For Love or Money

For Love or Money

by Renae Brumbaugh

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For Love or Money by Renae Brumbaugh

When Grace Foster is summoned to Chicago to fill in as headmistress for an orphanage, she feels this is her chance to make a difference.

To help others.

This is her chance to escape her blink-if-you-miss-it, hole-in-the-wall Texas town. When wealthy heir Daniel Ross comes calling, she wonders if her dreams of becoming a philanthropist have come true.

But then Trevor James, a rugged cowboy-turned-seminary student volunteers to make repairs on the dilapidated orphanage, and Grace's dreams take a tumble. Can she stay true to her plans of becoming a wealthy benefactress, or has the strapping Texas cattleman managed to lasso her heart?

In this classic tale of brawn versus bank account, Brumbaugh uses her trademark humor and wit to examine what it means to really trust God with our dreams and desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514637425
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2015
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Renae Brumbaugh is the best-selling author of nearly twenty books, an award-winning humor columnist, and an undercover spy for the CIA. Okay, so she's not really a spy, but she does dream of being a superhero. Renae lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, her nearly-perfect children, and way too many animals. In her spare time she herds ducks, tends her garden, and tries to be rugged without breaking a fingernail.

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For Love or Money 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
Christian, historical romance Grace Foster is traveling by train in the late 1800s to Chicago where her friend Anne, headmistress of an orphanage, is ill and needs Grace’s help. Trevor James, a fellow traveler, left his cattle ranch in Texas to complete his ministry certification at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Grace believes God has called her to a life of philanthropy through marriage to a wealthy man. With the fortune of her husband-to-be at her disposal, she can meet the needs of Anne’s orphanage as well as other orphanages she may locate in the future. Trevor wants to get his certification and return to his ranch to minister to the small community there. He is reticent about his financial status and makes only anonymous donations because his former fiancée was only interested in his wealth, not in him. Can Trevor compete with the image of Daniel that Grace has fixed her eyes upon? Will Grace choose to wed for love or money? Likes: Renae Brumbaugh conveyed some compelling truths such as “…we’re all a little bit like that glove, …we’re just a bunch of bones and muscles and skin walking around. We can do a few things, but we’re not really worth much until God comes and puts His Spirit in us.” (213) Ethan told Trevor, “I’ve found that whether it’s a Greek text, or life, sometimes we just have to step back and examine things in a different way. Try a new strategy.” (106) Intertwined with the serious life lessons were bits of humor. Grace showed her love and support of Anne when she rushed to her side when Anne needed her. Trevor contributed to the orphans not only financially but also personally, helping meet both the physical needs of repairing the orphanage and supplying food to eat as well as the emotional needs of companionship and love and acceptance. Dislikes: The “my calling is to marry a wealthy man” theme was too repetitive. A few parts were a bit strange to me, such as why the conductor was carrying rock in his cabin on the train, but they were not essential to the story. I began this story with high expectations because I’ve read other stories by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them. This story just didn’t hold my interest as well as the others I’ve read, so I was a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong; this was still a good story. I just didn’t think it was as good as some of her others. I think this is book one in a series, so I will be looking to read the follow-up stories as they become available. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
memakf More than 1 year ago
Following God’s plan for our lives What a delightful tale of hardship, adventure, family, faith and love. The story is set in the early years of Chicago, just as electricity is being discovered, as many immigrants struggle to survive. The two main characters arrive in Chicago for very different reasons, but end up finding something only God could arrange. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters, especially at the orphanage. The story drew me in to keep reading page after page as I discovered new twists and turns to the story. It’s a “feel good” story with plenty of faith and life lessons for everyone. I received this book from BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Grace Foster leaves her sleepy little hometown in Texas to follow what she believes is God's calling for her life, marrying a rich man. She finds a perfect opportunity to serve God AND find her rich mister right when her friend Anne asks her to help run a Chicago orphanage. Trevor James, rancher and dedicated Bible student, meets Grace on the train and they discover their mutual destination. She assumes he's a poor cowboy and obviously not the man God has planned for her. Grace has grand plans for all the good she'll be able to accomplish as a rich man's wife and she can't see past his humble outward appearance. I was annoyed with Grace for the majority of the book but she's likable, just a little misguided. Trevor is a wonderful hero. He's humble, humorous, and devoted. Trevor and Grace's friends and Grace's aunt were supportive and encouraging. The story was full of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. It's a good read and I would enjoy continuing the series. I received this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I struggled a bit with Grace and her desire to marry for money and how easily she sometimes seemed to fall for Daniel and how wishy washy she was with the two men. I did not trust Daniel from the start and knew he had to be up to something, but what exactly was the question. Why was he so interested in Grace? The many layers to this story made is worth reading and watching how everything unfolded. I will say I found the book easy to put down at times, I really wanted to be drawn into the story more than I was at first but as I read on the more I fell into the story world. It was a good read and an interesting plot. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
Pammer1 More than 1 year ago
If you were a single lady, given the choice, would you marry for love or money? In this book, Grace Foster is in that very dilemma. Does she pursue a relationship with a man because of his wealth or a man who has touched her heart. The money on one hand will help a great many in need as she has been put in a position of needing money to help others. How can love buy things that are needed to help people physically survive day to day? Wouldn't God want Grace to marry for money because of the burden she has for caring for the needs of others? Should she choose love and forgo helping others to satisfy her own emotional welfare? Does wealth buy happiness? Guess you'll just have to read the book to find out Grace's choice. Also mixed into this book is mystery, old west, romance, compassion, and joy. I received this book free from The Book Club Network, Inc. for my honest opinion. I have shared this review on Amazon.com; Goodreads; and Barnes and Noble.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Life is never dull for Grace from the time she leaves Texas on a train to fill in for the headmistress of an decrepit orphanage in Chicago. She falls in love with the orphan children. Mudslides, lonely children, a fire, little food, a rich suitor and a handsome cowboy fill her days. For Love or Money is a well-written, sweet story of a young woman torn between love for what appears to be a poor cowboy preacher and a wealthy heir. Grace has many adventures in the big city! Sometimes we need to stop and listen to God's voice even if we think we know His plans! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical book by Renae Brumbaugh and highly recommend it to others. I received this e-book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
I did not know if I would like Grace at first, but she turned out to be a breath of fresh air. The easy banter between her and Trevor was cute and I love how she did mind telling a person exactly what she thought. Grace had an agenda, it was not a bad agenda it just was not one that she had taken to the Lord. If she had she would have recognized the blessing that was standing before her. I guess many Christian fall into this trap; there is a scripture in the bible that says you can make plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail. For Love or Money shows us that ministry is not just contained within the four walls of the Chruch. Trevor exemplifies this, because when he saw a need or needs he did not hesitate to help. Even in the way he interacted with Jimmy showed he was a man after God's own heart. Trevor was a man that was willing and open to show the love of Christ. He didn't have to be the center of attention, he didn't have to have the spotlight, Trevor James loved life and God. And then his heart got all tangled up with Grace and he forgot to trust God until he realized the burden was too much for him and God's purpose will prevail. This was a very good story and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Grace Foster feels called – to philanthropy. Unfortunately, she was not born an heiress nor are her parents wealthy. When her friend Anne sends word that she is ill and needs Grace’s help with the orphanage she is headmistress of, Grace boards the train north, leaving Texas behind. On the train she meets cowboy turned preacher, Trevor James. Their friendship blossoms in the close confines of the train car but although Grace finds much to admire about Trevor, his apparent poverty causes her to dismiss him as a possible suitor. Trevor is traveling from his ranch, the Triple Cross, to Moody Bible Institute to complete his ministry training. He’s been taking classes by mail for years in an effort to bring the Gospel to his ranch hands. Trevor takes the biblical admonition to heart that when you give you shouldn’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. His interest in Grace causes him to not only donate building materials to the orphanage but organize a building crew from other Moody students as the school’s charity project for the semester he is there. Because Grace believes Trevor is poor, she attributes all of the donations to Daniel Ross, a wealthy young man who accepts her accolades as if he’d actually done something. As the two men vie for Grace’s affections, her heart is torn between her growing love for Trevor and her overwhelming desire to help the poor and needy around her. What will it take for Grace to see that wealth and privilege aren’t as desirable as they appear? What a great story! I kind of fell in love with Trevor myself and wanted to reach through the pages to give Grace a stern lecture. I could see Daniel’s feet of clay pretty early on but Grace kept plugging away with her desire to have money to give away. Trevor’s honor shone through the entire story and he never compromised his beliefs. He was willing to step back so Grace could have what she thought she wanted. What a guy! If you like historical romance, pick this one up or download it. You won’t be sorry! I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Down through the ages there has always been the struggle: “Is this for love or for money?” This story is an interesting romantic adventure into the thoughts and actions of Grace Foster, a Texas gal in the heart of Chicago around the beginning of the 20th Century. Grace, looking for a reason to get out of her small town as well as “make a difference,” crossed the country by train to rescue her very ill childhood friend, Anne, who was headmistress at an inner city orphanage. The question was how did she expect to make a difference…by marrying the wealthy heir, Daniel Ross, or allowing her heart to rule in favor of Trevor James, the cowboy taking classes to become a preacher. The author used snips from history to make the story line and characters come alive. I found myself feeling many emotions as the plot unfolded. I became frustrated with Grace for her naiveté, sad for the physical living conditions of the orphanage, yet encouraged by the positive outlook of the children and the helping hands from Moody Bible Institute. I recommend this book to all who enjoy inspirational romance.
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
Grace Foster sets out on a train from Texas to Chicago in the time just preceding the Chicago World’s Fair which took place in 1893. She is going to rescue her friend Anne and the children at the orphanage where Anne works. However, things may not work out the way Grace intends; Grace has to decide what is really important. This Christian novel has several well-developed characters and well as some interesting history. I liked the inclusion of D. L. Moody and the students of Moody Institute. I received a copy of the book from the author by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.