From the back cover:
Imagine a book--a love story--so hauntingly romantic, so emotionally powerful that it changes the lives of all who read it. Eleven of the greatest romance writers in the world have envisioned such a tale and brought it to life, creating a heartfelt personal legacy: a volume dedicated to the cause of literacy in the United States.
Between these covers are noble knights and dashing swashbucklers, penniless waifs and beautiful belles--all those whose destinies have been touched by Love's Legacy.All profits will be donated to The Literacy Partners!
And my review:
The problem with this book is that all of the stories are just way too short. There are eleven novellas in a book that is 441 pages long. Do the math and you end up with about 30 - 40 pages per story (I counted, and they all fell within that range).
One thing that really disappointed me is that the love story that affects everyone who reads it is not here. It's something that is only alluded to in each novella, but doesn't really exist. There is no actual story of Damon and Angeline, it's only referred to. I would have really liked this book to start out with the book that all the other stories in it refer to and are affected by, instead of just leaving it up to my imagination. But maybe that's just me...
Almost all of the stories dealt with someone who could not read, but wanted to learn, in keeping with the cause of literacy that this book was published to help promote.
Some of the stories just made me snort in disbelief. Seriously. Out loud. (Glad I was at home at the time!) In Virginia Henley's, she uses the most ridiculous description during the love scene. Madeline Baker makes a huge mistake in hers. In it, the power goes out, so the heroine has to light candles, yet somehow her stove works so that she can make hot chocolate. Hmm, I've never been in a selective power outage before (and no, it wasn't a wood or gas stove!)
That being said, some of this book was enjoyable, but there was pretty much no room for anything besides plot, and this was not a sampling of anyone's best work. However, Mary Balogh's Regency, Cassie Edward's Native American, and Penelopi Neri's Dickens' style romances were all very good. I kept the book for those three stories. And I did like the idea of a story so touching that it changed the life of anyone who read it.
Titles in this book (in the order they appear):
Fairy Tale by Heather Graham
Letter of Love by Virginia Henley
The Betrothal Ball by Mary Balogh
Golden Treasures by Catherine Hart
Loving Charity by Elaine Barbieri
Savage Fantasy by Cassie Edwards
Hidden Treasures by Penelope Neri
Winds of Change by Janelle Taylor
Annabelle's Legacy by Diana Palmer
Kindred Hearts by Lori Copeland
To Love Again by Madeline Baker