I finished this book the other night... well, umm like 4 am in the morning actually! HAHA. I seriously couldn't put it down! I first started it at theI finished this book the other night... well, umm like 4 am in the morning actually! HAHA. I seriously couldn't put it down! I first started it at the beginning of spring break, but new pretty quickly it was more suited to alone time, where I could totally fall into the story (with no kids distracting me by running around playing ball or begging to go fishing!) I reluctantly put it down till this week.. and wow! Just simply Wow! I loved the raw honesty in this book. The Character development is amazing. I loved each character, except for evil mother. I found my self broken hearted that Tess couldn't have both loves, Torn between who I thought she should be with. And it flipped flopped through out the story for me too. One chapter I longed for her to reunite with her first real love. In others, I wanted her to put everything into the new relationship.
I related to each character in some way.. even evil mother, darn it! LOL. The lessons learned in this book are big ones.. but they come very slowly. Like waking up from a long winter. I was totally totally engulfed in the story and found I couldn't walk away from it. I loved the ending. Wish I could find my spring too. ...more
I really enjoyed Ruth Ann Nordin's "Eye of the Beholder". I found my self quickly captured in the story of plain Mary Peters and heart of gold Dave LaI really enjoyed Ruth Ann Nordin's "Eye of the Beholder". I found my self quickly captured in the story of plain Mary Peters and heart of gold Dave Lawson.
I loved the journey they took to come to the understanding that they were in love.. but most specially the journey Mary took in realizing that she was indeed beautiful. Having been told her whole life by those closest to her, the very people that should have been lifting her up her whole life, that she was plain and/or ugly, she believes them. Believes them so much that she interprets a lot of the other characters actions is due to her own appearance. She carries the knowledge of her unattractiveness with her everywhere she goes. How many of us know this scenario from our own lives?
We witness the transformation of not only Mary, but in all of those around her. We see how each character comes to the realization that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes (and actions), and that it is most assuredly in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes the beholder being our very own selves. Ruth Ann Nordin has written a wonderful Novel, with deep characters and a message that everyone could stand to remember. Beauty, as society now or then in the 1870's defined it, really isn't where its at. Beauty is so much more than what we each look like. It is in who we each are as individuals. Very good read! ...more
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It was beyond anything I expected! I can not even count the amount of times I was literWhat can I say that hasn't already been said about this book??
It was beyond anything I expected! I can not even count the amount of times I was literally laughing out loud! I would have to stop reading cause I was laughing too much. My husband was reading this at the same time, but I finished faster... so on our long car rides, he asked me to read outloud to him! That was even more hilarious! Cause I new what was gonna happen, and was anticipating his reaction!! Priceless I tell you!!!
By far the BEST apocalypse book I've ever read! I will never look at footnotes the same again! ;)...more
I really did try to read this with my kiddos (5 year old twin boys and 4 year old daughter) but found it frustrating having to stop reading! I wantedI really did try to read this with my kiddos (5 year old twin boys and 4 year old daughter) but found it frustrating having to stop reading! I wanted to know what was gonna happen! So, I totally finished it without them! ;-). I loved it! I would love to read more about grammy's story (what did she wish for??) and other fairy charges on the block! It was a really cute book and I'm looking forward to reading it slowly with the kids soon.
There's a lot of excitement in the book for a younger audience. My kiddos love that. It's not too scary. There's clear good over bad. This would make a great bed time story for younger kids and a great solo read for older ones. And well, I'm 34 and it made a wonderful bed time story for me! One night, I woke up cause my son had flipped the stair light on real quick and the first thought that came to my mind was "a fairy!" before I realized it was just the light going on then off! Haha. And the shadow things, I just have to say, totally fit with how I see negative thoughts. That made it even more creepy for me.
I totally recommend this book for kids of all ages! :-)...more
This was a really nice read. I was captivated by the story and the characters.. but most specially in the details around the time the story was writteThis was a really nice read. I was captivated by the story and the characters.. but most specially in the details around the time the story was written. I found the "era" fascinating. The story is wonderfully written. The love story was sweet and enduring, with a hit of sensuality. The book is completely clean, which I loved.
I wish there had been more on a couple of the supporting characters though, as I found I was just as attached to them as I was the main Characters. ...more
I was pleasantly shocked at how wonderful this book was. The depth to the story is simply amazing. Several times through out the story I was sure I knI was pleasantly shocked at how wonderful this book was. The depth to the story is simply amazing. Several times through out the story I was sure I knew the secret the main character refused to speak... but I was wrong. And I loved that. The book kept me engaged. I fell in love with each character, even the ones I didn't want to like. One of the best Historical Romance novels I've read to date. And the Epilogue.. what can I say, I cried and laughed and smiled. It was the perfect ending to this lovely story.
I was pleasantly shocked with this book. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it, but downloaded it from Amazon while it was free. I put off reading it for somI was pleasantly shocked with this book. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it, but downloaded it from Amazon while it was free. I put off reading it for some time, but decided to give it a go while I was home sick with sick kids too.
I really enjoyed this book. I struggled with who I wanted our heroine to end up with, as there were plenty of choices. I like that the story line spanned years with the characters, and didn't rush through a short period of time having "true love" toxing the story. Instead, its like a slow awakening. ...more
This was the perfect afternoon read. A fun distraction. I've had a few Skeeters in my life, so this really fit with me. I enjoyed it alot, totally broThis was the perfect afternoon read. A fun distraction. I've had a few Skeeters in my life, so this really fit with me. I enjoyed it alot, totally brought a smile to my face. I'd recommend this for those looking for a nice easy distraction read.
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found myself quickly lost in its story and loving to hate and hating to love certain charactI was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found myself quickly lost in its story and loving to hate and hating to love certain characters. Even though you sort of know the ending in the beginning of the book... the journey there is quite shocking and entertaining. And then you sit with the wide eyed "oh my god!" at the end and wish you had already downloaded the sequel so that you could keep on reading.
Wonderful Characters, with great development.
I have not read the sequels yet, but do plan to soon. Its just a matter of how long I can hold out on buying them ;)
I downloaded this book on a recommendation from the Kindle Board's Bargain book thread. I decided to try a sample first, which I usually don't do. TheI downloaded this book on a recommendation from the Kindle Board's Bargain book thread. I decided to try a sample first, which I usually don't do. The Sample came with the first two chapters, but I was certain by the end of the first chapter that I was going to purchase it. It is the first ebook I've purchased off a sample.
I really enjoyed the story, and the struggle to over come past hurts and open their hearts again. Both Harper and Melissa have to over come some pretty big fears in order to unite in the love they find for each other. Melissa having had a terrible childhood at the hands of a drunk father, and brothers who are turning into men just like her father. Then to be dragged to the Yukon by the man she married to escape her terrible home life, only to come to the realization that the gamble she took in marrying him, isn't going to pay off. Dylan Harper ran to the Yukon to escape the memory of a lover that ultimately betrayed him, and a family that has never accepted him for who he is. They both find that even though they come from two different worlds (poor slums and rich ranching) there experiences, and hurts, are a lot alike.
I thought I would get frustrated with the wait, as they worked through it all... but I found that instead I enjoyed the slow progress the story took. It was a nice relaxing read that I didn't want to put down. Usually, its the fast story that holds my attention, so I was pleasantly surprised that this one did. I give the credit to the wonderful character development and the story line that just tugged at my heart.
What a Delightful read! Just want I needed at the time. This is the fifth book I’ve read in Ruth Ann Nordin’s Nebraska Romance series, (eye of the BehWhat a Delightful read! Just want I needed at the time. This is the fifth book I’ve read in Ruth Ann Nordin’s Nebraska Romance series, (eye of the Beholder, His redeeming Bride, Loving Eliza, A bride for Tom)and just like the other four, I loved it! Ruth has a way of transporting you away from your day to day, into the world of her characters with ease. I could feel the dust from the wagon driven streets, hear the swish of skirts, the neigh of horses, and the clunk of the sheriff’s boots! I always love to come back to the Larson’s in every book, and Ruth did not disappoint in this one! Jenny has always been an intriguing character for me.. I’ve always wondered what her story was, and how Jeremy came about. I couldn’t wait to dig my teeth into this book! There aren’t many characters that Ruth writes that I absolutely Hate, but Clyde fell into that category. I hated him. I wanted to take my own hands to that man! I loved Owen though, even while he was posing as Irving. He was adorable, lovable and what we dream every sweet southern cowboy/fisherman was like back in them days. I found myself wishing his masquerade didn’t have to end but also wanting Jenny to know the real Owen. I absolutely love the use of a fishing pole in this story!! As a big fishing family, that was wonderfully delightful! And Owen’s group of “fans” were adorable!! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a lovely historical western romance that transports you to the time and takes you on a nice relaxing fun ride through the town and its people! ...more
I read this book in two days, only because I had to put it down the first night around 3 am to get a couple hours sleep. Wish I had started it earlierI read this book in two days, only because I had to put it down the first night around 3 am to get a couple hours sleep. Wish I had started it earlier in the day! ;) This is by far my favorite genre, Historical Western Romance, but not all westerns fit into my favorite type of book. This one hit it dead center on the head. It was perfect! Enough motion in the side stories to keep you riveted to your seat, enough steam in the bedroom to burn your fingertips with out making you blush (slow till about the middle of the book), and a slow progressing love story that seems to be hard for most authors to get just right. But just right it was.
I loved the development of the main Character, Anne. Despite an emotionally stunted and controlled childhood… she’s spunky and comes into her own with a vengeance. Not one to stand aside any longer (or really ever), she stands up for what is right and fights to protect what is hers. I LOVED that about her character. She did not, or would not, sit on the side lines while others defended her.
Cord, our hero of the story, is remarkable and misunderstood. He’s silent and reserved and the whole time you want to scream at him to just open up.. but yet your drawn to his emotional silence just as much as you are to Anne’s emotional openness. There are many reasons for his reserved emotional state.. from race in a time of un-acceptance, family misunderstandings and family tragedy. A character with depth beyond most characters, and I found him very intriguing.
The awakening of the two of them is beautiful, along with the awakening of their families. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good solid historical western romance. ...more
I enjoyed this book. I found each character relate-able.. in good and bad ways. Its not my usual sweeping romance type book, but I found my self justI enjoyed this book. I found each character relate-able.. in good and bad ways. Its not my usual sweeping romance type book, but I found my self just as invested in the story, and the outcome. I loved Roxanne's character and shed a lot of tears. I don't want to give too much away, so I will just leave it at that.
A very nice read that I am glad I picked up. ...more