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In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station. In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station. In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love. In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance. In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?


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In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station. In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station. In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love. In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance. In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

30 review for The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This book covers four stories all featuring a beautiful heirloom broach passed down from mother to daughter. The heirloom brings love with it. Legacy of Love The first story starts in 1827 Lancashire, England. Sarah is a companion to Dowager Countess of Densbury. While she doesn’t like much of the dowagers family she is intrigued by Randall Everard. Randal was also curious about Sarah when she first arrived but he’s since determined that she’s just a meek and mild girl. It turns out Sarah is so muc This book covers four stories all featuring a beautiful heirloom broach passed down from mother to daughter. The heirloom brings love with it. Legacy of Love The first story starts in 1827 Lancashire, England. Sarah is a companion to Dowager Countess of Densbury. While she doesn’t like much of the dowagers family she is intrigued by Randall Everard. Randal was also curious about Sarah when she first arrived but he’s since determined that she’s just a meek and mild girl. It turns out Sarah is so much more than he imagined and he finds himself captivated. Gift of the Heart This is a cute little read. It takes place in October 1890 in the town of Hope Springs. Ruth Fulbright and her seven-year-old daughter Naomi are starting a new life. After the death of her husband Ruth is desperate. She sells her wedding ring to cover the cost of the stagecoach. Beauregard Azlin or Bo as he’s known is a rich cold businessman. Or is he? It turns out Bo isn’t at all what Ruth expects. And Ruth is the kind of woman Bo had given up hope of finding. Like I said this is a cute read and Naomi is adorable. A Shot at Love November 1958 Bethel, West Virginia and Fleeta Brady is a strong woman and an excellent shot. She dresses more like a man and has big plans for the future. None of these plans involve romance in any form. Her mother died from a broken heart and Fleeta is determined that will never happen to her. Hank Chapin is considering his future, he feels it might be time for a change. Fleeta is unlike any woman he’s ever met before and he finds himself intrigued. This is another cute little period read. Because of You This was probably my least favourite of the four but that’s mainly due to the subject matter. Maddie has loved Leo from the first moment she saw him. She loved him while he dated and then married her best friend. While they had a child together and then in grieving after his wife’s death. It’s nicely written but I’m just not a fan of any book which features a dead spouse casting a large shadow over a relationship. I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter What a sweet novella! I read this in one sitting this morning with my coffee, and what a lovely indulgence it was. A Christmas-y feeling permeates much of this story, reminding the reader that it doesn't matter the day, one can always celebrate Christmas. The introduction to the brooch that ties all of the leading ladies together has a touching origin. The romance is endearing and doesn't feel rushed, but fits in well within the parameters and time frame of the Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter What a sweet novella! I read this in one sitting this morning with my coffee, and what a lovely indulgence it was. A Christmas-y feeling permeates much of this story, reminding the reader that it doesn't matter the day, one can always celebrate Christmas. The introduction to the brooch that ties all of the leading ladies together has a touching origin. The romance is endearing and doesn't feel rushed, but fits in well within the parameters and time frame of the story. The tie-in to the Haven Manor series is subtle enough that readers who haven't read the first book won't notice anything, while readers familiar to the backstory will appreciate the nod to those characters. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer Witemeyer's offering in this collection is lovely as well. Ruth Fulbright is a widow with a seven-year-old daughter - kudos to Witemeyer for writing a winsome yet realistic child - and a bit down on her luck until she is able to put time at her new position as a cook. In her desperate yet determined hands, the family brooch becomes collateral in a business transaction with most wealthy man in town. Beau Azlin may be monetarily wealthy, but he has no family and few friends. Living with a permanent injury to one of his arms, one that made his own mother treat him differently, makes him weary of trusting anyone, especially a woman. Both of these characters enter the story with baggage, but even the backstories felt fully realized and integrated to who they are in the story. Tenderly romantic with endearing characters, this sweet novella provided a lovely way to spend about an hour, creating the perfect foil for the brooch's entry into the family in the first novella. A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas Fleeta Brady has both a unique name and a unique ambition - she wants to work as a gunsmith and has her dream planned out, just as soon as her family doesn't need her anymore. Feeling beholden to her aunt and uncle who took her in a child, she's biding her time until the right moment. When she is gifted the family brooch, she wants nothing to do with the family lore that goes with it. In any case, she can out-shoot and out-hunt any man and feels she can rely on herself. Despite her self-reliance, she is still a very endearing character; to the point but never unkind. Assured but never pushy. I really liked that about her. What begins as a competition between her and a newcomer to town develops into something else entirely. I haven't read the novel that this novellas has ties to, but I followed the story with ease. Because of You by Becky Wade I admit, this novella was the one I anticipated most, just because I have such a love for the Bradford sister novels and was eager to be back in their world. These characters are endearing and come across as oh-so-real. After Willow Bradford's model-beauty (I mean, she was a model, nothing against it), Maddie's jeans and t-shirt look was a nice change. Leo's bookish nature won me over immediately, and I loved the parts that were from his perspective. The brooch was mistakenly packed in her parent's attic and only a Christmas project and garage sale brought it to light. I got a chuckle out of Grandma Fleeta giving up "all that folderol" when she married Maddie's grandpa, as it sounded like something her character would have said in the previous novella. But I digress. The issue is that Maddie's dear friend Olivia was married to Leo and two years previously passed away. The plethora of emotions that I would imagine come with falling in love with your best friend's widower are present for Maddie, as is guilt for moving on from Olivia's death. Grief is a strange, difficult thing, and I feel that Wade aptly captures those feelings. Britt Bradford is a fierce friend to Maddie and her biggest fan, and I appreciated the sweet look into their friendship as well. Just an all around endearing, uplifting, and realistically hopeful novella. I didn't necessarily mention that Christmas plays a role in these novellas, which I'm sure readers gather from the title. I will say that while the holiday itself is the backdrop, but I felt that these were just quality novellas all the way around not just sweet Christmas stories - though they are totally that, too. So, if you are one of those readers that avidly creates a Christmas-themed reading list - or even if you're not - add this charming collection to your list. If you, like me, could use a little more hope in your days (can't we all?), you won't be disappointed. Christmas is just the star on the three, the fruit in the cake, the garland on...well, you know what I mean. :) I received a complimentary copy of this novella collection. I was not required to post a review, and this review is my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen.

