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Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Christmas Romance 4 PackLori Copeland, Jerry Eicher, Olivia Newport, Lauralee Bliss & OthersBarbour Publishing / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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Journey along in nine historical romances with those whose lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in Americas Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new opportunities for leisure activities, taking advantage of economic growth and new inventions, and more. Watch as these romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik - Cheyenne, Dakota Territory, 1867
In the hell-on-wheels rail town of Cheyenne, grieving Boston socialite Dara Forsythe must choose between her estranged father; Connor, a bigwig with the Union Pacific Railroad; and Gage Wells, a former Confederate sharpshooter bent on derailing the Transcontinental Railroads progress.
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876
Guarded industrialist Beck Emerson agrees to sponsor his sisters all-female baseball team. But when pretty pitcher Winnie Myles throws a curveball that makes him team manager, it challenges his plan to play it safe in life and love.
A Gift in Secret by Kathleen YBarbo - New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871
May Bolen offers Sam Austin a marriage of convenience. He will get to run the company that drove his into bankruptcy, and she will be free from her fathers rule to travel the world. But when Sam meets May, he knows the offer is too good to be trueor convenientwhen hearts become tangled.
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk - Newark, New Jersey, 1885
In order to bring her starving family to New Jersey, Polish immigrant Marcella Lipski must marry wealth. So she takes Americanization lessons from the poor-but-mysterious cart driver teaching her Englishand loses her heart in the process.
A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep - St. Paul, MN 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Pauls ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a "haunted" house thats secretly owned by her beaua home thats his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the citys most infamous madam.
Win, Place, or Show by Erica Vetsch - New York City, 1890
Beryl Valentine, a socialite with a passion for horses, finds herself falling in love with her riding instructor, a man her parents will never accept. Will she follow her parents wishes, or let Gard Kennedy ride away with her heart?
The Fishermans Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright - Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 1890
The reclusive daughter of a fly-fisherman guide must read the waters for a wealthy gentlemans sport and send him back where he belongs before he hooks her heart and takes her away from the river she was born to love.
The Gardeners Daughter by Anne Love - Bay View, Michigan, 1895
When the nephew of a prestigious Chautauqua resort founder sets his eye on the new library assistant believing her an academy student, it will take more than reciting poetry for love to bloom when he learns shes the humble gardeners daughter.
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer - Little Falls, Minnesota, June 1899
Reputations and jobs are on the line when ladys maid, Lucy Taylor, and neighboring footman, Elijah Boyer, compete against each other for a place of honor during the annual community appreciation event hosted by their wealthy employers.
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever shes not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, shes the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
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BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Great reads and TWO new authorsSeptember 10, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This collection is the perfect fit for readers seeking a variety of bite size yet satisfying stories. As an added bonus, there's also an excellent chance of meeting a new author (which opens the door to MORE satisfying stories... YAY!). Every story within this book is graced with a swoon-worthy, strong, and heroic male lead.
It's no surprise that we as readers enjoy rags to riches stories and tales of love rising above all circumstances, think of The Prince and the Pauper, Cinderella, Ruth and Boaz, Esther, and a whole host of modern movies I won't bother to list here! This collection is a delightful smorgasbord of Gilded Age romance and heartwarming entertainment.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Trixi4 Stars Out Of 5Nine novellas by nine authors set in the Gilded AgeAugust 21, 2017TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nine novellas set in the Gilded Age, written by nine different authors touching on various subjects in each story. Faith, history, and happily-ever-afters are what you'll find in each of these! The reader can read them all at once, or a few at a time and not feel like they're missing something. I'd call these a quick bite when you don't have a lot of time for a full length novel, but still want a satisfying story. I found all of these to be packed full of depth, emotion and a faith message to feed the soul. Here's a few I wanted to highlight, although I loved each one!
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietz
Set in 1876, Beck wants his sister to join the women's baseball team before marrying her beau to learn teamwork and cooperation. Winnie (Winifred) talks him into coaching for the team and thus starts the story of how these two meet. Beck was hurt in the past and so he keeps his heart closed up. Can Winnie convince him to score a home-run in love or will she strike out? Loved getting to know the characters and learn a little history on women's baseball teams and of course the romance was the icing on the cake for me.
Favorite line (talking to herself) ; "Stop it Winifred. It's one thing to be drawn to him, but it's another thing altogether to behave like a ninny."
