Smitte…. By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, & Diann Hunt

Smitten

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

Book Description

Four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country’s premier romantic getaway-and each finds her own true love along the way.

With Smitten Lumber closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners-Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese–decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They’ll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination!

As Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese work to save the town, each discovers romance in her own life. Meanwhile, the faith of a little child reminds the whole town what it means to have real faith in the God who is the always and forever Love.

Discover a novel written by four of Christian fiction’s most popular romance novelists- friends in real life who’ve drawn an amazing story of four friends! Includes a Reading Group Guide as well as “Conversation over Coffee with the Authors”.

My Thoughts on this book!

I’m not a very big fan of Novella’s just because they are so short and they seem rushed getting to the end of the story. But I did enjoy the four stories in this book “Smitten.” Set in the small town of Smitten Vermont four women friends decided to try and save the local lumber mill that had closed down as well as save the town of Smitten. They wanted to make is a place for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon, or simply a place for lovers, whatever the reason they wanted to come to this town. This story about these four ladies is written by four lady authors as well, each writing some of their own personalities into their stories.

Each of these stories written deal with difficulties and struggles that we all face in everyday life, which is one thing I liked about them. The unique characters are interesting and bring the story to life in their own way. I really enjoyed following these ladies on their journey of friendship, finding love one the way as they tried to save their small town. Vermont has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit, so I enjoyed reading a story set in this small town in Vermont. The atmosphere was wonderful, the people were loveable and friendly and it was nice taking the journey through this town in each season of the year.

If you are in for an enjoyable well written fast and easy read, I highly recommend this book to you. It is well worth the time and money you will invest!

I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Christian Fiction Blog Alliance .. The Rose of Winslow Street …by Elizabeth Camden

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Rose of Winslow StreetBethany House (January 1, 2012)

byElizabeth CamdenABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.

When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.

As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Rose of Winslow Street, go HERE

My Thoughts on this book.

 

As Libby and her dad are at their usual summer vacationing spot, little did they know that someone was taking over their house on Winslow Street. The house her dad bought, renovated, and they have lived in for over 20 years.

 

Michael Dobrescu migrates from Romania to America in order to find safety for his family. He already has a deed to a house an uncle left him, but he’s not sure if it is vacant, or what will happen when he announces that he is the proud owner of this house.

 

My first impression of Michael was not a good one. In fact I really couldn’t stand him. The way he was written into the story to just come in and take over the house gives you that feeling. As I follow the story, I understand better why he thinks it is his right to just take over and move into this house on Winslow Street. By the end of the story, Michael ended up being one of my favorite characters. Though I really don’t think he handled the situation with the house correctly.

 

I just couldn’t help but like Libby’s character from the beginning. She just has that likeable personality. The read treat in this book was the attraction between Lilly and Michael, and that’s all I will say about it, so you can read it for yourself.

 

Libby and her father’s attitude about the situation was completely different. Her father hated Michael and his family, where Libby felt sorry for the sister and children and felt the Lord would have her help the family.

 

“The Rose of Winslow Street” was an absolute pleasure to read. The character were very well created and developed into believable characters that told their story so well. Having read Elizabeth Camden’s book “The Lady of Bolton Hill,” I was really anxious to read this one. Elizabeth is a wonderful story teller and I will sure be watching for her books in the future. I highly recommend this book for you to read and enjoy. Even if historical fiction is not your genre, I think you will love this wonderful story.

 

This book was provided by Bethany House through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only

 

 

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