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Sing My Name Paperback – December 7, 2010
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I fell in love with Matt from the beginning. His strength and character come from the ability to control his alpha male self and handle situations without high handed fist waving and chest pounding. He endures traumatic events and comes out stronger without bitterness, and as bad as some of the tragedies are it is a true testament to his character. His way of handling Sarah's emotions is at times humorous and other times tender and touching. When I reached the chapter (at 2am) titled "Matt solves Sarah's problem at work with a coffee pot", I laughed so hard I woke up my husband.
Sarah is a bit on the timid side but she is no doormat. She has a gentle strength that is both charming and realistic. She falls in line with what I would expect from a woman during that era but has the sense to take care of herself and her responsibility when her own tragedies strike.Read more ›
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What I liked:
1. Matt, the hero, is extremely well drawn and very likable. O'Connell did an excellent job in showing his change from a young man who hasn't seen much of the world to a mature hero. He is so likable, so charming, so funny, so self-deprecating.
2. Sarah, the heroine, also grows very believably from a sheltered Easterner who ends up fleeing Comanche Indians to a self-sufficient, capable woman. She's Matt's equal in likability and integrity.
3. The plot, especially in the first third of the book, is one that captured me immediately. When I read about couples in dire circumstances "on the road,
I always wonder, being literal minded sometimes, about menstruation and "bathroom breaks," and for once, an author includes them, without being crude or disgusting.
4. The sex between h&h. Because Matt is sexually ignorant, which I found very, very believable, given his age, education, and most importantly, the times, he is quick and uncontrolled in his introduction of Sarah to sex. He, however, is appalled that he inflicted pain on her, but eventually, these two virgins (he is essentially one) become true lovers because of their ability to talk with each other. I can't remember reading such a realistic scenario before in a romance.
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If you are a true Western romance fan, you have to read this book. Few authors ever evoke the depth of emotion Ms. O'Connell has created in her hero/heroine. This is a book that will once again, leave you anxiously awaiting another O'Connell hit!
O'Connell has set herself the difficult task of developing a relationship between a Yankee from an abolitionist family and a former rebel soldier. The challenges that these two characters face as they set off across deserted territory while avoiding Commanches lead them not only to fall in love with each other but also to discover just how far each is willing to go to protect the other once they re-enter "regular" society. The rest of the novel develops their stories, both separately and finally together when they find themselves in the same town.
O'Connell devotes the central section to the difficulties and growth that the lovers experience while apart, a daring narrative choice that may surprise fans of her first novel which focused closely on Anne and Cord's life together and alternated their distinct viewpoints. Though the engaging doubled perspectives of the two lovers remain, the novel's unconventional structure enables O'Connell to explore the very different consequences Matt and Sarah experience as a result of their love for one another in face of brutal social opposition, embodied most fully in her vengeful ex-fiancee. As a result, both Matt and Sarah grow and mature throughout the novel in ways that are simultaneously unexpected and believable.
Beyond the endearing lovers, I found O'Connell's characterizations of Matt's associates, of the overly solicitous members of the ranch community, and of the children in the novel very effective.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
But since I cannot, 5 will hopefully be enough to convince those of you who are reading these reviews, to give not only this book a chance, but the author as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable, easy read book. Good story line that kept me wanting to discover what happened next. Good characters. Good romance.Published 3 months ago by L. Hopkins
1867 - Due to mistaken identity, Matt is captured by two ruffians, and for his criminal status,is treated cruelly and with hatred. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yu
I think Ellen O'Connell is an amazing author. I have loved every book she's written. I don't know how this one slipped past me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book, took a little while to get it to but once I got past the first few chapters Couldn't put it down. Love all her booksPublished 11 months ago by Mary
O'Connell writes terrific stories but I wish she'd just tone down the violence part a little, this one made me cry parts of it were so sadPublished 11 months ago by jcl
Good historical fiction with romance and a touch of heartache. I recommend this book to anyone who likes westerns.Published 11 months ago by BES
I adore westerns and I really wanted to love this, but there is a VERY LONG separation between the Hero and heroine and too many outside stories that diluted what would have been... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Customer
As like all the other books I have read by Ellen O'Connell like enjoyed this one..... However none can compare to Eyes of Silver Eyes Of Gold ..... Read morePublished 15 months ago by KarenKB