The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations

The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations

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ISBN-13: 9780764230783
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 52,522
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Karen Witemeyer is an award-winning, bestselling author and lives in Texas with her family. Find her online at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Kristi Ann Hunter is the award-winning author of five books, and she lives with her family in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

Sarah Loudin Thomas is an award-winning author, and she and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. She can be found online at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.

Becky Wade is the award-winning author of seven books and lives in a suburb of Dallas with her husband and three kids. Find her online at www.beckywade.com.

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The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
brandyhei 4 days ago
The Christmas Heirloom is a wonderful collection of loosely connected novellas written by some of Bethany House’s most talented authors. Each story is set in the time and place where its author excels, but the titular heirloom, a silver-and-amethyst luckenbooth brooch, links the stories with warm family ties and a romantic legend. Each features a generous dose of Christmas cheer, with heartwarming romance mixed with heartfelt faith, seasonal trappings, and the just-right amount of sentiment for tears and grins throughout. I’ll pick one minor bone with the collection as a whole for generally avoiding discussion of the sweeping geographical shifts through the generations of one family. I wish that it had been acknowledged, since people generally tended to either remain in or close to their own climate zone, or to migrate in groups. I’m not bothered that these stories are literally all over the map, but I wish we’d had a given reason for all the movement. Even so, in my eyes the best thing about this collection is how the unique style and voice of each author shines through. I am familiar with other works from all four (some more than others), and I can attest that each novella represents its author well. This makes it a great introduction to a group of prolific authors, and if one or more stories stands out to you, it’s a safe bet that other works by its author will appeal to you, as well. And considering that each story can be read relatively quickly, this book is a convenient choice for the busy holiday season. My favorite novella in this collection was Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer. This isn’t a big surprise because she’s one of my favorite authors, and, as I told my husband, I would follow her to the moon. “What about Venus?” he asked. I pretended to think about it, then nodded. “No atmosphere? No problem.” Disclaimer: Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC. I was not required to review; my opinions are my own. Disclaimer 2: I’m sure I learned all about Venus in school, but I don’t know a thing about it now.
KJI 15 days ago
"The Christmas Heirloom" is my new favorite novella collection, I absolutely loved it! The story of this piece of jewelry is passed down through the generations and four women are highlighted in this collection as to when they receive the jewelry and how it coincides with each of them finding love. I had high hopes for this collection, I mean why wouldn't I with these authors as they are all amazing and I was not disappointed in the least! Kristi Ann Hunter kicks off this collection with a story set back in the early 1800's with sweet Sarah caring for the Dowager Countess of Densbury, but their relationship being so much more than that of employer/employee. Then we jump ahead to the late 1800's in Karen Witemeyer's story set in Texas with a widowed mother and her young daughter making a fresh start. Next is Sarah Loudin Thomas' novella set in West Virginia in 1958, focusing on Fleeta whom can outshoot every man around, until a new one shows up in town. This collection ends with Becky Wade's story set in present day in Washington State and the lovely Bradford sisters make an appearance from her Bradford Sisters series that is her current series. Each and every story is unique in this collection with one common theme, the women finding love at Christmas and the heirloom piece of jewelry that has been passed down through so many generations. Karen Witemeyer's story is such a sweet one as Ruth is desperate to provide for her daughter and be able to make a living on her own. However, the housing option that has been found for her is a good deal but so much more than she is able to afford and so she offers her most prized possession, a treasured heirloom that she hopes to pass to her daughter Naomi when she is older. However, the man who she renting from owns the biggest hotel and business in Hope Springs where so many travel to in the hopes of experiencing the healing powers of the water here. As Ruth and Naomi settle in at the café, their new home and the town, they find themselves feeling at home and also helping their landlord feel more at home as well as they help him without really trying or realizing what they are doing. The characters that Karen create just come to life in this story and I found myself just loving them all and the story. Myrtle of course became a favorite as she was just so full of love and full of life and the perfect person to help Ruth and Naomi through her café and as a motherly figure. I highly recommend this sweet collection of stories, this will truly put you in the Christmasy spirit and the feelings of love and hope. *Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.*
