The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations

The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations

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, a man far above her station.In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the...

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Title:The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations
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  • Caitlyn Santi

    What an absolutely delightful novella collection! I loved how perfectly the brooch was woven into each of the novellas! I adored every single one of these stories and highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom!

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    This adorable novella drew me in from the first page and didn't let go!

    I absolutely loved Sarah and Randall's story! The dowager Countess of Densbury quickly became a favorite secondary character. Kristi's writing was fantastic as always and I absolutely lo

    What an absolutely delightful novella collection! I loved how perfectly the brooch was woven into each of the novellas! I adored every single one of these stories and highly recommend The Christmas Heirloom!

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    This adorable novella drew me in from the first page and didn't let go!

    I absolutely loved Sarah and Randall's story! The dowager Countess of Densbury quickly became a favorite secondary character. Kristi's writing was fantastic as always and I absolutely loved every moment of this novella!

    Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer

    I always adore Karen's books and this novella was no exception! Ruth and Bo were such fabulous main characters, and little Naomi and her matchmaking cat Teddy were absolutely delightful and made me laugh out loud numerous times! Every single word of this novella was phenomenal and I hated to see it end, but as usual when I finish one of Karen's books a sigh of happiness left my grinning lips when I turned the final page!

    A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas

    This was such a cute novella, I loved it even more than I was expecting to! Seeing as I am not super girly myself I love to read stories about grown up tomboys, and I found myself relating to Fleeta in a number of ways! I loved the voice that this story is written in, it's just so entertaining and all around fun to read! I loved the ending, and the story was an absolute pleasure to read! I don't often read stories set in the 1950's but I will definitely be reading more of this author's work in the future!

    Because of You by Becky Wade

    This novella was absolutely fantastic! Maddie and Leo were great characters. I found myself relating to Maddie quite a bit, and I loved Leo's quiet reserve and bookishness! I'm a huge fan of Les Mis and I LOVED that it was mentioned in the story, so awesome! I was swept away into this story on page one and I loved every single second I spent reading it! Total awesomeness from beginning to end!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Kristi Ann Hunter, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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    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.

    – This novella had it all! Humor. Tenderness.

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    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.

    – 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!

    – 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!!

    – 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?!?!?)

    – 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!

    is available on October 2, 2018. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

  • Melissa

    This is an utterly charming collection of Christmas stories by some of my all time favorite authors. Spanning multiple generations of a family with a broach handed down from mother to daughter made for some enjoyable stories and characters to meet along the way. Most of the stories have connections to the authors series, so to see the tie-ins there was completely fun. From England in the 1820's to present day Washington, there is a story for everyone and with the sweetness of Christmas thrown in

    This is an utterly charming collection of Christmas stories by some of my all time favorite authors. Spanning multiple generations of a family with a broach handed down from mother to daughter made for some enjoyable stories and characters to meet along the way. Most of the stories have connections to the authors series, so to see the tie-ins there was completely fun. From England in the 1820's to present day Washington, there is a story for everyone and with the sweetness of Christmas thrown in to the mix, this collection is not to be missed!

    I received this book from the author and publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  • Beth

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    What a sweet novella! I read this in one sitting this morning with my coffee, and what a lovely indulgence it was. A Christmas-y feeling permeates much of this story, reminding the reader that it doesn't matter the day, one can always celebrate Christmas. The introduction to the brooch that ties all of the leading ladies together has a touching origin. The romance is endearing and doesn't feel rushed, but fits in well within the parameters and time frame of the

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    What a sweet novella! I read this in one sitting this morning with my coffee, and what a lovely indulgence it was. A Christmas-y feeling permeates much of this story, reminding the reader that it doesn't matter the day, one can always celebrate Christmas. The introduction to the brooch that ties all of the leading ladies together has a touching origin. The romance is endearing and doesn't feel rushed, but fits in well within the parameters and time frame of the story. The tie-in to the Haven Manor series is subtle enough that readers who haven't read the first book won't notice anything, while readers familiar to the backstory will appreciate the nod to those characters.

    Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer

    Witemeyer's offering in this collection is lovely as well. Ruth Fulbright is a widow with a seven-year-old daughter - kudos to Witemeyer for writing a winsome yet realistic child - and a bit down on her luck until she is able to put time at her new position as a cook. In her desperate yet determined hands, the family brooch becomes collateral in a business transaction with most wealthy man in town. Beau Azlin may be monetarily wealthy, but he has no family and few friends. Living with a permanent injury to one of his arms, one that made his own mother treat him differently, makes him weary of trusting anyone, especially a woman. Both of these characters enter the story with baggage, but even the backstories felt fully realized and integrated to who they are in the story. Tenderly romantic with endearing characters, this sweet novella provided a lovely way to spend about an hour, creating the perfect foil for the brooch's entry into the family in the first novella.

