Cameo Courtships: 4 Stories of Women Whose Lives are Touched by an Legendary Gift by Susanne Dietze, Debra E. Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik, Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Leticia receives a cameo from Queen Victoria, who tells her that it is not a gift to keep but one to pass on. Shortly after pinning it on she meets the love of her life.

The cameo passes through generations, statelines, and even through the hands of thieves, as brave women follow their dreams and talents, finding love along the way. The cameo travels across the country and even to the World's Fair. Clara, Petra, Elizabeth, and Bertie are all ambitious women who think for themselves.

Petra and Elizabeth's stories were some of my favorites as they had a lot of action. Petra is comfortable in her own skin and doesn't want to be someone else to impress others, Reverend Dustin Owens admires her high standards and her practical sensibilities and offers his help in regaining the family heirloom.

Clara and Elizabeth's stories are filled with mystery, as they seek to expose the truth. I liked the interaction between Elizabeth and Ethan throughout. Clara is very clever and uses her wits to get the next big story.

Bertie is passionate about books, and applies to work as an overseer of the Carnegie Library's children's department. But mistaken identity due to her first name, puts her at odds with the self-made, hardworking Russell Smart. Differences in social class are shown as they figure out how to work together to make the library a success.

Overall, a wonderful collection of novellas all orbiting around the Victoria Cameo  as these woman chase their dreams, follow their faith, and find love in these four short stories. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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