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 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 clues leading to buried gold - exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?
Oh, what a good book! It so happened, as a teacher, I was out of school for snow and was able to read this in just a few sittings! I've read books by each author and having them come together for four short stories was fun to read! I loved each story and the characters in each. Each had humor and some romance and I definitely want to read both Smitten and Secretly Smitten! I love books set in small towns and Smitten has won me over! I laughed at the advice in The Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship but also could see some truth in Pearl's words. I'm sure that would be an interesting read! This was a really good book - it made me laugh and my heart melted just a bit a few times. When Gage was about to kiss Molly and asked if she had a call she needed to take? Yeah, heart melted :) Definitely a title to recommend to those who enjoy a good Christian romance book!
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. You can read other reviews in the tour by clicking here.