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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449550207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449550202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ruth Ann Nordin has written several books. Some are comedies (such as With This Ring, I Thee Dread and Meant To Be). Some are historical western romances (such as Eye of the Beholder and His Redeeming Bride). Wherever she is inspired, she'll write what is on her heart. For a complete list of her books, please visit http://www.ruthannnordin.com.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good romance book.
CAROLYN J. PHELPS
I read this book in less than twenty four hours and can't wait to start book 2!
Karin
The character development is awesome and the story very well developed!
Kiesha D. Lewis

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Confused at Work on July 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very beautiful love story. Very sweet and touching. I thought it was well-written. No hardcore violence, dilemmas or tragedies, just the way I like it. The story is free on the author's website, but I love it so much that I'm ordering the paperback version to permanently keep on my bookshelf - yeah, that's how much I love it, LOL...

Heroine is a former prostitute who lives her hometown wanting to start over in another place. She meets the hero, who is mute & who mistakes her for his mail-order bride. Heroine finds out her would-be employer passed away before she arrived & hero offers her a job. Heroine is older by 2 yrs and hero is a virgin who's never even kissed any girl.

I agree with the former poster, I've read a couple of this author's stories and so far, I've loved them all.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Diane Brown on April 29, 2011
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I enjoyed this book and found the story very sweet. The characters are well drawn and I could empathize with them. I couldn't, however, give it more than three stars because as this was supposed to be historical fiction in set in the late 19th century I found the use of certain items and phrases that didn't come into use until the 20th century very bothersome. Zippers didn't come into common use for men's pants and trousers until the 1930's and the term rip-off (used at least five times by the characters in the book) didn't come into use until the 1960's. I had read another of this author's books and found the same phrase there as well. I love historical fiction and it always takes me out of the story when things like this occur. I just wish the author had done a little more research. It took me all of five minutes on Google to do so.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda on June 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm so glad I didn't pay for this book. I wanted to like it before I ever read it. The premise, a former prostitute trying to be a lady falls in love with a mute man, sounded so intriguing. The potential! What a great idea!

The execution of the story, however, left much to be desired. The repetition of certain facts in the first handful of pages, the same facts over and over and over, was annoying--enough already, I got it after the fourth time! It wasn't as bad further into the novel, but the author continued to hammer home certain points again and again, and it continued to annoy. There were numerous misspellings, although I felt they might have been the result of auto-correct, where a word was misspelled and the word processing program auto-corrected it to a "best guess" that was a real word but not the correct word. It speaks to poor editing (as does the repetition issue). The one that stayed with me awhile due to the context of the sentence was "peaked" when it should have been "peeked". There were many very obvious grammatical errors and contradictions that I feel would likely have been caught had this novel been better edited.

I could have easily lived with all that because, as I said, I really wanted to like this book. What I couldn't live with, ultimately, was that on page one, right at the very top, I was told this story takes place in 1883, and yet the author gave me whiplash switching from the 19th century to the late 20th century, the 21st century and back again! I felt as if I were in some crazy time warp! Oh, not that this is a sci-fi novel. It's not meant to be, anyway. However Eliza and the other characters often spoke, had clothing details or did things that were not of the late 19th century.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookaddict on July 12, 2010
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This was my first time reading this author. I liked the premise of the book and the characters. I didn't LOVE the book but it was enjoyable. It's a quick read. I read this is an afternoon. The story ended well but the book should have ended sooner in my opinion. It seems like there was an additional chapter that wasn't really necessary or that was just lacking. Other than that I liked the book and the characters.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Doss on June 1, 2010
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I adore everything I've read so far by Ruth Ann Nordin. Her books are easy, peaceful reads. The plots are smooth and easy to follow, and have a tendency to transport you back in time. I wouldn't say Ms. Nordin is a literary genius or anything, but I find that her books help me to forget this world and to de-stress for a little while.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vee Ef on June 30, 2012
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Format: Kindle Genre: 19th century American frontier romance.

I have tendency to purchase and download novels to keep on my Kindle "bookshelf" for future reading. Typically I decide what to purchase based on several criteria: My experience with the author's other works, the book's genre (I read different genres depending on where I'm at/what I'm doing), I check reviews, and I read over the plot. Loving Eliza appeared to have promise. Although I was not familiar with the author, I saw she had a sequel to this book, usually a good sign. The reviews and plot also suggested a promising read. Plus it was free.

As other low star reviewers have indicated, I wanted to like this book. The reformed prostitute turned housecleaner to a kind, handsome, but mute furniture maker narrative has all the makings of a good romance plot. As experienced romance readers we know how this tale ends. The pleasure for us, then, is in the telling of the story, and this is where this book fails, and fails miserably.

The dialog is stilted, the language wooden, the description of setting totally weak, and worst of all is this author's total disregard for the cultural history of 1880s South Dakota. I might be mistaken, but somehow I don't think Laura Ingalls Wilder was ever within 100 miles of ravioli during her years in South Dakota. It seems highly unlikely that the dish of the day in this book's small town restaurant in 1880s South Dakota would be that favorite of 20th century Italian cuisine. There are more of these kinds of weak inclusions in this book, and its sequel, that make me wince. Not all good story tellers make for good writers just as not all good writers know how to tell a story.

Writing a novel is hard work; it takes skill, patience, endurance, and a good story line.
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