Smitten is a four-part story featuring novellas by four different authors, Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunter and Denise Hunter. The premise is fun…the town of Smitten, Vermont, faces financial ruin when the largest employer closes its doors. Searching for a way to save their local economy, four friends hit on the idea of reinventing Smitten as a honeymoon and wedding destination. Each of the four find romance in their own lives on their way to saving the town.
The problem I have with “Smitten” is that the authors either consulted too much with one another or not enough because the “girl finds love with the local guy she either misunderstood or overlooked” begins to wear a little thin after the second round. By the fourth time, well, let’s just say it was more than predictable. Of the four novellas, the first was my favorite. I particularly enjoyed the bakers attempts to make the “perfect” gluten-free cookie.
Despite this, “Smitten” is a nice, clean light romance book that would be quite suitable to give to a younger person (think high school age.) It was a quick read and makes a nice afternoon by the fire with a cup of tea. Speaking of tea, the authors added a nice personal touch at the back of the book with recipes and exercise tips. So, while I’m not exactly smitten with “Smitten”, I still enjoyed the introduction.
This book was provided to me for this review through the Book Sneeze program.