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Cameo Courtships: 4 Stories of Women Whose Lives Are Touched by a Legendary Gift

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A Family Heirloom Inspires Romance
In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the "Victoria Cameo" to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance will follow each of its subsequent wearers. 
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Barbour Books
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Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I loved each and every one of these stories!

I’ve always been a huge fan of novella collections, add to that a connection running though all the stories and I’m SOLD!

Each story was full of hope, love, faith, rich history, adorable characters, strong chemistry, adventures and great kisses. 😉

I loved that each story was connected by a family thread, and the heirloom aspect was great!
How each lady was given the cameo was so sweet!

Though they were short I never felt like the storylines were rushed
Literary Soirée
A Victoria cameo figures large in these four entrancing historical romance stories, in which faith plays as essential a part as the heirloom jewelry. 5/5

Pub Date 01 Jun 2019.

Thanks to the authors, Barbour Publishing, Inc. and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinion are mine.

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Vicky Sluiter
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great collection of novellas that will be enjoyable summer reading for lovers of historical fiction. All four authors have done a thorough job of researching their time period, which spans from 1851 - 1895. (I’ve read other books by these authors and have enjoyed their writing.)

The stories center around a family heirloom, mystery, and romance. A fun set, the characters are well developed and realistic. Starting in England and finishing in Pennsylvania, it was enjoyable watching the cameo trave
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this collection of stories.

Each story focuses on a cameo with a rather special history. From Pittsburgh to the Colorado Territory to the 1885 World’s Fair in New Orleans and back to Pittsburgh again, the cameo travels, creating love, romance and adventure.

A gift from Queen Victoria, the cameo is special and each bearer finds the love soon after receiving it. Beginning with Letitia Newton the cameo is passed on to the next, following much prayer and contemplation.

While each st
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-copy of this book from Netgalley and Just Read Tours. All thoughts are my own.*
This book was a pretty fun read. I’m learning that I’m not a huge fan of historical romance, so it needs to be super interesting to keep me hooked. The second story was the most interesting one of the bunch, as well as my favorite. All the authors did a good job with their stories. Although the stories were short (this is a collection of four short stories), I still felt like I got a w
Becky Van Daniker
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Novellas are a hit or miss with me. I was fascinated by the idea of family passing down this cameo from Queen Victoria. What adds to the fun of the cameo is that each person is passed to finds adventure and love!

It was quite fun to follow this family through the places and people it traveled. The authors did a fantastic job putting this together.

Each story is short so there were some stories where it felt rushed and I couldn't quite connect with the characters. Overall though, I enjoyed this and
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved how unique this set of stories was! The whole idea of a family passing down this cameo from Queen Victoria and finding love and adventure was great! Each story was very original and well written. I really enjoyed following this family through their adventures. I definitely recommend this!

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

“I was told that one never owns a cameo. One wears and enjoys it, but one is its custodian, preserving and protecting it for those who come after.”

Cameo Courtships takes readers on an incredible journey back to the 1800s, where an extraordinary cameo gifted by Queen Victoria is passed on through the generations of the Newton family, beginning with Letitia Newton. This family heirloom is thought to bring love and adventure to each person who wears it. Cam
Wilani Wahl
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful collection of stories around a cameo. This was written by 4 different authors and yet they all fit perfectly together.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justread-tours
A wonderful collection of authors come together to write about one family and a unique statement piece in Cameo Courtships. Cameo Courtships follows the path of a cameo given from Queen Victoria to a young woman from America. As the cameo ventures down through the family, it brings love along with it. As well as a few mysteries of course.

I enjoyed all four of the stories and was already familiar with two of the authors. Now I'm going to have to do a search for the other authors to see what else
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Each of these stories are centered around a precious Cameo given to Letitia Newton by Queen Victoria in 1851. At the time, Letitia thought herself an old maid,  but her mind changed quickly when she fell in love just after the Cameo was given to her. Letitia believes the Cameo is the reason she found her true love, so she wants to share it with others.

