Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Review: Smitten by Colleen Coble and Others

From the Publisher: 
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: First I want to say that I really enjoy Colleen Coble have started reading Denise Hunter stories recently.  I'm not sure if my expectations for books is getting to high because I'm an avid reader or because I'm a reading teacher but I was a little disappointed with this book.  While I liked that it was 4 stories about friends (and women business owners!), I was a little disappointed with the plot and character development.  I'm sure it's hard to write a novella and get everything in there you want to as a writer.  But I was hoping for a little more.  Don't get me wrong, it was still a good book.  A fast and easy read.

I can't comment too much on the characters because I couldn't really connect strongly to any one of them in particular.  It didn't pull me in like many books can.

Would I Recommend This Story: This is the kind of book that would be good for a traveler who needs something on a plane, a beach read, or a stormy weather day of reading.  It's not something I would highly recommend, but it's not awful either.  I would give it 2 out of 5 stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

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