Heidi_Reads 18 days ago
I enjoyed each of the stories in this collection by four of Bethany House's strong authors! It was neat that they took place in different eras, connected by the heirloom brooch that is passed down the maternal line. With each story I was immersed in the setting and characters, and a full story arc was achieved in the space of a novella. The romances were sweet and full of chemistry between the lead characters, making the stories come to life. This is a collection that I plan to read again in the future! It would also make a lovely Christmas gift for readers and fans of wholesome romance. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous 19 days ago
The Christmas Heirloom By: Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin, and Becky Wade This captivating collection of Novellas follows a Scottish luckenbooth brooch as it travels through the generations of women leading them to find love. Starting this collection Kristi Ann Hunter tells the tale of Sarah Gooding as she boldly defends her employer to her family. Her boldness is noted by her mistress’s grandson and sparks a quest for him to know more of this spirited girl. Karen Witemeyer tells the tale of widow Ruth Albright as she struggles to provide for herself and daughter. Using her family heirloom, a luckenbooth brooch, as collateral is her only hope to make due this winter. Sara Loudin tells the tale of Fleeta Brady a tomboy like no other to unexpectedly find love after receiving a family heirloom brooch from her aunt. Becky Wade brings this collection of stories to an end in the modern day. Maddie Winslow struggles through her guilty past to accept the love she has for her past time crush. A little gift from her forgetful mom reminders her that she can find happiness. These novellas were well written and easy to read. The authors weaved each story together nicely. I think this collection is a great read. I was so intrigued by the generations of women it made me want to look back at my own family tree.
Fitzysmom 23 days ago
This was the choice of my book club for our annual Christmas book. What a perfect pick! There are four short stories from four very talented writers. I felt like each story could be read in an evening. During this busy time of year that is a real bonus. While each story is a stand alone novella there is a theme that pulls all of them together. The connecting thread that weaves throughout each story is a brooch that is passed from mother to daughter. I enjoyed each of the stories and can't say that I preferred one over the other. The continuity between the stories was very smooth and made for an overall good read.. The last two stories, A Shot At Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas and Because of You by Becky Wade, are off shoots from their current series. If you're fans of these two authors you definitely don't want to miss this book. So far this is my favorite Christmas read of the season. If you're looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite reader this would be a wonderful choice. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Fiction_Faith_and_Fun 3 months ago
Four sweet stories of new-found love, tied together by a family heirloom. Whether you enjoy historical or contemporary romances, you’re bound to enjoy all four of these stories! From Regency England to modern America, each tale brings an era to life with its lovable characters and sweet love story. If you’ve read these authors previously, you already know their wonderful abilities as writers. However, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read their works yet, this is a great way to try out any that are new to you. I’m not sure that I could pick a favorite from among the four. While I tend to prefer historical romance, I thoroughly enjoyed each story in this collection. If you’re looking for a few good Christmas stories this season, don’t miss The Christmas Heirloom! (I received a complimentary copy of this collection. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
PinkGranny 3 months ago
Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through The Generations each have a voice as different as each woman whose story is told. The Christmas Heirloom written by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas and Becky Wade will capture your imagination as you follow its history. At once it is a rich treasure and in another moment it may be lost forever. As I get older and am reminded of my heritage, stories such as this warm my memories like a cup of fine tea shared among friends. I hope this collection will find its way into your hands as this wonderful season rich with holidays begins. 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. A beautiful amethyst brooch is a treasure for ... and an heirloom passed through generations from mother to daughter. Sarah was a blessing to an old and largely ignored woman. From the moment they met they connected, mostly because Sarah saw her as the person she always was; not as the old woman nearing the end of her life. 