Tuesday, July 5, 2022

HEIRLOOMS by Sandra Byrd, Reviewed by Kim #ReleaseDay

First, I just want to say how much I love this cover! I love flowers and I wish there could’ve been photos of all the flowers mentioned in this story and ones of all of the yummy sounding food that was made too! I’m reading Sandra Byrd’s devotional, Experiencing God’s Love, for the second time right now (I highly recommend it!) and Ms. Byrd’s love for God, flowers and baking shines through in both of these books.

Heirlooms is a dual narrative story, modern day and mid-century, and takes place on Whidbey Island, Washington. In the mid-century storyline, Helen, a widow, opens her home to Eunhee, also a widow, in her time of need. This part of the story was, at times heartbreaking, but I loved how Helen took care of Eunhee and I enjoyed their friendship as it grew throughout the story. It also contained some sad and very eye opening insights as to how people who were “different” were treated during that time.

In the modern storyline, Cassidy, who is Helen’s granddaughter, is tasked with asking Grace, Eunhee’s granddaughter, to help sort through a hope chest that contains past secrets. While I struggled to connect with Cassidy, I enjoyed the outcome of her story.
If you love flowers, baking, and dual narrative stories, Heirlooms is a story I’m sure you’ll enjoy!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light.

BackCover Blurb:
Answering a woman’s desperate call for help, young Navy widow Helen Devries opens her Whidbey Island home as a refuge to Choi Eunhee. As they bond over common losses and a delicate, potentially devastating secret, their friendship spans the remainder of their lives.

After losing her mother, Cassidy Quinn spent her childhood summers with her gran, Helen, at her farmhouse. Nourished by her grandmother’s love and encouragement, Cassidy discovers a passion that she hopes will bloom into a career. But after Helen passes, Cassidy learns that her home and garden have fallen into serious disrepair. Worse, a looming tax debt threatens her inheritance. Facing the loss of her legacy and in need of allies and ideas, Cassidy reaches out to Nick, her former love, despite the complicated emotions brought by having him back in her life.

Cassidy inherits not only the family home but a task, spoken with her grandmother’s final breaths: ask Grace Kim—Eunhee’s granddaughter—to help sort through the contents of the locked hope chest in the attic. As she and Grace dig into the past, they unearth their grandmothers’ long-held secret and more. Each startling revelation reshapes their understanding of their grandmothers and ultimately inspires the courage to take risks and make changes to own their lives.

Set in both modern-day and midcentury Whidbey Island, Washington, this dual-narrative story of four women—grandmothers and granddaughters—intertwines across generations to explore the secrets we keep, the love we pass down, and the heirlooms we inherit from a well-lived life.
Tyndale House Publishing, July 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy HEIRLOOMS at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 


1 comment:

  1. Thank you Kim for this lovely review, and Debra, for posting it!!


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