These four novellas were written by four authors that I've read several full length novels from each. I knew these stories would be good for that very reason and they were!
Each story contains an item or items that go back generations and bring meaning and inspiration to family members.
A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston tells the history behind two rocking chairs left to a granddaughter planning her wedding. She begins questioning her decision learning of the laughter and love shared by her grandparents and her parents marriages.
The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman is a legacy left to future generations by letters written by great great grandparents. After finding letters in an old forgotten cedar chest that tell of a hidden crime and run from the law, a great great granddaughter, Catherine, learns of a love that refuses to die away.
The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller has the center of its story a small antique Bible given to Lucy by Shane after she and her father help him remodel a house next door. Time separates them but she's kept and treasured the little Bible. Family members work together to try and bring the two of them back to each other. But he is a New York lawyer and she is an Amish woman that helps her dad with construction projects. I especially enjoyed this one because it continued in a small way the story of Noah and Ivy that I had read of in Words from the Heart.
The Midwife's Dream by Kelly Irvin brings the story of Iris, a young Amish midwife who longs to find her true love and start a family. It seems though that God has other plans for the time being. She delivers the baby of a teenage couple who slip out during the night leaving the baby behind. Brought into the mix is not one but two old baby crib quilts from previous generations. Sometimes hard but also heartwarming to read.
Each story is different but brings in a continuing love through generations of families and a strong love for God.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild.