The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Becky Wade ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

4 novellas taking place in different time periods, from regency England to present day America, following a brooch made of silver, with an amethyst stone, and interlocking hearts passed from mother to daughter.

Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter
Sarah Gooding is the companion to Lady Densbury, quiet and unobtrusive in public, she and Lady Densbury engage in lively discussions and share a true friendship in private. Sarah is an accomplished musician, and is very talented.

Randall Everard is Lady Densbury's favorite grandson, and she encourages him to call often. He is surprised to find out how different Sarah is from what he assumed. He and Sarah work together to give Lady Densbury a fantastic Christmas.

Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer
Ruth Fulbright and her 7 year-old daughter move to Hope Springs, where Ruth has a job as a cook. People come from all around for the natural mineral baths, so housing is expensive and the only cabin for rent belong to the resort owner, Bo Azlin.

Bo is the owner of the resort, he lost the use of his arm in a childhood accident, his business manager usually handles things, but when Ruth comes to rent, she asks to speak directly to Bo. Naomi latches onto Bo, and assumes that the stray cat always hanging around is Bo's, and she helps him open up to Ruth. He admires her determination and fortitude. She loves his strength and compassion, she doesn't care about his arm, and encourages him to reach out to others.

Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas
West Virginia, 1958. By now the brooch has changed hands many times. Fleeta Brady is a crack shot and talented carpenter, she has dreams of opening her own gun shop.

Hank Chapin comes to town and enters the local shooting contest. He is a gun collector, and has a fancy gun with a prized scope. He is surprised to hear that everyone in town expects Fleeta to win. He is intrigued by her, so he hires her to carve a magnolia onto his gunstock.

Because of You by Becky Wade
Maddie Winslow works with her friend Britt Bradford at the chocolate shop, SweetArt. Maddie has helped with Mission Christmas in the past, but this year she is teamed up with Leo Donnelly. She and Leo have been friends for years, since he was married to her best friend, but now he is a widower.

Leo is a professor at the local college and the father to a three-year-old boy, Charlie, who adores Maddie. Maddie feels guilty over her feelings for Leo, and prays for wisdom. I really liked her faith in action.

Overall this was a great collection, touched with humor and and connected by the brooch. I love how the brooch and various matchmaking helpers along the way help these couples find love in the light of Christmastime. Highly recommend!

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