Of Rags and Riches by Michelle Griep, Erica Vetsch, Suzanne Dietze, Ann Love, Gabrielle Meyer, Natalie Monk, Jennifer Uhlarik, Jaime Jo Wright, and Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ Review

Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection: Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age
Lucie's Review:

Union Pacific Princess ~ Gage saves Darra and her cousin from an explosion, covering them with his body.  Gage is an interpreter and friend of the local Indians. When trouble strikes he is impressed by Darra's desire to help and her compassion.

The Right Pitch ~ This is the story of a women's baseball team. Winnie is the captain of the team, they are preparing to play a charity game at the exhibition. When Beck brings his sister to join the team, Winnie talks him into coaching their team. Beck lost his arm in the war, will he let it hold him back from finding love?

A Gift in Secret ~ Sam and May are brought together by May's father's will. They are given choices, and neither of them know all the details, but time is running out and they only have one month to make up their minds. They get to know each other, and are surprised by what awaits them at the end.

For Richer or Poorer ~  Woody runs a delivery business and spends the remainder of his time helping the orphaned immigrant children. He is good with languages and is able to speaks to Elena when he almost runs down with his horses. Elena is an immigrant from Poland and asks Woody to teach her English so that she can marry a rich man who can pay to bring the rest of her family to America. But will her best laid plans go awry?

A House of Secrets ~ Amanda and Joseph are getting ready for their upcoming nuptials. Amanda wants to fix up an old house and turn it into a school for children. but little does she know that doing some may uncover Joseph's secret. Joseph has his secrets and he hasn't told Amanda everything about his past.

Win, Place or Show ~  Beryl comes from a wealthy family. but she has more interest in her horses than in flirting.  Her parents want her to marry an English lord. Gard is an excellent horseman and ex-military, he agrees to give Beryl riding lessons for the summer and he is a great teacher. He has his own plans and doesn't want distractions. This was one of my favorites, very poignant with a fantastic ending.

The Fisherman's Nymph ~ Abby and her father are skilled fishers, her father wants to guide people and fishing expeditions. Their first trips is with a family friend Jonathan, who brings along a city slicker who takes a shine to Abby. Charles really get's on Abby's nerves, but will he prove his worth when there is a lot on the line?

The Gardner's Daughter ~ This one was my favorite. Wes is a professor and he asks librarian, Maggie with a projec by reading, reviewing, and answering questions about books. Wes is impressed by Maggie's insight, imagination, and thought provoking questions. But after each of their meetings in the library she disappears. Wes is intrigued and wants to know her better. I loved Miss Eloise who serves as a chaperone, and helps Wes as well.

A Tale of Two Hearts ~ Lucy is grateful for her new job as a lady's maid. She want to compete in her employer's contest to win money for her sister's operation. But she also would like her friend Elijah to win so that he can pursue his dream of building racecars.

This is a great collection of stories that highlight different times and places in history, with strong men and women of faith, integrity, who are searching for someone of good character regardless of their station in life.

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