Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

Rated 4.86/5 based on 23 reviews
"Eyes" is a story of family conflicts set in Colorado in 1885. Unmarried at 28, Anne Wells is a disgrace to her rigidly conventional family. Cord Bennett is the black sheep of the Bennett clan. When these two misfits are found alone together, violence explodes. Can Anne and Cord use the freedom of being condemned for sins they didn’t commit to make a life together in spite of their families?

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Words: 118,620
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452325521
About Ellen O'Connell

Ellen O’Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid (www.rottieaid.org). At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

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Review by: k k on April 02, 2014 :
Fantastic book, I've reread it several times - the emotions, simple love story, the characters - it just all keeps on drawing me back.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kate Worth on June 25, 2012 :
This was a lovely, well-written, heartwarming little book. Definitely on the sweet side. Although the love scenes were relatively tame, they were appropriate to the story and characters. Not everything needs to be Shades of Grey, and too much hotness wouldn't have worked with this plot. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: missmye on June 05, 2012 :
This was such a touching and tender love story. I loved every bit of it!! Even with the absence of hardcore sex scenes long after I finished reading the book I was still thinking about it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: 123purplerabbit on Feb. 23, 2012 :
Having bought an eReader a few months ago I've discovered a huge variance in the quality of free / cheap eBooks. Many writers show talent, but little aptitude for grammar or spelling, or even limited knowledge of a dictionary. I'd have to disagree with the reviewer who criticised the poor editing of this book, although it may have been improved since her reading of it.

I've spent a lot of time muttering about lack of understanding of tenses, punctuation or even the meaning of words, but in this book my reaction was focused on the characters - how could they do that? How could they keep thinking that? Were they blind? Or just stupid?

To me, the sign of a good book is when it evokes emotion, makes you care about the characters and what happens to them, and I very rarely give 5 stars.

I loved this book, and look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Laura kyahgirl on Feb. 22, 2012 :
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 beautiful love story and the characters are well defined. My only quibble with Cord's character was his perpetual doubting of Anne's commitment but he sure came through in the end.

His brothers were complete emotional retards. I don't know if its possible for anyone to be that stupid but, in the context of the times, the author made me believe it was so.

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold featured lots of animals, another big plus from my perspective. I really enjoyed the horse training and care that was woven into the story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mia on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Soo good! Could almost not put it down, but had to since I need to go to work and sleep a few hours. This was a gem, and for a bargain price!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kylie A on July 17, 2011 :
It was wonderful, Thankyou! I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mirole on May 17, 2011 :
This was my first American historical romance and I loved it. It was very fresh and original for me.
I think the author's style is quite simple but not simplistic and she is a great story-teller.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deborah on May 03, 2011 :
One of the best books I've read as well as a good story and excellent characters it also made me laugh. It was just wonderful I've read it twice already
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: loucksey on March 20, 2011 :
I loved this book. Cord is wonderful. I have SING MY NAME by this author and can't wait to read it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kristie Lindsey on March 02, 2011 :
Wow! I liked this book! Can't wait for more by this author!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Bathurst on Feb. 28, 2011 :
Good story filled with multiple facets of story lines, need edited for typos, however they did not take away from the love story of two people who needed love and for contentment and happiness in each others arms. Comforting and quick enjoyable read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kylia on Feb. 17, 2011 :
I loved this book. It is one of the best I have bought on Smashwords. I read it straight through and could not put it down. I cant wait to read more from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dusty Bell on Jan. 25, 2011 :
Wonderful book. This one will be read over and over again.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Statch on Dec. 21, 2010 :
I loved this book. I bought it on the strength of the reviews, and wasn't at all disappointed. It's a well told, moving story, and it kept me reading to see what happened and how the characters developed. I also thought it was a refreshing change, and it had a very 'real' feel to it. This was the first time I've bought anything on Smashwords too, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

I hope the author writes many more romances. I'll be watching for them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MDV Bookreviewer on Oct. 02, 2010 :
Hands on, the best read of 2010!
My full review: http://bit.ly/cTdQ6J
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ann Somerville on Sep. 15, 2010 :
This is not an extraordinary book, or very original, and it needs editing - POV switches, blurgy punctuation in place - though I’ve seen much worse pro published. It’s a charming, rather simple story, highly predictable and fairy tale like, with too much telling not showing, and too many neat resolutions to thorny situations. The characters were likeable, if somewhat incredible, and Anne Wells verged towards the Mary Sueish at times. (Actually, what it put me in mind of was the dynamic between Francis Crawford and Philippa Somerville in the Lymond Chronicles, which isn’t a bad thing.)

