I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heirloom Brides Collection: Treasured Items Bring Couples Together in Four Historical Romances by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Tracey V. Bateman, Joanne Bischof, Mona Hodgson
Published by Barbour Books on November 1st 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Meet four women whose lives are in transition and watch as something old, new, borrowed, or blue brings them joy, romance, and renewed faith. Betsy’s something old is a lost family watch. Wren’s something new is a home built with her in mind. Clara’s something borrowed is a farmhand from the neighbors. Darla’s something blue is her mother’s missing cameo. Will each woman find the treasure her heart is intent upon in these four historical romance novellas?
This is a great collection of historical romance novellas. Each have something special.
This was probably my favorite but they are all so good that it is hard to choose. Betsy and her father have a special relationship. They both work very hard and are willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Sadly, on the way home from town, their horse slips on some ice and her Pops is hurt, badly. He also has a secret that he hasn’t told her. Both have to come to terms with how they will move forward.
Betsey is such a hard worker that it is not difficult for her to find a job. I love how her character changes and grows in such a short time! She’s stubborn but that stubbornness is appealing.
Stuart think he doesn’t like her. He thinks she’s a brat (and she is) and stubborn to a fault! When he buys her father’s watch from an auction he then also has her anger to deal with! Watching these two is ridiculously hilarious. Both are actually stubborn and the story flows effortlessly as they get to know each other and the secrets that surround Betsy.
Wren and Tate! Oh, this story is filled with heartache! I loved their push and pull but still, stubbornness yet again!
Tate has been gone for four years without a word. Wren thought they had something special until he left to go travel. What she doesn’t know is how he really feels about her.
This is another story where the characters really have to grow in a short time. They feel they have to watch what they say to each other and they are too scared to be truly honest. In the mean time Wren has a small inn to help take care of and doesn’t want to deal with Tate’s mess. She is ready to close her heart to him when she finds out he is going to leave again.
Absolutely fantastic story telling.
I love the title to this one. Clara and her father just moved to a farm from the city. Clara is a lover of all living things and being on a farm is difficult for her. Not the hard work, but the thought of having to kill livestock for food. So, when she finds a pup that was being hurt by an eagle she does not hesitate to save him. That pup turns out to be a coyote but she feeds and takes care of the poor guy, even against the vet’s recommendations.
Her Papa gets hurt and he cannot help her run the farm. They live in a town where their neighbors want to help when needed, so she borrows a neighbor’s son. He comes up daily to help clear their farm, and even gets a group of people to paint their house. He thinks Clara is a bit odd but cannot put his finger on why exactly.
Clara holds secrets that she will not tell anyone and is too afraid to get out to get to know anyone because of them. She is 24 and feels that everyone will talk when they realize she is still alone.
Yet another lovely tale! My one bit of feedback, however, is that this seemed like a way to shove Christianity down people’s throats. There were talks about the two making sure they were evenly yoked prior to them even really getting to know each other. Quite a bit of the story had to do with getting Clara to church and sadly I just did not truly enjoy those. I just wanted them to get to know each other and the romance to bloom without religion overshadowing it.
Now, this story was adorable! Darla is a nurse who has to see to wounds for a man with three little girls. She has a secret that she is trying to hide and has been in this town before. Sadly, she has enemies and feels that if she does not get to the diary that she wrote when she was a teenager, someone else will find it and scandal will break out.
While she is trying to scheme her way into her old house, her visits with Nicholas and her girls grow longer and more frequent. He is starting to worry that she is getting too close to the girls, but especially after she accepts a dinner date with Zachary Pfeiffer, a known womanizer.
The problems that ensure are ridiculous! Both of them are stubborn and Darla does have feelings for Zachary, but the fun of this short story is in finding out if those feelings outweigh the new feelings she has for Nicholas and his girls.