I just can't say how pleased I am with this collection! So much variety! Often a collection will feel like the same story over and over, but not so with one! I still have a couple of stories to read, so I will come back and edit this after that to include anything I missed!
I especially loved the depth of these novellas. I've read hundreds of novellas, literally, and most of them follow a familiar patter...and are easily rushed through with no afterthought. The characters in these novellas are captivating, and will keep you thinking on them long after you've reached The End! The Gospel is presented in a realistic manner, through situations and circumstances that come into the lives of the characters. The romance is part of the story, but not the main point. The real-life interactions between people don't present a false reality, but deal with the hard things that come along in all lives!
I have several favorite stories in this group of stories, but I especially want to mention For Richer or Poorer (by Natalie Monk) and A Gift in Secret (by Kathleen Y'Barbo)! These are my favorite stories so far!
For Richer or Poorer follows the story of a poor, Polish immigrant who is out to marry into money once she reaches America! The main problem she has is how can a parlor maid catch a wealthy, American heir? Especially when she speaks very limited English! Hijinks ensue as she tries to accomplish her mission, but the heart never seems to want to follow our carefully laid plans! Things are not always as they seem, though, and sometimes what seems like a failure can turn into the greatest blessing you ever receive :) I would love to see this book become Number One in a series that follows the lives of the supporting characters!
A Gift in Secret has just the right amount of intrigue and secrecy to hold your attention, while still coming to a satisfying resolution in the few short chapters allowed to the author! The sins of the father have often been visited on the children, but in this story it comes with a surprising twist..marry your enemy or become destitute after a life of luxury! How do you choose wisely, and keep your heart safe in the process?
Though I only picked a couple of stories as my favorites (so far), I can honestly say I've enjoyed ALL of the stories I've read! I cant' wait to finish the last couple of stories and pass my book on to the next person! This collection is worth the purchase price!
- Paperback: 443 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Pub Inc (1 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683222636
- ISBN-13: 978-1683222637
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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