Monday, December 3, 2018

The Christmas Heirloom - Anthology

Synopsis: Four stories that span from the early 1800s to present day. They each revolve around a brooch that's a family heirloom with "magical" qualities. The brooch is passed down from mother to daughter and is thought to bring her true love. Beginning with an old dowager, then an American pioneer, followed by a 1950's tomboy, and finally ending up with a young woman in Washington State. 

Review: Watching the brooch get passed down in each story is kind of fun. Each is her own woman and doesn't really connect directly to the previous story since we usually miss a generation. The first story is a little light and frivolous and begs you to forget many historical facts, but it's cute and fun to see the couple get the HEA that leads to subsequent tales. Karen Witemeyer's contribution definitely stands out. Her hero and heroine are really lovely to get to know and love. We don't often see stories set in the mid-1900's so the third couple is intriguing to watch. While they get their HEA, there are some loose ends that would have been nice to have had resolved. Becky Wade's story ties in to her Bradford Sisters series. Though it is definitely a stand alone and won't likely have a huge affect on the main series, it's definitely fun to see the sisters show up in her contribution. All are short stories/novellas, so they aren't long to read and can't be expected to get too detailed. Nevertheless, the stories are fulfilling and the brooch connecting them gives them some context beyond their own dynamic. Love these sweet couples!

There are mild to moderate elements of faith in these stories.

Amazon $15.99

I received an ARC

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