- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (July 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683222636
- ISBN-13: 978-1683222637
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!"
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I especially loved the depth of these novellas. I've read hundreds of novellas, literally, and most of them follow a familiar patter...and are easily rushed through with no afterthought. The characters in these novellas are captivating, and will keep you thinking on them long after you've reached The End! The Gospel is presented in a realistic manner, through situations and circumstances that come into the lives of the characters. The romance is part of the story, but not the main point. The real-life interactions between people don't present a false reality, but deal with the hard things that come along in all lives!
I have several favorite stories in this group of stories, but I especially want to mention For Richer or Poorer (by Natalie Monk) and A Gift in Secret (by Kathleen Y'Barbo)! These are my favorite stories so far!
For Richer or Poorer follows the story of a poor, Polish immigrant who is out to marry into money once she reaches America! The main problem she has is how can a parlor maid catch a wealthy, American heir? Especially when she speaks very limited English! Hijinks ensue as she tries to accomplish her mission, but the heart never seems to want to follow our carefully laid plans! Things are not always as they seem, though, and sometimes what seems like a failure can turn into the greatest blessing you ever receive :) I would love to see this book become Number One in a series that follows the lives of the supporting characters!
A Gift in Secret has just the right amount of intrigue and secrecy to hold your attention, while still coming to a satisfying resolution in the few short chapters allowed to the author! The sins of the father have often been visited on the children, but in this story it comes with a surprising twist..marry your enemy or become destitute after a life of luxury! How do you choose wisely, and keep your heart safe in the process?
Though I only picked a couple of stories as my favorites (so far), I can honestly say I've enjoyed ALL of the stories I've read! I cant' wait to finish the last couple of stories and pass my book on to the next person! This collection is worth the purchase price!
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.