    A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas

    Fleeta Brady has both a unique name and a unique ambition - she wants to work as a gunsmith and has her dream planned out, just as soon as her family doesn't need her anymore. Feeling beholden to her aunt and uncle who took her in a child, she's biding her time until the right moment. When she is gifted the family brooch, she wants nothing to do with the family lore that goes with it. In any case, she can out-shoot and out-hunt any man and feels she can rely on herself. Despite her self-reliance, she is still a very endearing character; to the point but never unkind. Assured but never pushy. I really liked that about her. What begins as a competition between her and a newcomer to town develops into something else entirely. I haven't read the novel that this novellas has ties to, but I followed the story with ease.

    Because of You by Becky Wade

    I admit, this novella was the one I anticipated most, just because I have such a love for the Bradford sister novels and was eager to be back in their world. These characters are endearing and come across as oh-so-real. After Willow Bradford's model-beauty (I mean, she was a model, nothing against it), Maddie's jeans and t-shirt look was a nice change. Leo's bookish nature won me over immediately, and I loved the parts that were from his perspective. The brooch was mistakenly packed in her parent's attic and only a Christmas project and garage sale brought it to light. I got a chuckle out of Grandma Fleeta giving up "all that folderol" when she married Maddie's grandpa, as it sounded like something her character would have said in the previous novella. But I digress. The issue is that Maddie's dear friend Olivia was married to Leo and two years previously passed away. The plethora of emotions that I would imagine come with falling in love with your best friend's widower are present for Maddie, as is guilt for moving on from Olivia's death. Grief is a strange, difficult thing, and I feel that Wade aptly captures those feelings. Britt Bradford is a fierce friend to Maddie and her biggest fan, and I appreciated the sweet look into their friendship as well. Just an all around endearing, uplifting, and realistically hopeful novella.

    I didn't necessarily mention that Christmas plays a role in these novellas, which I'm sure readers gather from the title. I will say that while the holiday itself is the backdrop, but I felt that these were just quality novellas all the way around not just sweet Christmas stories - though they are totally that, too. So, if you are one of those readers that avidly creates a Christmas-themed reading list - or even if you're not - add this charming collection to your list. If you, like me, could use a little more hope in your days (can't we all?), you won't be disappointed. Christmas is just the star on the three, the fruit in the cake, the garland on...well, you know what I mean. :)

    I received a complimentary copy of this novella collection. I was not required to post a review, and this review is my honest opinion.

  • Trixi

    What a treasure trove collection of stories! I love the over-arching theme of following along the journey a family heirloom takes—a luckenbooth brooch given to four generations. Legend has it that whoever owns this brooch will find true love! First passed down to Sarah Gooding in 1827 from Lady Densbey who in turn, introduced her grandson, thus starting a chain reaction that spanned the years to our own modern day! I really enjoyed this because I not only read four love stories, but they were al

    What a treasure trove collection of stories! I love the over-arching theme of following along the journey a family heirloom takes—a luckenbooth brooch given to four generations. Legend has it that whoever owns this brooch will find true love! First passed down to Sarah Gooding in 1827 from Lady Densbey who in turn, introduced her grandson, thus starting a chain reaction that spanned the years to our own modern day! I really enjoyed this because I not only read four love stories, but they were all Christmas themed to boot! While I can't really fathom that the holidays are just around the corner again, I love an early start to my favorite season in the pages of a book. While each of these stories are novella length, they neither lacked depth nor felt rushed. I think they are perfect for times when a reader can only carve out a small chunk of their day to read. I also discovered a new-to-me author in Sarah Loudin Thomas and will be searching out more books written by her. That's the other thing I love, meeting new authors through collections such as this! All of these stories are wonderful and all were my favorite; not one of them stood out above the other. That being said, I will do a short review on

    by Karen Witemeyer.

    Since my favorite Biblical story is Ruth and Naomi, this held a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed the nod to scripture. Widow Ruth Fulbright & her daughter Naomi relocate to Hope Springs, Texas two years after her husbands death. Taking the job as a cook at the Homespun Cafe, she hopes to start a better life for her and her daughter. In the meantime, she meets her landlord, Beaurgard Azlin—or Bo for short. Thus begins their happily-ever-after story, and while this may sound too perfect, it has a few rocky places they both must navigate. Ruth is good for Bo in boosting his self-confidence and in return, Bo is good for Ruth in resurrecting feelings she thought buried with her husband. Naomi is the glue that binds them together! I love her spunky spirit, her childlike view of the world and her compassion for one stray cat lovingly nicknamed Teddy. Talking about the tabby, he contributes his own quirkiness and personality to the mix. A mish-mash family who's love-story is hard earned and has a satisfying end. Witemeyer inserts her trademark humor that had me laughing out loud in quite a few spots & her characters are ones I would have enjoyed meeting. Too bad it's not real because I could make a life in Hope Springs myself! A delightful story with a Biblical twist.

    *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the authors and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  • Madison

    The Heirloom is a collection of four delightful novellas. While each are set during Christmas, there is nothing to stop you enjoying this collection all year round. From a story set during the Georgian era to contemporary story, these four novellas span many generations of women following their dreams and their hearts.

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    This is the first of Kristi Ann Hunter’s works that I have read. I don’t usually read books set during the Georgian era, but I found Legacy of L

    The Heirloom is a collection of four delightful novellas. While each are set during Christmas, there is nothing to stop you enjoying this collection all year round. From a story set during the Georgian era to contemporary story, these four novellas span many generations of women following their dreams and their hearts.

    Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

    This is the first of Kristi Ann Hunter’s works that I have read. I don’t usually read books set during the Georgian era, but I found Legacy of Love was one of my favourite novellas in this collection. Legacy of Love sets the heirloom’s legacy into motion. Sarah, the main character, is a companion to Dowager Lady Densbury. When in front of the Dowager’s wider family, Sarah plays the role of meek, boring companion, yet she is a strong and forthright young lady. When she speaks out against the family to protect her mistress, Sarah captures the eye of the Earl’s third and youngest son. As Sarah and Randall work together to ensure the Dowager enjoys her Christmas, they find they have more in common then they first realised. Legacy of Love is a sweet, romantic and charming story. I loved Sarah. Loved her strength, gumption and desire to stick up for what she believes in. If Hunter writes all her protagonists with the same fire, I can guarantee that Legacy of Love will not be the last of her works I will enjoy.

    Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer

    I adore everything that Karen Witemeyer has penned and her novella Gift of the Heart was the major draw card for me to pick up this collection. A story of a second chance at love, of children, and acceptance, Gift of the Heart is set in America just after the Civil War. Ruth Fullbright has already known love and tragic loss. Now she and her young daughter are relocating to Hope Springs to start a new life. With limited funds, Ruth must convince the biggest businessman in town, Beauregard Azlin that she is reliable and worthy of an advance in her rent. But Bo is not the aloof and harsh businessman he at first seems, and before long Bo finds himself drawn to the strong and principled Mrs Fullbright and her vivacious daughter. Full of laughter and love, Gift of the Heart was my favourite novella in this collection and a delight to read.

    A Shot at Love - Sarah Loudin Thomas

    Thomas’ books have been on my to-read list for a while now but A Shot At Love is the first time I’ve read anything by this talented author. A Shot At Love is a fun novella, with a fantastic lead character. Fleeta would much rather be out hunting or designing guns than ever donning a fancy gown or trying to capture the eye of a gentleman. When her aunt gives her a family heirloom rumoured to bring the beholder true love, Fleeta couldn’t be more skeptical. But when a friend of a friend is passing through town, she (through a bit of healthy competition and a shared love of fine weaponry), finds herself just a little bit drawn to the charming Hank Chapin. But Fleeta is determined not to let attraction get in the way her chance to finally follow her dreams of becoming a gunsmith. While there were a few loose ends at the end of A Shot At Love, it was impossible not to be drawn to Fleeta and her dertermination to love her life on her own terms.

    Because of You - Becky Wade

    Chocolate, unrequited love, Christmas shopping and happy endings. Maddie Winslow has loved Leo Donnelly since she first met him. But he started dating, fell in love with and married her best friend. For years, Maddie watched from afar and tried to get her heart under control. Leo, now widowed, and his young son have moved back to town and he and Maddie are paired to work together on the church’s Christmas mission project. Spending time together might be a challenge for Maddie, but for Leo it is an eye-opening experience that his second chance at love might be right in front of him. While I didn’t love this story as much as I have enjoyed books by Becky Wade in the past, mostly because I just didn’t click with Maddie, I did enjoy Leo’s side of the story.

    While each of the four novellas are part of larger series, they can each be read as standalones. Perfect for fans of each of the writers or for readers looking to discover new authors, The Heirloom is a delightful collection.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

    Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog

  • Fiction Aficionado

    I don’t always go for novella collections, partly because the stories tend to meld together in my mind after I've read a couple of them, but there’s absolutely no chance of that happening with this collection. Each of these stories is set in a distinctly different time and place: England, 1827; Texas, 1890; West Virginia, 1958; and modern-day Washington. Each of the heroines also has a very distinctive voice, from the gun-toting Fleeta Brady:

