These four novellas centre around the Wood sisters, Tess, Zoe, and Clare, and their mother, Anna. In the background, the family are unravelling the mystery of a set of Korean War dog tags found in their attic, and trying to get RailAmerica to stop in Smitten and help boost their fledgling tourism industry.
The four stories in Secretly Smitten are:
Love Between the Lines by Colleen CobleThe story of bookshop owner Tess Wood, and Ryan, the handsome widower whose house might hold the answer to the mystery of the dog tags;
Make Me a Match by Kristen BillerbeckZoe running into trouble with William, the new city manager, with her new matchmaking business;
Knit One, Love Two by Diann HuntAnna tries to expand her business with a little help from Michael; and
Love Blooms by Denise HunterClare steps out of her comfort zone and hires Ethan, a drifter, to work in the garden centre she manages.
I thought the first and last novellas were excellent, but didn’t like the middle two as much. I found it difficult to relate to the characters, because I didn’t see the connection between Zoe and William, and Anna’s character was inconsistent with her portrayal in the earlier stories. Enjoyable but not outstanding.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze® for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about the authors at Girls Write Out, the website they share with half of ‘Hannah Alexander’.