The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations - eBookKaren Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Becky WadeBethany House / 2018 / ePub$9.99 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations - eBook. View reviews of this product. 53 Reviews
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Karen Smith5 Stars Out Of 5Love Historical FictionFebruary 15, 2021Karen SmithEnjoyed thoroughly the weaving of the story of an heirloom brooch.
Perrianne5 Stars Out Of 5A Heartwarming Novella Collection!January 5, 2020PerrianneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Christy Award nominated novella collection is written about a silver and amethyst luckenbooth brooch bequeathed through the ages from the Regency era to present day. These novellas are written by four different authors with completely different styles. The result is a very pleasing progression that brings us back to a contemporary setting.
This is a fabulous Christmas novella collection, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. I was familiar with two of the authors, so it was very satisfying to be able to sample two "new to me" authors, as well as appreciating the work of the authors that I am familiar with. My favorite one was Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunterm -- I was delighted by the idea that a woman in the Regency era could actually rise above her low station in life to find love and happiness. Her character Sarah was definitely a favorite of mine because she was very warm, caring, and genuine. Overall, I simply found it intriguing that something like a brooch, locket or other family treasure could have been passed along for so many generations. An inherited object is not a common story theme, so I found that this was a refreshing story line. I was definitely invested in each story and their characters and loved the gorgeous cover. Who can pass up a novel by the delightful Karen Witemeyer, or Christy award winning Becky Wade? One can definitely understand why this novella collection was nominated for a Christy Award, it's just that good.
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MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas HeirloomJuly 30, 2019MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5All of these novellas about a brooch handed down from mothers to daughters can be read and enjoyed on their own, but it's even more fun to have read the companion novels. In "Legacy of Love" we are introduced to the original owner of the luckenbooth brooch, the Dowager Countess of Densbury and her grandson, Randall Everard. Randall is the third son of the present Earl, which means he has no prospects of his own. Readers of the Haven Manor novels will remember Sarah Gooding, who is now companion to the dowager. "Gift of the Heart" by Karen Witemeyer is sixty-three years later. Ruth is a young widow who plans to give the brooch to her seven-year-old daughter, Naomi, for Christmas but gives it as collateral for a loan from Bo Azlin. Bo owns most of the town of Hope Springs, Texas but mostly hides away from people because of a paralyzed arm. Meeting Ruth and Naomi changes his life. "A Shot at Love" by Sarah Loudin Thomas is a companion to her novel The Sound of Rain. In 1958, Naomi's granddaughter, Fleeta is given the brooch by her aunt since both her parents died when she was two. Fleeta wears jeans more often than dresses and would rather hunt than cook. She accepts the brooch only because of the connection to her mother. She certainly doesn't hold to the legend that the owner will find true love; she considers that nonsense. Her plans are to be a gunsmith, not to marry. Then Hank Chapin comes to West Virginia with his boss, Judd Markley, to scope out timber for their company in South Carolina. They stay with Judd's brother and family, who are neighbors to Fleeta and her family. Hank is also a crack shot and meets Fleeta at a turkey shoot. The last novella, "Because of You" by Becky Wade, is present day. The brooch has been passed down to Maddie, a good friend of Britt Bradford (of the Bradford Sisters). For the Mission:Christmas project at their church she is paired
with Leo, the widower of her good friend Olivia. Over two years ago, Olivia was killed by a drunk driver, leaving Leo to raise their baby son, Charlie. Maddie has had a crush on Leo since she first met him, but has kept that hidden, never stepping over the friend boundary. Leo always liked Maddie the most of Olivia's many friends, but never thought of her as more than Olivia's friend. Readers who enjoy romance will not be disappointed with this collection.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas HeirloomJanuary 26, 2019CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I thoroughly enjoyed these four short stories of many generations of women who were all connected by this special piece of jewelry. Written by four different authors each story was unique and very interesting.
