Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age
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When Mark Twain coined the term "Gilded Age," he described a time of wealth, economic growth, and political change. Travel back to that exhilarating era with nine couples who work to build a future for themselves and their families as they fight for social reform, take advantage of new opportunities, and grow in faith and love. 448 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1683222636
ISBN-13: 9781683222637

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Publisher's Description

Love Flourishes during America’s Gilded Age
Journey along in nine historical romances with those whose lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s 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 Railroad’s progress.
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876
Guarded industrialist Beck Emerson agrees to sponsor his sister’s 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 Y’Barbo - 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 father’s rule to travel the world. But when Sam meets May, he knows the offer is too good to be true—or convenient—when 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 English—and 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. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a "haunted" house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s 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 Fisherman’s Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright - Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 1890
The reclusive daughter of a fly-fisherman guide must read the waters for a wealthy gentleman’s 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 Gardener’s 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 she’s the humble gardener’s daughter.
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer - Little Falls, Minnesota, June 1899
Reputations and jobs are on the line when lady’s 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.

Author Bio

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.  You can visit her online at www.susannedietze.com and subscribe to her newsletters at http://eepurl.com/bieza5.
Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog "Writer off the Leash" or visit michellegriep.com.
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found at www.gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.
Natalie Monk is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. A country girl from the time she could shimmy under a string of barbed wire, Natalie makes her home in North Mississippi, where she proudly wears the label "preacher’s kid." She is a homeschool graduate, part-time virtual assistant, and former post hole digger. She loves porch swings, old-fashioned camp meetings, and traveling with her family’s singing group. Her goal in writing, and in living, is to bring glory to her Savior, Jesus Christ. Come chat with her on her website: www.nataliemonk.com.
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a preteen, when she swiped the only "horse" book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a BA in writing, she has won five writing competitions and was a finalist in two others. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and is a lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenage son, and four fur children.

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 she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s 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
And you can email her at ericavetsch@gmail.com or contact her on her author Facebook page.

Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales and Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting Pre-K teacher, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she fondly refers to as her mischievous "Peter Pan." Jaime completes her persona by being an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. She is a member of ACFW and has the best writing sisters EVER! 
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine. Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and a tenth-generation Texan, who recently moved back to cheer on her beloved Texas Aggies. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.

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  1. Karen R
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent collection of nine new stories!
    August 2, 2017
    Karen R
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A 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.)
  2. Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winning Romance Novella Collection
    June 12, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    First, 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.

    Disclosure statement:

    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.
  3. ReginaF
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great romance collection from another group of talented authors!
    May 10, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Of 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.

    Disclosure statement:

    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.
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