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, the 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.
There are two definitions of the word ‘smitten.’ The first is ‘struck, as with a hard blow.’ The second is ‘very much in love.’ While this is a romance book, the first definition also applies when the town learns its main employer is closing. It’s a shock to the community, and leaves many of the townsfolk in a state of limbo. What is going to happen to their town? Will people leave? Will other businesses in the town also fail? Four friends are determined their town will survive the blow, and look to relaunch it as a tourist destination for honeymooners and other romantically-minded visitors. Naturally, some of the single men in town are resistant to the concept.
Although this book is technically four novellas, it reads as one complete story with good continuity throughout. Each author has focused on one of the four friends, and their personality shines through in the character about which they’ve written. If I have any issue with it, it’s that I couldn’t believe Mia was only five years old; she seemed far too old for her tender age.
The book contains promotional features such as an interview with the writers and BFFs. There is also a website for the Smitten project; at the time of writing, however, it is incomplete. I am looking forward to accessing it once it has content. Secretly Smitten will be out in December 2012. I can’t wait to see how the town’s fortunes have changed between now and then.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Page Count: 432
Publication Date: 20 December 2011
I received my free copy of Smitten from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.