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Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The Gilded Age of the late 1800s was a time of opulence, growth, and great change for all aspects of American life. Modern conveniences and improvements paved the way for western expansion and leisure activities. The rich became richer, and the poor worked hard to make a better life for themselves. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a futur ...more
Paperback, 443 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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Julie Carpenter
This was a great collection of novellas featuring all different economic classes. I figured I'd enjoy it but I will say I enjoyed it more than I initially thought I would. Several great novellas here and such fun ideas for each storyline. I loved the variety, some more sweet, some more intense but all with a happily ever after.

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 C
Deanne Patterson
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
She's rich and he's poor or he's rich and she's poor but the love bug bites these couples and turns their life around and these really are rags to riches stories for all these couples. Barbour Books has done it again by bringing together 9 authors who write encouraging and faith filled stories that show personal developmental growth in the characters.I am continually impressed with the beautiful covers Barbour Books have as well. I recommend this for all lovers of historial fiction because you w ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This collection includes nine novellas. Each is about 50 pages long and focuses on a love match between a young adult of means and one without. All take place in the Gilded Age with the earliest novella occurring in 1867 and the latest in 1899.

Reading this collection was a fun escape. I enjoyed learning new historical details in the Union Pacific Princess (Jennifer Uhlarik) and the beginnings of baseball in The Right Pitch (Susanne Dietz). Some novellas had a mystery like A House of Secrets (Mic
Beth Erin
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review on Faithfully Bookish 9/11/17

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 Princ
Michelle Griep
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A look at the gilded age through the eyes of wealth and poverty, giving you perspectives from both sides. There are some awesome authors in this collection so don't miss out. ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. F
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 fe ...more
Karen R
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful set of novellas by some stellar authors. Nine stories of poverty and opulence during the Gilded Age. Great for a summer read because you can choose to read one at a time or the entire book of novellas. This one was loaded with wonderful authors. My favorite of all was Kathleen Y'Barbo's contribution, but they are all good.

*I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Hallie Szott
May 02, 2020 marked it as reviewed
I do not read novellas too often, but when I do, I usually enjoy them. Collections of novellas especially prove to be a lot of fun because I can quickly read one before picking up something else or just binge them all in one go. Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection had me binging, and I loved it.

In Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection, nine authors share stories of the Gilded Age. It is a time when relations between the rich and the poor are fraught with complications, and as these stories del
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
This collection of novellas had a number of great stories. I rated it a 4/5 overall and would recommend it.

Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik

Young Dora, her uncle William and her cousin Becca, leave Boston to join Dora’s father at the railroad camp where he works after four years apart.

Gage is at the railroad camp trying to stay under the radar to gather information that will help his Indian friends.

When dynamite goes off, Gage injures himself protecting Dora and Becca and exposes himsel
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Barbour Books publishes excellent collections of historical novellas from wonderful authors and this collection is a great example. I have followed almost all of the authors in this particular collection and their creative talents shine, even when restricted to a shorter novella format. The book spans the latter half of 1800s in the US and takes you all over the country on exciting adventures that include railroads being built out west, an all-female baseball team, a marriage of convenience in t ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Of Rags and Riches is a collection of none novellas from eight amazing authors. Set in the mid to late 1800's, each story is of poverty as well as luxury during this Guilded Age in our history. My review focuses on the first story in this book, Jennifer Uhlarik's Union Pacific Princess. And as I read each of the other stories, each one is so well written, going a little deeper than a lot if the novellas I have read. This Of Rags and Riches is truly one of the best books
Suzie Waltner
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, let me clarify that the title of this novella collection isn’t 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.

It’s always h
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age is a collection of nine stories. These stories include:
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze
A Gift in Secret by Kathleen Y’Barbo
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk
A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep
Win, Place, or Show by Erica Vetsch
The Fisherman’s Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright
The Gardener’s Daughter by Anne Love
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer

I enjo
I haven't previously read anything by any of these authors, so I was a little apprehensive about whether I'd find anything I liked--and I enjoyed ALL of the stories, although not all equally. I really liked the fact that they were novellas, so I could read them quickly, but I also felt like they were, for the most part, well-developed stories that didn't feel rushed or end too abruptly. It's hard to be pick a favorite story; they were all good!