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. Ruth treasured the brooch she received from her mother and was holding it in trust for her daughter. What a wonderful story of love and devotion. Coming with nothing but her strength and courage she touched the lives of many. I particularly enjoyed this story for the generous spirit Ruth had for all she met. If there is a story to be told about a hard working woman, Karen Witemeyer is the one to write it. In the west, when a woman was all alone, she either rolled up her sleeves and found a way to support her family or floundered. 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. I enjoy reading Sarah Loudin Thomas's books and it was good to get a second glace at some characters from the sound of rain. Fleeta is such an unusual young woman the way she can out shoot most men at the turkey shoot. She is following her dreams and doesn't want anything like a brooch send romance her way. Her innocence is both delightful and bittersweet. I liked this novella for people that came alive in true Sarah Loudin Thomas style. Rich with the poignancy of West Virginia in the 1950's where people were doing their best with what they had. Yet still, that brooch was treasured. 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? The brooch made it to present day Christmas season. Becky Wade's approach is in tune with the younger generation. The brooch makes its way into Maddie's hands in an almost irreverent manner. Maddie's mother seemed a bit sheepish when she admitted she had forgotten it in with some of her old things. Fortunately, Maddie loved the brooch and found it just in time...or are all the stories of this brooch just coincidence? To find out for sure, pick up a co
Jaquelyn 4 months ago
What can be better than a book with several of my favorite authors? When there is a thread throughout the stories that connects them all. I loved reading about a family heirloom being passed down from generation to generation, and the love that followed it. Although they were all part of the same family, the characters were all so unique. Each story had me turning the pages to see if the legacy that follows the brooch could be true. During a season of hope, even impossible dreams can come true. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance. You can’t beat 4 love stories in one novel, and each author brings their best to the table. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Lyssa Armstrong 4 months ago
I love these novella collections that come out every Christmas. I look forward to them every year. And I especially love when common character threads tie one story to the next. This book was a little different in that the common thread comes in the form of brooch that passes down from mother to daughter, bringing the promise of love and marriage with it. Unsurprisingly, my favorite was the first one. It was a sweet story that made me laugh out loud. Can't get better than that. I also enjoyed the second novella about Ruth and Bo Azlin. I see what you did there. Fleeta Brady's story was more contemporary than I usually go, but I enjoyed it all the same. The last story affirmed my taste for historical/regency tales. The premise for Maddie Winslow snagging her best friend's man made me deeply uncomfortable. I don't care that the character in question had been killed off; Maddie had pined for him since they first met, while he dated, married and had a child with her friend. Not cool. And then there was the writing style, which was heavily focused on things I don't care about- endless descriptions of their clothes and hair, Maddie appreciating that her best feature was her large chest size, etc. Instagram was mentioned so frequently, it was basically a supporting character. I'll stick to my 1800's stories.
Digging4Pearls 4 months ago
Legacy of Love - Kristi Ann Hunter pulls the reader from the first page and has you longing for more even after the close of her story. She has a unique ability to make the reader feel like they are part of the story. I found Legacy of Love to be a delightful tale and have enjoyed all of Kristi Ann Hunter's books. I highly recommend her to lovers of historical romance. Gift of the Heart - Seven-year old Naomi Fulbright steals the show in Karen Witemeyer's new novella. I loved the way the hero loosens up, grows, and completely comes out of his crusty shell throughout the story. This delightful tale is sure to warm your heart and have you longing for more. Karen Witemeyer's books are sure to please. A Shot at Love was my first introduction to Sarah Loudin Thomas and I wasn't disappointed. She created a fun tale set in the heart of West Virginia. Ms. Thomas' heroine has a sweet charm and simplicity that makes the reader route for her to find a happily-ever-after. This novella is one that will touch readers. Because of You is the first story I've read by Becky Wade. I loved the way the heirloom brooch was introduced in each of the tales. Because of You is a great reminder that love finds us at different stages of our lives. Overall I found this collection to be quite charming. A positive review was not required in any way. - 2018
GingerS219 5 months ago
I loved that one heirloom traversed time to bless four women with love. Each of these stories was well thought out and well written. I enjoyed the idea that the brooch went from mother to daughter in the family. So many times we read about something going to the first son, but this went to a daughter. I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.
