There’s something about the holiday season that just makes it perfect for anthologies. You can read a story while in line at the post office, or take a break between wrapping to check in on your characters. Which is why we love the latest anthology from Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke and Stefanie Sloane. Four Weddings and a Sixpence, which, much like our beloved Sisters of the Traveling Pants, centers around a lucky sixpence four friends find. We decided to find out what lucky totem the authors hold dear.
I don’t know that I’d call this my lucky charm, but I’m pretty sure the world would go up in flames if I ever lost my mother’s chicken soup recipe. And it does seem to work: if someone is sick, or even just a little down, a dose of the chicken soup fixes everything. (Note: do not apply topically.) — Julia Quinn
I keep in my workbasket the small pair of scissors that belonged to my grandmother. As I knit and work on projects, those scissors connect me back to all the wonderful things she made over the years, and to me they are both a connection to my past and a blessing on the things I make today. — Elizabeth Boyle
I’m not a superstitious person, but I do have a totem of sorts. There’s a little carved wooden pig on my desk. His name is Gus, and he once belonged to my mom. She found him at a garage sale years ago for twenty-five cents, and she always considered him her lucky pig. When she passed away, I brought that little guy home, and whenever things go wrong or I’m afraid I can’t do something, I ask Gus’s advice. When he gives it, he always says what my mom would say. Funny how that works, isn’t it? — Laura Lee Guhrke
I’ve worn my engagement and wedding rings for the last 24 years. Day in, day out, rain or shine, cleaning house to attending cocktail parties. Are they lucky? Maybe. I haven’t won the lottery or hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list. But when I look at those two rings, I’m reminded of just how fortunate I am to have a good man in my life. And that’s all the magic I need. — Stefanie Sloane
Four Weddings and a Sixpence will be available in stores and online December 27. You can preorder your copy here: Amazon | BN.com | iTunes | Kobo | GooglePlay | AllRomance. Digital copies start at $6.99. And for more romantic stories, be sure to visit our Everything Romance page.