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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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. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS can change you from rags to riches
    October 1, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Of Rags and Riches is a vagabond bag full of 9 Novellas. The stories have race cars, gentlemen, competitions, railroad, newspapers, native Americans, orphanages, adventures, Suspense, danger, baseball, forced marriage, mystery, righting wrongs, horses, mishaps, turmoil, College Romance and believe it or not there is a ton more. This book was abounding in mystery intrigue, fun, romance and love. Some of these stories can be very plausible today if you added modern day conveniences to things. These authors made a monumental feet - they blew me out of the water with each and every story being so intrinsically. These stories are stark and also lighthearted as well you cannot beat all that.
  2. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD makes rags to riches.
    October 1, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Of Rags and Riches is a vagabond bag full of 9 Novellas. The stories have race cars, gentlemen, competitions, railroad, newspapers, native Americans, orphanages, adventures, Suspense, danger, baseball, forced marriage, mystery, righting wrongs, horses, mishaps, turmoil, College Romance and believe it or not there is a ton more. This book was abounding in mystery intrigue, fun, romance and love. Some of these stories can be very plausible today if you added modern day conveniences to things. These authors made a monumental feet - they blew me out of the water with each and every story being so intrinsically. These stories are stark and also lighthearted as well you cannot beat all that.
  3. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gilded Age Romance
    September 30, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection is a delightful set of nine novellas chronicling the lives of nine couples from a variety of socio-economic stations in life. The stories are set between the years 1867 and 1899, during a time in US history known as the Gilded Age (The term was coined from a satirical Mark Twain novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today).

    I enjoyed each of the stories in the compilation-some, of course, more than others, but each had its own endearing qualities. I learned a few new words (which, by the way, I love to do when reading). For example: faille, a word defined by Wiktionary as a fabric woven from silk, cotton, or rayon with slight ribs.

    I was so engrossed in the story of the all-female baseball team in Susanne Dietze's The Right Pitch that I was startled when members of the team were transported by carriage. The story is such a captivating and timeless saga that I forgot it was set in the 1800s!

    Debut author Natalie Monk does an extraordinary job with her novella, For Richer or Poorer. I was drawn to Marcella Lipski and her plight in wanting to find a way to bring her family to America.

    Each novella has a sweet story with messages of faith, hope and love; some have stronger messages than others, but all complement their stories well.

    If you want a quick read or would rather spend more time lost in history, Of Rags and Riches is the perfect book to curl up with and get lost in the Gilded Age.

    I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great reads and TWO new authors
    September 10, 2017
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  5. Trixi
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nine novellas by nine authors set in the Gilded Age
    August 21, 2017
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nine 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. *

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