- File Size: 514 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Publisher: Beyond the Page (June 22, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DPVGDFZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Legacy of the Heart: Five Inspirational Romance Novellas Kindle Edition
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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.
The collection vastly improved with Stacy Henrie's novella which had vibrant characters, interesting banter, and a compelling narrative. The small-town sheriff thought he was corresponding over a year with the lovely lady he met at the Chicago World's Fair, but it turns out that he mixed up her name with her plainer sister's. They don't discover the misunderstanding until she arrives to marry him, and a marriage of convenience results. I'm always intrigued by how a couple falls in love while in such close circumstances but also withholding- or attempting to ;) His bride fits right in, helps him with his duties and befriends the neglected youngster he has been reaching out to. Their blossoming romance based on friendship develops sweetly and some dangerous outlaws bring action to the plot.
The first contemporary story by Tina Radcliffe was fun and quirky with the antique shop passed down to a niece who learns that her aunt's long-ago broken relationship with the owner and landlord of the building it's in has put the future of the shop at risk. The building owner's nephew who is also his lawyer comes to town to foreclose but ends up solving the mystery of the relationship and falls in love with the town himself. I appreciated the genuine and friendly nature of the main characters and their friends in the tight-knit community. The retro vibe was fun and I loved how in her antique shop the objects of an older era are valued instead of disregarded or discarded.
The next story by Terri Reed has a doctor and a nurse who work well together professionally sparking a friendship outside of work and discovering their chemistry and attraction for one another. I liked how well they respected each other and the fun they had together. The conflict of the plot is that Penny has a hard time trusting her own heart to love and Brad is only in the town on a temporary contract, with his next job already lined up in Chicago. Even though they alternate between closeness and avoiding each other, they are honest about their feelings and I appreciated that they allowed each other space to figure out their own hearts and futures.
The final story is another fun one with a creative premise- Logan, the attractive fireman who always keeps relationships short has a pact with his best friend Georgie who is a girl to attend all weddings as each other's date. She has a tomboy sense of humor and isn't a twig, and is about ready to give up on finding love. She wins a drawing for a wedding dress complete with a trip to NYC with her groom-to-be and a photo shoot, so Logan volunteers to be her stand-in groom so she can claim the dress. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and also some tender and vulnerable ones as they are drawn into situations that make them realize how much they care for each other, and not just as friends. A perfectly wonderful friends-to-lovers romance!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)