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk
Ella sets her sights on marrying for money to bring her family over from Poland. A freak accident that left her more frightened than injured, she meet delivery cart driver Woody. These two strike up a friendship and she discovers his vast love for orphaned boys living on the street. His gentle ways and strong faith softens her heart and she soon wonders if God has a plan for them in spite of their impossible circumstances. This one touched my heart! Even though these all are short novellas, I felt this one had depth and lacked nothing in the telling. I found myself smiling many times and rooting for Woody's desire to open an orphanage one day. There's even a surprise ending waiting for the reader! A faith-filled love story full of emotion and depth.
Favorite line: "She'd give her back teeth if he'd stop studying her like a freshly unearthed potato."
A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep
Engaged couple Amanda and Joseph have the same desire to help the poor & destitute of the city. Hers by opening a school providing much needed education to poor children and him by rescuing women who want to escape the brothel. But he holds a secret that could cost him the love of his life. Can he learn to trust her enough to tell her the truth? These were the perfect couple for each other! Both of them have big hearts and the means to help where ever needed. Joseph has more than a surface reason for helping women and he must overcome his fear to allow Amanda complete access to his heart. When its true love, it will cover a multitude of sin'sreal or imagined! I loved Amanda's strong spirited personality and how she fought for the school. A great little story packed full of punch, a little bit of faith and a whole lot of love!
Win, Place or Show by Erica Vetsch
Socialite Beryl Valentine would rather spend time with her beloved horse Lacey than look for a husband. Much to the consternation of her parents! Gard Kennedy is hired to give riding lessons for the summer so he can start his own horse farm. Surprised to see a debutante with more horse knowledge than how to flirt, he's quite impressed with her. I really loved getting to know more about horses and was surprised when I found out women also participated in fox hunts! That was a piece of history I had no idea about. I had to guard my heart with Gard, as it was fluttering along with Beryl's once attraction bit her like a horsefly. Dashing, polite and gentlemanly; who wouldn't think him swoon-worthy? I loved everything about this story!
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer
Eli Boyer wants win the upcoming automobile race in hopes of inventing a faster machine. Lucy Taylor's rich father passed away months ago, and she must work as a ladies maid to take care of her family. These two meet and compete in the community appreciation event held each year. They each have unselfish reasons for wanting to win. I loved the competitive spirit in these two! The more time they spend together, the more sparks fly between them. A great story were you're rooting for them both, in more ways than one!
*I received a complimentary copy from one of the authors in this collection. A favorable review wasnt required and all opinions expressed here are my own. *
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent collection of nine new stories!August 2, 2017Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A wonderful set of stories featuring people from all walks of life who find love and faith bridge any differences. Set across the U.S. between 1867 and 1899, a period of rebuilding and growth, and a time of new ideas and inventions. This fun series starts with a train explosion and ends with an exciting auto race, with a unique set of nine new stories.
"Goodness and kindness know no social limits."
From immigrants to heiresses, a women's baseball team to a woman fly fisher, people in service to politicians, former soldiers, librarian, sea captain, entrepreneurs, to fox hunts and auto races, there was a full gamut of interesting characters and adventures. Some had more faith lessons included than others, yet all had some message of hope and inspiration.
"Never could wealth or the lack of it, nor hardship, ease, or difference ever destroy what faith, hope, and love could build."
Some stories had an upstairs-downstairs Downton Abbey feel to them, and a few with a bit of a Cinderella plot. Hard to say what my favorite was, as I thoroughly enjoyed them all! The tale of the women's baseball team in The Right Pitch was unusual and fun, with an exciting game, also the enthusiastic librarian in The Gardener's Daughter working in a "Chautauqua" community--something new to me--was an endearing one. They were all very good though. One of the best collections I've read so far!
Highly recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian romances. 4.5 stars
(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Books. All opinions are my own.)
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Winning Romance Novella CollectionJune 12, 2017SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4First, let me clarify that the title of this novella collection isnt From Rags to Riches. I wanted to get that across upfront because after the second story, I was a little confused.
Each of these stories set in the gilded age (1867-1899) follows characters in different financial situations. Some of the stories are about a poor person and a rich person, some about two servants, and some about two wealthy people. However, all of them emphasis the point that love knows no boundaries.
Its always hard for me to review these collections because each story has something special about it but if I go into all nine stories in this novella collections, youre going to get bored. So, instead, Ill share my favorite of the bunch.
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze has a hero who sees himself as not whole but the heroine doesnt see him that way at all. Add in the fun of women playing baseball and the fourth of July, and theres something that screams summer about this love story.
