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Restoring Hope (Native American Romance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
Ruth Ann Nordin is on my auto buy author list. I highly recommend her books.
Kristie Leigh Maguire - romance author
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. Nordin seems to have succumbed to the temptation to give some of them them names that she liked personally. I happen to know an Erin and more than one Gary, and I think their names are lovely, too--I have a weakness for the name Gary, in fact, and will give almost any Gary a second look, but I think their names are anachronistic in the setting depicted in Restoring Hope. Julia and Matthew are kind of timeless and therefore perfectly credible, but I submit that there were practically no Garys before 1925 and hardly any Erins before the 80s. Ms. Nordin needs to hit some baby name sites before she starts another period novel.
He takes he to his Aunt Erin's home where he was raised along with his sister Julia. Julia treats Woape with hatred, so when Gary marries Woape Julia tells Hoathlopoya where to find her. The Sioux comes with two other braves in the night and Gary is alone to protect his wife as she hides.
Waape thinks Gary is dead and when a friend of her brothers and a brave from her tribe she sets out for her home. She eventually makes it back to her tribe with her baby daughter and Gary finds her there.
The story goes from one exciting scene to the next with lots of tender love mixed into the tale. The story ends happily for Gary and Woape and their baby daughter, Penelope living with her tribe.
As a Native American, I feel it is incorrect to refer to any of my people as American Indians; we are Native Americans. The author tried to keep the Native American customs realistic for the times with notations when she told her story in non-traditional practices of their customs.
I liked the action in Restoring Hope and the story had just the right amount of love and conflict too.