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Preview — Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell
Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold (Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold #1)
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
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."
The acti ...more
"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
- 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 ...more
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
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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
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
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 and ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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
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
This was a heartwarming story that shot straight to my heart. ...more
Thanks Lassie for the rec cause this is exactly what I was in the mood for!
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.
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
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
One of the best Historical Romance out there.
-Favorite Western Romance.
-Favorite re-read material
-One of my favorite couples ever.
You know you want to read it and see yourself. Because I said so.
Proper review to come, thank you, my beautiful ragazze, for reading this brilliant story with me. Dulce, Anasylvia, you rock!
The writing and story were good, and the characters were extremely likable.
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the ending!
What a great find :))
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
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
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