Legacy of the Heart Anthology – Book Review, Preview

Posted July 27, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Legacy of the Heart Anthology - Book Review, Preview

My eyes grew big at the beautiful antiques my friend had inherited from her family. My “heirlooms” are mostly handcrafted knickknacks and a handful of old jewelry. I have a ceramic lady about 8 inches tall that my great-great grandmother made in the very early 1900s, a vase my aunt painted that broke and is glued back together, a wooden shelf in the shape of a crescent moon made by my dad’s grandfather, knitted finger puppets. You get the idea.

I wouldn’t trade these things for the world, though. Sure, valuable furniture is nice but I am extremely sentimental. I can tell you who made or gave me almost everything in my house, where I was at the time and the circumstances behind it as well.

Do you have heirlooms that you treasure?

Legacy of the Heart Anthology – Book Review, Preview

Legacy of the Heart

by Danica Favorite, Stacy Henrie, Tina Radcliffe, Terri Reed, Sherri Shackelford

Published by Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication Date June 22, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Setting: Idaho, Colorado, Illinois Contemporary, Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Written for: Adults
Pages: 378


An antique locket with the power to inspire everlasting love unites the five stories in this stunning collection of historical and contemporary inspirational romance novellas!

In Heritage of Love, Danica Favorite takes us to the Chicago world’s fair, where a chance encounter will spark an opportunity for true love, if only the young couple can first overcome polite society’s rigid rules . . .

Stacy Henrie tells the story of a sheriff desperate to escape the matchmaking efforts of the women in his small town, only to discover that his attempts to sidestep them may lead to eternal love and happiness in By Any Other Name . . .

Tina Radcliffe’s Forget Me Not paints the picture of a charming antique store, where love will blossom when two strangers learn the secret about a long-ago hurt and a love that never died . . .

In The Lost Locket, Terri Reed introduces readers to two people who have given up on love and will fight their undeniable attraction until it may be too late . . .

And in Winning the Fireman’s Heart, Sherri Shackelford shows us two long-time friends forever searching for the perfect mate, until a gesture of kindness reveals the love that’s always been waiting for them . . .

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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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.

Preview of Legacy of the Heart

Tina's's Forget Me Not Pinterest Board

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About Danica Favorite

A self-professed crazy chicken lady,Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life.
She and her family recently moved into their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily-ever-after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.

About Sherri Shackelford

Sherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance novels for Harlequin/HarperCollins Publishers.

A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Look for her new adventure in Love Inspired Suspense, No Safe Place, in stores January of 2019.

About Stacy Henrie

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.

About Terri Reed

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly Top 25,Nielsen’s Bookscan Top 100, have been Amazon Bestsellers and featured inUSA Today,Christian Fiction Magazine, and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, and American Christian Fiction Writers’ The Carol Award contest.

About Tina Radcliffe

Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina manages Seekerville, a 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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19 responses to “Legacy of the Heart Anthology – Book Review, Preview

  1. sherrishackelford

    I’m glad you enjoyed the collection! Thank you for hosting us 🙂

  2. D

    Wow, this is so wonderful! I really appreciate all the work you put into this! <3

    • Hey, you missed my yard!! 🙂

      I’m so glad you had a Pinterest board for the books. I love being able to look at them and get a feel for the time and place of the book.

  3. This book sounds so good! I love stories that are set in the past or have a historical link like an antique locket. And the different stories give you the chance to read a few different authors at the same time to get a taste of their writing. Sounds like a great read and an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. paige chandler

    I love the nook cover. Very romantic and a great summer read

  5. Donna Jacoby

    The book cover caught my eye and I have added this to my to-read list. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. I love the cover. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Legacy of the Heart Anthology. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.