Each of the stories were written in a setting with many years between each of them. The Cameo would go to three more peopl
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
This is the first Barbour historical romance collection I've read since they've changed the format to just four novellas per book. While the collections have always been written around a theme, "Cameo Courtships" takes that to a whole new level. All four stories are about a single family and a special cameo that gets handed down through the generations. The authors did a bang-up job of coordinating their stories and it reads almost like one long novel. It was hard to pick a favorite, but since I ...more
Robin Willson
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I know the cameo did not bring me love, of course. But the gift of it coincided with the arrival of love, both for the queen and for me, and I hope it will bring the same to you.”

From 1851 to 1898 stories of a loving family that weave together smooth as silk. Tied together by a cameo given to just the right woman at just then right time. Diverse stories, all very interesting and spellbinding in their own way. With Christian lessons throughout. Wonderfully written. Great entertainment to get los
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"I was told that one never owns a cameo. One wears and enjoys it . . . . . .

Travel across generations, as four members of a distinctly diverse family, cautiously and sometimes reluctantly, accept guardianship of a treasured family heirloom meant to bestow love and adventure upon its wearer.

Pinned Above Her Heart - Clara Newton is reunited with a beloved childhood friend, only to be thrust into the throes of a dangerous crime investigation; one that could not only ruin her family's fut
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The introduction story of this amazing story collection was so fascinating. I loved that that Letitia met Queen Victoria, in all honesty I was a little jealous. Queen Victoria is my favorite queen and meeting her would have been amazing. Letitia trusted God with matching her with a husband and she was going to wait on the right man, and boy was it worth it.

Pinned Above Her Heart -

I liked how spunky Clara was but at the same time was still very much a lady and sought God in everything. Clara wan
Susan Snodgrass
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a nice compilation of stories in which the first person is gifted a beautiful cameo by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. The book then follows each successive person the cameo passes to and their lives and what an impact it has made on their lives. Populated by great authors, it is a fun read to read all at once, or just read one novella at a time to savor it. Recommended.

*My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a complimentary copy of this book. My opinion is solely my own.
Marvy Herrera
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley, this review is my personal opinion.

Beautiful collection, well written and all do each writer has a distinct writing style there is a cohesive theme on the value behind the cameo and what does represent. Strong women that take chances, family center and a lot of history, this a wonderful choice for anyone that likes romance in unexpected places and lovely end
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was a great way to spend the day. I very much recommend it!
I loved how the stories were connected through generations of one family and one special cameo. "This cameo comes with a story, adventures and even love...." As Queen Victoria said as she was pinning the cameo on Leticia. The love begins when Leticia meets Peter Hollingworth immediately afterward.

There is quite a bit of mystery and crime investigation in "Pinned Above Her Heart" by Susanne Dietze. I really felt the fa
Story #1: “Pinned on Her Heart” by Susanne Dietze

“Pinned on Her Heart” is another sweet and well-written story by Susie Dietze. I found the plot engaging and the characters endearing. And I absolutely love the history behind the cameo and the specific directions for passing the precious keepsake on to the next deserving woman. I adore the story’s timely message that our journeys on this earth are all purposeful. My favorite moment is when Clara realizes that she is loved and supported by God whi
Paula Shreckhise
Cameo Courtships is a novella collection from Barbour Publishers by four talented authors.
“Four stories of women whose lives are touched by a legendary gift.”
These four stories are about a cameo that was gifted to Letitia by Queen Victoria to be passed down when the time was right.
“Pinned Above Her Heart”by Susanne Dietze takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1851
What a special gift that Aunt Letitia has given Clara Newton! A cameo that belonged to Queen Victoria! Is the legend true tha
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
“And when it was given to me, I was told that one never owns a cameo. One wears and enjoys it, but one is its custodian, preserving and protecting it for those who come after.”

