Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold Kindle Edition
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"Ms. O'Connell's writing is fresh and doesn't rely one bit on overused romance scenarios." - All About Romance, Buried Treasures of 2010
About the Author
- File size : 539 KB
- Publication date : April 8, 2010
- ASIN : B003GDJOFU
- Print length : 353 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,376 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But I finally backed down and read this and I'm glad I did. This story has good bones. I really enjoyed the like-to-love romantic relationship and how realistically it was portrayed. Even the trajectory of their sexual life was realistic, not that immediate sexual compatibility usually found in romances but rather a gradual learning to please each other fully.
But what I did not like was the fact that this story was badly in need of editing, paring down and toning down. It did not really have a main plot, other than that of two people overcoming the odds and finding happiness with each other, in spite of the pettiness and hatred and bigotry of almost everyone around them. Even the hero's half-siblings and in-laws were hateful to him. His half-brothers Ephraim and Frank, in particular Frank, were really slow-tops in their journey to enlightenment. And the heroine's family was an unbelievably exaggerated example of dysfunction.
Rather than having a recognizable and obvious plot, this story is more like an account of day-to-day life for the couple. It rambles, it digresses, it repeats itself way too often. There are several interesting and compelling bits to read within the rambling, such as the care of the horses, the horse race, the hard work around the farm, etc., but it's somewhat like watching reality TV of the 1800s.
And there's violence. Lots of it. I realize our U.S.history is bathed in violence and blood and, apparently, we have learned nothing from this and just keep rinsing and repeating even now. Our Westerns have usually glorified this violence. But too much of it in a story doesn't sit well with my stomach, especially now.
Cord (H), son of a white rancher & his Cheyenne 2nd wife, is one of the most stoic ostracized misunderstood heroes I've encountered. My heart float out ACHED for this man, mistreated by virtually everyone his entire life due to his heritage, physically & verbally abused at the worst & ignored by his own family at best, & yet his bone deep determination, grit & fortitude shine from every page, and only occasionally does the internal rage, normally so well leashed, explode in truly frightening intensity. And again, throughout this entire book my heart ACHED for him. Would he never find acceptance? Peace? Much less love?
And Anne, despite the hate filled home in which she grew up, how her integrity, her honesty, her pluck, strength & grit shines through every page of this book. And my heart hurt for her as she tries to do what she feels is the right thing, be the type of woman she knows she wants to be, stand firm, strong & tall. An absolutely wonderful example (IMO) of an awesome woman determined to do the right thing. But will she ever find freedom? Escape from evil, hate & cruelty? Acceptance? Much less love?
I found the writing to be flawless, the writer's touch light & deft even when detailing heinous & ugly scenes, she draws the reader deeper & deeper into her story & the lives of her characters so subtly, so gently you almost do not realize you're no longer not in the plot. Some may feel this is too slow a burn but I didn't. I found even at the end I wanted MORE of Cord & Anne, I yearned for Cord & Anne to be real. I could feel the hate Cord & Anne bore the brunt of, admired their strength, my heart warmed as they slowly continued their journey, & I so wanted MORE of them.
Do you want to tear up? Find hate for evil characters? Feel heartache for tortured & wounded H/h trying to find freedom & themselves? To feel the warmth of a sweet, gentle love that also burns deep, true & searing? To hope against hope for the H/h to reach their dreams?
READ THIS BOOK. Seriously. READ THIS BOOK.
And I will be again & again.
It is stellar, beautiful, satisfying & I cannot state just how delighted I am I found it.
Top reviews from other countries
This was just as good as I remembered. Still as strong and was a lovely re-read time. 5 Stars.
Isn't it wonderful when you stumble on something and it is so raw and beautiful and like a rough diamond you can't put into words how good it is? This book is that. I discovered this by accident- Another reviewer I follow was gifted it so I followed the link back.
Everything about this novel is wonderful. The quiet writing, the passages of beautiful observations, the plot and above all else the MC's. Anne is so gutsy, sassy and written with such beauty I was in awe of her.Cole is the quiet man that is so deep he outshines every man in the room.Their slow romance was beautiful. All other characters were layered and observed, the small complaint I have is, I hope they change the cover as this book deserves better. I can see this being a lovely film if it ever got snapped up.
I was pulled in from the word go so much that twice I missed my tube stop. I got this through Kindle unlimited but as soon as I finished I bought it as it's the kind of novel one wants to reread and reread again. 5 Stars.
The story begins with Ann being thrust into Cord' s orbit as she runs from her family. He, being half American Indian, is an anathema to good Christian folk and beaten almost to death for having Ann on the premises. I shan't spoil the story but so wish it had been double in length.
My first time reading anything by the author Ellen O`Connell and I will definitely read more. This book was escapism into another time and place where times are hard but love shines through.