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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. 4 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. 5 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. 5 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. 5 out of 5

    Trixi

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

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

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

  13. 5 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

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

  15. 4 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.)

  16. 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.

  17. 4 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 5 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

  20. 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 :)

  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. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts. I read this one because I enjoy Karen Witemeyer's books, and her story in this one did not disappoint. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter 4 stars This story might have had a rough, sluggish start from too much telling and big history dumps, but it finished with a flourish of emotion, music, and gracious love. I wept my way through the final three chapters, wh FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts. I read this one because I enjoy Karen Witemeyer's books, and her story in this one did not disappoint. Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter 4 stars This story might have had a rough, sluggish start from too much telling and big history dumps, but it finished with a flourish of emotion, music, and gracious love. I wept my way through the final three chapters, which bumped my rating up to four stars, despite the slow and boring beginning. Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer 5 stars This heartwarming story was fun, emotional, and quite romantic (sorry to burst Ruth's balloon on that last bit). I cherished little Naomi, the numerous nods to my favorite book of the Bible, and the way Mrs. Witemeyer can make me cry and laugh in the span of a few precious lines. This is a five-star story for me. A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas 3 stars Swearing "by the name of all that's holy" is profanity and directly contradicts Matthew 5:33-37, in which Jesus instructed us not to swear by the Lord. The misunderstanding near the climax was a poor disguise for the "boy loses girl" aspect of the typical plot. I had hoped for a bit more creativity than a woman misunderstanding a simple act of kindness. The use of collateral felt like a copycat from Mrs. Witemeyer's novella in this collection. I had hoped each author would bring a unique perspective to the heirloom jewelry. Overall, this story was backwoods charm paired with sharpshooting talent. I enjoyed Fleeta most of the time, and the atmosphere and dialect really popped for me. This was an okay, three-star introduction to Mrs. Thomas's writing. Because of You by Becky Wade 1 star Too much junk clogged this one up for me, despite the wonderful finale that was sweet and innocent and charming. From gross, surfacey, sensual junk ("She'd kept the shirt because it flattered what she considered to be her best feature, her fairly well-endowed chest.") to alcoholic references (including two at a church function [disrespectful to God] as well as enough alcohol/bar stuff to make sure everyone knows that the leading lady loves partying hard and doesn't feel an ounce badly about it [which isn't responsible or Christ-like, which she claims to be wanting to personify]) to a gal going on and on and ON about her best friend's husband's drop-dead-gorgeous looks... there was just far too much worldly gunk for me to enjoy this one. There was also an inappropriate and disrespectful line that claimed a physical attraction between a man and lady was "a greater miracle than the feeding of the five thousand." I just don't believe that a growing attraction between two people is greater and more mind-blowing than using five loaves of bread and two fish to feed over five thousand people (Matthew 14:13-21). ~~~ Overall, I'm glad I read this collection. The story I had been most looking forward to was a keeper for sure, and I am sure I'll read that particular one again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    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 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

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

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joann Marks

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

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com One timeless heirloom binds generations of daughters, mothers, and grandmothers as they overcome different obstacles and hardships to find enduring love in this beautifully crafted multi-author mini-saga. This collection delights with creative variety in eras, locations, backgrounds, personalities, romance tropes, and more yet each story is equally moving, engaging, and entertaining. The heirloom was skillfully and seamlessly woven into each heroine’s life stor Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com One timeless heirloom binds generations of daughters, mothers, and grandmothers as they overcome different obstacles and hardships to find enduring love in this beautifully crafted multi-author mini-saga. This collection delights with creative variety in eras, locations, backgrounds, personalities, romance tropes, and more yet each story is equally moving, engaging, and entertaining. The heirloom was skillfully and seamlessly woven into each heroine’s life story as the tale of the family tradition was retold over the years. I highly recommend this book, it has earned a place on my all-time favorites shelf, and I look forward to rereading it year after year! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky

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

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

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

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

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

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise Hershberger

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

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