Monday 24 December 2018

Book Review: The Christmas Heirloom

From the Back:
Four Festive and Heartwarming Romance Novellas That Celebrate the Magic of Christmas Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?

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. While he may be far above her station, she can't help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.

In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Fulbright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from a wealthy resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love as the holidays draw near.

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 mother's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.

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?

My Reflections:
Christmas is just around the corner, are you in the Christmas spirit?
I have to admit I am not feeling the warmth of the season this year, however, this novella set my spirits just a tiny bit brighter! 

All the tales have the connection of a central theme, the legacy of a brooch. 
Each and every story in this four is so different the reader will have no problems with getting mixed up or the stories melding together into a soup of sappiness. 
The plots, in fact, are all so wildly different that it made me smile and laugh out loud in many places! You can't even count on the time period or setting to be consistent in these novels.  We go from England (1827); Texas (1890): West Virginia (1958) and back to the present time in Washington! I was contemplating which of the novellas was my favourite, and I simply can't choose just one. All these authours, each and everyone are on my favourite lists. They differ in writing styles and intensity but are similar in quality and sweetness.

I don't think I have read a more cohesive novella, every story different but tie-ins to each one. I also found it so clever that we see so many connections to the author's series as well, brilliantly executed!
If you are looking for a completely unique read that will engage not only your heart but also your sense of tradition, look no further. Christmas is fast approaching, run don't walk. 
This is the perfect cozy fire, hot chocolate Christmas day read.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

Karen Witemeyer

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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Kristi Ann Hunter

Kristi Ann Hunter ( graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for...
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Sarah Loudin Thomas

Sarah Loudin Thomas ( is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has time to write because she doesn't have children of her own. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the...
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Becky Wade

Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market,...
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