Book Review: Secretly Smitten: Love Changes Everything

Secretly Smitten CoverSecretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas with each story centered on a particular member of the Thomas family: Tess, Zoe, Anna and Clare. The novellas are connected and intertwined through a mystery of dog-tags of a thought-to-be deceased solder are found in  the attic of Grandma Rose. So these novellas are a Christian romance/mystery stories.

What is of particularly clever about this collection is that rather than all stories in the collection being written by one author, in this collection, each story is written by a separate author. The stories are Love Between the Lines by Colleen Coble, Make Me a Match by Kristin Billerbeck, Knit One, Love Two by Diann Hunt and Love Blooms by Denise Hunter.

My Comments:

Over all, the stories were a predictable but enjoyable  read. All four authors did a great job continuing the mystery of the dog-tags through each story. And I liked getting to know each member of the Thomas family as each one took her turn as a main character. And I didn’t mind the fact that I knew that as each love-interest was introduced he was the one to be with the character to whom he was introduced.

My problem with the stories were the endings. There was no real closure to any of the stories and that bothers me to no end. Don’t get me wrong, the end of the dog-tags mystery was very satisfying and good, but the individual endings were left too open for my taste. I get why the stories ended they way they did. I think they ended that way to be a lead in to the next story. I understand that but at the end the stories I was left wanting, and not in a good way.

This was especially true of the first story, Love Between the Lines. Of the four novellas, this story was my favorite. I related so well to Tess and loved reading the romance (no matter how predictable) that developed between her and Ryan. I guess that is why I was very disappointed the way it ended. I felt as if the story wasn’t completed or something.

In spite of the endings, if you enjoy predictable, delightful Christian romances you will like Secretly Smitten.

I give this book 3 (three) stars.

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