CandiceSuePatterson 5 months ago
This is the perfect novella collection to get you in the holiday spirit. The stories range from 1827 to present day, and each story revolves around an amethyst brooch handed down through the generations. Each story was wonderful in its own way, starting with Kristi Ann Hunter’s “Legacy of Love,” set in England and full of witty and lovable characters. Karen Witemeyer’s “Gift of the Heart” is warm and charming with a Texas Christmas as homey as the southern settings in her other books. “A Shot at Love” (a Sound of Rain novella) by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes readers to West Virginia for the holidays. The setting and inviting cast of characters made me feel like I had gone home after being away. It was great to visit this family again. Finally, Becky Wade’s “Because if You” (a Bradford Sisters novella) brought all the stories together in a precious romance worthy of a Hallmark Christmas movie. My rating is based on the stories together as a whole. I highly recommend this book.
MelissaF 5 months ago
This is by far one of the best collections I have ever read. But look at the authors, how could you go wrong? I am a fan of each of these authors and none of them disappointed me in these novellas. Each story was unique and drew me in. I loved the connection running throughout each story and some characters that popped up from their previous novels. I had a moment of, “Wait, what? I know that character.” How fun. If you are looking for some good Christmas romances you won’t go wrong this collection. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
MelissaNC 5 months ago
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.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 5 months ago
Cozy with just enough Christmas to delight, but not Overwhelm (1)Legacy of Love, a Haven Manor Novella by Kristi Ann Hunter *1827 Lancashire, England& - Sarah Gooding plays piano & is companion to the elderly & frail Dowager Countess of Densbury, & she loves cake! Mr. Randall Everard is a 3rd son & therefore of little consequence to the earldom. However, he is the apple of his grandmother's eye & he has a deep love of cultivating the earth. The Dowager Countess has lived a full life & enjoys music, fellowship & practical jokes. She is both kind & formidable if trifled with. She wears a beautiful pendant her sweetheart gave her in her youth that often reminds her of the wonderful love they shared. This Christmas she has some very special ideas of how to celebrate & hopefully cultivate young love. “From this moment on we live life the way my grandmother did. We love Jesus. We love each other. & we let everyone else come along or get out of the way.” I laughed out loud & I also cried. A wonderfully heartwarming Christmas tale. (5 stars) (2)Gift of the Heart, a Novella by Karen Witemeyer * 1890 Hope Springs, TX - After the death of her husband & losing nearly everything, Ruth & her seven-year-old daughter, Naomi, are starting over in the up-&-coming town of Hope Springs. With scant few personal items, a beloved family heirloom is the only thing of value she possesses. But, that will be given to her daughter one day, when true love comes to call. Although she has reservations about so many things, she has gumption & the sheer will to provide for her daughter will push her past any doubts. Beauregard owns the local hotel. Heck, he owns most of the town. But his debilitation keeps him hidden away. That is until a fiery widow with a talkative little girl, a meddling best friend & a pesky cat pull him out of his shell. Bo & Ruth are drawn to each other & find something they were each missing in their lives.(5 stars) (3)A Shot at Love, a Sound of Rain Novella by Sarah Loudin Thomas /1958 Bethel, West VA - 22-year-old Fleeta is a crack shot & can hold her own with any man. More of a tom-boy, she dreams of becoming a gunsmith but is beholden to her family. “She’d had her fill of men. She’d take care of herself & never look to a husband for anything.” Hank Chapin is a timber man but is getting restless for something new, & perhaps settling down. He collects guns, & when he’s invited home for the holidays with his best friend Judd, he decides to enter the local turkey shoot with his br& new Remington 740 Woodsmaster rifle. Little does he know what he’s in for when he meets the attractive & strong-willed Fleeta hidden behind a pile of masculine clothing & a Winchester 1890 rifle. “He had the definite sense he could no more hold on to her than he could a gossamer cloud of mist.” (4 stars) (4)Because of You a Bradford Sisters Romance Novella by Becky Wade *Present Day, Merryweather, WA - 27-year-old Maddie Winslow & 31-year-old Leo Donnelly have a unique connection. Maddie is compassionate & a people person who works in a sweet shop. Leo is a bookish professor & rather shy, & dad to three-year-old Charlie. When they are paired up at church to work the “Mission – Christmas” project together & bless Kim & her daughters, a local family in need, they spend more time together than just the occasional run-in they might have expected during the holiday season. (3 stars) I was sent a complimentary book in the hopes of a favorable review, with no further
TimelessNovels 5 months ago
