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The Heirloom Brides

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?

**I received a copy of this book from Barbour Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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Something Old by Tracey Bateman

I felt like this story had some wonderful touches of humor to it–everything between the stubborness of Betsy to her hardheaded grandfather (obviously a trait that was passed on through the family). Not to mention, the intrigue surrounding this old watch and why there is a man in town who wants it nearly as much as Betsy wants it returned to her grandfather. This story was entertaining and had a wonderful message of forgiveness tucked into the pages.

Something New by Joanne Bischof

I have to admit that seeing Joanne Bischof’s name in this collection quickly moved it up on my priority list. She’s a favorite of mine, and this story did not disappoint. The story kept that wonderful slow and thoughtful storytelling unique to Joanne’s storytelling. The story between the two characters, Wren and a man she once thought herself in love with is beautiful. There was a consistent tension and worry of the unknown that flowed beneath the surface and kept the story moving forward.

Something Borrowed by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This sweet story has a touch of humor, interesting characters, and a wonderful plot. Plus, I personally love that it revolves around the “borrowed” help. Anyways, I thought this story had a wonderful message of dealing with our fears and shortcomings and opening up to others. It was a well-written story and I really enjoyed it!

Something Blue by Mona Hodgson

Mona Hodgson’s novella in this collection is a lovely story about letting go of our pasts. Darla Taggert moves back to her hometown in Cripple Creek (a familiar location from other novels by Mona Hodgson) afraid that people won’t forgive her of the way she acted prior to moving away. She’s constantly afraid that someone will hold a grudge against her. This story has a wonderful message about forgiveness–both from others and forgiving ourselves– as well as a sweet love story.

All in all, I really enjoyed this collection. Many of these stories I felt read more like novels than novellas as they were so well developed and had complex problems within the story. This is a fantastic collection and one that I would highly recommend.

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