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Loving Eliza Paperback – December 21, 2009
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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.
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.Read more ›
I found that I enjoyed the basic premise of the story, but was often brought up short by grammatical errors and typos, or by scenes or language that seemed more in line with current times than the early 1880's. However, I am a voracious reader, so my standards for what constitutes a well-written story might be set pretty high!
I enjoyed the story much more when, about half way through it, I decided to just pay attention to the story line and not the setting. By the end, I found myself skimming instead of reading, due to repetition and some additions to the story line that didn't seem to quite fit.
Right at the very beginning I found myself wondering whether, during that time of mail-order brides, a shy, mute prospective husband would be quite so persistent about pursuing a woman who had not come West to be a bride...over and over and over, beginning almost with the first time they met.
Overall, though, I found that it was an enjoyable read and worth the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be very emotional, degrading and very awesomely beautiful. A young woman Eliza who lost her parents at the tender age of 14 ended up with her aunt and was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacqueline Fisher
Awesome book, I loved it very much! It is a sweet and fast read that kept me glued and on the edge of the chair turning the page to see what will happen next. ^_^Published 2 months ago by Alexandra
I wasn't expecting this to be a good read, but I found myself drawn into the story!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
John was born unable to talk, and he was not taught how to speak or shown how to communicate by writing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dorothy Hendrickson
Great Story. I do not like wimpy heroes, and John was one, and I like even less, when the hero is younger than the heroine, even if only by 2 years as in the case of "Loving... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pumitq
To be advertised as a Christain novel, her books are very graphic about sexual acts after marriage as well as before. I will not buy anymore of her books.Published 9 months ago by marthastephenson
I loved this story. I learned how hard life was during this period of our history and have such compassion for the characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer