Smitten Book Club

When Heather stumbles upon an older book at a rummage sale entitled A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship by Pearl Chambers, she never anticipates that it could change her and her friends’ lives. Once she reads it, she eagerly passes it along to her friends Abby, Lia and Molly, who are all fellow members of the Fireside Book Club. As each woman reads this book, they all take something different away with them.

I loved how this book was written by all four authors. Although each story had its own unique tone to it, collectively it meshed very well together as they presented the story to their readers. I loved it so much, especially the fact that the book provided clues to a hidden treasure that was supposedly buried in their town, that I wished I could have gone on the treasure hunt myself. This is one of those books that you lose yourself in immediately and hate when it ends. One sad note that I learned while doing some research on this title was that the author Diann Hunt just passed away a few short months ago. It’s a shame there won’t be any more books written by these four women collectively moving forward. I highly recommend this book and I’m eagerly looking forward to starting from book one in the Smitten Series.

Book Blurb for Smitten Book Club

The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!

The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.

Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.

When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.

What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?

In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman’s Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2014 5.00