Book Description: 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 Guideproves 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?
My Thoughts: Love is in the air! February is coming and with this cold.stay.indoors.month the reader will want books that are fun and uplifting! So here's a great "love month" read!
It's interesting that four authors wrote stories about four ladies - Heather, Abby, Molly and Elliana (Lia)- who live in Smitten, Vermont and they all belong to the Smitten Book Club.
The story centers around a book found at a rummage sale titled the Gentlewoman's Guide to Love & Courtship. It's a treasure hunt of sorts as Heather, Abby, Molly and Lia try to find "clues" that will help them become better women (wives/friends). The "clues" are interesting and give a lot of character development. There's an ongoing mystery throughout the read. When the ladies gather together for this Smitten Book Club they also cook some fine food together. A fun community of book lovers and friends.
This is such a fun, light read. Each character is unique and adds to the "life" of this read.
On a sad note, this is the last of the Smitten reads that these four friends will write together because in November 2013 Diann Hunt passed away.