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Her Heart's Desire (Nebraska Historical Romances Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ann Nordin
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Book Description

Some men don't realize the right woman is the one they aren't pursuing....

As soon as Sally Larson meets Rick Johnson, she knows he's the one for her. The catch? He's interested in her friend, Ethel Mae. But Sally has a plan. With Ethel Mae's help, she convinces Rick that the only way he'll get Ethel Mae is to make her jealous. So he agrees to pretend to be interested in Sally in order to get Ethel Mae's attention.

But Rick has a trick or two up his sleeve, and Sally just might find that the one playing cat is really the mouse.

Books in the Nebraska Historical Romance Series
Book 1: Her Heart's Desire
Book 2: A Bride for Tom (novella)
Book 3: A Husband for Margaret (novella)
Book 4: Eye of the Beholder
Book 5: The Wrong Husband
Book 6: The Shotgun Groom
Book 7: To Have and To Hold
Book 8: His Redeeming Bride
Book 9: Isaac's Decision

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About the Author

Ruth Ann Nordin is the bestselling author of over twenty romances, including Eye of the Beholder, Bid for a Bride, An Inconvenient Marriage, and The Earl's Inconvenient Wife. While she writes mostly historical western romances, she has recently branched out into Regencies. For more information about her or her books, go to

Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479178888
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC (May 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MBTVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sally Larson finally gets her story... May 25, 2012
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Rick Johnson wants to court Ethel Mae Jordan. Ethel Mae Jordan does not want to be courted by Rick Johnson so she has her friend, Sally Larson, over when Rick comes calling in hopes that she will want him. Sally immediately sees that she would love to be courted and even marry the handsome Judge Johnson...only if he could see her past Ethel Mae. But Sally's a clever girl and sets out to win her man...Her Heart's Desire.

After reading the previous books in this series and have this book come out as the first one, had me wondering how it would be. It was great. Starting in the past while knowing what the future held for these characters was quite enjoyable. A seventeen-year-old Tom, fourteen-year-old Dave, twelve-year-old Jenny and a nine-year-old Joel...who was the naughty and mischievous youngster we first met in A Bride For Tom. We finally get a good look at Richard and Amanda as well. Vivian Jordan, who not only ended up playing a part in Sally's plan but the poor ten year old had to constantly dodge Hugh, the neighbor boy. If you have not had the opportunity to read any of this series's where you start. If you go to Ruth's website you will find the order of her books and where to get them as well. A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret are the next two books and they are both free. You will find she writes with humor, romance and lots of good food and family.
**Sexual situations within marriage.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance With a Nice Family Dynamic February 19, 2014
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This was a very enjoyable read EXCEPT for a couple of graphic sex scenes. Granted, they were between husband and wife, and I'm not a prude--I think the physical act of love in the intimacy of a marriage is a beautiful thing--but neither am I a voyer, wishing to see others perform sexual acts before me. Writers of these long descriptive sex scenes see them as only harmless words, not pornographic images. They forget that the written word is more powerful than a movie depiction. If these same scenes were shown in a movie, exactly as described in this book, that movie would be rated NC-17 and most decent people would avoid seeing it. If you've ever gone to see a favorite book made into a movie you know how disappointing it can be as no director can depict in 2 dimensions what our imagination can produce. Our minds make far more vivid accounts as we read words. That's why a sweet love story like this one is soured by the descriptiveness of these long sex scenes. A good writer can give us the impression of the love and intimacy of a young married couple delighting in each other's bodies without these lewd scenes. Now that my rant is finished, the story was beautiful and nicely told with the exception I've already made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too trite November 14, 2012
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Lack of plot depth and developed characters. Didn't even finish reading the book because the scheming main character was annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5 star... May 3, 2014
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A cute story with believable characters, and nice background. The only complaint I had was that I don't enjoy reading about people's intimate scenes aren't necessary if the author does it right. This author is good enough not to need all the graphic details. The Twilight series handled such stuff very well---you got the idea without the porn.
Otherwise I would have liked to recommend this cute story to younger friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Heart's Desire January 5, 2014
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Very enjoyable book. Reminds me of my best friend and how we played games with our boy friends. The characters appeared to have a like able personality. I will be reading more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet western romance May 20, 2014
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Rick likes Ethel Mae, but she's not interested in him. She thinks her friend, Sally, will like him though, so she introduces them. Now Sally likes Rick, but he still likes Ethel Mae, who still finds him boring. Then things start to get complicated.

This book is sweet, romantic, and fill of humor. The secondary characters are quite interesting, and I look forward to seeing them featured in their own books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book May 10, 2014
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This was a very good book. Anyone who loves historical fiction, this book should do the trick for them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.. May 1, 2014
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I really liked this book. I read the 2 after it and just found out this is the before the 2 I have already is just as good...=)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Nora Taljaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by HELEN Z
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 6 days ago by Rosa Garcia
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The plot was very slow. The characters were poorly developed. But like s bad movie I stayed with it to the end to see if it got better. It didn't.
Published 7 days ago by K. L. Berens
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst books i've ever read
one of the worst books i've ever read! Blech!!!!! One star was generous. No wonder it was free. Modern language, wagons moving like cars, huh? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly
What a beautifully written story. Loved every word of Sally and Ricks story. A world to lose yourself in. Thanks Ruth
Published 14 days ago by K. R. Hodgkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One !!!
It's a sweet romance that at times makes you laugh. Friendship & and sex...set in the late 1800's. Excellent !! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Heart's Desire
Another great book by Ruth Ann Nordin.Sally falls in love ay dirst sight but Rick only has eyes for her friend. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Heart's Desire (Nebraska Historical Romances)
Ruth Ann Nordin wrote a very interesting book. Her Heart's Desire book, I would recommend it highly. It was full of humour and romance. Read it and enjoy.
Published 20 days ago by Barbara rutherford
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Ruth Ann Nordin lives in Nebraska with her husband and four sons. When she's not playing wife and mother, she's reading and writing. She has written over forty books, and thirty of those are romances. Her romances include Regencies, historical westerns, and contemporaries.

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