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Book Review: The Christmas Heirloom

Title: The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations
Written By: Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade
Genre: Christian Romance
Recommended Ages: 13 & up


When I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of this book, I knew I wanted to. Mainly because one of my favorite authors wrote one of these novellas. I wasn’t disappointed by her book. The others… Well, one was rather disappointing and the other two were only fairly good. I loved how the brooch fit in to every story.

Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter: .75/1

This is the story of how the legend of the brooch began. I absolutely adored Lady Densmore! She was the star of the book, that’s for sure. At first, I was really annoyed by the main characters. But they started to grow on me. The main reason I am giving this a .75 instead of a full 1 was because Sarah and Randolph fell in love in less than a week. Sure they had known each other for a while, but to suddenly fall in love after really learning more about each other was a little too quick for me.

Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer: 1/1

This was the best novella in the entire book. I loved it! The romance between the MCs was perfect and beautiful. Not only was it more realistic, but it was also well-written. I was engaged from the very beginning and never lost interest.

A Shot of Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas: .5/1

The 1950s is a genre I don’t read much of, so that was interesting. But the story itself didn’t really grip me. Maybe it was the feministic slant to the book that was the problem. I can’t really put my finger on it exactly. This was the weakest of the four novellas.

Because of You by Becky Wade: .75/1

This is the only book that wasn’t historical fiction. This is set in contemporary times. I do like a good contemporary romance occasionally, so I was looking forward to this one. It didn’t disappoint too much. I liked how they had known each other for about a decade before the story began. The main reason this didn’t get a full 1 was because again, one of the characters fell in love too quickly. I won’t say more lest I ruin the story for someone.

Un-Put-Down-Ability: .75/1

Overall, the entire book was hard to put down. I either just wanted to find out how the book ended so I could be done with it or I wanted to savor each moment of them together. I would love to read a sequel to Ruth’s story. Maybe just making it about Naomi? What do you say, Karen? 😉

Conclusion: 3.75/5

Look at the book as a whole, it was pretty good. In fact, it was almost a full 4 stars. There were parts that I skimmed over, but other parts I sighed in happiness. I’ll let you make up your own mind about it.

Note: I received a free eBook copy from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review.

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