Ella's Choice

Ella's Choice

by Ruby Merritt

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Ella's Choice by Ruby Merritt

When Ella Hastings is captured by the Blackfeet Indians at age nine, then adopted by the Lakota Indians, she is thrust into a new way of life and transformed into Little Brave, adopted daughter of their revered and peaceful chief, Grey Owl. Ten years later the white man returns. Their soldiers storm her tribe's village and bring reminders of a world she'd almost forgotten. Suddenly, she is confronted by the question: To which world does she now belong? Her only hope in discovering who she really is lies with the enigmatic army scout, Beech Richoux.

Son of a French trapper and Lakota mother, Beech Richoux was raised in a white man's world after his mother's death. Acting as an army scout to raise money for his horse ranch, he's unaware of the Army's true intent to annihilate his mother's people until it's too late. And the white woman he finds living among the Lakota only adds to his desperation to save his people. Now the narrow path he has created to balance himself between these two worlds is tipped by the mysterious white woman known to the Lakota as Little Brave.

Can two people robbed of their own childhood learn to live together in such differing worlds? Can Little Brave and Beech forge a new path into a life where they both are finally set free.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149882038
Publisher: Ruby Merritt
Publication date: 12/23/2014
Series: Spirited Heart Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 337
Sales rank: 708,929
File size: 343 KB

About the Author

Ruby Merritt writes historical western romance. Her passion for imagining life and love on the High Plains has its roots in reading and rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books as a child.

Although Ruby doesn't call the High Plains her home, she resides in an equally beautiful and rustic locale, The Gateway to the Texas Hill Country.

When Ruby's not reading or writing, she can be found riding her horse or homeschooling her children who are avid horsewomen and readers as well.

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Ella's Choice 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
251 pages. Good flow, well edited, romance, with a touch of mystery and action. The sex gets pretty steamy. Some violence. Better then most. But stll a typical historical romance. I liked the names. The characters were wel rounded and the plot was realistic. This was the best romance I have read this year. AD
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book difficult to put down. Ella's and Breech's was at times sad, but also inspiring. I liked the story's feeling of authenticity.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Although I did not like how the issue involving Beech, his brother and his sister was handled when they were kids. But overall, a great story. I recommend this book and the others in this series. Each book ends the story of the characters, yet, the characters do reappear in their own stories. Book 2 is about Lucas. I read book 1 and 2, both are excellent HEA stories. ***vrnb***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story! I dont always care for the western romances but thus one waas exceptional! New author to me but I will be reading more of her stories. Well worth the time to read!
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy a great historical western romance with a native american hero. Ella's Choice by Ruby Merritt was a wonderful example of this genre. This is my first read by Ms. Merritt and the angst filled journey from childhood to adulthood of the main characters, Beech and Ella, while struggling to find their place between two clashing cultures makes for a mesmerizing romantic adventure. I will look for more titles by Ms. Merritt and I strongly recommend Ella's Choice to all readers that love an unforgettable romance told against the background of the historical American West.
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I enjoyed this book. Good characters and plot.
Theresa_F More than 1 year ago
Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com Ella’s father takes her west for a better life. They are ambushed on the way to their destination. The Blackfeet kill Ella’s father and take her. Fast-forward ten years. Ella, now known as Little Brave, lives with the Lakota as the daughter of the chief Grey Owl. She is loved by some and hated by others because of her white skin. The army, aided by scout Beech Richoux, comes to move her people to the reservation. Beech, half-French half-Sioux, is a man who straddles two worlds, but those two worlds do not accept the man they consider a half-breed. His native side knows what the army is doing is wrong. His white side knows what is happening to the Plains People is inevitable and it’s best if Grey Owl and his tribe agree to go peacefully. Beech, enamored with the white Lakota woman, literally steps between her and the cruel army commander, Captain Baldwin. Beech does what he can to protect Little Brave and her people from men who view them as nothing but savages. A battle ensues as they make their way to the reservation, braves slaughter their army escort, and Little Brave finds herself thrust back into the white man’s world, a world she does not remember. Little Brave would rather stay with Beech, the man who worked his way into her heart. Beech knows he can’t take Little Brave (Ella) as his woman. The world would never accept a white woman with a half-breed. He does what he thinks is best and leaves her with his white Aunt and Uncle to care for her until her grandfather comes for her and so she can once again learn the ways of society. During a time when breeding and the color of your skin means everything, Ella must decide what world she wants to live in. Does she accept that she must become Ella Hastings, granddaughter of Colonel Russell, remain Little Brave, adopted daughter of Chief Grey Owl, or does she make her own way with the man she loves? When Beech is arrested for aiding the enemy and leading Captain Baldwin and his men to their deaths, will he find himself swinging at the end of a rope or will they get their happily ever after? Before I give my review, I feel I must let you know that I have a love/hate relationship with historical romances. My love (or hate) depends on how the author portrays the heroine. The challenges women have faced throughout history proves we have always been strong, especially women of the old west, but some still feel the need to portray them as the weaker sex. If the author portrays the heroine as a weak simpering woman whose entire existence depends on the big strong man, I won’t even finish the book. Ella (Little Brave) is neither simpering nor weak. She is strong, fierce, and loyal. She has a caring heart and a determined will. She encompasses all the qualities that make up the perfect romance heroine. Ella’s Choice is a gem. I absolutely loved this story. It grabs you from the very beginning and does not let go. The strong narrative allows the scenes to unfold in your mind, as if you were watching a movie, instead of reading a book. I found myself holding my breath anticipating what would come next. Ella’s Choice does not shy away from the reality of prejudice during the late 1800’s in regards to Native Americans, who, according to civilized society, were nothing but savages who have no place in the white man’s world. The story is very realistic in its portrayal of life on the
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. Almost like reading "see jane run" kindergarten format. Except for porn scenes. I thought with the overview - it would be a clean read. Far from it.