Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age - eBook
Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age - eBook  -     By: Susanne Dietze, Michelle Griep, Anne Love
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Publication Date: 2017
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  1. 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.
  2. 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. *

  3. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent collection of nine new stories!
    August 2, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    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.)
  4. Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winning Romance Novella Collection
    June 12, 2017
    Suzie
    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.
  5. ReginaF
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great romance collection from another group of talented authors!
    May 10, 2017
    ReginaF
    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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