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 the world of shipping business, the life of an immigrant desperately seeking a wealthy husband, righting social injustice, horse-riding lessons and shows, fly-fishing, libraries and academia, and car racing. It's a fun journey into America's Gilded Age that you won't want to miss. This review will focus on Jennifer Uhlarik's Union Pacific Princess. Set in 1867 Dakota Territory, the daughter of a railroad executive Dara must brave the unfamiliar when she goes out west to reconnect with her estranged father. She meets Gage, a former Confederate soldier, who is a friend of the Cheyenne and working secretly to derail the plans of the railroad company's expansion into native territory. Dara is young, sweet, and compassionate but also impulsive and fiery. Gage has a tragic past that he's been working through and serves well in his role as the protective, loyal, justice-seeking hero. There is plenty of action and drama in the plot and the author addresses the social injustice that the minorities endured during this time with sensitivity and grace. If you enjoy historical romance, you will absolutely love this novella collection. I received a copy of the book from Barbour Publishing via JustRead Publicity Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection : Nine Stories of Poverty and Opulence During the Gilded Age
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Journey along in nine historical romances with those whose lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new opportunities for leisure activities, taking advantage of economic growth and new inventions, and more. Watch as these romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.
Union Pacific Princess by Jennifer Uhlarik - Cheyenne, Dakota Territory, 1867
In the hell-on-wheels rail town of Cheyenne, grieving Boston socialite Dara Forsythe must choose between her estranged father; Connor, a bigwig with the Union Pacific Railroad; and Gage Wells, a former Confederate sharpshooter bent on derailing the Transcontinental Railroad’s progress.
The Right Pitch by Susanne Dietze - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876
Guarded industrialist Beck Emerson agrees to sponsor his sister’s all-female baseball team. But when pretty pitcher Winnie Myles throws a curveball that makes him team manager, it challenges his plan to play it safe in life and love.
A Gift in Secret by Kathleen Y’Barbo - New Orleans, Louisiana, 1871
May Bolen offers Sam Austin a marriage of convenience. He will get to run the company that drove his into bankruptcy, and she will be free from her father’s rule to travel the world. But when Sam meets May, he knows the offer is too good to be true—or convenient—when hearts become tangled.
For Richer or Poorer by Natalie Monk - Newark, New Jersey, 1885
In order to bring her starving family to New Jersey, Polish immigrant Marcella Lipski must marry wealth. So she takes Americanization lessons from the poor-but-mysterious cart driver teaching her English—and loses her heart in the process.
A House of Secrets by Michelle Griep - St. Paul, MN 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.
Win, Place, or Show by Erica Vetsch - New York City, 1890
Beryl Valentine, a socialite with a passion for horses, finds herself falling in love with her riding instructor, a man her parents will never accept. Will she follow her parents’ wishes, or let Gard Kennedy ride away with her heart?
The Fisherman’s Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright - Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 1890
The reclusive daughter of a fly-fisherman guide must read the waters for a wealthy gentleman’s sport and send him back where he belongs before he hooks her heart and takes her away from the river she was born to love.
The Gardener’s Daughter by Anne Love - Bay View, Michigan, 1895
When the nephew of a prestigious Chautauqua resort founder sets his eye on the new library assistant believing her an academy student, it will take more than reciting poetry for love to bloom when he learns she’s the humble gardener’s daughter.
A Tale of Two Hearts by Gabrielle Meyer - Little Falls, Minnesota, June 1899
Reputations and jobs are on the line when lady’s maid, Lucy Taylor, and neighboring footman, Elijah Boyer, compete against each other for a place of honor during the annual community appreciation event hosted by their wealthy employers.
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Anne Love, Jennifer Uhlarik, Gabrielle Meyer, Jaime Jo Wright, Erica Vetsch, Natalie Monk, Kathleen Y'Barbo, Susanne Dietze, Michelle Griep
Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection
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