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Today, we welcome back our author friend Tina Radcliffe with a spotlight for the Legacy of the Heart novella collection including an excerpt of her story and a giveaway!
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!
The locket in Legacy of the Heart is an heirloom that is handed down through generations to the present day.
five favorite quotes
Tina: Here are thoughts on the legend of the locket from each novella…
Beth: Wonderful! I love getting a little taste of each story!
Heritage of Love by Danica Favorite
“You dream an impossible dream, and yet, nothing is impossible if only you believe. Strong love can overcome all obstacles, and this will help.” The woman looked around, then back at Violet. “It’s not magic, except that love is magic, because it can transform anything. And this locket carries generations of true love.”
By Any Other Name by Stacy Henrie
Supposedly the wearer of the locket would be led to true love, to their heart’s desire. Iris wasn’t sure she believed that, but perhaps the locket did have some kind of connection with matters of the heart.
Forget Me Not by Tina Radcliffe
“Oh, yes, dear. I and every one of your Aunt Josephine’s friends is well versed in the history of the locket. That lovely silver keepsake brought her not one but two suitors. I think we’d all like that sort of legacy around our necks. Especially those of us who are single.”
The Lost Locket by Terri Reed
She touched the cool silver pendant resting against her skin. It was a pretty piece of jewelry, but nothing more. She didn’t believe in myths or fairy tales. She was a practical woman who didn’t trust love or her own judgment when it came to love.
Winning the Fireman’s Heart by Sherri Shackelford
“…no locket has that kind of power. You know I don’t believe in that sort of thing.”
He narrowed his gaze. “Then why are you wearing it?”
meet Maddy Donovan
of Forget Me Not by Tina Radcliffe
Maddy Donovan has inherited Forget Me Not Antiques and Collectibles from her great aunt Josephine, along with the locket. Little does she know that while the locket comes with a legend, the shop comes with a history touched by a long-ago love as well. That history may very well lead to the demise of her little shop.
Molly is one of the most delightful heroines I have ever written. She is perfect for the antique shop because she lives in the past, specifically the ‘50’s. Her style is vintage Audrey Hepburn and she’d rather wear pedal pushers and saddle shoes or a circle skirt and blouse than the current trends.
The door chimes sang as Maddy Donovan opened the front door of Forget Me Not Antiques & Collectibles and scooped up the newspaper from the sidewalk. The sky was clear and blue with dollops of white clouds. She could see clear to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north from the shop threshold. It should have been a peaceful spring morning in Wolf Creek, Colorado, but the rumble of a dump truck in the construction zone that was now Main Street made that impossible.
She flipped the Closed sign over to Open and stepped back into the shop. Maddy ran a loving hand over the surface of the prized Louis XV bonnet-top walnut armoire on her way to the back room. If only the armoire had sold, she wouldn’t be in this mess.
A moment later, the front door called out a repeat melody as it opened again.
“Madeline, are you here?”
“Back here, Mrs. Graham.”
“Ouch.” The portly proprietress of Sweet Treats Cupcake Shop had no doubt run into the antique metal garden shelves yet again. Elizabeth Graham peeked her salt-and-pepper coiffed head through the doorway of the shop’s office and storage room. “Oh, my, it certainly is cluttered in here,
“Delivery last night. Consignment from an estate sale in Denver.” Maddy glanced at the furniture stacked in the space. “Today Bess and I will sort and price.”
“Perhaps there’s something unique in there for the silent auction.” Elizabeth eyed the necklace around Maddy’s neck. “Or maybe you’re ready to add the locket to our inventory.”
“Once a year you ask me about adding the locket to the silent auction, Mrs. Graham, and once a year I tell you the same thing. The locket is not for sale.”
“Sometimes people say yes simply to get me to shut up,” Elizabeth said.
Maddy laughed. “That will not happen today. The value of that locket is beyond a price tag. You know it was a gift from my great-aunt.”
“Oh, yes, dear. I and every one of your Aunt Josephine’s friends is well versed in the history of the locket. That lovely silver keepsake brought her not one but two suitors. I think we’d all like that sort of legacy around our necks. Especially those of us who are single.” She cleared her throat. “Or widowed.”
“You don’t believe that silly romance story, do you?” Maddy asked.
“It’s hard not to believe, Madeline. Josephine was single all her life. At fifty, she discovered the family heirloom locket in an attic trunk and suddenly Seth Thomas and Jake Newton show up.”
Maddy shook her head and her hand absently fiddled with the long chain around her neck. “You’re the head of the Wolf Creek Ladies’ Bible Society. Forgive me if I’m a little surprised that you believe in an old wives’ tale.”
Elizabeth Graham laughed. “Surprised? Oh, my dear. It is I who am surprised.” The older woman swept an arm around the room. “You deal in history on a daily basis. Why, you’re steeped in everything from antique bridal gowns to chifforobes.” She cocked her head. “Look at you in that delightful vintage polka-dot frock. And you are actually wearing the locket. Clearly, you believe in the romance of the past. It’s in your blood.”
about the book
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 . . .
about the author
Originally from Western New York, Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany, and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and later moved to Colorado.
A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina is an RWA Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist, and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner.
She is also a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.
Tina Radcliffe has generously provided an ebook copy of Legacy of the Heart and “Be Still & Know” notebook journal for one Faithfully Bookish reader!
Tell us about any legacy heirlooms that have been passed down in your family in the comments, reader friends!