    I don’t always go for novella collections, partly because the stories tend to meld together in my mind after I've read a couple of them, but there’s absolutely no chance of that happening with this collection. Each of these stories is set in a distinctly different time and place: England, 1827; Texas, 1890; West Virginia, 1958; and modern-day Washington. Each of the heroines also has a very distinctive voice, from the gun-toting Fleeta Brady:

    right through to Maddie Winslow, who

    In fact, the only difficulty I DO have with this collection is in trying to decide which of these novellas was my favourite. Was it the first, with the elderly matchmaker who went to the trouble of handpicking a bride for her (unsuspecting) favourite grandson? Or the second book, with the wealthy and aloof (but actually rather soft-hearted) Bo Azlin, who can’t help but be fascinated by a hardworking widow, her charming daughter, and the furry miscreant who moves in despite his objections. And I’ve already mentioned feisty Fleeta and moonstruck Maddie from books three and four. Each romance was perfectly paced for the novella format, very engaging, and had just the right level of sweetness to produce a sigh of contentment at the final paragraph.

    Okay, so maybe the second novella just sneaked over the line ahead of the others, (I did form a bit of a soft spot for Bo Azlin) but seriously, they were all delightful reads. So I guess it’s going to be up to you to read them for yourself to see if YOU can work out which one is your favourite.

    I received a copy of this collection from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Amy

    Probably the most unique and cleverly written set of novellas I've ever read! Every set of short stories will have some kind of connecting theme, but this has knocked it out of the park!

    Starting with Kristi Ann Hunter's story, set in late 18th century England. The beginnings of the journey of the heirloom brooch, that will find itself being passed through the generations, right through to present day. It will cross the Atlantic, and see life through every kind of hardship and sweet joy.

    There's

    Probably the most unique and cleverly written set of novellas I've ever read! Every set of short stories will have some kind of connecting theme, but this has knocked it out of the park!

    Starting with Kristi Ann Hunter's story, set in late 18th century England. The beginnings of the journey of the heirloom brooch, that will find itself being passed through the generations, right through to present day. It will cross the Atlantic, and see life through every kind of hardship and sweet joy.

    There's a legend, is it true? You'll have to read these books and decide for yourself.

    Extremely engaging stories, each one intertwined by a family connected by blood. Women willing to hang on tight to the brooch, not for its physical value, but for what it represents. Overwhelmingly, the love that comes into each of their hearts. A gift from God.

    Becky Wade completes the set, and oh boy does she bring this to a climatic conclusion! I could not put this down. The sheer talent in her writing is something else. Every thought process, every emotion is there for the feeling. You can practically smell the pine trees.

    A great Christmas time read to rival anything you may have read before.

    I received a complimentary eARC from Bethany House & Netgalley. This is my honest review.

  • Deborah

    This book covers four stories all featuring a beautiful heirloom broach passed down from mother to daughter. The heirloom brings love with it.

    Legacy of Love

    The first story starts in 1827 Lancashire, England.

    Sarah is a companion to Dowager Countess of Densbury. While she doesn’t like much of the dowagers family she is intrigued by Randall Everard. Randal was also curious about Sarah when she first arrived but he’s since determined that she’s just a meek and mild girl.

    It turns out Sarah is so muc

    This book covers four stories all featuring a beautiful heirloom broach passed down from mother to daughter. The heirloom brings love with it.

    Legacy of Love

    The first story starts in 1827 Lancashire, England.

    Sarah is a companion to Dowager Countess of Densbury. While she doesn’t like much of the dowagers family she is intrigued by Randall Everard. Randal was also curious about Sarah when she first arrived but he’s since determined that she’s just a meek and mild girl.

    It turns out Sarah is so much more than he imagined and he finds himself captivated.

    Gift of the Heart

    This is a cute little read. It takes place in October 1890 in the town of Hope Springs. Ruth Fulbright and her seven-year-old daughter Naomi are starting a new life. After the death of her husband Ruth is desperate. She sells her wedding ring to cover the cost of the stagecoach.

    Beauregard Azlin or Bo as he’s known is a rich cold businessman. Or is he?

    It turns out Bo isn’t at all what Ruth expects. And Ruth is the kind of woman Bo had given up hope of finding.

    Like I said this is a cute read and Naomi is adorable.

    A Shot at Love

    November 1958 Bethel, West Virginia and Fleeta Brady is a strong woman and an excellent shot. She dresses more like a man and has big plans for the future. None of these plans involve romance in any form. Her mother died from a broken heart and Fleeta is determined that will never happen to her.

    Hank Chapin is considering his future, he feels it might be time for a change. Fleeta is unlike any woman he’s ever met before and he finds himself intrigued.

    This is another cute little period read.

    Because of You

    This was probably my least favourite of the four but that’s mainly due to the subject matter. Maddie has loved Leo from the first moment she saw him. She loved him while he dated and then married her best friend. While they had a child together and then in grieving after his wife’s death.

    It’s nicely written but I’m just not a fan of any book which features a dead spouse casting a large shadow over a relationship.

    I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley.

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