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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 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 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 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?


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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 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 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 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?

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

    Mackey

    It was while I was reminiscing over my own heirlooms that I came across The Christmas Heirloom, four short novellas based on a Luckenbooth brooch that has been passed down from mother to daughter through the centuries. It was the perfect holiday read!  Briefly, there are four complete novellas centered around the heirloom brooch. In the first, Legacy of Love, we are at the beginning of the brooch's story. Sarah is a companion to a dowager Countess who is dying. It is Sarah's wish to bring her as It was while I was reminiscing over my own heirlooms that I came across The Christmas Heirloom, four short novellas based on a Luckenbooth brooch that has been passed down from mother to daughter through the centuries. It was the perfect holiday read!  Briefly, there are four complete novellas centered around the heirloom brooch. In the first, Legacy of Love, we are at the beginning of the brooch's story. Sarah is a companion to a dowager Countess who is dying. It is Sarah's wish to bring her as much happiness as possible during her final days. Sarah's story, as she entertains others on the piano and with her very frank talk, is endearing. As she falls for the dowager's grandson, it would appear that there is no hope of a "happily ever after" ending: a son of a nobleman with a mere companion, but the dowager has other ideas and it is her wish that the two of them find love and happiness together. Her final Christmas gift is bestowing her well-loved Luckenbooth to Sarah. The story is as beautiful as it is uplifting and I enjoyed it tremendously.  The second story, Gift of the Heart, takes us to Texas where Sarah's granddaughter, Ruth, has moved to start over after the death of her husband. All that Sarah wishes for is a good life for her daughter. It's just after the Civil War and there are many poor, out of work people throughout the south but Sarah has found a job in a resort town as a cook at a café. It is there that she fortuitously meets the resort's owner, a recluse who rarely goes out due to a crippling injury. However, this pair bonds over their love for Ruth's daughter and soon that bond turns to love. This is a heartwarming tale of romance and hope and one that I'm sure will delight readers who love romance, faith and hope, especially during the holidays.  As we move to the third story, A Shot at Love, I began to feel a slight shift in the narrative. Because each story is written by different authors, it is only natural that the stories reflect those author's unique writing styles. Fleeta, an unusual name for a rather unusual woman, was orphaned at a young age. Told repeatedly that her mother died of a "broken heart" after Fleeta's father was killed, Fleeta has no use for love or romance preferring, instead, to spend her days hunting and shooting and occasionally doing wood carvings. When she meets Hank, a fellow gun enthusiast, her thoughts begin to shift. Could she actually fall in love with Hank? This was a very well written story and I easily empathized with these West Virginia characters. I am, however, extremely anti-gun and hunting and the story revolves primarily around both. Despite that, the story was written well enough that I did enjoy following the brooch's tale down to Fleeta, a woman so clearly not a jewelry type gal.  The final story was one that I, personally, didn't care for. It is now contemporary times and the brooch was "lost" in the attic until it was discovered by Maddy, a young woman who is gathering items for a garage sale where the proceeds will be used for the family in need whom she is helping. Her partner in the holiday shopping is the widow of Maddy's best friend and the man she has been secretly in love with for years. Their story is a beautiful one and, of course, they find love in the end. There were multiple reasons that I didn't connect with this last story. I'm an historian and the fact that the heirloom meant so little to Maddy's mother, who was quite flippant about it, made me cringe. We had followed the brooch from mother to daughter for years and here was a woman who didn't care at all. It broke my heart. Also, each of these stories are faith based. It's been years since I've read what is now considered "Christian Lit," but at one time it was the only type of literature that I did read. The first three stories had faith and hope at the core of their story lines. This message was beautifully incorporated into the story and was a reflection of these women's lives. By the fourth, however, it became the focal point of the story and was not just about faith but was based on the doctrine of this particular writer. Faith is nearly universal, regardless of your religious ideological beliefs. Doctrine is not. It is specific, not just to Christianity, but to unique beliefs within that Christian faith. Had I not been so involved with the brooch and its story, I would have skipped this last story completely.  Overall, the first three stories are worth purchasing and reading the book. They were incredibly well written and utterly enchanting. If it had just been these stories, I would have given the book a 5 star rating and I still highly recommend the book.  Thank you to #Netgalley and #BethanyHousePublishers for my copy of this beautiful Christmas tale.

  3. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    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 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)

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    As the author of one of the stories this was an extra fun book for me. While we collaborated on the overall stories, the details were left to each author. Reading the stories before mine was like hitting a gold mine of ancestry information and the story after mine was a peek into the future. That alone made this a favorite book of the year!