With so many offerings in this collection, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, readers have the added benefit of several bite-size stories you can read in one sitting. Barbour Publishers excel at providing readers with quality novella collections that dont disappoint.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
ReginaF5 Stars Out Of 5A great romance collection from another group of talented authors!May 10, 2017ReginaFQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Of Rags and Riches is a great collection of nine romance novellas from great authors. You will be swept away with each story! From the Dakota Territory, Philadelphia, New York, Louisiana, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and other places you will find your feet walking in a time where others find romance and love. A delightful read!
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik
Dakota Territory October 1867
Step back in time to Dakota Territory where the railroad is just being laid. Danger is all around. For Dara and Gage they are thrust together because of that danger. Dara Forsythe joins her father in the rugged country. As she arrives from Boston, she's immediately thrust into danger. Gage rescues her, not once but twice. Love immediately sweeps these two off their feet! It doesn't matter that one is rich and one is poor, love is what matters!
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania June 1876
Batter up to this sweet romance between Winnie and Beck Emerson. Baseball has always been a man's sport, during this time, women were just starting to enter the field of baseball. Winnie leads the team of Liberty Belles, training them for the big game day. they're They are playing for the Independence Day charity for the Children's Hospital. Winnie is sweet as butter but underneath she isn't like a normal society lady. She's out there getting dirty and having fun! Beck Emerson owns his company. He was wounded in the war, he doesn't have use of one his arms. He was jilted by love which makes him hesitant to love again. Once he meets Winnie all that changes! Winnie and Beck have a lot in common, so, it isn't no surprise when it's a homerun when love sweeps in.
Baseball gives me fond memories of my dad. He was an umpire for many years. All of kids, would go with them to the ball diamonds and watch him umpire. My dad passed away last May.
A Gift in Secret by Kathleen YBarbo
New Orleans, Louisiana March 1871
Sam Austen III and May Bolen are thrust together after her father passed away. According to his will there were conditions to be met. One of those is for them to get married! Sam and May discover more than grudges or a lack of familial love - they both discover truth and forgiveness. Along with a love that can last a lifetime!
A great quote from this book: Hurt is skin deep, but bitter goes straight to the bone.
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk
Newark, New Jersey April 1885
Elle is from Poland she wants to snag a rich husband in order to get her family to America. Woody takes care of the street children. He wants to open an orphanage. Woody literally runs over Ella because of a distracting dog, and well the rest is history for these two lovebirds! A great story of survival and reconciliation.
A great quote from this book: Faith is trust in action.
A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep
St. Paul, Minnesota 1890
Engaged couple Amanda and Joseph are fighting to help the less fortunate of St. Paul. Amanda is a determined young lady who wants to open a school for the poor children. Joseph is the city attorney and determined to shut down a brothel. This story is full of excitement and mystery. With a bad guy thrown in the loop! Joseph and Amanda are the ideal couple, righting a city's wrongs to make it a better place.
Win, Place, or Draw by Erica Vetcsh
Hudson River Valley, New York June 1899
Pony up to this delightful romance between Beryl and Gard. Beryl is a young woman who loves her horse Lacey. She's not your typical societal lady who conforms to the norms. Her mother has been eligible gentleman on her for a while but they don't suit her. Gard is working as a horse trainer for the summer in order to buy a stud horse for his farm. Marriage and romance are the last thing on his mind. When Beryl and Gard meet, horses are not the only thing they have in common. And marriage seems to be riding in the future.
The Fishermans Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright
Flambeau River, Wisconsin 1899
Abby and her father live in the woods of Wisconsin. They own an adventure seeking business to keep a living. Charles Farrington III comes to their place for some relaxation and peace, and to prove himself. After several mishaps - Charles seems to find himself in those woods. Abby and Charles find each other in the midst of all the turmoil.
The Gardeners Daughter by Anne Love
Bay View, Michigan 1895
Maggie Abbott is a simple gardeners daughter, she works as a library assistant. Maggie is a sweet woman of faith. Her days are filled with working and taking care of her father. Wesley Hill is a professor who approaches Maggie to help him tell stories to his students. He's a man of means but an orphan. His uncle and aunt raised after the deaths of his parents. As Maggie and Wesley hit the books, their love story unfolds.
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer
Little Falls, Minnesota May 20, 1899
It's is a slow race to the finish line for Lucy Taylor and Eli Boyer. But once they discover love is stirring between them, it's a sweet and satisfying ending to the story. Elijah Boyer has created a race car in the Dreyar. He has high hopes in winning the race. And nothing will stop him. Lucy Taylor once lived a life of privilege but after her father's death, they lost all their money. Lucy had to go into service. Being the oldest is the oldest she brings in the money. She does what needs to be done to help her family, including entering the all-male competition for surgery money so her sister can walk again.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.