Love by the Book: A Smitten Novella

Love by the Book: A Smitten Novella

by Colleen Coble, Cara Lynn James

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A sweeping love story set in a lavish seaside mansion in 1901 Rhode Island.

Melinda Hollister is a society lady, intent on finding a rich husband before her peers discover her quickly diminishing wealth. Nick Bryson is all business, focused on making a name for himself in his father's teamship line. Despite the marriage of their siblings, they rarely gave each other a second glance—until a tragic accident results in Melinda and Nick being appointed as co-guardians of their three-year-old niece Nell.

In order to get better acquainted with Nell and one another, Melinda and Nick agree to spend the summer in their own private quarters of the Bryson family vacation home, Summerhill. As their love for Nell grows, so does their attraction to each other. And for the first time in their lives, they sense that God has a bigger plan in motion.

Yet old habits die hard and Melinda and Nick each find it difficult to resist the pull of their former worlds.

When the unthinkable happens, they find themselves faced with seemingly impossible choices and a new understanding of God's true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401691417
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2011
Series: Smitten
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 76
Sales rank: 461,600
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today best-selling authorColleen Coble has writtenseveral best-selling romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage,and theMercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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Love by the Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Cara Lynn James in her new book, "Love By The Book" Book Three in her Ladies Of Summerhill series published by Thomas Nelson takes us to 1902 Newport, Rhode Island. The sister of Melinda Hollister married the brother of Nick Bryson and this union produced a niece for the siblings named Nell. Everything is fine until, in an accident, both parents die leaving the guardianship of Nell to Melinda and Nick. This would not be so bad except Melinda and Nick hardly pay attention to each other now they are going to raise their niece between them. In an effort for all three to get to know one another Nick suggests that they spend the summer at Summerhill. "Love By The Book" is a delightful read full of atmosphere and history . Get ready for excitement as Melinda and Nick start to learn how to deal with each other, with Nell and with tragedy. This book is all about family and what it means to be a family. It is about trusting God and learning to lean on Him for His guidance and direction. Melinda and Nick are so real Ms James makes us root for their romance to blossom. Ms. James knows how to tell a story that is both interesting and delightful and I recommend it highly. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and business professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend full of suspense Morley enjoyable and a good Christian message
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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iblog4books More than 1 year ago
This novella starts the book off well. The town rallies around Molly in her time of need, and I'm interested to see how that story continues to play out later. Heather is a sweetheart of a character, and I loved how giving she was. When Paul comes on the scene, I could see where this story was going, but I enjoyed the journey, quick as it was. Great start to the collection! [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book. I would have read it faster if I wasn't reading another book at the same time. Melinda is a very relatable character. She loves material goods. She loves pretty things. Some would consider her selfish and shallow, but deep down, she has a good heart. She is forced to examine her life when her wealth is stripped from her, and she doesn't like what she sees. Following her transformation from shallow to a character with love, kindness, and depth is satisfying and I found it quite realistic. Nick is also a relatable character in that he is trying his hardest to please his earthy father. Relying on himself, however, he finds that he falls quite short. Melinda teaches him to start relying on the Lord for everything, not just when he needs help. Their love story is sweet. I was surprised, however, at the content of this book. While it is a clean romance book, there was a lot of illusion to marital relations that you don't normally find in these types of books. It did not deter from the story, as the moral of it was to learn to love others (including your spouse) as God loves you. It just surprised me. Cara Lynn James did a wonderful job of creating a plot that was believable and weaving in the theme of relying on the Book (being the Bible) and the Lord for everything in your life. It shows the characters struggling to do just that, and I praise Cara Lynn James for that. It's not always easy to live by the book. Human nature is very hard to ignore. Overall, this book was a very satisfying conclusion to the series. Cara Lynn James does an excellent job of creating characters that you can relate to and plots that aren't overly exaggerated and unbelievable. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
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Sandra_Leesmith More than 1 year ago
The Ladies of Summerhill series only gets better. Love By The Book is a moving story that is difficult to put down. Cara Lynn James writes with a lovely lyrical style that brings the turn of the century era alive. Not only does she bring the era alive, but she highlights interesting points of history in all three of the series that have been published so far. I can't wait for the next book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago