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Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold (Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold #1)

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Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is a story of family conflicts set in Colorado in 1885. Anne Wells has embarrassed her rigidly proper family since she was a child with occasional but grievous lapses from ladylike behavior. They blame those lapses for the disgraceful fact that she is a spinster at 28. Cord Bennett, the son of his father's second marriage to a Cheyenne woman, i ...more
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published April 9th 2010 (first published 2010)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
As he finally stopped fighting sleep, he wondered if maybe just occasionally the gods designed a woman fit for a king or a prince and then gave her to an ordinary man. Maybe they did such a thing once in a while, knowing an ordinary man would treasure her more, love her better. Maybe they even let him keep her — for a while.
Wow! Where to begin... well, I'll start with that quote. It's one of my favorite hero quotes from any book I've read, and in just a few sentences shows us Cord's hope and h
Jul 27, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Not just a romance, but a love story, beautifully told


At twenty-eight Anne Wells should be too old to be running away from home. But her wealthy, controlling and abusive father wants her married, even if it is to a man as old and as mean as he is. After leaving home and sheltering from a storm in a barn overnight, Anne wakes up the next morning to a familiar pair of unusual, gold eyes watching her.

The long silence threatened to become awkward, so she ventured, "Good morning."

Feb 24, 2011 Ridley rated it it was ok
I'll admit upfront that I read this book in response to its regular, suspicious pimping on the Amazon romance boards. No book out there has all five-star reviews, at least not legitimate ones, but I'd have to read it to know for sure. Now that I have read it, I'll say that maybe some of those accolades are honest. If you don't pay attention to writing skill or mind too much telling or info dump, the plot is compelling enough that a pure plot reader could enjoy a book like this just fine.

The acti
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
- by Peace Pilgrim – (American teacher and spiritual leader and peace prophet, 1908 – 1981)

"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love."
- by Bryant H. McGill –

"His daddy had brown eyes, but those eyes of his are yellow, yellow like a wolf’s."
"The color don’t make no nevermind. What tells you
5 Fantastic Stars

"Take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heaven so fine - that all the world will be in love with night"...Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet)

This book should come with a Warning alerting its victims that once started, you'll not want to stop until you've reached the very last page!

I was drawn to this book by a review written by one of my friends, Denise, and immediately purchased. However, I put off reading it for weeks because I wasn't a big fan of

5++ Stars! I could read this book a 100 times and this story would never get old!

Hero meets Heroine under harrowing circumstances and they stand united and committed to each other throughout the book no matter who or what gets in their way. No questions asked, always have each other's backs, soul mates through and through. Just beautiful! Made my heart swell!

That's it, in a nutshell. It met up to the hype, friend's recommendations, and exceeded my expectations!

Every time I think about this st
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars. I may clean this review up, but for now here are my initial thoughts.

I thought it was pretty good overall. It ended with a really good finish, and the narrative voice that was bugging me early on in the book was greatly toned down during the last third of the book. (The first half or so of the book felt like I was watching a movie where the actors rarely spoke, instead it was mostly narrated from the authors POV. It was frustrating and pulled me out of the story repeatedly.) But the c
Duchess Nicole
There simply aren't enough words for me to accurately describe how much I loved this book. I need extra stars!
After reading so many great prods, I finally started this last night. Aside from a bit of confusion by an odd writing style, it's actually really fabulous. Cord is one of those heroes with a secretive sort of past that is challenging to get to know. And all the while, you're hurting for him, wanting him to open up to Annie. The plot is fairly fast paced. The H/h meet each other on page
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
3,5 Promising Stars

The first thought crossing my mind when I turned the last page of this book was the realisation I had just dealt with a rough diamond. It's a debut, so I think it has the natural right to be so in a sense and fortunately the lack of finishing did nothing to lessen the impact of a story vivid and powerful in its raw essentiality, like the love, the people, the land and the times it portrays.

Set in an 1885 Colorado still dominated by a blind and unapologetic white privilege an
Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
4 stars

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
-Leo Tolstoy

This was a truly unique and lovely story. But as much as it was a love story, it was a social story even more. The romance between Anne and Cord(which I LOVED) took a back burner to the family drama that was just a bit too much.

Clan Wells-racism, bullying and, in the end, sadistic tendencies

Her father a bully, her brother a sycophant and her mother not brave enough to stand up against them, Anne Wells
Val⚜Shameless,  Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
Re-read: 7/4/15

Re-Reading an old-fashioned Western for the 4th of July!

Original Review:



This book really took me by surprise.

Western/historical romance is one of my all time favorite genres, but I had never read or heard of this author before. I don't even remember what prompted me to read this, but it was just outstanding.

The writing and storytelling was fantastic and the characters were so well fleshed out and truly tangible in a way I haven't experienced in a while.

Annie and
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jul 02, 2012 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance fans, history buffs, action-adventure fans, fans of strong female leads
Oh, why did I finish this so quickly?! Why?!

I'm going to be vulgarly blunt, I fucking love Ellen O'Connell. Love her. Admittedly, these books might be just a teensy bit melodramatic, but these stories are some of the most engaging I've read in a very long time. I didn't think I'd like this one more than I liked her other two books. Ha! I think the only reason I might like Dancing on Coals more is because I absolutely adored Katherine Grant in that book. Don't get me wrong, Anne Wells is no shrin
** 3 1/2 stars **

This wasn't a bad book at all, it just wasn't great. The writing needed improvement, it had so much telling and not nearly enough just showing by actions.

The leads were nice characters but I was frustrated by how ridiculous their families were and how they let them affect their lives so much. Her father was just too evil, he seemed like a charicature of a villain. It seemed unbelievable how badly everyone treated them, it was too simplistic. Eventually people were better but I h
Oct 12, 2014 Ya~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ya~ by: Jill
Shelves: hr
This is my second book by Ms. O'Connell. What is special about her books?

The conflict and drama are mostly caused by the prejudice of ignorant people. The villains should be sent to hell immediately. Just saying.

Thumbs up to characterization.

I don’t have to worry about the H turning into a cheating man-whore or the h going into a temporary annoying status just to piss me off:/ Basically, I trust the characters.

The couple has to fight against all odds to get their HEA.

It is a good pick if you are
Apr 04, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This author is a GENIUS!!!!
I didn't like this book - I LOVED IT!!!
I loved the way words flow, how the little quips were inserted in the story, the way every single thing was explained, the way the love story was born and grew...
I loved Anne: her strenght, her courage, her enthusiasm, her optimims. She embodies the saying that works makes a man (or in this case the woman) free! I loved that she isn't afraid of hard work, that she took care of Cord when he was injured, that she defended him agains
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Annie Wells has just run away from home. It may be a little late in life as she is 27, but after spending months locked in her room by her father with only scraps for food she finally manages to escape. Hiding for the night in a barn, she doesn't realize that it is Cord Bennett's, a man with a reputation of the devil as well as being half Indian, but Annie has never believed this and is proven right when he offers her food and shelter and money to escape. That's when the mob, led by Annie's fa
4.5. I want to give it 5 stars- because it was amazing, and there's little I would change, but some technical flaws won't let me, however minor they may be.

I happened upon this author when her story,Dancing on Coals, hit everyone's fav list a little while back and everyone who read it raved over it. I, of course, had to try it for myself and, much to my delight, found it to be an incredible tale as well!

I actually think I like this story better...

As always with a one I truly love, I'm strugglin
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder

This book was above and beyond anything great!

Though I enjoy reading HR genre, I've avoided stories with a US setting (though I'm from the US) and avoided westerns like the plague.

I didn't think I could enjoy a western HR since I don't care about cowboy movies.

I broke my rule with the first of what I hope will be readings of more books by this author.

If you are like me and have been avoiding HR novels that are westerns, give this a try.

I defy anyone not to love it!
Oct 25, 2015 Kari rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kari by: Jill
Loved it! I adored Anne, she was spunky, strong and loving. Cord was the perfect brooding, quiet hero. Some parts were harsh to read, the prejudice this couple faced even from their family members was heartbreaking. I wanted to shoot her father, her brother and his brothers for most of the book. The scenes describing their farm life were beautiful and the romance was great.

Thanks Lassie for the rec cause this is exactly what I was in the mood for!
Sep 14, 2015 Kristiej rated it it was amazing
I just reread this book for about the 5th time. It only gets better with each reading. It has become a real 'comfort read', a book to read when I still want to read but life seems to get me down.

Wow!! Just Wow!! I just got this one yesterday and I started reading around 2:30-3:00ish and couldn't go to bed until I read the whole book. I finally finished at 1:06 am. Then I couldn't sleep - ack! I think the people at Wendy's substituted a regular coffee for the decaf I ordered. See, I couldn't take
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 08, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Maggie Osborne or Barbara Samuel
This was one of those cheap books by an author I had never heard about. This was also pre-Good Reads for me. So, I was flying blind. I love a good western and had read some good information on Amazon on this one and needed something to read. I've since read everthing by this author I can find. I've recommended this book and have loaned it to friends. Well written and a book you'll read again and again. It will be a "go to" book for me.

This was a heartwarming story that shot straight to my heart.
Contents: Several sex scenes, not very explicit. Violence, including severe beatings. Minimal swearing, no religious cussing, lots of ugly white-supremacist language. About a dozen typos.

3.5 stars for Ellen O'Connell's first book. I enjoyed this eventful story, despite some quibbles. I totally felt the love between Cord and Annie! O'Connell is becoming a favorite for me in the western genre. She is the author of Dancing on Coals (engrossing and unique, reviewed here) and also Beautiful Bad Man
I stayed away from this one for a long time because it was so heavily promoted by the author. But I did read Dancing on Coals by this author and really enjoyed it so I gave in and bought this one. I enjoyed it. A good story line that didn't shy away from some brutality but also had charm. I am a fan of marriage of convenience stories and this one worked well. The plot did not revolve around whether or not they would sleep together but how they would work out their marriage which I think is much ...more
May 29, 2014 Feminista rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It was a hard book to read. The content was quite heavy. Not because it was explicit. It was more subtle, but I don't know how to explain it. The book is going to put you in a world of hurt. But it was tolerable only because we get to see Cord and Anne together.

I love Cord and Anne. I love how it is written and the story. Although, I wish I could say that I didn't feel any residual resentment and anger towards Cord's and Anne's family, but I do.
Lady Heather
Nov 06, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction/romance luvaas
I really enjoyed reading this story!

The writing and story were good, and the characters were extremely likable.

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the ending!

What a great find :))
Jun 24, 2014 Camaro rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
********** 4 Stars **********

Lovely read... my first Western and definitely won't be my last. Camillalilla takes all the credit for introducing me to a love story I won't ever forget.

Anne is perhaps one of the most perfect heroines I've ever read in romance. Strong, independent, loving and fierce... she won me over from the get go with her resilience and warmth and openness. Cord I liked immediately. He may be just a little more taciturn than I usually like my heroes to be, but this half Indi
Wonderful story set in Colorado in 1885. I absolutely loved Anne and Cord! She was a woman tormented by her cruel father who is trying to force her to his will. Cord is a quiet but dangerous half breed Indian. This story has so many aspects to it. Love, friendship, family, hate, prejudice, violence .. you name it! Anne is a very strong woman who will stand up for what she believes and stand up for who she loves under any circumstance. She does not waver! Cord was exactly the type of hero I LOVE, ...more
Set in Colorado in the year 1885. Anne Wells is a 28 year old spinster. She has been a major disappointment to her father all her life. When a marriage proposal comes in from an undesirable man, her father is thrilled. So Anne runs away and hides out at Cord Bennett's place. Cord is a half breed and an outcast. The only people who seem to stick up for him at all is his family and even then not all the time. Anne's father and a mob descend on his place, forcing him to marry Anne and then try to m ...more
Cam *is the worst*

One of the best Historical Romance out there.
-Favorite Western Romance.
-Favorite author.
-Favorite re-read material
-One of my favorite couples ever.

You know you want to read it and see yourself. Because I said so.


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Proper review to come, thank you, my beautiful ragazze, for reading this brilliant story with me. Dulce, Anasylvia, you rock!
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“...he wondered if maybe just occasionally the gods designed a woman fit for a king or a prince and then gave her to an ordinary man. Maybe they did such a thing once in a while, knowing an ordinary man would treasure her more, love her better. Maybe they even let him keep her - for a while.” 66 likes
“You know, Annie, a long time ago an old man told me beauty doesn't mean much in a woman. It disappears with age. But he said some women have something better. They have a special glow that lasts all their life and just gets richer. You're like that. You really shine.” 39 likes
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