Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection (Barbour, July 2017)
Blurb: 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.
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!
The story: New immigrant Ella Lipski is looking for a wealthy man to help save her ailing sister and to help her family, impoverished in Austrian-Poland. How fortunate she is to meet Woody, an earnest, and handsome!, young man whose heart is set on saving the orphans on the streets. Woody has had a falling out with his family and the Lord is using his friends and situation to get him to work on forgiveness and restoration.
Ella has tried taking matters into her own hands. She's a maid working in a household where she has nabbed some of the wealthy lady's cast-off garments for herself. She's trying to pass as a well-situated young woman but she also lacks the language skills to pull this off!
I loved Ella and Woody's story, and you will, too! Well worth staying up late to finish the read because I simply had to know the ending! Strongly recommend!
Note: I will be reviewing more of the novellas from this collection, during July! This collection is the perfect side-by-side reading companion to my novel, "My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring" which is another gilded age book!
Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of this wonderful new novella collection Of Rags and Riches this week. Leave a comment to enter.