Fizzy Pop5 Stars Out Of 5Four generations, four women, four love stories all tied around one brooch.January 23, 2019Fizzy PopQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter
Nothing is harder for me to review than Novellas, as I've shared more than a few times. I was excited to get my hands on this particular collection however as it has some favorite authors, it's Christmas-y, and they all tie together with one little brooch. Kristi Ann Hunter starts it off so amazingly with a sweet story about a 3rd son of an earl, a dowager's companion of dubious past, and a dowager that doesn't fit into any mold despite a family that tries to make it so. I was a bit disappointed that we fell into almost insta-love though. I mean, I guess they did know each other, kinda, for a year. However, their togetherness was sporadic at best and he was turned off by her mousiness so he was completely uninterested until a bit of spitfire at a family dinner. She was cow eyed for him but then again. . . what is a girl of lowly station to do. Forget the insta-love for a second because every thing else was absolutely captivating. The love that Randall (third son with no future) and Sarah (companion with no past) have for Lady Densbury is endearing and sweet. The lengths they go to ensure her life ends as lovely as it was lived is beyond tender. The love she helped them find will only bring more love for every person their lives touch. That is why I loved this snapshot and these people. I leave you here with this quote from Lady Densbury (Grandmother).
Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer
Four generations later we meet Ruth. Still in possession of the brooch that was handed down from Lady Desnbury to Sarah to her daughter Rosemary (named for Lady Densbury) to her daughter (Ruth's mother though I never caught her name just the initials REH) to Ruth and then eventually to Ruth's Daughter Naomi. This history of the brooch is so integral to these stories and builds on the theme of love. Not just the romance of falling in love but the love of family and generations of history. Enough about history let's talk about that love. I love Ruth, she's had so many setbacks but she's got gumption and fortitude. She's not afraid to find a way to get what she needs, for herself and for her daughter despite her lack of financial means. And Bo, Beauregard. I mean, how do you not fall for someone named Beauregard? He's had his own setbacks as well but instead of developing gumption he developed a means to staying in the shadows while building an empire of sorts with unlimited financial means. Until Ruth. Though I'm pretty sure that Naomi helped to spur them into their own bout of insta-love. I truly loved watching these two find each other, and in honesty a part of themselves in the process. I can almost forgive the insta-love though at the sweetness of these three branching out and growing into a family despite the obstacles of money and pride and community to overcome.
A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Having read 'The Sound of Rain' earlier this year I was thrilled to go back and reconnect with some beloved characters in the Mountains of West Virginia. I have no idea how the brooch made it's way to Bethel but I do know that Naomi married and had a daughter named Marion who had a daughter named Fleeta. And with a name like Fleeta you know it's going to be interesting. (I LOVE that name!) Fleeta is as different and unique as her name, she is the antithesis of feminine. She's only seen in a dress at holidays and church, she can out-shoot any man on the mountain, and her life goal is to become a gunsmith. Oh, and she can't cook a lick but she can assure there is meat for the table. Hank, on the other had is a 'flat-lander' from South Carolina where he met Judd and provided him the opportunity to learn logging that pathed his future in 'The Sound of Rain'. Hank has some dreams of his own that just might include Fleeta. There was a lot going on in this brief story and while they found themselves falling in insta-love it wasn't. You know why? It wasn't all tied up neat and forever after! I loved that Thomas took this snapshot of these people in this place and just told the story as it was. No need to ensure it was all tied up, no need to jump ahead and show the resolution, just a snapshot of the time they had together. Nothing more, nothing less.
Because of You by Becky Wade
Two generations later Fleeta's daughter Laura drops the ball and stashes the brooch away and promptly forgets about it. Her daughter Maddie finds it on accident, while she is dealing with her long standing crush on her best friends widower. Yup, she fell for him the same time her bestie did. But, bestie rules. . . she saw him first. I love that they build on a relationship that had shared for years, nothing more than friends of sorts but something solid to start with. No insta-love here and for that I feel ever so grateful. I also loved that nothing had to be tied up so neatly at the end. They found their feelings and agreed to explore them and see where it lead. I loved that this novella was perfectly crafted as a snapshot in time. I loved that it took depth of emotions and history and embraced it while tackling it head on as well. The theme of the brooch running throughout these stories, these lives, these loves was refreshing. No matter where the story took us both generationally or geographically the brooch tied it all together. No matter the writing style, no matter the romance style, the brooch made it cohesive. 'Because of You' was the perfect tie for this collection.
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