It was a decent time waster for several hours, and certainly didn’t cause offence in its handling of the biracial storyline (at least not to this white reader.) I’d have to say it didn’t rock my world, but it was pretty reasonable by self-published standards. I don’t see any reason, personally, for the over the top recommendations on Amazon, since it was so firmly in the slightly above average category. For $2.99, you could do a lot worse, but it’s not going to change anyone’s life. I’d rate it 6 out of 10, maybe 7.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: TL Haddix on Sep. 11, 2010 :
I had heard about this book on several reader forums, and I finally broke down and downloaded the sample. It didn't take very long for me to get hooked. The horrific and painful attack that happens in the first few chapters, the strength with which the characters responded to the attack - it was gritty, it was realistic. It wasn't the 'prettified' version of what would happen but instead was the painful, embarrassing and ugly truth. Ellen O'Connell treats the entire story with this regard - she doesn't sugarcoat anything. It is real life, and it is compelling. The hero and heroine never give up on one another, and take chances that aren't often found in romantic fiction. It is a refreshing change from the stereotypical romance novel. By the time I got to the end of the sample, I couldn't move fast enough to purchase the rest.

I've sampled a lot of books recently, and I've literally read thousands in my lifetime. This book stands out. As soon as I can, I will grab it in paperback to add to my permanent collection. Ellen O'Connell sets the bar very high, and that is a good thing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lonestarbookjunkie on Sep. 08, 2010 :
I, too, loved this book. The story was wonderful and I stayed up WAY too late into the night because I couldn't bear to put it aside (even for much needed sleep). Defintiely a fav.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mikayla HERNANDEZ on Aug. 02, 2010 :
I loves this book. Very interesting characters. Hope to see more historical romances from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lorraine Gibson on July 01, 2010 :
Loved this book from start to finish. I could not put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Pickett on June 17, 2010 : (no rating)
If you love the western romance, this is a good one. Very interesting story line, with strong heroine and even strong male.

The conflict with Cord's family was not resolved adequately. Seemed a bit rushed. Love Scenes were sweet but not spicy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ruth Ann Nordin on May 05, 2010 :
My initial thought about this book is "Wow!" This was a rare find for me, and I'm so glad I found it. The book hooked me in from the very beginning and made me lose sleep just to keep on reading it. I even went back over some places to reread them because they were so good.

This book begins with Anne sleeping in Cord's barn. She's on the run from her father who is going to force her to marry a disgusting older man. Cord finds her and brings her into his house so he can give her breakfast, and they start planning how she can get out of town for good. That's when her father and about ten other men track her down and accuse Cord of raping her. She denies it, but the men force them to marry, beat both of them up (thinking to leave Cord for dead), and then run off. It's up to Anne to heal Cord from his wounds, and this is where she begins the journey to self-reliance.

The rest of this story is about their developing relationship as it evolves from friendship to love, and the romance was beautiful and touching. Cord had a hard time believing Anne would stay with him for the rest of their lives, so when her father and brother do something horrible (don't want to ruin the surprise), I wondered what Cord would think of it. On his side of the family, they assume that Cord is abusive and that Anne stays with him out of fear, so they make attempts to talk her into escaping what they think is a horrible situation.

The love story is tender and gentle with sex scenes that enhanced the romance, rather than just being thrown in there for no reason. The characters evolved too. Anne became who she was instead of what her family expected her to be, and Cord, who rarely said anything, slowly came out of his shell as well. The story was beautifully written, and I felt as if I was right there in the 1800s on the ranch with them. The Kindle format is also excellent. If I could, I'd give this book 6 stars. I definitely recommend this for anyone who likes tender romances with some spice.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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