I love the idea behind this book of an heirloom because passed through the generations. And what better time than Christmas? Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter Having read all of Kristi Ann Hunter’s published works, I had a feeling I would love this one as well. She writes such interesting, unique, imperfect characters. Not only are they more realistic, but you really want to root for them to get their happy endings. Randall Everard is a third son. I never really considered a third son’s life during this time period. He is neither the heir nor the spare, and he is just trying to find his place. There is no set path for him, which has both positives and negatives. Sarah Gooding is seen before in the Haven Manor series. I love when stories are interconnected, though this book can be read as a stand alone. I loved how much Christmas was in this story and how it fit together so well. I also loved the message that you should be able to live your life no matter what age you are. The scene with Sarah playing the piano was hilarious and one of my favorites. Though I would love to spend more time with the characters, it has the feel of a full length novel and doesn’t feel rushed. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer Like Hunter, Witemeyer is another one of my favorite authors. As a member of her “Posse”, I love that she dedicated the story to us! Karen Witemeyer also creates characters who are not perfect. She has the ability to make her characters strong while also being incredibly vulnerable. I loved the Biblical connection to the Ruth and Boaz story. Besides the names, there were so many little connections as well. Beauregard “Bo” Azlin was one of those characters you feel an instant connection to. The back story of Bo’s childhood where his mother considered him damaged goods is heart breaking. Bo tried to be fair to everyone and not give special treatment but he also helped protect those in need. I liked the scene where Bo is holding the heirloom and vowing to keep it safe for Ruth. It was also sweet how he liked to keep the heirloom near his heart. Witemeyer’s books always contain some funny moments. When Bo calls the stray cat a miscreant, little Naomi mistakenly believes that the cat’s name is Miss Creant. Bo and Naomi have a number of sweet and funny conversations. While this felt like a very complete story, I want it to continue. I’m not ready to leave these characters. A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas It took me awhile to get into this story. The beginning was inundated with hunting and gun talk. While I don’t have a problem with hunting for need, I don’t like the “sport” or bragging that was involved. The second half of the book was a lot more enjoyable for me. I liked that Fleeta was a different kind of character. She wasn’t “girly” and she liked the same jobs and hobbies that were usually only thought of for men. Jack the bird was a fun little character and I liked the cousins. I have read a novella by this author that I enjoyed and I own a few other books that are on my TBR list that I look forward to reading. Because of You by Becky Wade Because of You wasn’t for me. (Ran out of space for the rest of the review)
eLynda 5 months ago
Before this compilation, I had only read the first two authors. But the idea of a group of connected novellas set around Christmas and a family heirloom proved absolutely irresistible. Okay, I didn't really try to resist. I'm glad I didn't, because this collection is perfect for the season! Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter Ohhhh! I have a bone to pick with Hunter: you are NOT supposed to blindside a reader with tears as she reads a Christmas novella! This beautiful story quickly engaged my emotions and reminded me of why family is such an important part of who we are and makes Christmas more memorable when we spend it with those we love. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer This novella’s wounded hero is truly heroic and a unique man to cheer on. I love that he wasn’t quite what I expected as I began reading, but I couldn’t imagine the story being told with any other leading man. The secondary characters have some spunk and a spark that serves to brighten the tale and, along with Witemeyer’s humor and some beautifully poignant moments, make it a perfect read with a warm slice of pie. A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas This is my first story by Thomas and very different from the others in the collection, though the continuity is kept by the same brooch working its way through the family line. Fleeta has a unique perspective on life and that made her interesting to me, even as I struggled a bit to relate to her. I liked how family connections were strong; even when the characters made mistakes, love abounded and people were always shown as the most important consideration, even over long-held dreams. Because of You by Becky Wade The final novella is also by a new-to-me author, but only because I don’t often read contemporary stories—her writing is really fun and thoroughly enjoyable. I really liked this sweet story about finding joy and how life is worth living even after tragedy. The characters are loveable and perfect for each other, and the touches of humor added to the festive feel of the novella. I highly recommend this collection to fans of Christmas stories, novella collections, and these authors. I really enjoyed how the stories all connected together through the heirloom, but each one easily reads as a standalone within the collection and among the authors’ series, though fans will notice some overlap with already beloved characters. I received a free copy of this book from the authors and publisher, but was not required to write a favorable review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
aharey 5 months ago
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.