    . . The Christmas Heirloom is a beautiful collection of heartwarming stories filled with the spirit of Christmas! I love the idea behind this novella collection! Four authors who each write in very different styles and equally different time periods joined together to write one story that spans generations. The execution was flawless and each author took special care in making sure her story blended well into the next. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter – This novella had it all! Humor. Tenderness. . . The Christmas Heirloom is a beautiful collection of heartwarming stories filled with the spirit of Christmas! I love the idea behind this novella collection! Four authors who each write in very different styles and equally different time periods joined together to write one story that spans generations. The execution was flawless and each author took special care in making sure her story blended well into the next. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter – This novella had it all! Humor. Tenderness. Surprises along the way. Well written characters. It was a really great way to kick off this entire journey! Sarah, Randall and the Dowager’s bond was so sweet. This was the first time I’ve ever read anything by Kristi Ann Hunter and I am definitely looking forward to more! Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer – I never met a Karen Witemeyer story I didn’t like! This adorable story was just perfect! Perfect pace. Perfect plot. Characters that are easy to love. Ruth was determined to provide for her daughter. Her strength was admirable and Ruth’s young daughter, Naomi, was especially charming. Let’s not forget about Mr. Beauregard Azlin…what a gentlemanly hero! This story made me both laugh and cry. Just perfect!! A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas – This was the busiest of the four stories. There was a lot going on and it all fell into place wonderfully!! What a great plot! I adored Fleeta and Hank. Fleeta’s family was so special. I loved how they rallied around her. I’d never read anything by Sarah Loudin Thomas before and I absolutely plan to read her other books! (Side note: How cool is the name Fleeta?!?!?) Because of You by Becky Wade – I love Becky Wade’s natural, easygoing style. This novella definitely had a lot of depth for such a short story. I enjoyed Maddie and Leo’s sweet story! They were a joy to root for! There was an especially wonderful cameo appearance in this novella, making it very unique from the others, that I simply cannot share because of spoilers! (Eeek! Loved it!) This story is contemporary Christian fiction at its finest! This collection is perfect for someone looking to step out of their usual genre and try something new. I highly recommend this book! The Christmas Heirloom is available on October 2, 2018. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! https://jengalaxy4.wordpress.com/ I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    The Heirloom is a collection of four delightful novellas. While each are set during Christmas, there is nothing to stop you enjoying this collection all year round. From a story set during the Georgian era to contemporary story, these four novellas span many generations of women following their dreams and their hearts. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter This is the first of Kristi Ann Hunter’s works that I have read. I don’t usually read books set during the Georgian era, but I found Legacy of L The Heirloom is a collection of four delightful novellas. While each are set during Christmas, there is nothing to stop you enjoying this collection all year round. From a story set during the Georgian era to contemporary story, these four novellas span many generations of women following their dreams and their hearts. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter This is the first of Kristi Ann Hunter’s works that I have read. I don’t usually read books set during the Georgian era, but I found Legacy of Love was one of my favourite novellas in this collection. Legacy of Love sets the heirloom’s legacy into motion. Sarah, the main character, is a companion to Dowager Lady Densbury. When in front of the Dowager’s wider family, Sarah plays the role of meek, boring companion, yet she is a strong and forthright young lady. When she speaks out against the family to protect her mistress, Sarah captures the eye of the Earl’s third and youngest son. As Sarah and Randall work together to ensure the Dowager enjoys her Christmas, they find they have more in common then they first realised. Legacy of Love is a sweet, romantic and charming story. I loved Sarah. Loved her strength, gumption and desire to stick up for what she believes in. If Hunter writes all her protagonists with the same fire, I can guarantee that Legacy of Love will not be the last of her works I will enjoy. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer I adore everything that Karen Witemeyer has penned and her novella Gift of the Heart was the major draw card for me to pick up this collection. A story of a second chance at love, of children, and acceptance, Gift of the Heart is set in America just after the Civil War. Ruth Fullbright has already known love and tragic loss. Now she and her young daughter are relocating to Hope Springs to start a new life. With limited funds, Ruth must convince the biggest businessman in town, Beauregard Azlin that she is reliable and worthy of an advance in her rent. But Bo is not the aloof and harsh businessman he at first seems, and before long Bo finds himself drawn to the strong and principled Mrs Fullbright and her vivacious daughter. Full of laughter and love, Gift of the Heart was my favourite novella in this collection and a delight to read. A Shot at Love - Sarah Loudin Thomas Thomas’ books have been on my to-read list for a while now but A Shot At Love is the first time I’ve read anything by this talented author. A Shot At Love is a fun novella, with a fantastic lead character. Fleeta would much rather be out hunting or designing guns than ever donning a fancy gown or trying to capture the eye of a gentleman. When her aunt gives her a family heirloom rumoured to bring the beholder true love, Fleeta couldn’t be more skeptical. But when a friend of a friend is passing through town, she (through a bit of healthy competition and a shared love of fine weaponry), finds herself just a little bit drawn to the charming Hank Chapin. But Fleeta is determined not to let attraction get in the way her chance to finally follow her dreams of becoming a gunsmith. While there were a few loose ends at the end of A Shot At Love, it was impossible not to be drawn to Fleeta and her dertermination to love her life on her own terms. Because of You - Becky Wade Chocolate, unrequited love, Christmas shopping and happy endings. Maddie Winslow has loved Leo Donnelly since she first met him. But he started dating, fell in love with and married her best friend. For years, Maddie watched from afar and tried to get her heart under control. Leo, now widowed, and his young son have moved back to town and he and Maddie are paired to work together on the church’s Christmas mission project. Spending time together might be a challenge for Maddie, but for Leo it is an eye-opening experience that his second chance at love might be right in front of him. While I didn’t love this story as much as I have enjoyed books by Becky Wade in the past, mostly because I just didn’t click with Maddie, I did enjoy Leo’s side of the story. While each of the four novellas are part of larger series, they can each be read as standalones. Perfect for fans of each of the writers or for readers looking to discover new authors, The Heirloom is a delightful collection. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    What an absolutely delightful novella collection! I loved how perfectly the brooch was woven into each of the novellas! I adored every single one of these stories and highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom! Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter This adorable novella drew me in from the first page and didn't let go! I absolutely loved Sarah and Randall's story! The dowager Countess of Densbury quickly became a favorite secondary character. Kristi's writing was fantastic as always and I absolutely lo What an absolutely delightful novella collection! I loved how perfectly the brooch was woven into each of the novellas! I adored every single one of these stories and highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom! Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter This adorable novella drew me in from the first page and didn't let go! I absolutely loved Sarah and Randall's story! The dowager Countess of Densbury quickly became a favorite secondary character. Kristi's writing was fantastic as always and I absolutely loved every moment of this novella! Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer I always adore Karen's books and this novella was no exception! Ruth and Bo were such fabulous main characters, and little Naomi and her matchmaking cat Teddy were absolutely delightful and made me laugh out loud numerous times! Every single word of this novella was phenomenal and I hated to see it end, but as usual when I finish one of Karen's books a sigh of happiness left my grinning lips when I turned the final page! A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas This was such a cute novella, I loved it even more than I was expecting to! Seeing as I am not super girly myself I love to read stories about grown up tomboys, and I found myself relating to Fleeta in a number of ways! I loved the voice that this story is written in, it's just so entertaining and all around fun to read! I loved the ending, and the story was an absolute pleasure to read! I don't often read stories set in the 1950's but I will definitely be reading more of this author's work in the future! Because of You by Becky Wade This novella was absolutely fantastic! Maddie and Leo were great characters. I found myself relating to Maddie quite a bit, and I loved Leo's quiet reserve and bookishness! I'm a huge fan of Les Mis and I LOVED that it was mentioned in the story, so awesome! I was swept away into this story on page one and I loved every single second I spent reading it! Total awesomeness from beginning to end! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Kristi Ann Hunter, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    I don’t always go for novella collections, partly because the stories tend to meld together in my mind after I've read a couple of them, but there’s absolutely no chance of that happening with this collection. Each of these stories is set in a distinctly different time and place: England, 1827; Texas, 1890; West Virginia, 1958; and modern-day Washington. Each of the heroines also has a very distinctive voice, from the gun-toting Fleeta Brady: “She wanted to be a gunsmith. To take care of her fam I don’t always go for novella collections, partly because the stories tend to meld together in my mind after I've read a couple of them, but there’s absolutely no chance of that happening with this collection. Each of these stories is set in a distinctly different time and place: England, 1827; Texas, 1890; West Virginia, 1958; and modern-day Washington. Each of the heroines also has a very distinctive voice, from the gun-toting Fleeta Brady: “She wanted to be a gunsmith. To take care of her family. And now she was supposed to fall in love too?” right through to Maddie Winslow, who “met the man of her dreams the same day that her friend Olivia introduced Maddie to her new boyfriend. Which would have been splendid, except that the man of Maddie’s dreams was Olivia’s new boyfriend.” In fact, the only difficulty I DO have with this collection is in trying to decide which of these novellas was my favourite. Was it the first, with the elderly matchmaker who went to the trouble of handpicking a bride for her (unsuspecting) favourite grandson? Or the second book, with the wealthy and aloof (but actually rather soft-hearted) Bo Azlin, who can’t help but be fascinated by a hardworking widow, her charming daughter, and the furry miscreant who moves in despite his objections. And I’ve already mentioned feisty Fleeta and moonstruck Maddie from books three and four. Each romance was perfectly paced for the novella format, very engaging, and had just the right level of sweetness to produce a sigh of contentment at the final paragraph. Okay, so maybe the second novella just sneaked over the line ahead of the others, (I did form a bit of a soft spot for Bo Azlin) but seriously, they were all delightful reads. So I guess it’s going to be up to you to read them for yourself to see if YOU can work out which one is your favourite. I received a copy of this collection from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is an utterly charming collection of Christmas stories by some of my all time favorite authors. Spanning multiple generations of a family with a broach handed down from mother to daughter made for some enjoyable stories and characters to meet along the way. Most of the stories have connections to the authors series, so to see the tie-ins there was completely fun. From England in the 1820's to present day Washington, there is a story for everyone and with the sweetness of Christmas thrown in This is an utterly charming collection of Christmas stories by some of my all time favorite authors. Spanning multiple generations of a family with a broach handed down from mother to daughter made for some enjoyable stories and characters to meet along the way. Most of the stories have connections to the authors series, so to see the tie-ins there was completely fun. From England in the 1820's to present day Washington, there is a story for everyone and with the sweetness of Christmas thrown in to the mix, this collection is not to be missed! I received this book from the author and publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Trixi

    What a treasure trove collection of stories! I love the over-arching theme of following along the journey a family heirloom takes—a luckenbooth brooch given to four generations. Legend has it that whoever owns this brooch will find true love! First passed down to Sarah Gooding in 1827 from Lady Densbey who in turn, introduced her grandson, thus starting a chain reaction that spanned the years to our own modern day! I really enjoyed this because I not only read four love stories, but they were al What a treasure trove collection of stories! I love the over-arching theme of following along the journey a family heirloom takes—a luckenbooth brooch given to four generations. Legend has it that whoever owns this brooch will find true love! First passed down to Sarah Gooding in 1827 from Lady Densbey who in turn, introduced her grandson, thus starting a chain reaction that spanned the years to our own modern day! I really enjoyed this because I not only read four love stories, but they were all Christmas themed to boot! While I can't really fathom that the holidays are just around the corner again, I love an early start to my favorite season in the pages of a book. While each of these stories are novella length, they neither lacked depth nor felt rushed. I think they are perfect for times when a reader can only carve out a small chunk of their day to read. I also discovered a new-to-me author in Sarah Loudin Thomas and will be searching out more books written by her. That's the other thing I love, meeting new authors through collections such as this! All of these stories are wonderful and all were my favorite; not one of them stood out above the other. That being said, I will do a short review on Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer. Gift of the Heart Since my favorite Biblical story is Ruth and Naomi, this held a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed the nod to scripture. Widow Ruth Fulbright & her daughter Naomi relocate to Hope Springs, Texas two years after her husbands death. Taking the job as a cook at the Homespun Cafe, she hopes to start a better life for her and her daughter. In the meantime, she meets her landlord, Beaurgard Azlin—or Bo for short. Thus begins their happily-ever-after story, and while this may sound too perfect, it has a few rocky places they both must navigate. Ruth is good for Bo in boosting his self-confidence and in return, Bo is good for Ruth in resurrecting feelings she thought buried with her husband. Naomi is the glue that binds them together! I love her spunky spirit, her childlike view of the world and her compassion for one stray cat lovingly nicknamed Teddy. Talking about the tabby, he contributes his own quirkiness and personality to the mix. A mish-mash family who's love-story is hard earned and has a satisfying end. Witemeyer inserts her trademark humor that had me laughing out loud in quite a few spots & her characters are ones I would have enjoyed meeting. Too bad it's not real because I could make a life in Hope Springs myself! A delightful story with a Biblical twist. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the authors and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Probably the most unique and cleverly written set of novellas I've ever read! Every set of short stories will have some kind of connecting theme, but this has knocked it out of the park! Starting with Kristi Ann Hunter's story, set in late 18th century England. The beginnings of the journey of the heirloom brooch, that will find itself being passed through the generations, right through to present day. It will cross the Atlantic, and see life through every kind of hardship and sweet joy. There's Probably the most unique and cleverly written set of novellas I've ever read! Every set of short stories will have some kind of connecting theme, but this has knocked it out of the park! Starting with Kristi Ann Hunter's story, set in late 18th century England. The beginnings of the journey of the heirloom brooch, that will find itself being passed through the generations, right through to present day. It will cross the Atlantic, and see life through every kind of hardship and sweet joy. There's a legend, is it true? You'll have to read these books and decide for yourself. Extremely engaging stories, each one intertwined by a family connected by blood. Women willing to hang on tight to the brooch, not for its physical value, but for what it represents. Overwhelmingly, the love that comes into each of their hearts. A gift from God. Becky Wade completes the set, and oh boy does she bring this to a climatic conclusion! I could not put this down. The sheer talent in her writing is something else. Every thought process, every emotion is there for the feeling. You can practically smell the pine trees. A great Christmas time read to rival anything you may have read before. I received a complimentary eARC from Bethany House & Netgalley. This is my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Kristi Ann Hunter starts out the novellas with “Legacy of Love.” It was a wonderful tale. I loved the spunky grandma who liked to really live and have fun while her family tried to ignore her scandalous behavior. Her companion doesn’t realize grandma is also a matchmaker. I laughed out loud and cried just as hard. The three main characters were developed so beautifully. I really came to care for them. In “Gift of the Heart” by Karen Witemeyer, a little girl stole my heart with her funny ways and Kristi Ann Hunter starts out the novellas with “Legacy of Love.” It was a wonderful tale. I loved the spunky grandma who liked to really live and have fun while her family tried to ignore her scandalous behavior. Her companion doesn’t realize grandma is also a matchmaker. I laughed out loud and cried just as hard. The three main characters were developed so beautifully. I really came to care for them. In “Gift of the Heart” by Karen Witemeyer, a little girl stole my heart with her funny ways and open-hearted love for others, particularly for the man who’s trying to hide away to protect himself and others from discomfort. I appreciated how both Ruth and Bo were willing to step out and take a risk. My husband is a gun enthusiast and would love all the details in “A Shot at Love” by Sarah Loudin Thomas. When Fleeta is given the heirloom brooch, she can’t figure out why her mama would want to wish love on her. She has no time for a man. When a man who loves guns as much as she does comes along, she questions whether she might just need to change her mind. I appreciated that this story felt a little different. It was refreshing. Maddie’s response, in “Because of You” by Becky Wade, is the opposite of Fleeta’s. “You mean to tell me that a brooch that might have the power to bring true love into my life has been gathering dust under baby blankets?” (location 4996). She’ll take all the help she can get if it will open Leo’s eyes to seeing her in a different way. It was a sweet story of healing and new love born out of a deep friendship. These four stories are loosely tied together by an heirloom brooch that is passed down through the generations, so each story is set in a different time and place. I enjoyed the connection and seeing how love looks a little different for everybody connected with the brooch. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    I purchased this collection mostly for the novellas by Karen Witemeyer (a longtime favorite author) and Kristi Ann Hunter (a newer favorite author). I've read a few things by Becky Wade, but I've never read anything by Sarah Loudin Thomas, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This collection was also narrated by 4 different narrators in the audiobook version, which also was a little unusual. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and I loved how the novellas flowed and connected together. It's a I purchased this collection mostly for the novellas by Karen Witemeyer (a longtime favorite author) and Kristi Ann Hunter (a newer favorite author). I've read a few things by Becky Wade, but I've never read anything by Sarah Loudin Thomas, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This collection was also narrated by 4 different narrators in the audiobook version, which also was a little unusual. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and I loved how the novellas flowed and connected together. It's a collection that you can tell these writers enjoyed writing together and had a lot of fun while doing it. "Legacy of Love" by Kristi Ann Hunter ended up being my favorite of the collection. It had my favorite love story of the bunch and I think it managed to tug at the heartstrings the most. It probably also helped that this novella was narrated by one of my favorite audiobook narrators. "Gift of the Heart" by Karen Witemeyer probably would've been my favorite if the first novella hadn't blown my expectations out of the water. Still, I really, really enjoyed it and loved how the author found another non-stereotypical western hero to highlight. She's been doing that a lot with some of her recent books, and I've really enjoyed that. "A Shot at Love" by Sarah Loudin Thomas was a surprise delight. Since I've never read any of her books before, I wasn't sure what to expect. But a 1950s story set in Appalachia with a main girl that reminded me strongly of Louis L'Amour's Echo Sackett wasn't what I was expecting, yet ended up being exactly what I was craving. I'll be sure to check out more of this author's books in the future. "Because of You" by Becky Wade was my least favorite of the collection, but that could be just personal preference and not a reflection of the author's skill. Contemporary isn't my favorite genre, not by a long shot. I also think fans who have read her Bradford novels would probably love this novella more than I did. This was a fun collection, and I'd recommend if you're a fan of any of these authors.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a wonderful collection of novellas! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story! I also loved the connection of the piece of heirloom jewelry that traveled through the ages and tied all of these romantic stories together. This collection is definitely one that should not be missed. In Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, I loved the way the two main characters cared for the aging Lady Densbury. Sarah and Randall captured my heart with they way they both loved Randall’s grandmother. In Gift of t What a wonderful collection of novellas! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story! I also loved the connection of the piece of heirloom jewelry that traveled through the ages and tied all of these romantic stories together. This collection is definitely one that should not be missed. In Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, I loved the way the two main characters cared for the aging Lady Densbury. Sarah and Randall captured my heart with they way they both loved Randall’s grandmother. In Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer, I instantly felt respect for both Ruth and Bo in the way they treated each other. I liked how the attraction grew between these two and the sweet acts of kindness that Bo showed for Ruth and her daughter. In A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas, I felt like I was tucked away in the cozy Appalachian community with Fleeta and Hank. I loved seeing Fleeta through Hank’s eyes and watching as Fleeta became open to the idea of love. In Because of You by Becky Wade, Maddie and Leo were characters that I couldn’t help but love. Seeing Leo’s eyes open to the woman Maddie was and watching Leo as he realized that his heart was drawn to Maddie was a beautiful picture of the beginning of love. Their budding romance was so sweet! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    I enjoyed reading the heart-warming stories of love in this delightful collection. Beginning with the first story, Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, we follow the legacy of a beautiful brooch as it is passed first from Grandmother to Grandson's intended and then from mother to daughter.  