Loving Eliza [NOOK Book]

Overview

John Evans has never belonged in his small town, so when Eliza shows up and treats him better than anyone ever has, he's ready to marry her before she finds someone she'd rather be with. But she harbors a secret that makes someone like her unsuitable for marriage, and she is determined that no one will ever find out. Ever. Until her secret is out. Then who is going to dare love a woman like her?
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Loving Eliza

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Overview

John Evans has never belonged in his small town, so when Eliza shows up and treats him better than anyone ever has, he's ready to marry her before she finds someone she'd rather be with. But she harbors a secret that makes someone like her unsuitable for marriage, and she is determined that no one will ever find out. Ever. Until her secret is out. Then who is going to dare love a woman like her?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000820278
  • Publisher: Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Series: South Dakota Romances , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,165
  • File size: 624 KB

Meet the Author

I'm a stay-at-home mom of four school-aged boys and the proud wife of a veteran of the US Air Force. I live in a small Nebraska town where I am fortunate to spend my days creating new worlds with characters I fall in love with. I've written over thirty romances and have plans to write many more in the years to come.
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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    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 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.

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Sweet romance

    Well written. This story has all sorts of emotional ups and downs. Very tame when it comes to sex scenes. This aurher has done a beautiful job.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Read this!!!!

    I could not put this down! I have loved books that were free on the nook before, but this is the first I have ever felt the need to wright a review, and I have owned my nook since december. I read this book in one evening, it makes you smile, laugh, and cry. I was so taken away with the characters in the story that my emotions went right along with it. Props to the author for creating an enjoyable story of life and love. I will be checking out more books from this author

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    More please!!

    I absolutely loved this book and the 2 following it. I wasnt sure if I would warm up to Eliza after she played a role in another Ruth Ann Nordin book where she helped get a man in trouble but once again knowing more about the character changed my opinion completely. I loved all the South Dakota books and hope more will be written about this great family!!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    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 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

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This book is 500 pages of really good reading. I cried and smiled as I read it. Elisza and John were meant for each other, just wish she could see or hear about her son. It is a great read and free, so you can't beat that. GJRA

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Good

    This is a good read worth your time

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    My grand daughter and I both loved this book. I highly recommend

    My grand daughter and I both loved this book. I highly recommend this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    great story

    I loved the characters. Eiza is the most beautiful person in this book. the way she communicated with john made the book.the fact that she had a bad chidhood and over came it made the story.John is a great person in this book.I loved the way he communicated with Eliza was beautiful I did not want the story to end.Thank You for the free book I loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 February 28, 2013

    Good read!

    This author has the romance story down pat! This is an excellent book, well written, good story line and holds your interest from one psge to the next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    I loved this book. It was a heart-warming read. I would recommen

    I loved this book. It was a heart-warming read. I would recommend it to anyone!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    A really good story. Some parts were sort of lame, but overall,

    A really good story. Some parts were sort of lame, but overall, really good.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved how persistent he was. It was unspeakably amazing how they cared for each other through everything. The didn't let anyone or anything keep them from the way they truly felt. It was so sweet and romantic how caring he was. Men like John are rare and Eliza was perfect for him. The ending was also great because it doesn't leave you feeling lost

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Good book

    This was a beautiful story. A little slow in the begining, but keep reading it, the plot thickens. This was not the typical love story book. It has more depth. Yes, as usual, the reader knows how it is going to end, but getting there is a lot pleasure. This book is a fast read. There is some married sex. I think anyone over fifteen would enjoy reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Movie

    Should definetly be a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Great book

    Loved this book. The author fully developed the characters in this story of love, hope and second chances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    UTE Cute but unlikly Cute sweet story

    Nice to see how two people in love can communcate no matter whar

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great story that does have sex scenes that aren't erotic! That seems to be getting harder to find in alot of historical romances. I couldn't put this book down and highly recommend it. The hero in this story is someone that I think all of us women would admire and the heroin is strong and I felt very sympathetic to. I look forward to reading the next in the series. Great for any romance lover!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Really sweet story

    This was a really sweet story of true love. John and Eliza show us what it means to love unconditionally.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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