When four talented writers of Historical and Contemporary Christian Romance get together and write four novellas connected by a piece of jewelry that is handed down from generation to generation, the expectations can be high. The Christmas Heirloom lives up to this expectations.
As the luckenbooth broach comes into each story, the reader experiences a new generation and their troubles. With romance, drama, faith, and a little sharp shooting, these are four novellas that will have you rooting for each of the heroines and possibly leaving you with a sigh or two. Having at least one of them be part of an ongoing series is a treat for the particular author’s readers, but does nothing to hinder a nice, cozy read for newer readers. And what a great way to step outside of your preferred reading eras!
I went into this collection having enjoyed everything I’ve ever read by these four authors (small admission here: I’ve only one novella previously from Kristi Ann Hunter, but I’ve been wanting to read more), and finished it with that being unchanged.
If you enjoy Christmas novellas with a lot of heart (oh, I just groaned at myself for that one), then I highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom, and since I read it through NetGalley I’m quite tempted to put a copy under the tree for myself this year.
The Christmas Heirloom: Four Novellas of Love Through the Generations by Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Kristi Ann Hunter, Becky Wade | Bethany House, Oct 2018 | ebook, 384 pages
This review refers to a digital galley read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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?