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Restoring Hope (Native American Romance Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ann Nordin
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Fleeing from a marriage she didn't want, Woape is caught by a Sioux Indian who abuses her. One night, she manages to escape and nearly loses her life when Gary Milton shows up and rescues her.

Not knowing where else to go, she follows him home. In their time together, she falls in love with him and is determined that he will be her husband. But the Sioux Indian is not far behind, and he's going to claim her as his, even if he has to kill Gary to get her.

Books in the Native American Romance Series include:
Restoring Hope (Book 1)
Brave Beginnings (Book 2)
Bound by Honor, Bound by Love (Book 3) due out 2012
A Chance In Time (novella)--main characters show up in Restoring Hope and Bound by Honor, Bound by Love

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About the Author

Ruth Ann Nordin has written several historical romances. Some are comedy; some are tender. She's also written a contemporary romantic comedy and a time travel romantic comedy. Among her more popular titles are Eye of the Beholder, Loving Eliza and With This Ring, I Thee Dread. For more information about her or her books, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC (May 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MGK8X8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,528 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one of Ruth Ann Nordin's Best! June 26, 2010
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"Restoring Hope" another one of Ruth Ann Nordin's Best, is a tender, sensitive story of Woape, a young Mandan Indian woman who is taken prisoner by a rival tribe's cruel warrior, Hothlepoya. Tortured and humiliated, Woape, escapes in the middle of the night. All seems lost until she crosses paths with Gary Milton, a kind young white man. He doesn't know why three Indian men want to harm her, but he is sure of one thing: he must save her. So he does. Woape clings to him and follows him everywhere. Gary nicknames her tenderly, "his shadow," as he falls irrevocably in love with her. She becomes his wife, but this is only the start of their adventure, as the ruthless Hothlepoya has sworn to find her.

Ruth Ann Nordin has a wonderfully creative imagination. That's why I'm drawn to her books. She has that special quality of writing a romance with mystery and adventure all dovetailing to thoroughly entertain and permanently hook her reader.

I give "Restoring Hope" a well-deserved Five Stars.

"Restoring Hope" is the first of a planned Native American Romance trilogy. I look forward to reading them all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better July 14, 2011
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I enjoyed Brave Beginnings (Native American Romance Series Book 2) more than Restoring Hope, however I think both books were very one dimentional in the writing. I think the characters could have been much more developed and interesting. I enjoyed them but I didn't fall in love with them, and that's what I am looking for when I read a Historical Romance Novel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So May 28, 2011
By Paisley
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I bought this book because of the 5 star reviews it had and because I do like Ruth Ann Nordin's writing. But this book seemed just "so-so" to me. The main characters spent too much time away from each other, as an avid reader that just drops the value of the story for me. I will read more from this author and I like her kindle price of 99 cents!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant, if Flawed, Read November 13, 2011
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This was an enjoyable book and I will probably get around to reading the next one in the series, although I had a few problems with it, although not necessarily the same ones as some of the other readers had.

I don't agree with the readers who kept saying, "An Indian would not have said/thought that." Granted, the Native Americans' English did seem a bit too polished, but to say that they would not have thought this or that is to suggest that it is not possible to think complex thoughts in Mandan. I don't believe this is true, and it is probably better to give the Mandans' thoughts more complexity--after all, she is trying to reach modern English speaking readers--than to attempt so-called primitive thought and dialog, which can be downright risible if not done very, very, very well.

However, I did think that the descriptions of domestic life lacked grit. While someone who was actually experiencing the 19th/early 20th century would not appreciate the general yuckiness of relatively primitive arrangements the way someone, say, who had found him or herself transported from the present to that time, I just thought the nitty-gritty details of daily life were just a little too streamlined: For instance, given the general hassle of dealing with buckets of water in a house that lacked indoor plumbing, if I'd had a guest who insisted on a daily bath, as Waope did, I'd probably come to resent her, too. A lot more than I would the fact that she'd gone and married my little brother.

But the main problem I had was with some of the names of the characters. I thought Waope sounded like a lovely name, and that was probably one of the things the author went a great deal of trouble to research. But as far as the Anglo character names go, Ms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to it's potential August 3, 2013
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I really liked the premise of this story, it was kind of a twist having an Indian woman running away from a marriage rather than a white woman running away from a marriage. Unfortunately there was not one likable character in this book and they all came off as incredibly childish. The main romance seemed to occur simply because there were two people available and considering the trauma she had endured they fell into bed far too quickly. However the sister was the worst, she was supposed to be older but her behaviour seemed more suited to a 13 year old and until the end she seemed to have no comprehension of how irrationally she was behaving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Look At History August 15, 2013
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Good example of the differences between two cultures. Also, makes one realize how harmful anger, jealousy, resentment, and self-centered thinking can be. Points out the importance of keeping an open mind and giving careful thought to a situation before passing judgement. Shows reader that life has its good and bad times, and that one should never give up and always hope and keep the faith. I did not find the descriptions of the marital love that upsetting as some readers did. I have read far more explicit books which I did not care for at all. I prefer to use my imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another home run from Ruth Ann Nordin! September 24, 2011
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LOVED reading Restoring Hope. This book is an Indian woman/white man romance. I loved that it was mostly told from the Indian woman's point of view. Lots of twists and turns to this one. I'll most definitely be getting the other books in the Native American Romance Series.

Ruth Ann Nordin is on my auto buy author list. I highly recommend her books.

Kristie Leigh Maguire - romance author
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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 fifty books, and forty-seven of those are romances. Her romances include Regencies, historical westerns, and contemporaries.

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