What a fun collection of novellas tied together by the theme of a cameo being passed down from one woman to another in the family! All four stories are well-written and feature memorable characters that are quite unique from each other. If you enjoy historical romance, especially in a connected novella setting, you will th
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cameo Courtships
4 Stories of Women Whose Lives Are Touched by a Legendary Gift

by Susanne Dietze, Debra E Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik, Kathleen Y’Barbo

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Jun 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Cameo Courtships and Netgalley:

In Pinned Above Her Heart by Susanne Dietze in 1851 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, after receiving the Victorian Cameo, aspiring journalist Clara Newton works to expose a smuggler, but reporter Byron Breaux must break the st
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leticia receives a cameo from Queen Victoria, who tells her that it is not a gift to keep but one to pass on. Shortly after pinning it on she meets the love of her life.

The cameo passes through generations, statelines, and even through the hands of thieves, as brave women follow their dreams and talents, finding love along the way. The cameo travels across the country and even to the World's Fair. Clara, Petra, Elizabeth, and Bertie are all ambitious women who think for themselves.

Petra and El
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cameo Courtships is a wonderful collection of novellas centered around a cameo that is a treasured family heirloom passed to four different women. Each of the authors in this collection has done a fantastic job of creating unique stories to showcase the cameo. I loved how the cameo tied the stories together.

Pinned Above Her Heart by Susanne Dietze told the story of Clara Newton and her friend Byron Breaux who work together to try to solve a smuggling crime involving Clara’s family. They each wan
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cameo Courtships
By: Susanne Dietze, Debra E. Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik, Kathleen Y’Barbo
“I was told by that one never owns a cameo. One wears and enjoys it, but one is its custodian, preserving and protecting it for those who come after. The woman who gave it to me insisted she knew I was the one to receive it, and she urged me to pass it along when I had a similar feeling as to who the next recipient should be. I believe it is you…”
It is a challenge to bring together multiple authors to share a
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
These novellas start with Pinned Above Her Heart by Suzanne Dietze. Before returning from London to Pittsburg in 1851, Letitia Newton receives a cameo from Queen Victoria with the admonition that,”One never owns a cameo…One wears a cameo, enjoys it, but is merely a custodian of it preserving it and protecting it for those who come after.” These stories share four generations of woman who received the cameo between the year 1851 and 1895 then, at the proper time, passed it on to the next recipien ...more
Raechel Lenore
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
This is such a beautiful collection! First off, the cover is delightfully gorgeous. One you definitely ought to hold in your hands to properly enjoy. ;) I love that the front cover opens to reveal a wider image - so pretty.
The inside stories are delightful as well! Each unique and special in their own right. It starts out with a prologue, showing us how the treasured cameo came to be, and then the first novella starts right away after - and it was so lovely! A perfect beginning for this collecti
I enjoyed these stories a lot as they were all interesting, with something always going on! There was a lot of action, some romance, all with elements of faith as they forgive and open their hearts to love, both God's and human's. I mostly liked the characters; the women were strong and stubborn and the men tried to keep up with them, which was amusing. One character made me shake my head over some of her choices and sometimes there was a little bit of confusion for me with the plots but mostly ...more
Hallie Szott

Connected by a cameo gifted by Queen Victoria, authors Susanne Dietze, Jennifer Uhlarik, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Debra E. Marvin share stories of romance, spanning both years and the United States. The cameo’s adventures are various—from smuggling to the Wild West frontier and more—the characters that possess it come to life with clarity and distinction in their historical contexts.

Cameo Courtships is an all-around enjoyable novella collection. Of course, I wanted more from the stories (as I do
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
What a great collection of stories! Each one was fun, sweet and a joy to read. Somehow the authors all managed to keep similar themes and feels throughout their different stories. It was almost like it was written by only one author. The transitions between stories were seamless, and they all felt like they belonged together.

I enjoyed the Cameo part in each story more than I thought I would. I'd never really given them much thought before, but now I kind of wish I had my own! What an interestin
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning, RITA®-nominated author of several romances who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly, ECPA, and Amazon Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, ...more

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