Each story takes place during the Christmas season, and is sure to put you in the holiday mood! With moments that had me laughing out loud and then gasping in surprise, I was fully enchanted with these charmin I enjoyed reading the heart-warming stories of love in this delightful collection. Beginning with the first story, Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, we follow the legacy of a beautiful brooch as it is passed first from Grandmother to Grandson's intended and then from mother to daughter.  Each story takes place during the Christmas season, and is sure to put you in the holiday mood! With moments that had me laughing out loud and then gasping in surprise, I was fully enchanted with these charming stories of finding love in the most unexpected places! What first caught my attention was the luckenbooth brooch on the cover! I first learned about the luckenbooth brooches and the fascinating history several years ago, and I even have my own (though without a pretty stone in the center).  I knew instantly that I had to read this book and I have enjoyed reading each of the four stories in this collection. These collection of stories are delightful and endearing and they are sure to linger in your memory long after you've closed the book! (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Title: The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations Written By: Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade Genre: Christian Romance Recommended Ages: 13 & up Introduction: When I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of this book, I knew I wanted to. Mainly because one of my favorite authors wrote one of these novellas. I wasn't disappointed by her book. The others... Well, one was rather disappointing and the other two were onl Title: The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations Written By: Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade Genre: Christian Romance Recommended Ages: 13 & up Introduction: When I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of this book, I knew I wanted to. Mainly because one of my favorite authors wrote one of these novellas. I wasn't disappointed by her book. The others... Well, one was rather disappointing and the other two were only fairly good. I loved how the brooch fit in to every story. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter: .75/1 This is the story of how the legend of the brooch began. I absolutely adored Lady Densmore! She was the star of the book, that's for sure. At first, I was really annoyed by the main characters. But they started to grow on me. The main reason I am giving this a .75 instead of a full 1 was because Sarah and Randolph fell in love in less than a week. Sure they had known each other for a while, but to suddenly fall in love after really learning more about each other was a little too quick for me. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer: 1/1 This was the best novella in the entire book. I loved it! The romance between the MCs was perfect and beautiful. Not only was it more realistic, but it was also well-written. I was engaged from the very beginning and never lost interest. A Shot of Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas: .5/1 The 1950s is a genre I don't read much of, so that was interesting. But the story itself didn't really grip me. Maybe it was the feministic slant to the book that was the problem. I can't really put my finger on it exactly. This was the weakest of the four novellas. Because of You by Becky Wade: .75/1 This is the only book that wasn't historical fiction. This is set in contemporary times. I do like a good contemporary romance occasionally, so I was looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint too much. I liked how they had known each other for about a decade before the story began. The main reason this didn't get a full 1 was because again, one of the characters fell in love too quickly. I won't say more lest I ruin the story for someone. Un-Put-Down-Ability: .75/1 Overall, the entire book was hard to put down. I either just wanted to find out how the book ended so I could be done with it or I wanted to savor each moment of them together. I would love to read a sequel to Ruth's story. Maybe just making it about Naomi? What do you say, Karen? ;) Conclusion: 3.75/5 Look at the book as a whole, it was pretty good. In fact, it was almost a full 4 stars. There were parts that I skimmed over, but other parts I sighed in happiness. I'll let you make up your own mind about it. Note: I received a free eBook copy from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terry Houchin

    What a wonderful collection of stories whose common thread is a brooch that is passed on from generation to generation. The story begins in Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter. We meet the original owner of the brooch. An elderly woman who passes the brooch on to her companion.  In Karen Witemeyer's Gift of the Heart we meet Ruth who is now in possession of the brooch. She is a descendant  of the companion from the first story. I think this story was my favorite in the collection. I loved what a s What a wonderful collection of stories whose common thread is a brooch that is passed on from generation to generation. The story begins in Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter. We meet the original owner of the brooch. An elderly woman who passes the brooch on to her companion.  In Karen Witemeyer's Gift of the Heart we meet Ruth who is now in possession of the brooch. She is a descendant  of the companion from the first story. I think this story was my favorite in the collection. I loved what a strong woman, Ruth is and her daughter is adorable. In. Sarah Loudin Thomas's story, A Shot At Love we meet Fleeta who is a descendant of Ruth's. She is now in possession  of the brooch and is very unsure if she wants the legend of the brooch to come true for her. She doesn't think she wants a man in her life, she can make do just fine without one. Fleeta is a very interesting character. In the last story by Becky Wade, Because of You, we meet Maddie. She has had a crush on the same man for years. She feels a little guilty about it, because he was her best friends husband. Not as bad as it sounds... but you'll have to read the book to why. I loved the concept of the brooch being the thing that ties all of these stories together. Each author wrote a short story in the time period in which they usually write. It was cool. I hope you pick up a copy, I think there is something here for everybody.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Having a book that follows generations is always fun. I've read things by these authors before, and I've loved them. Seeing them come together to do a holiday novella collection was rather fun. It's hard to pick a favorite one since I really enjoyed all four of them. This collection contains one set in the mid 1800's, post Civil War, 1950's, and present day, so there is truly something for everyone. I received a copy from the publisher on behalf of one of the authors in order to share my thoughts Having a book that follows generations is always fun. I've read things by these authors before, and I've loved them. Seeing them come together to do a holiday novella collection was rather fun. It's hard to pick a favorite one since I really enjoyed all four of them. This collection contains one set in the mid 1800's, post Civil War, 1950's, and present day, so there is truly something for everyone. I received a copy from the publisher on behalf of one of the authors in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not required to like the book, only give an honest opinion. My thoughts are my own. Rating - 4 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    If I'm going to read a novella collection, I love it to be like this--when authors that I am familiar with work together to create a collection with overarching tie-ins and themes, yet each bring their unique voice to the collection. The stories are all tied together by the heirloom brooch being handed down through the generations, yet each story is wildly different (and each heroine reacts differently to the lore of the brooch!). Each story is solidly a romance, yet each one has that mother--or If I'm going to read a novella collection, I love it to be like this--when authors that I am familiar with work together to create a collection with overarching tie-ins and themes, yet each bring their unique voice to the collection. The stories are all tied together by the heirloom brooch being handed down through the generations, yet each story is wildly different (and each heroine reacts differently to the lore of the brooch!). Each story is solidly a romance, yet each one has that mother--or mother figure--relationship that is integral to the tale. Christmas is a tie-in too, of course. Christmas stories don't really do much for me, but for the most part I didn't notice the Christmas theme--it's more that the stories happen to take place around Christmastime (which to me is just as good as any other time of the year); they aren't centered on the holiday. "Legacy of Love" by Kristi Ann Hunter: I just love everything she writes. A good half of it is her writing style, but her sense of humor, the heartfelt, touching moments that even in such a short story are powerful enough to bring tears--she gets it just right every time. "Gift of the Heart" by Karen Witemeyer: The problem with including children in a story is that they tend to steal the show, and Naomi is adorable, both sweet and wise for one so young, as she demonstrates in her unreserved love Beauregard, even before he (by worldly standards) earns it. But the romance is sweet too. Really, Bo is just plain sweet and not at all the stereotypical wealthy tycoon one would expect. "A Shot at Love" by Sarah Loudin Thomas: This one felt the most different to me, partly because Fleeta is a sharp-shooting tomboy with no need for romance, and partly because I simply haven't read many stories that take place in the 1950's; it took a bit to wrap my head around the time period. I liked it, though; I really liked how Hank is able to respect Fleeta's well-honed abilities, yet not overlook her femininity just because she shoots and dresses like a man. "Because of You" by Becky Wade: Again, an author whose writing style I love. Love the humor, love the ties to the Bradford Sisters series, and I loved the tender story of navigating grief while moving on to something new.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joann Marks

    The Christmas Heirloom is a fun and fascinating read, but it left me wanting more. A beautiful Luckenbooth brooch that was initially given as a token of enduring love, is woven into four captivating stories that span time from the 1820s to present day. The brooch is passed from mother to daughter with a not always welcomed promise attached. The reader is allowed a glimpse into this passing of an heirloom, during very different, very special Christmas’. Each of the four authors have treated us to The Christmas Heirloom is a fun and fascinating read, but it left me wanting more. A beautiful Luckenbooth brooch that was initially given as a token of enduring love, is woven into four captivating stories that span time from the 1820s to present day. The brooch is passed from mother to daughter with a not always welcomed promise attached. The reader is allowed a glimpse into this passing of an heirloom, during very different, very special Christmas’. Each of the four authors have treated us to some very special women. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite among them, although I am a bit partial to Fleeta Brady. Every one of these women are strong, confident, capable and always desiring to do what is right. Yet they each have a softness about them and a hope in something they are not always sure of. I fell in love with all of them. What great examples they would be to women everywhere. When I say I wanted more, it is because I found myself wanting to know all the characters of these four novellas better. I wanted to know Sarah Gooding’s past and why she became a companion. I wanted to know the backstory of Ruth Albright’s husband’s death and why she made the choice to move to Texas. What made Fleeta Brady such a tomboy yet ready to open herself up to love. And what was it about Maddie Winslow that caused her to wait for Leo, even though she didn’t know she was. I understand that is the nature of novellas but oh how I want more. Again, this was a fun and fascinating read, woven together by some very wonderful authors. And it was a great story idea using the Luckenbooth brooch throughout. Having each story take place at Christmas was like cream on the cake. I have already shared this book with friends and family. And it makes a great gift. I must thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me a copy of this book to review. But I also purchased a Kindle copy too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    One heirloom has been passed from generation to generation, from Lady Densby to Maddie Winslow. Lady Densby gave the broach to her companion, Sarah Gooding. From Sarah the tradition began to hand it down mother to daughter. After Sarah was given the broach in England, she immigrated to the States. Move forward a few generations for Ruth Albright to use her broach as collateral for a loan, in order to rent a house for her daughter and her. When she goes in every week to make a payment to redeem th One heirloom has been passed from generation to generation, from Lady Densby to Maddie Winslow. Lady Densby gave the broach to her companion, Sarah Gooding. From Sarah the tradition began to hand it down mother to daughter. After Sarah was given the broach in England, she immigrated to the States. Move forward a few generations for Ruth Albright to use her broach as collateral for a loan, in order to rent a house for her daughter and her. When she goes in every week to make a payment to redeem the broach, the owner of her house keeps trying to cancel her debt. Now it's post World War II, and Fleeta Brady is the county's crack shot who wants to own a gun shop. When Hank comes to town and beats her in the turkey shoot, he makes a connection with Fleeta. When Fleeta takes her life savings to buy a gun shop, she's finds out she's been taken by a con-artist. But Hank was taken with her and comes back to see her. He finds the lukenbooth in the nest of a jay bird that has been making a nuisance of itself. Maddie Winslow has been paired with her best friend's widower in the Mission: Christmas to help a family in the community have a good Christmas. She's been in love with this man since she was in high school. When she finds the luckenbooth, she researches how it came down to her. Her grandmother, Fleeta to find out its history and the legend that goes with it--that the owner of the broach finds love. The Christmas Heirloom is a great collection of novellas by well-loved authors who ply their craft with quality and attention to detail. Sometimes these novella collections can become trite or sickeningly sweet, but these four stories are quite realistic and quite intriguing. I appreciate Bethany House Publishing for providing the galley through NetGalley.com, so that I could read and review this book. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and an Heirloom Broach to hand down to your daughter.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The Heirloom is a collection of four novellas that all center around a brooch that has been passed from mother to daughter through several generations and the true love that will be found by the current owner. The collection follows the passing of the brooch from the 1800's to present day. This is a heartwarming collection of stories centered around Christmastime, but could definitely be read any time of the year. It was interesting to see how the authors connected the stories, but each one coul The Heirloom is a collection of four novellas that all center around a brooch that has been passed from mother to daughter through several generations and the true love that will be found by the current owner. The collection follows the passing of the brooch from the 1800's to present day. This is a heartwarming collection of stories centered around Christmastime, but could definitely be read any time of the year. It was interesting to see how the authors connected the stories, but each one could definitely be read by itself. I know some people do not enjoy novellas because there is not as much time for character development, but in my opinion that is not an issue with this collection. I was given a copy of this collection in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I typically don't read a lot of novellas, but they're starting to grow on me! Especially when it's a collection that includes some of my favorite authors: Karen Witemeyer and Becky Wade. I haven't read many of Kristi Ann Hunter or Sara Loudin Thomas' books, but I really enjoyed their work in this novella collection. The connection between each of these novellas was a brooch that was passed down from generation to generation. It not only was a beautiful, valuable piece of jewelry, but there was a I typically don't read a lot of novellas, but they're starting to grow on me! Especially when it's a collection that includes some of my favorite authors: Karen Witemeyer and Becky Wade. I haven't read many of Kristi Ann Hunter or Sara Loudin Thomas' books, but I really enjoyed their work in this novella collection. The connection between each of these novellas was a brooch that was passed down from generation to generation. It not only was a beautiful, valuable piece of jewelry, but there was a deep love that passed from the giver to the receiver. There was also a "legend" that accompanied the brooch that foretold of a love match. I enjoyed both of these aspects of each story. Each heroine was a little different and full of personality. The heroes stories were also told, but were a supporting role to the female leads. I love that you get a taste of each author's style in a novella collection like this. As the holidays are approaching, this is the perfect book to cozy up on the couch with and get a taste of Christmas. I would definitely recommend it! **I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in order to give an honest review, which I did. **

