About this Book
The century-oldÂ Gentlewomanâ€™s Guide to Love and CourtshipÂ 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 wasÂ The Gentlewomanâ€™s Guide to Love and CourtshipÂ 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 friendsâ€™ 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, theÂ GuideÂ proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.
Whatâ€™s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried goldâ€”exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?
In this remarkable collaborative novel, bestiesÂ Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter,Â andÂ Diann HuntÂ tackle the tale of theGentlewomanâ€™s GuideÂ by writing for one book club member apiece.Â Smitten Book ClubÂ is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.
I want to visit Smitten, Vermont! The third installment of the Smitten books is just as much fun as the first three. I loved the new gals that were featured in this story as well as seeing glimpses of former favorites. Each story featured couples with different challenges to developing relationships. However, I just loved the over arching story of Molly was especially touching. Using Pearl Chambers’ book, Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship, added not only some sage advice and some chuckles to the story as well.
Even though the stories are short and don’t have the same story and character development as a normal novel we do see some continued development throughout the four stories. This is a testimony to how well these four authors work together. They each have a unique style while blending nicely with the other three.
If you’ve read the other books this one is just as good. If you’ve never read this authors and are curious this is a great way to get an idea of what kind of writers they are. Even though this is the third in the series it stands independently from the others.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.