After a good start on my reading goal, I read only one book in the past two months. Or was it four? “Smitten” is a book by four Christian fiction authors (Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter) that makes sense as a whole but each story can stand on its own.
Four friends plan to turn Smitten, Vt., a former male-dominated mill town, into a romantic getaway, and along the way each one falls in love with someone they’ve known for ages.
I’m a sucker for the fall-in-love-with-a-friend (or in one case here, enemy) stories even if they are obvious and the ending is a foregone conclusion. And that is very much the case in this book. There was not one single plot development that came as a surprise but I enjoyed going along for the ride. I love the description of a first touch, a first kiss, a first realization that something is changing.
Being a Christian book, there was an overarching theme here of trusting God to help you overcome your fears and reach your dreams. I appreciate that theme. Some mentions to God and prayer and one instance that quoted scripture seemed a little out of place in a romance novel, but admittedly I don’t normally read Christian fiction, so I’m sure it’s par for the course. I liked that some of the characters would be considered model Christians while others had less-than-enviable pasts but were not vilified for it.
Disclosure: I received this ebook free from BookSneeze as part of a blogger review program.