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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 ... So I Can Shine...
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 hi...more
Jill


4.5 stars

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

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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."

"Mornin'."
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Ridley
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...more
KatLynne
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...more
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 –


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"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
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♡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...more
Mimi Smith
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...more
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...more
MelissaB
** 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...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jul 02, 2012 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Zeek
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...more
Keri
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Jacqueline
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
CamRebel


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.

Uh-uh.

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Proper review to come, thank you, my beautiful ragazze, for reading this brilliant story with me. Dulce, Anasylvia, you rock!
Kari
Apr 20, 2014 Kari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kari by: Jill
Shelves: cowboy-west
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!
Camaro
********** 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 India...more
Denise
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
Mei
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...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 08, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 5 of 5 stars
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....more
Feminista
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
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 :))
Leea


This is my first book by Ms. O'Connell and I have to say that I can now call myself a fan of her work. She writes Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold in such a brutally honest beautiful way.

"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."


In Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold we meet Anne W...more
Kathleen
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...more
Splage
Loved the story and the main characters- they are ones that really stick with you; they don't go away a day after you have read about their lives, trials and love. It is one of those books that is more of a novel- lots of hardships, more than one villain, and a love that grows or rather is discovered over time.

Anne and Cord are both strong and proud people being raised on the late 1800's on the growing frontier. Cord personality had been hardened because of prejudice he receives from being half

...more
Karenna
I finally decided to read this book and form my own opinion about it. This book was notorious to me after the Amazon dust up and hearing so many mixed reviews from my goodreads friends. After finishing the novel, I can relate to both the lovers and the haters. On the positive side, the story is delightful. I liked both Anne and Cord and wanted read about their story and eventual HEA. Unfortunately, especially in the beginning, the "telling" and info dump narration threatened to pull me outside o...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I thought this was a really good book. A lot of reviewers mention reading it in one sitting or not being able to put it down. I had the opposite problem. The author did such an amazing job of describing the vile racism and cruelty of some of the characters that I had to take a break fairly often. It took me a few days to read this book with a generous sprinkling of lighter books intermingled with this one.

Don't let these comments deter you from reading this book. It is a beauti...more
Kristiej
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 time away from reading to make supper so I went through the drive through - not to mention I love their new fries - but I'm getting off topic. So while trying to fall asleep, I kept going over t...more
Amanda
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is a beautifully written love story about two people brought together by a tragedy, but in the end despite all odds, they found happiness and peace. The story revolves heavily around the racism issue, human prejudice and family drama in the Colorado.

It begins with Anne Wells running away from home before her dad drag her off to married the some old and rich man. She is a 28 years old spinster who broke off her previous engagement with a suitor in Chicago because he...more
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
Overall, this was a wonderful and heartfelt love story. Cord and Annie were a perfect match.....Two strong minded people who were able to turn something that began from shame and violence into something amazing and beautiful. This was close to a 5 star read (I did have a few issues with some writing and grammar problems, but it didn't take away from the love story). I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and wished that we had an epilogue to find out how Cord and Annie are dealing with their n...more
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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.” 44 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.” 28 likes
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