  11. 4 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. *

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter Delightful and a nice start to the series, I especially enjoyed seeing the characters learn their worth and find an unexpected connection in this story. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer Though this was a novella, I thought it a well fleshed-out story in a very believable timeline. With Karen’s usual humor and endearing characters, this story takes a hero who would consider himself unlikely and pairs him with a darling little girl and a strong woman who never Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter Delightful and a nice start to the series, I especially enjoyed seeing the characters learn their worth and find an unexpected connection in this story. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer Though this was a novella, I thought it a well fleshed-out story in a very believable timeline. With Karen’s usual humor and endearing characters, this story takes a hero who would consider himself unlikely and pairs him with a darling little girl and a strong woman who never expected a second chance at love. A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas I laughed out loud more than once while reading this story. Fleeta’s penchant for outshooting the boys was hilarious and an outward show of her fortitude. I liked Hank as her match, a man who respected her and was equal to the challenge of showing her his care. I really liked the setting of 1950s Appalachia, too. Because of You by Becky Wade This novella ties in to Becky’s “Bradford Sisters Romance” series in setting. Besides the fun cameos of familiar characters, this story wonderfully concluded the collection with a friendship-to-romance plot that touched on the nostalgia of the season but focused more on the joy in serving. It also handled themes of grief in a very real and tangible way, having both Leo and Maddie come to terms with honoring the past and choosing joy and good things for the future. It ended with great possibility, not with everything worked out. and I liked that. Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  13. 5 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    This was a wonderful book. I wish I would have had a chance to review it when I first finished it, I was on a short vacation with my family. This is a romance that spans generations. It starts with a Dowager who passes along a locket she received from her husband when they were married. She gives it to her Lady's Companion, who marries her grandson. The locket is passed on to through the maternal line. It brings love into the lives of the women who receive it. Each story was well written and a joy This was a wonderful book. I wish I would have had a chance to review it when I first finished it, I was on a short vacation with my family. This is a romance that spans generations. It starts with a Dowager who passes along a locket she received from her husband when they were married. She gives it to her Lady's Companion, who marries her grandson. The locket is passed on to through the maternal line. It brings love into the lives of the women who receive it. Each story was well written and a joy to read. Source: I requested a copy through netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 stars Cute concept. Most suffered from a bit of the cram-too-much-in syndrome common to novellas, though Witemeyer’s didn't. Legacy of Love: Kristi Ann Hunter 3 stars Gift of the Heart: Karen Witemeyer 5 stars A Shot at Love: Sarah Loudin Thomas 3 stars Because of You: Becky Wade 2.5 stars

  17. 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.

  18. 5 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...

  19. 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.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Four novellas by different authors that are all tied together by a brooch that is passed down generations. Kristi Ann Hunter ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Karen Whitmeyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sarah Laudin Thomas ⭐⭐⭐ Becky Wade ⭐⭐ Four novellas by different authors that are all tied together by a brooch that is passed down generations. Kristi Ann Hunter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Karen Whitmeyer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sarah Laudin Thomas ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Becky Wade ⭐️⭐️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    I've never been a big fan of novellas though I do read them, I don't like that there isn't a lot of character development. I wasn't even planning on reading this novel because there were too many authors in my opinion! But I'm a sucker for e-books that are deeply discounted. My favorite novella was a tie between Karen Witemeyer and Sarah Loudin Thomas, but all of them were fantastic, and I liked the twist of the brooch being passed on the women through the generations and passage of time.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    Oh, this Christmas novella collection is SO sweet!! These amazing authors collaborated bringing the stories of four families separated by generation but connected through the legacy and legend of an heirloom that brings the promise of love and hope to the characters. What I love about novella collections like these is being introduced to new authors--especially ones outside of genres I normally read. Each of these authors brings her very best in their story, delivering developed characters and p Oh, this Christmas novella collection is SO sweet!! These amazing authors collaborated bringing the stories of four families separated by generation but connected through the legacy and legend of an heirloom that brings the promise of love and hope to the characters. What I love about novella collections like these is being introduced to new authors--especially ones outside of genres I normally read. Each of these authors brings her very best in their story, delivering developed characters and plots that made me smile with each page turned and eagerly anticipating how the brooch would bring love to the next couple. My favorite thing about this collection is how broad the timeline is--it was like watching a time-lapse of history but with the magic of Christmas, the joy of hope, and the gift of sacrificial love, which in my opinion is what the season is all about. An ideal book for the Christmas season!! **I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love these authors, so I am not the least bit surprised that I loved each of these novellas. As the description tells us these stories take place from 1820's Regency England to the present day. There are several different locations and different families all tied together by the Scottish heirloom brooch passed down in history from mother to daughter through the generations. I was not prepared to become so involved in each of these novels. I found myself laughing through parts, but more than no I love these authors, so I am not the least bit surprised that I loved each of these novellas. As the description tells us these stories take place from 1820's Regency England to the present day. There are several different locations and different families all tied together by the Scottish heirloom brooch passed down in history from mother to daughter through the generations. I was not prepared to become so involved in each of these novels. I found myself laughing through parts, but more than not moved to tears. I had finally purchased this for myself for Christmas. It was a wonderful time to be able to read these heart-felt tales. I would recommend these books not just for the holidays, but to be enjoyed anytime.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 5 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    I really liked the overall atmosphere of this book .. and I REALLY liked how connected are the stories through that Brooch the family heir loom .. here are my rating for the stories Legacy of Love : the concept was ok I guess although I did like the grandmother story much more than the relationship between Sarah and Renold .. but it was sweet 3/5 Gift of the Heart : CUUUUUTTEEEE LOVED it soo much :D 5/5 A Shot At Love: so boring .. the relayionship didn't grab me at all 2/5 Because of You: it was n I really liked the overall atmosphere of this book .. and I REALLY liked how connected are the stories through that Brooch the family heir loom .. here are my rating for the stories Legacy of Love : the concept was ok I guess although I did like the grandmother story much more than the relationship between Sarah and Renold .. but it was sweet 3/5 Gift of the Heart : CUUUUUTTEEEE LOVED it soo much :D 5/5 A Shot At Love: so boring .. the relayionship didn't grab me at all 2/5 Because of You: it was nice reminded me of an indian movie ( Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ) but turns out I prefer a new relationship over a long crush coming true 3/5 I feel so christmassy now :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Boyd

