Loving Eliza

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Eliza left her life of prostitution to become something she could never be back in Omaha: a lady. As soon as she arrives in South Dakota, she runs into John Evans, the town mute, who immediately falls in love with her and wants to marry her. She fights off his proposals, even as her attraction for him grows stronger. But can she afford to let him know her past? Will he love her anyway? More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452336398
About Ruth Ann Nordin

I'm a stay-at-home mom of four school-aged boys and the proud wife of a veteran of the US Air Force. I live in Montana where I am fortunate to spend my days creating new worlds with characters I fall in love with. I've written fifty romances and have plans to write many more in the years to come.


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Review by: Popy Modak on May 09, 2016 :
I'm a fan of Ruth Ann Nordin's books! Each and every story is beautiful and Loving Eliza is one of my favorite. I love the way she writes...keeping it simple yet mesmerizing!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Minnie on June 10, 2013 : (no rating)
John is woo sweet and his action in the end is very cute; pretending to be cold.
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Review by: nothatkind on Oct. 19, 2012 :
I just loved John... and the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: enigma777 on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Such a beautiful sweet story on second chances. I loved reading about the growing love between Eliza and John. Just simply wonderful to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nanais1 on Dec. 07, 2011 :
I was so excited that Ms. Nordin wrote a book about Eliza. Eliza deserved some happiness after what she had been through as a teenager. Loved this book!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jutzie on Oct. 06, 2011 :
Loving Eliza by Ruth Ann Nordin Book 1 in the South Dakota Series

Bravo to Ruth for such an excellent story. John Evans is a mute but the town, and even some of his brothers, treat him as if he is also mentally ill. He was not sent to school so he cannot read or write but he does build beautiful furniture, he was the only one of five sons who wanted to learn his father's business, and he works at helping other towns people fix up their houses and yards as needed. He is waiting for a mail-order bride to come, Daphne O'Connor, but instead Eliza steps into his life, and it will never be the same.

Eliza had been attacked by an Uncle when she was fourteen and than sold to the owner of a whorehouse. The past thirteen years of her life had been spent in that place in Omaha, Nebraska. Pastor Peters had taught her about God and his forgiveness in her life and asked his cousin, Melanie, if she could work for her in South Dakota. So she just arrived on the stagecoach with Charity and her Aunt Bethany, Charity was to marry the town Marshal. After leaving those ladies she heads for Melanie's house but it stopped by an odd man who won't talk but keeps pointing to the church. She explains she is not his bride to be. When she finds Melanie has died, the man, John Evans, offers her a job and a small house to live in. She accepts.

The reader cannot help but fall in love with the silent man. With his actions and body language he is so endearing. Daily he points at his or Eliza's finger as to say, “will you marry me?” and everyday she refuses. Not for the reason John thinks. Eliza knows that Daphne may come and she will be sweet and pure, the type of woman John deserves. Not one with her past. Daphne does arrive and Eliza moves to town.

It is one adventure after the other. Eliza works for a nasty old woman and almost starves to death. She is busy avoiding the fellows wanting to court her and she avoids John. It is a book on forgiving yourself and others. Not assuming that if someone has a disability it takes away from who they are or how smart they are. Just an all round good read and I can't wait to read the next two books in this series.
**Sexual situations within marriage are very mild.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: michelle gatt on April 30, 2011 : (no rating)
i first read a bride for tom and loved it and cant get enought of ruth ann nordins books this is another example of the excellent books she writes cant wait for the next one
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pattiwan on April 03, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story. I love the characters and how the author makes me care about them right away. I've read several books by Ruth Ann Nordin and I've not been disappointed yet. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: McKenna Pearson on March 27, 2011 : (no rating)
A beautiful love story.
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Review by: Kristie Lindsey on March 02, 2011 :
I liked this book a lot. Worth reading!!
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Review by: Sarah Bathurst on Feb. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
delightful, charming, and sweet. Just what a person wants in a love story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Irv on Feb. 17, 2011 :
I enjoyed this story a lot. As an older man, I don't care for many romance novels but this one and several others from Ruth Ann Nordin held my interest to the end.
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Review by: a e on Dec. 07, 2010 :
One of my favorite stories from Ruth Ann Nordin.
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Review by: Sapphire Dawn on Oct. 19, 2010 :
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters are great and the story flows well. I find nothing missing, romance, action, character development, it's all there. I enjoy reading all of Ruth Ann's stories. "What Nathan Wants" has to be my favorite one of all but they are all very satisfying stories to read.
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Review by: chanda davis on Aug. 21, 2010 : (no rating)
smash words have some of the best romance novels i read in ages glad i came across smashwords
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Review by: Asrai Devin on Aug. 11, 2010 :
I was interested in why Eliza was saying no. There was a reason and I wanted to know. And I also wanted to know when she'd give into John, what the black moment would be and how it would all resolve. There was great story telling, great character development. I was interested in the characters, I cared about them. I wanted to know what happened next. I stayed up late to finish the book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michaelle on July 28, 2010 :
I really enjoyed this story. It had a new spin on the classic love tale.
(review of free book)

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