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Loving Eliza

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18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic Read!

Loving Eliza by Ruth Ann Nordin Book 1 in the South Dakota Series

Bravo to Ruth for such an excellent story. John Evans is a mute but the town, and even some of his brothers, treat him as if he is also mentally ill. He was not sent to school so he cannot read or wri...
Loving Eliza by Ruth Ann Nordin Book 1 in the South Dakota Series

Bravo to Ruth for such an excellent story. John Evans is a mute but the town, and even some of his brothers, treat him as if he is also mentally ill. He was not sent to school so he cannot read or write but he does build beautiful furniture, he was the only one of five sons who wanted to learn his father's business, and he works at helping other towns people fix up their houses and yards as needed. He is waiting for a mail-order bride to come, Daphne O'Connor, but instead Eliza steps into his life, and it will never be the same.

Eliza had been attacked by an Uncle when she was fourteen and than sold to the owner of a whorehouse. The past thirteen years of her life had been spent in that place in Omaha, Nebraska. Pastor Peters had taught her about God and his forgiveness in her life and asked his cousin, Melanie, if she could work for her in South Dakota. So she just arrived on the stagecoach with Charity and her Aunt Bethany, Charity was to marry the town Marshal. After leaving those ladies she heads for Melanie's house but it stopped by an odd man who won't talk but keeps pointing to the church. She explains she is not his bride to be. When she finds Melanie has died, the man, John Evans, offers her a job and a small house to live in. She accepts.

The reader cannot help but fall in love with the silent man. With his actions and body language he is so endearing. Daily he points at his or Eliza's finger as to say, "will you marry me?" and everyday she refuses. Not for the reason John thinks. Eliza knows that Daphne may come and she will be sweet and pure, the type of woman John deserves. Not one with her past. Daphne does arrive and Eliza moves to town.

It is one adventure after the other. Eliza works for a nasty old woman and almost starves to death. She is busy avoiding the fellows wanting to court her and she avoids John. It is a book on forgiving yourself and others. Not assuming that if someone has a disability it takes away from who they are or how smart they are. Just an all round good read and I can't wait to read the next two books in this series.
**Sexual situations within marriage are very mild.

posted by JutzieDV on October 7, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Not going to spoil it for anyone

This book is highly predictable and I know quite a few books that were written this way, but still faired well. This one however is so predictable that it quickly becomes boring. It seems like the author forgot her own time setting that its suppose to be set in. It...
This book is highly predictable and I know quite a few books that were written this way, but still faired well. This one however is so predictable that it quickly becomes boring. It seems like the author forgot her own time setting that its suppose to be set in. It starts off in the late 1800's, but I can assure you that if it had not been noted, I would not have even been able to tell.
Yeah sure, it is cute I guess, but it doesn't even sound like a realistic situation so its sort of hard to picture it with your mind's eye. And was it just me or did anyone else find the language in this book extremely simplistic? Not a very good read (personally) and i'm so glad it was free or I would have been highly upset.
-Muncy

posted by BrownSugar92 on August 8, 2012

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Ok. The cover definitely needs help!!!

    It was almost acceptable until she made her speech in the alley as to why she was once a prostitute. It just got a little stupid after that. I would have hoped for an orphan to fill her void or at least a reunion with her son Could have been much much better. Even more believable. Try again. Ruthie...........

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Very Simple Story

    Ok, but not one I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Simplistic writing

    Boring

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    A Little Syrup Goes a Long way

    This is a sweet story - not much in the way of drama except for an old nasty woman. Very naive. Without the few, yet exceedingly mild sex scenes this would be a nice story for a pre-teen girl. In fact, with a good re-write it would be akin to a Nancy Drew type book but set in the wild west era.
    I found several paragraphs in need of serious work, so much so that it took my focus away from the story because of needing to re-read a section: time sequencing off (in one case the time of day was mentioned in the last sentence of the paragraph AFTER explaining that the character had taken a bath at the crack of dawn because not many people were up and about); verb tenses shifted within the same paragraph or sentence

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Seriously?

    Had to laugh at the up to date language! "Ripped off" "that would be great" and several others. Sweet story but the author forgot all about time and setting. Very immature writing"

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    just okay

    This was okay for a short read, nothing special

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