    Kristi Ann Hunter's contribution to this collection really makes the book. I laughed and had my heart broken all in one little novella. The grandmother character reminded me of my own grandmother. Reading this story made me miss her more. I also loved Karen Witemeyer's story. And I'll stop right there.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Nothing like four talented authors getting together to write everyone’s favorite genre: Christmas novella. I thought the idea of a brooch being passed down through generations fantastic! And what a bittersweet beginning with the telling of its own story 💚 Tis the season to revisited beloved characters/settings and see them finding love. Well done! *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Christmas came early this year! 😍😍 I love a good novella, especially when they're written by some of my favorite humans! ADD to that we get to celebrate Christmas in October...in 4 different time periods. SIGN ME UP! *** Legacy of Love (Kristi Ann Hunter) "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 spec Christmas came early this year! 😍😍 I love a good novella, especially when they're written by some of my favorite humans! ADD to that we get to celebrate Christmas in October...in 4 different time periods. SIGN ME UP! *** Legacy of Love (Kristi Ann Hunter) "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." What a story to kick off our collection! Fun fact about the leading lady in this story...she makes an appearance in the full length novels in the Haven Manor series. (But as a young girl) So it might be a bit of a mind-twister when we get book 2 and see her young again. I really enjoyed this story. The characters learned how to live life to the fullest, laugh loudly, and love hard. I loved seeing these characters learn they were so much more than "an earl's castaway son" and "a lowly companion". They really came to realize God created them for so much more. The wit between the dowager duchess and Sarah was so amusing! Kristi, again crafted a beautiful story, mixing humor and grief flawlessly. I rated this story a 4/5 stars. *** Gift of the Heart (Karen Witemeyer) "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." Not going to lie, it took me a hot second to get into this story. However once I did I was hooked! I really enjoyed the characters that Karen created. Ruth had this boldness, but was never brash. She was strong and practical, but she wasn't hard headed either. She complimented Bo perfectly. Bo was the quite strength. He had some past scars that he let affect how he lived his life, until Ruth came along and showed him what other people think really doesn't matter. As long as the people around you love you everything else is trivial. He was such a kind, generous gentleman, and I just love him! Both Bo and Ruth had "loving" friends who totally meddled...and I COULDN'T GET ENOUGH!! I love a good "match-making/meddling" story-line! It was such a cute story & I loved our Posse created kitty come to life! I rated it a 4.5/5 stars. *** A Shot at Love (Sarah Loudin Thomas) "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." This was just a typical cliche "backwoods" romance story in my opinion. The girl was a tomboy, who never wanted to get married because she didn't want to controlled by a husband. I wasn't the biggest fan of the characters. They seemed very immature to me, and there was a point I almost put the book down because Fleeta's response and reaction was BEYOND ridiculous. There was a lot that went down in 100 pages, and I felt like there were lots of competing story-lines. In all honesty it probably could have made a full length novel. The story felt bogged down. I rated it a 2.5/5 stars. *** Because of You (Becky Wade) "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?" This was a cute story in a super awkward way. The characters were kind of unsure of themselves and their feelings for each other. This love story faced a lot of grief, fear, doubts...just a lot of emotions! Making sure it was God's plan and learning to continue to live even though a loved one has passed. The brooch wasn't a huge focal point in this story like it was in the others. I kind of wish it had been included a little more, but I also understand....limited amount of words in a novella. I loved being back in this town again...it was the perfect little snack before book 3 comes out! I rated this story a 3.5/5 stars. *** Overall I thought this collection was nice. It isn't my favorite by any means, but I did enjoy seeing the brooch pass down through time. I rated the collection as a whole a 3.75/5 stars. *I received this book from the author**I was not required to leave a positive review**All opinions are my own*

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