Legacy of the Heart: Five Inspirational Romance Novellas Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 378 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DPVGDFZ
- Publisher : Beyond the Page (June 22, 2018)
- Publication Date : June 22, 2018
- File Size : 514 KB
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
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Danica Favorite (Heritage of Love) paints a story of Violet, a young and emotional and somewhat flighty woman, who is bent on seeking adventure and the loyal, thoughtful, kind Johnny Little Bear who is a half Lakota horse breeder temporarily working in the Chicago Fair to save enough money to rebuild his father's ranch. Violet is given a silver locket by a mysterious stranger that promises true love to the wearer of the locket and the couple's romance begins.
Stacy Henrie (By Any Other Name) continues the legacy of the locket as Violet gives the locket to her practical, not-as-pretty, quiet younger sister Iris. Iris travels to be a mail-order bride to Rome who is a sheriff in Idaho but their encounter is fraught with misunderstandings and hurt. It's a fun marriage of convenience story and how they fall in love, with their uniquely shared interests and their being a team together, is tender and sweet.
Tina Radcliff brings us to present day Colorado (Forget Me Not) as Maddy wears the locket, inherited from her great-aunt. Maddy is a fun, tender-hearted antique shop owner and Gabe is the hot-shot big city lawyer come to evict Maddy from her store on his great-uncle's demand. There is a nice subplot of Maddy's great-aunt and Gabe's great-uncle's long-lost romance within the story and a whole lot of fun and funny dialogue amongst the characters. The themes of forgiveness, mercy, and sacrificial love are prominent in the story.
Terri Reed has Maddy's sister Penny wearing the locket (The Lost Locket) as she adjusts to life back home as an ER nurse. She's been hurt and labels herself with "attachment issues" though she's a warm, loving woman with so much to give. She ends up working the night shift with Brad, an ER doc who has also been burned by love before. Their romance is slow and sweet and so gratifying when they realize that they can make their relationship work.
In the final story, Sherri Shackelford (Winning the Fireman's Heart) weaves Georgie, Penny's best friend, and Logan together in a hysterical scenario-gone-wild story with hilarious banter. Georgie now wears the locket, "on loan" from her best friend Penny who believes Georgie will get a chance at true love, too, one day. Georgie has a big heart and dreams but doesn't think that she is marriage material and prefers to hang out with her friend Logan, who's always been by her side. Logan is a firefighter who can't seem to commit to any long-term relationship due to restlessness. A whole series of newsworthy incidents later, we have a smile-worthy romance between two great friends who have known each other all their lives.
If you enjoy a heart-warming collection of fun novellas, this one is definitely for you! I received a copy of the book from the authors and was under no obligation to publish a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
by Danica Favorite, Stacy Henrie, Tina Radcliffe, Terri Reed, Sherri Shackelford
Can an heirloom locket have the power to bring about true love? A locket ties the five stories in this collection together. It first appears when a stranger at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago gives it to Violet. It is given to her sister next and then shows up in our present time in the hands of another pair of sisters and their friend.
I enjoy novella collections that have a common thread woven through them like this. The authors did a great job with the continuity of the theme. I was impressed by the way the characters who were introduced in one story were so naturally and seamlessly carried into the next as the main character. I also appreciate that though the locket could have been treated as a magical object, it was not. In many of the stories it was emphasized by the characters that the locket couldn’t have this power – love comes from God. Yay!
Each of the stories was enjoyable. Several of my favorite romance tropes were used. Marriage of Convenience (By Any Other Name), Best Friends to sweethearts (Winning the Fireman’s Heart), and Enemies to Lovers (The Lost Locket).
Heritage of Love by Danica Favorite addressed prejudice against the “Indians”. One of the things that I liked that the author brought out was the way that those who experience prejudice aimed at them often develop prejudices themselves. It was also interesting to see how even at that “modern” time, women attending the World’s Fair were expected to stay in the garden exhibits and were discouraged from attending any of the others.
By Any Other Name by Stacy Henrie was a touching twist on a Mail Order Bride – in this case, Sheriff Rome had already met and was corresponding with Ivy when he realized his need for a bride. There was a twist at the beginning that I was not expecting at all.
Forget Me Not, by Tina Radcliffe starts out with a bang, literally, and is a delightful story about secret identities, scorned lovers, antiques, and cupcakes.
The Lost Locket by Terri Reed was about Madeline’s sister, Penny. Both she and Brad first appeared in Forget Me Not. This was a very sweet story of this nurse and doctor falling in love but not wanting to admit it even to themselves out of fear and the way it would change their life plans.
Winning the Fireman’s Heart by Sherri Shackleford had me laughing out loud. With a slightly uncouth fireman (seriously, he belched in Ginger’s presence without even trying to cover it up – yuck!) with a protective nature and his best friend who had always felt herself lacking, especially in her appearance, this story was funny and touching at the same time.
Read the full review of Legacy of the Heart by Danica Favorite, Stacy Henrie, Tina Radcliffe, Terri Reed, Sherri Shackelford with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.