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise Hershberger

    Loved this set of novellas. My favorite part was how the brooch appeared in all the stories - but not necessarily in the same exact fashion. It all felt very organic -, especially in the last one! It was neat to see it travel through so many hands and so many love stories. And I especially liked that while this was a Christmas theme that it wasn't overbearing. I'm not overly fond of Christmas themes so I loved that it wasn't the entire point of the series. In fact, I almost forgot they were base Loved this set of novellas. My favorite part was how the brooch appeared in all the stories - but not necessarily in the same exact fashion. It all felt very organic -, especially in the last one! It was neat to see it travel through so many hands and so many love stories. And I especially liked that while this was a Christmas theme that it wasn't overbearing. I'm not overly fond of Christmas themes so I loved that it wasn't the entire point of the series. In fact, I almost forgot they were based on Christmas and not simply just the brooch. I received an advanced copy of this through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Some of my favorites are contributing stories to this novella collection and I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it. The stories follow an amethyst and silver, intricately created brooch, from the 1800s to the present day. It was very interesting to read about every woman who owned the brooch and what it meant to her. I have only read a few of Hunter's stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed her contribution. The other authors, Witemeyer, Thomas and Wade have been favorites for years and they are alw Some of my favorites are contributing stories to this novella collection and I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it. The stories follow an amethyst and silver, intricately created brooch, from the 1800s to the present day. It was very interesting to read about every woman who owned the brooch and what it meant to her. I have only read a few of Hunter's stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed her contribution. The other authors, Witemeyer, Thomas and Wade have been favorites for years and they are always a joy to read. All the stories are crafted in such a way that they do not seem like a short novella.. Full and rich they are and sure to be enjoyed by many, especially fans of these authors. Recommended. *My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Simply Lovely! I very much enjoyed each novella in this collection. The connection through the brooch was very unique. I love that it was passed from mother to daughter. True love really did come to those that wore it. The authors did a wonderful job connecting the stories yet keeping each a full story on its own. I look forward to more from each of the authors! I highly recommend this holiday collection!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I enjoyed this read that actually spans centuries, and is centered around a family heirloom. Each author tells their own story and pulls us in with how they obtained this stunning piece, and true love is associated with the owner. Each mother in turn passes this broach on to their daughter. These novellas also include the Christmas season, something for everyone, each a quick sweet read that compelled me to move to the next, and moving from the early 1800’s to modern day, all with the love of God I enjoyed this read that actually spans centuries, and is centered around a family heirloom. Each author tells their own story and pulls us in with how they obtained this stunning piece, and true love is associated with the owner. Each mother in turn passes this broach on to their daughter. These novellas also include the Christmas season, something for everyone, each a quick sweet read that compelled me to move to the next, and moving from the early 1800’s to modern day, all with the love of God and following Him. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    4/5 stars. Full review to come.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    4.5 Stars! A charming collection of novellas spanning over 190 years. A very special brooch was given to a very special young lady, and handed down generation after generation to daughters. Four stories follow that brooch . Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter 5-STARS 1827 Lancashire, England Sarah Gooding was the Lady’s companion to a woman she loved dearly. A gifted pianist, Sarah was unknown to everyone but to her employer, the Dowager Countess. Only in her presence could Sarah be completely hers 4.5 Stars! A charming collection of novellas spanning over 190 years. A very special brooch was given to a very special young lady, and handed down generation after generation to daughters. Four stories follow that brooch . Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter 5-STARS 1827 Lancashire, England Sarah Gooding was the Lady’s companion to a woman she loved dearly. A gifted pianist, Sarah was unknown to everyone but to her employer, the Dowager Countess. Only in her presence could Sarah be completely herself. But the Dowager’s life was near the end and her grandson, Randall, knew it. Spending as much time with his grandmother as he could, Randall began to see the true Sarah Gooding and realized this was a woman of great surprises. ******************************************** What a wonderful story. Utterly unique. A novella matching any whole book I’ve ever read, missing nothing in its brevity. Ms. Hunter wove a lovely tale around a brooch which will continue to appear in the other stories of The Christmas Heirloom, collection. This was perfection! Gift of the Heart, by Karen Witemeyer 5-STARS 1890 Hope Springs, TX Ruth Fulbright a widow, and her young daughter, Naomi, had just arrived in Hope Springs, a town Bo Azlin, owned most of. He would be her landlord while she cooked for the Homespun Café, a position she took ensuring herself and her daughter a future. Bo’s impairment since childhood has left him cautious around people, because few people were socially comfortable with the physically handicapped. As much as he admired Ruth, his caution won out – until the day he heard children crying. ******************************************** It didn’t escape my attention that the main characters are Ruth, Naomi and Bo Azlin. It was cute. And so was this story. But what else can we expect from Karen Witemeyer. Loved this! A Shot at Love, by Sarah Loudin Thomas 3-STARS 1958 Bethel, WV Fleeta Brady –- Skilled woodworker and crack shot. To her “this falling in love business was absolutely out of the question”. She’s planning on starting up her own gun-making business and has no need for a man to obey. Hank Chapin – Gun collector and fascinating, also a crack shot. But when the brooch is used in a business transaction, the rug is pulled out from under Fleeta. ******************************************** This was a good story although perhaps not a favorite. Because of You, by Becky Wade 4.5-STARS Present Day, Merryweather, WA In true Becky Wade style our story has drama mixed with good hearted fun, and (yay) characters from her Bradford Sisters Romances are back. A sweet story about a church’s giving-ministry that Leo and Maddie are taking on this year. Maddie was best friends with Leo’s late wife. They are chosen to be a team to see that a needy family are blessed abundantly with Christmas presents and the Love of God. As they work together, a fondness for each other grows to deep feelings. The brooch Maddie found while foraging for garage sale items had been placed in a box and forgotten by her mother, but was a wonderful surprise to find. Very clean with warm fuzzies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gail Hollingsworth

