Novella Collection Book Review: The Christmas Heirloom
Publisher's Description"Four Festive and Heartwarming Romance Novellas That Celebrate the Magic of Christmas.
Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?
In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson. While he may be far above her station, she can't help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.
In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Fulbright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from a wealthy resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love as the holidays draw near.
In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her mother's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.
In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?"
My ReviewThe Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations includes terrific stories written by Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade. Engaging and memorable, each of these novellas is well-written and utterly delightful. All four stories contain richly developed characters, wonderful settings, and plenty of sweet romance and holiday cheer.
Featuring novellas that are set in England during the Regency Era, in post Civil War Texas, in late 1950’s West Virginia, and in present day Washington state, this collection includes stories that will satisfy the preferences of a wide variety of readers. The authors have creatively connected these novellas in ways that are clever, meaningful, and truly entertaining. There is an easy flow from one novella to the next, and rather than four disparate books, it is four special stories linked together through the passage of time, the power of faith, and the bonds of family.
I enjoyed every bit of this collection from the first sentence to the last. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. I simply loved being in the fictional worlds these authors created. I was quickly invested in the plot of each novella, and I also had a swift emotional connection to the characters within each story. Their struggles and their successes, their motivations and their fears, and their perseverance and their courage kept me intrigued and inspired page after page.
This collection contains four love stories that are charming, fresh, and relevant. They are the kind of stories readers earnestly seek and are thrilled to find. The Christmas Heirloom is a novella collection that I will enjoy re-reading and sharing with my friends. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
My ReflectionThese novellas feature stories of family, hope, second chances, and answered prayers. They reveal the connectedness that is possible from generation to generation, and how certain choices and decisions can affect others far into the future. They show how God will often use difficult circumstances to produce healing and restoration. Though different and unique, each of these stories ultimately reflects on the faithfulness of a loving God who in his timing and through his provision often bestows on us the desires of our heart.
About the Authors"Karen Witemeyer is an award-winning, bestselling author and lives in Texas with her family. Find her online at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Kristi Ann Hunter is the award-winning author of five books, and she lives with her family in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.
Sarah Loudin Thomas is an award-winning author, and she and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. She can be found online at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.
Becky Wade is the award-winning author of seven books and lives in a suburb of Dallas with her husband and three kids. Find her online at www.beckywade.com."--Author Biographies from Amazon.com