitten.
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As I love reading historical fiction, I find it interesting that we all don't take the same thing from a story we read. Historical fiction to me might have a little mystery woven in. To another, their mystery might be in a specific time period. And romantics? Two destined to meet in that exact time after going through adventures to meet each other again. The Fireside Book Club member readers also experience their book in the same way ~ different from their preferred angle of telling.
***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for Smitten Book Club and to Thomas Nelson for sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
"Consider that your beau is like a coveted novel whose compelling first lines you’ve just begun to read.” —A Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship
At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.
As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they'd made the book into a movie!
One by one, each of the women finds romantic love—often in spite of the historic book’s advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.
About the Authors
RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including “Tidewater Inn,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
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Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include “A Billion Reasons Why” and “What a Girl Wants.”
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including “A Cowboy’s Touch” and “Sweetwater Gap.” She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana.
Connect with Denise on Facebook here.
|Diann Hunt was a writer of romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She lost her courageous battle with cancer last fall. A Hallmark Channel adaptation of her novel “For Better or For Worse” will air fall 2014.|
Find out more about Coble, Billerbeck, Hunter, Hunt at http://bit.ly/1lxbOHj.
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SMITTEN BOOK CLUB | KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY, FACEBOOK PARTY, AND SATURDAY BRUNCH
The Smitten gals are back with their newest release, Smitten Book Club! Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, and Denise Hunter are celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway, a Facebook party on February 20, and a nationwide book-club brunch on March 22.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- The Smitten books (Smitten, Secretly Smitten, Smitten Book Club)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 20th. Winner will be announced at the Smitten Book Club Facebook Author Chat Party on February 20th. Connect with Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, and Kristin Billerbeck for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! The Smitten gals will also be taking questions from the audience, giving away books and gift certificates, and sharing news about their upcoming nationwide Smitten Book Club brunch on March 22nd. (Sign up to host today!)
So grab your copy of Smitten Book Club and join Colleen, Denise, Kristin, and friends on the evening of February 20th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)