    This was a totally fascinating collection of interlocking stories. I had previously read and reviewed books by Thomas, Whitemeyer and Wade, all excellent writers. Hunter was new to me but I will be searching out future books by her. The commonality of these novellas was a lockinbooth locket dating back to 1827. All four were sweet, romantic Christmas stories of love that had a certain amount of "magic" connected to the brooch. I began looking up the lockinbooth and was totally sucked in by its h This was a totally fascinating collection of interlocking stories. I had previously read and reviewed books by Thomas, Whitemeyer and Wade, all excellent writers. Hunter was new to me but I will be searching out future books by her. The commonality of these novellas was a lockinbooth locket dating back to 1827. All four were sweet, romantic Christmas stories of love that had a certain amount of "magic" connected to the brooch. I began looking up the lockinbooth and was totally sucked in by its history and background and not least its romantic ties. The woman that wears it or possess it is supposed to find the love of her life. Legacy of Love began in England and showed the love of a caregiver for her aristocratic Lady Densbury. Sarah was left the brooch, although not a blood relative, by Lady Densbury. Sarah and Randall, who was the grandson, both cared deeply for Lady Densbury and looked out over her best interests. What connection do they find in each other besides their love for Lady Densbury? In the other three stories the brooch was passed on from mother to daughter. The small bag that held the brooch had the initials and wedding dates of each recipient. Quite an interesting legacy. Gift of the Heart featured a widow, poor, with a young daughter to care for. She had to use the brooch as collateral on a loan to acquire a place for the two of them to live. What happens between Ruth and the banker and why does he hide out from others even though he owns most of the town? All the stories were good and were fast reads since they were so good but A Shot at Love turned out to be my favorite of the four. I could easily identify with the other three "heroines" but Fleeta was totally different and unusual. I admired her and her abilities. She pursued masculine activities yet could also be feminine when called for. She won me over right at the start. What happens though when she meets her match in a male counterpart and soon finds her future dreams stolen? Because of You brings us to present day. Maddie has loved a man from a distance for many years but her best friend married him and she chose to step aside. Her best friend was killed by a drunk driver but Maddie cannot let go of the guilt for loving Leo all along. I loved these connected stories and stayed up late several nights reading them. Each was told around the Christmas celebration and is a great way to get in the holiday spirit for this 2018 season. I highly recommend this novel. I may even order me a lockinbooth brooch even though I found the love of my life almost forty years ago! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through one of the authors but was not required to write a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    The Christmas Heirloom contains four lovely stories centered on a beautiful luckenbooth brooch and Christmas. The stories range in time from the mid 1800s to the present day, which I really enjoyed. The characters are all in the same family line, which I admit delighted me as a family historian myself. The first story, Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, tells the story of Sarah Gooding, the companion of the elderly Lady Densbury in 1827 England, and Randall Everard, the grandson of Lady Densbur The Christmas Heirloom contains four lovely stories centered on a beautiful luckenbooth brooch and Christmas. The stories range in time from the mid 1800s to the present day, which I really enjoyed. The characters are all in the same family line, which I admit delighted me as a family historian myself. The first story, Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter, tells the story of Sarah Gooding, the companion of the elderly Lady Densbury in 1827 England, and Randall Everard, the grandson of Lady Densbury. Randall has no hope of inheriting any of his father's earldom as he is a third son, but has hopes of owning his own farm some day. This was a really sweet story and I really enjoyed Hunter's writing style. The second story, Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer, tells the story of Ruth Fulbright, a widow with a young daughter in 1890 Texas, who has come to to the town of Hope Springs in hopes of starting a new life. There she meets Bo Azlin, the man who owns most of the town but has become a recluse due to a childhood injury. I am a huge Witemeyer fan and this story did not disappoint. I love how her stories flow seamlessly and always leaves me wanting to read more. The third story, A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas, tells the story of Fleeta Brady, a woman who has grown up more comfortable behind a rifle than in a kitchen in 1958 West Virginia. She dreams of being a gunsmith, but lacks the funds to begin. She meets Hank Chapin, a man who is hoping to find a new career away from the timber company he's been working for. This story was different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed Thomas's writing style. The final story, Because of You by Becky Wade, tells the story of Maddie Winslow in present day Washington, who has had an unrequited crush on Leo Donnelly ever since she meet him. Unfortunately, her best friend Olivia found him first and married him. Now that Leo is back in town after Olivia was killed, Maddie feels guilty for still harboring those feelings. I really enjoyed this story by Wade and will look for her other novels. Overall, this was a great book. I thought that the brooch was a lovely way to tie the stories together and I loved that each was in a different time frame. I highly recommend this novella collection to anyone looking for a sweet Christmas read. I received a copy of this novella collection from the publisher.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Valri Western

    I cannot say enough about this book! The whole premise is so traditional, yet modern too! It bridges generations and for that, it will pull in every reader that reads it. It has something for everyone! I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was one of those books that you are truly sorry when it ends! I don't want to give out any spoilers so I will just give a little "hint" about each story! LEGACY OF LOVE - Krisiti Ann Hunter This, of course, starts things out! It all begins in England in the 1800's and te I cannot say enough about this book! The whole premise is so traditional, yet modern too! It bridges generations and for that, it will pull in every reader that reads it. It has something for everyone! I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was one of those books that you are truly sorry when it ends! I don't want to give out any spoilers so I will just give a little "hint" about each story! LEGACY OF LOVE - Krisiti Ann Hunter This, of course, starts things out! It all begins in England in the 1800's and tells where the special brooch comes from and how is comes into the life of a spunky old woman whom I adored! Her companion, Sarah, was thought to be "meek and lowly in station" but she was actually a strong woman. The old woman's grandson, Randall, is the only one who saw that! A SHOT AT LOVE - Sarah Loudin Thomas This story was very different! Going from England to almost a "hillbilly" setting! Fleeta was the best shot around! She didn't want to get married, she was raised by her aunt and uncle because her parents had died. She was a total tomboy and loved guns! Enter Hank who was a guest of a family Fleeta knew. He totally understood Fleeta like no one else. He gave her the space to be herself. GIFT OF THE HEART - Karen Witemeyer I loved this story of Ruth, a widow, and her sweet daughter, Naomi. They had moved to a small town to start over after the death of her husband. The rich man in the town who owned just about everything was Beauregard Azlin and he was quite misunderstood! Naomi gets under his defenses and so does a kitty....the rest is history! BECAUSE OF YOU - Becky Wade Another very emotional tale. This time the widower is Leo with a cute child name Charlie. He can't seem to move on after the death of his wife 2 years earlier. Maddie has been in love with him for years but, of course, never acted on it! They get put on a church mission project together and have some special experiences but Maddie knows nothing will come of it! Then, Maddie finds out about the brooch.....

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