27 July 2017

Of Rags and Riches -- Susanne Dietze's Novella "The Right Pitch" Reviewed

I have been reading this wonderful collection via a download from NetGalley via Barbour Publishing. I have been reading the novellas voluntarily and my opinions are my own. There are nine novellas in Of Rags to Riches and I've been reading and reviewing them this summer and we've had some of the authors do guests posts, which is a blessing. So check previous recent posts from June and July for more!

The Right Pitch by Susanne DietzePhiladelphia, 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.

Susanne Dietze's ladies baseball story was adorable! I'm a Susie Dietze fangirl and I don't like to miss any of her stories! This was such a fun read. I love Susie Dietze's "voice" and that's something that can't be taught -- the way she sees things, the words she chooses, the way she writes a scene -- I just love it all!!!

In this novella, Winnie was quite the spitfire! Beck was a compelling hero with a few issues he needed to deal with. Don't we all? I enjoyed the secondary romance between Beck's young sister and her boyfriend, too, that enriched the story! Loved the cool historical details about how women's baseball was conducted back in the day! Susie includes that information in Author's notes. There's some tension and a fear that this couple just might not make it. You'll have to read to find out if they can overcome the obstacles they face!

Giveaway: Winner's choice -- Of Rags and Riches in paperback or kindle copy.  Answer this question: Have you ever seen a vintage baseball game? If we don't know your email address please leave it but format it to avoid spammers (e.g., me (at) greenmail dot com).  


  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Carrie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. I'm your fangirl, too, and I'm so excited for all the fun and success with your My Heart Belongs story. Hugs!

  2. I have been loving this book too! (I pre-ordered it with my Christmas gift card so please don't enter me.) I am also a big fan of Susie's writing.

  3. I have never seen any type of baseball game, vintage or otherwise.

    A lovely collection.

  4. Great review, Carrie. This one sounds like a winner to me. I have never seen a vintage baseball game. I think it would be so exciting to attend one. We have seen a few Texas Rangers games.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. Sounds like a great read. I have never been to any baseball game,I am not a fan of the sport.Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I enjoy baseball and watch it on TV, but have never been to a game. Thank you for this giveaway. I am a Baltimore Oriole and New York Met fan.

  7. Thank you for the opportunity to win this exciting book. I watch the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, despite their lousy season this year. I have never been to a game.

  8. LOL! No, but I bet it would be really cool! ;)

    I LOVE these collection stories, Susanne's writing, and this one sounds HIGHLY entertaining! ;)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

  9. I have not ever seen a vintage baseball game. I do sometimes like to watch the KC Royals play on TV. This is a really good selection of authors in Of Rags and Riches. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  10. I'm not a baseball fan, so I've never watched a vintage game before. The only sport we watch every year is NFL football.

    I love Suzie's writing and I'm sure this is another fun story by her :-) I really like all the authors who've collaborated in this novella set. I so want a copy, thanks for the chance.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Thanks for this review,Suzie's story sounds great! Never saw a vintage game,except for what I've seen in movies and Ken Burn's Baseball documentary. Not a huge baseball fan,but must admit the history of the game is interesting. lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

  12. Beautiful review, Carrie! I'm excited to read Suzie's story. I ADORE these Barbour Collections.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

  13. This collection sounds wonderful. I've never been a very big fan of baseball, although I used to watch some of the world series games when I was younger and baseball wasn't so commercialized. Whthomas13 at yahoo dot com

  14. I love baseball, but have only seen vintage baseball in movies. :)

    1. Congrats, Susanne, you're our winner of a copy of Of Rags and Riches on my review of Susie Dietze's novella "The Right Pitch" in this collection from Barbour!

  15. I have not seen any vintage baseball, at least not live. Baseball games can be fun live, but not so much on TV!


  16. As a former baseball player, this story sounds just fascinating! I would love to see a vintage baseball game in person. Thanks for the giveaway. bettimace at gmail dot com

  17. I enjoyed playing baseball when I was younger, thus this tale was be a fun one to read. I've seen a brief reenactment of a vintage baseball game. It was quit interesting and amusing.
    marilynridgway78 [at] gmail[dot]com


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