I received a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my
Amanda Tero
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not an avid romance reader, so reading through a collection of romance novellas...let's just say I've had my fill of romance. ;) That being said, I did enjoy the stories. There was amazing diversity. Most of the stories were very well-written and historically accurate (I cringed at a few too-modern lingoes but that's the historian in me). Overall, I enjoyed this collection and would like to read more by these authors.

Following are my individual story reviews and ratings (you'll notice I got
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of Rags and Riches is a great collection of nine romance novellas from some amazing authors who will invite you to be apart of amazing places, romances and stories that you will love. These are fantastic reads!

Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik
Dakota Territory October 1867

Head back to 1867 to the Dakota territory where we meet Dara and Gage who face danger on the rugged country as the railroad is not yet complete. Dara embarks on a journey with her father, but finds herself being rescue
Alison Taylor
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I would give this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed these stories. They were fairly short and a few of them felt a bit rushed towards the end but each story is an easy read that whisks you away to a different time. The dynamic in each story between the rich and the poor adds an endearing element. My favorite story was The Right Pitch, the story of an all female baseball team with a sweet and sassy pitcher. I would recommend this for
Dana Kamstra
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reviews
Usually when I read and review one of these collections, I like to give a review on each individual story. But, occasionally, my opinion on each individual story is nearly the same as what I could say about the collection as a whole.

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
Sherida Stewart
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Novella collections are so fun to read, and the uniting theme of this nine-author book is especially tempting with its Cinderella-like glimpses into the glamorous life of the late 1800's to early 1900's. (Yes, I like a touch of glitz.)

Win, Place, or Show, by Erica Vetsch, has interesting details about horsemanship.

The wording used in For Richer or Poorer, by Natalie Monk, put me right in the setting of the story with a sweet immigrant woman trying to help her family and a handsome hero trying
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
an enjoyable collection of novellas. while the stories in the second half of the book are stronger, all are full of delightful characters and situations and worth the read.
Margaret Sholders
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This collection is in the late 1800's.. It is trying to change times. These are good era stories. You will learn things you never knew. Give this group a chance! Enjoy your reading! I volunteered to read and review this book. ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection of stories is well-written. There is a good variety here. It is sometimes difficult to find a good set of Christian stories such as these. I was pleased to have had the opportunity to read them. I recommend "Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection". I am grateful to NetGalley for allowing me to receive an ARC. I did not feel obligated to leave a review. ...more
Samantha McCollough
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I have received a free copy and in no way am I required to write this review!

Natalie monk brings the story to life in your hands! For Richer or Poorer is an amazing story on having faith and trusting God with your problems and just putting your life in God's hands.
I would suggest this book to anybody who loves Christian romance!
Natalie Monk
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Having a book included in this anthology is an amazing dream fulfilled. Such a first rate group of authors! I'm thrilled to be a part! ...more
Kirsty Pearce
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Romance Collection series has once again proven to be a mixed bag of mostly good but not without some bad with Of Rags and Riches, one of their latest books in the series. The stories I most enjoyed were the Union Pacific Princess (the only Western flavored story in the collection unfortunately), and Susanne Dietze's The Right Pitch. Although Erica Vetsch's Win, Place, and Show had a marked feeling of similarity to her previous story The Archaeologist's Find, it was not without it's own indi ...more
**Was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review**

Picking a favorite story from the collection was impossible because there were several that appealed to me. Even though I am not a sports fan, I enjoyed the fact that "The Right Pitch" was centered around a female baseball team. "Win, Place, or Show", a story about a socialite falling in love with her riding instructor, was written well enough to make me forget it was a novella; nothing felt rushed or left out. "The Gardener's Daughter" w
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Light-hearted. Some well written stories.
Jessie Young
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely collection of romantic stories. Great to put on an end table for a quick afternoon read. I love how each of the stories offers so much depth and gives the reader just enough for a quick read but doesn't feel like they missed anything by reading a short story. The detail is impeccable. I didn't feel like any of the authors had to hurry up and finish their story. Each was perfectly planned to not have a quick run through ending that I've seen so often in short story collections. Loved that ...more
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