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  1. Rebekah Millet
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fantastic Collection!
    October 19, 2018
    Rebekah Millet
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My-oh-my, what a fabulous set of novellas! I purchased this collection because my favorite author, Becky Wade, was one of the authors. But what a treat it was to be introduced to Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Sarah Loudin Thomas. Each story revolved around Christmas and a broach that had been passed down generation after generation. The characters and setting in each tale were exquisitely developed. Although I typically tend to read contemporary, the historical stories were amazing too. The characters that captured my heart the most though, were Leo and Maddie in Becky Wade's novella BECAUSE OF YOU. The premise was entirely unique and the emotions and challenges these characters faced made this story impossible to put down. I read it just two nights, which is saying a lot. This collection will make a great gift to my family and friends this holiday season.

  2. JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Christmas Heirloom
    September 25, 2018
    JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
  3. Reenie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    four sweet holiday tales of love
    September 25, 2018
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

  4. E. Elizabeth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    My Sentiments about The Christmas Heirloom
    September 17, 2018
    E. Elizabeth
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'll admit it, I'm sentimental (Maybe, possibly overly sentimental). I really don't do well with clutter, but I also have a really hard time getting rid of anything that someone special gave me, or anything with a good memory attached. I really enjoyed The Christmas Heirloom by Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade because each author followed a special heirloom that was handed down through many generations. It was so special to see how the heirloom was integrated into each story by each author. I always enjoy books written by Kristi Ann Hunter and Karen Witemeyer so of course their stories were great. I also was able to read stories by two authors I've never read anything by before, but I am looking forward to reading more by Sarah Loudin Thomas and Becky Wade if their books are anything like the stories written for this collection. Each story, while shorter than a normal book, was able to draw me in to the story from the very beginning and held my attention to the very end. This collection of books was very much enjoyed by my sentimental self.

    I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical romances, especially romances that trace a family's stories through different eras.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  5. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Men (and women) of character find love
    September 6, 2018
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Christmas Heirloom" is a collection of four Christian romance novellas, spanning from 1827 in England to modern day America. It's hard enough to create a naturally-paced romance in a novel length, so I was pleasantly surprised that three of these stories felt like the couple had really gotten to know each other and were well-suited matches. I also liked that they were attracted to the other's character and not simply the other's good looks.

    While Fleeta's story was enjoyable, the focus was more on her feeling like she wasn't loved and didn't belong. As a consequence, it felt like she suddenly changed her mind about marrying because her lifelong dream hit a snag. He was interested in her and kind, and they shared an interest in guns, so, hey. But they hardly knew each other.

    The characters believed in God and we see how God provided in their lives, etc. None of the stories were preachy, and the mentions of God were worked in naturally. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable collection.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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