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Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age Paperback – July 1, 2017
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Praise for For Richer or Poorer novella:
"I loved this story! This is Natalie Monk's debut in Christian fiction and I predict many more wonderful stories coming from her in the future! A lovely voice and wonderful style of writing, great story and characterization. Her dialogue simply sparkles! Well worth staying up late to finish the read because I simply had to know the ending! Strongly recommend!"
Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., Overcoming With God & ECPA bestselling and award-winning author
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A Tale of Two Hearts - love the premise of this story and its focus on early automobiles and competition between the two households. Characters are enjoyable and I wish I had more than a novella's worth of time with them!
The Fisherman's Nymph - on the surface an amusing story of a city slicker in the woods that is able to go to a deeper place - how we handle grief and blame. a lot to pack into a novella but beautifully done
Win, Place, or Show - this is how a short story should be. no huge mysterious gaps between the climax and the end. a tight enough tale to share fully is a small number of pages. lovely characters. the more I read Vetsch's writing, the more I enjoy
A House of Secrets - I think this might be the first time I've read a story about an engaged couple in a book of novellas. makes for a fun difference. Loved that it was in St. Paul. I really wanted more details near the end on how everything worked out. not enough space in novellas!
For Richer or Poorer - so far my favorite story in the collection. honest/realistic motives for the characters. a glimpse of the plight of immigrant challenges. beautifully written
A Gift in Secret - wonderful story about love and forgiveness. the description doesn't do the story justice. much better than a marriage for convenient
"The Right Pitch - couldn't put it down and read all in one sitting :) Winnie is spunky and lovable Beck is understandably withdrawn and I loved seeing him come out of his shell. wish the story was longer to spend more time with them
Union Pacific Princess - lovely storyline, charming characters but dubious historical integrity in perpetuating smallpox blanket lore left me not enjoying as much as I wanted to
These are Christian fiction and written very well by some authors I've read before and some whom I was very happily surprised to discover. If you enjoy sweet historical Christian romance stories and novellas that you can enjoy one or two here or there I recommend checking this one out! There are nine great novellas waiting for your enjoyment!
The stories vary in location and subject matter but all are set in the same time period. Some little bits of what you'll find within this collection are:
Railroads, Native Americans, attorneys, intrigue, horses, hidden identities, secrets, heartache, sickness, maid servants, baseball, deceit, foreign language, ships, newspapers, fishing, dancing, outdoor excursions, storytelling, archery, hospitals, competitions, hunting, civil war, library, children, studies, academies, flowers, flowers, flowers, books, race cars, fathers, damsels in distress, fire, atoning, music, sorrow, gentlemen, adventure, fortunes, balls, orphanages, picnics, stolen kisses, Love and weddings.
And so much more than all of those awaits you within the pages of this collection. Grab it, sit and savor one novella at a time or snuggle in with a blanket and drink and devour it all at once(plan nothing else for that day).
Content: Clean. Some kissing, some peril but nothing graphic or too intense. This is Christian fiction so there are some elements of religion, mostly characters thinking about God, silent prayers for help and guidance and a few characters reminding each other that God is in charge and to trust him.
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this entire collection. There were a couple of stories that had settings that just didn’t quite resonate with me as well—but that is certainly more of a preference than the quality of the story and writing. There were also a couple of stories that had settings that I just loved! But including those stories and the ones that fell somewhere in between, I found this to be a collection with a large variety of settings, characters, and circumstances. Binding everything together was a theme of money (or lack of). The stories took me all across the country and it was quite the adventure.
There were a few times that I felt like the stories may have been a bit on the rushed side, but I suppose to some degree that is to be expected with novellas. And there were certainly times that I was disappointed that I couldn’t stay in a particular story longer. All in all though, this collection is well-written, has wonderful themes and messages in the story, and was a joy to read. I can highly recommend this one.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**