29 June 2017

Review of Natalie Monk's Novella "For Richer Or Poorer"


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. 

23 comments:

  1. Thanks Carrie for this review and giveaway, Natalie Monk's story sounds very good and am anxious to find out what happens. Not to mention reading the other stories in what sounds like a great collection! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I've seen positive posts for Of Rags to Riches. Natalie Monk's story sounds intriguing to see how everything turns out for the characters. I enjoy collections and this one is perfect with faith and God's goodness shining through characters' lives.
    marilynridgway78 {at]gmail {dot]com

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  3. Thank you so much, Carrie! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story. My heart is brimming after reading this!

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  4. Love the review Carrie. Natalie, so excited to read this and see where your writing career takes you. I love finding new authors and following them on their path!

    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Laura! It's so good to meet you! I do the same with new authors I meet! It's so exciting to see things bloom and grow. I hope to be able to publish more of the stories in my imaginary pipeline as the Lord allows!
      Best wishes in the giveaway!

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    2. Laura! It's so good to meet you! I do the same with new authors I meet! It's so exciting to see things bloom and grow. I hope to be able to publish more of the stories in my imaginary pipeline as the Lord allows!
      Best wishes in the giveaway!

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  5. I love these Barbour collections! I buy them every chance I get. Looking forward to this one!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  6. Superb review! These Barbour Collections are wonderful!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  7. This sounds like a must read. And a new author, too!!!

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  8. Great review, Carrie! I've heard good things about this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  9. Thank you for the opportunity to win this exciting book.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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  10. I love the cover. sounds like a great read.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  11. This book sounds so interesting and sure best seller. Thanks for the giveaway.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  12. These novellas sound wonderful! Thanks Carrie & Natalie for sharing! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  13. This just sounds SO good! :D

    Many Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  14. Congrats on your writing debut, Natalie!! Such a delightful story and such wonderful authors of this collection - can't wait to read "For Richer or Poorer" and the entire "Of Rags and Riches" collection!!

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  15. Love the collections of novellas, thank you for the chance to win a copy of this one.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  16. The more reviews I read on this collection, the more I'm excited about it! Barbour novellas are some of the best out there with some equally great authors :-)

    Thanks for your review and giveaway opportunity.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. Enjoyed the review! The Barbour collections are always good reads and an excellent way to find new authors to follow. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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  18. Great review Carrie! Sounds like a wonderful book to add to my shelf.
    Blessings, Tina

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  19. Wonderful review, Carrie. I love the introduction to new authors and this one sounds like a keeper!

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    1. Thanks for the giveaway. bettimace at gmail dot com

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