irishniff 5 months ago
What a wonderful collection of novellas! I especially enjoyed that the four Christmas stories were connected as a brooch is handed down from mother to daughter. The collection begins with Kristi Ann Hunter’s humorous romantic Regency era novella through several generations to the present day story provided by Becky Wade. In between, Karen Witemeyer adds a delightful heart- warming story set in 1890, which resembles the book of Ruth from the Bible. While Sarah Loudin Thomas adds a heroine with unusual interests for 1958, which made me like her all the more. All four stories involve unique characters united by the brooch. I enjoyed each novella as the romance unfolded and the backdrop of Christmas made it all the sweeter. The short novellas are the perfect length for a busy season. This book would make a great gift for the book lover in your life. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are mine
Phyllis_H 5 months ago
An ancient heirloom - can it bring love? When I saw that two authors I know and love were a part of this collection, I knew I had to read it. All the stories are tied together by a beautiful luckenbooth that has been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter England – 1827 When a lonely orphan becomes Companion to a Dowager Countess, she is snubbed by most of the family. I was enthralled by the way the author conveyed the distance the family placed between them and her using the giraffe piano that she was expected to play through their meals. And I cracked up at the way that Sarah was playing so distractedly, peeking around to see where in the meal she was and to make sure she didn’t miss the cake. The rest was every bit as endearing. The contrast between Sarah’s thoughts and her meek demeanor when she was with the family made for amusing reading. But the way that she pulled out of her quiet ways to defend the dowager showed some of the fire that she had kept hidden. What a lovely person she was! Randall was delightfully confused at his grandmother’s Companion. When he saw the spark of life in the mousy girl. Well! He was the third son, and therefore unimportant. He didn’t really care because he loved living on the family farm working the land and making it prosper. Despite his lofty upbringing, he was humble and kind. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer Texas – 1890 When the lovely widow, Ruth, comes into Hope Springs, her hopes are no higher than having a chance to provide for her daughter. She is surprised by the warm welcome and deep friendship her new employer offers her. Bo has been mostly a recluse due to an injury to his arm when he was just a boy that left it practically useless. In an attempt to not call attention to himself and his disability, he spends most of his time at home and his resort and sneaks through back alleys when he needs to travel between the two. He doesn’t have much trust in women – the only ones who had paid him any attention were only after his money. The author uses Proverbs 31 references throughout to describe Ruth and it is very fitting. She had a deep faith in the Lord and worked hard to provide for her daughter. She was full of kindness and didn’t give Bo’s injury any thought other than with compassion, not pity. I loved the way Ruth slowly wormed her way into Bo’s heart by simply being friendly and seeing him. And then when Bo discovered Maddie, Ruth’s daughter, in danger. Wow! Gift of the Heart was warm and fuzzy (there was a cat in it after all!) and filled with the humor I have come to expect from the author. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net" I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Fala19 6 months ago
The Christmas Heirloom is a collection of four heartwarming holiday romance novellas following the journey of a brooch that's passed on down through the generations. It featured three authors I was familiar with and one that was new to me. It was such a delight to read and sure got me into the Christmas spirit! Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter – Five Stars Why haven't I read more of Kristi Ann Hunter's books? This was such a great story filled with a lot of laughs, so much heart, and quite a few tears too. It was witty and charming and unputdownable. I read it pretty much in one sitting. I didn't want to leave these characters for one second. The dowager was hands down my favorite. She had quite the feisty personality and in many ways reminded me of my own spunky grandma. This story definitely makes me want to go catch up on the rest of Hunter's books that I haven't read quite yet. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer – Four Stars I've enjoyed many of Witemeyer's books so I was very excited to start Gift of the Heart. It was so good! The characters were great and so genuine. Ruth was such a strong and admirable woman. Naomi, her daughter, was a sweet and adorable little girl. And Bo! Oh my! What an all-around good guy he was! This story sure left me with a big smile on my face! A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas – Four Stars This was my first time reading anything by this author. It takes place in the late 1950's which I don't think I'd ever read a story set during that time period. I was unsure if I'd enjoy it because of that but I ended up liking it a lot. Fleeta was quite the interesting character, so fierce and determined. She's a tomboy who loves hunting and guns. She's different than the normal leading lady, but that's what made her so great and likeable. It took me a minute to get into this story, but once I did, I couldn't read it fast enough. Because of You by Becky Wade – Five Stars I'm not gonna lie, this story was the one I was most looking forward to. I've been loving the Bradford Sisters series and was excited to visit them again. This story is about Maddie Winslow who works at the chocolate shop, Sweet Arts, with her best friend Britt Bradford. It was really nice to get Maddie's story and to learn more about her. Her and Leo were easy to like and root for. All in all, The Christmas Heirloom was an excellent collection. I really enjoyed all four stories and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes good, sweet romances. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
Christianfictionandmore 6 months ago
These four novellas are tied together by a luckenbooth brooch that was passed down through the generations of the family of Lady Densbury. In the 1700s Lady Densbury received the brooch from her husband as a token of his unending love for her. It became an omen of the promise of true love for the ladies who came to possess the brooch. We read of Sarah, a lady's companion, who received the brooch in the 1820s; of Ruth, a widow with a young daughter, in the 1890s; of Fleeta, an orphan, in the 1950s; and finally of Maddie who finds the forgotten brooch in her parents' attic during contemporary times. While these stories each take place at Christmastime, they could as easily have taken place in another season. Christmas is not an integral part of most of the stories. This is a collection of sweet romances, the type I like to read following the intensity of reading a suspense novel. Using the luckenbooth brooch to tie the stories together, and to link the characters over time, was a delightful touch. I enjoyed stumbling across characters I had encountered in an earlier book by Sarah Loudin Thomas. Other readers may have a similar experience. I recommend this book to readers who are in the mood for an uplifting, sweet romance. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of The Chrismas Heirloom in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Espan_Rose 6 months ago
What a sweet Christmas story collection! I loved the stories, and how they all center around the family brooch. (I’ll admit, I’m partial to Kristi Ann Hunter’s and Karen Witemeyer’s lol). The romances were so sweet, each unique, and having them all centered around Christmas only made it better. That and each being from a different era really helped set them apart beautifully. This is a great collection from some amazing authors, and a book I’d recommend to anyone looking for a fun Christmas read. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
LucyMR1 6 months ago
Best Christmas book I’ve read so far this year. This is a wonderful collection of stories that are connected by a brooch and I found it to be a fascinating concept. From 1827 England to 1890 Texas...to 1958 West Virginia ...to present day Washington...you will be transported and engrossed in the lives of these characters. Each author captures their characters and time in a unique way. This is such a wonderful collaboration of top notch authors. I love how Karen Witemeyer makes me laugh and feel empathy for the characters. Kristi Ann Hunter is an expert at historical fiction that makes you feel like you are there. Sarah Loudin Thomas crafts a story that is exceptional spot on with a strong female named Fleeta, who will capture your heart and the twist to the story will make you cry, but thanks to the blue jay Jack ...well you’ll have to read to find out. Becky Wade draws you into the present with her contemporary romance of unrequited love. Throw in helping others and children and you have a winner. I love the family connections and faith theme throughout. Intermingle that with Christmas and you can’t go wrong. Make time for this to get you in the Christmas spirit. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Mocha-with-Linda 6 months ago
The annual release of Christmas novellas is one of my favorite things about fall, and this collection warmed my heart. I love it when favorite authors collaborate and write stories that are somewhat connected, and I couldn't set aside The Christmas Heirloom once I started. Each novella could stand alone as they span different settings and time periods, from 1827 England to the contemporary USA, yet they are connected by an heirloom brooch handed down through the generations. The opening paragraphs of Kristi Ann Hunter's Legacy of Love drew me in and I read straight through the first three stories, only reluctantly stopping to get enough sleep to ensure I could function the next morning. Endearing characters and perfectly paced, stirring romances make these tales sparkle as brightly as the brooch that connects them. Add this delightful collection to your must-read list for fall! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley for a blog tour. 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.”