Book Review: Loving Eliza (South Dakota Historicals: Book 1) by Ruth Ann Nordin

Loving Eliza (South Dakota Historicals #1)

Format read in: Kindle

Price at time of purchase: Free

Price now (subject to change): Free

Goodreads synopsis:

John Evans has never belonged in his small town, so when Eliza shows up and treats him better than anyone ever has, he’s ready to marry her before she finds someone she’d rather be with. But she harbors a secret that makes someone like her unsuitable for marriage, and she is determined that no one will ever find out. Ever. Until her secret is out. Then who is going to dare love a woman like her?

My review:

When I selected this book and saw that the author was Ruth Ann Nordin, I got very happy. I have read several of her books and loved them. This one didn’t disappoint.

I liked that Eliza had a past and that sexual abuse (by a relative and by childhood prostitution) was part of her past. I haven’t read too many historical novels where it is just stated…no innuendos, no sly references….just flat out stated. Eliza was scarred but you could see her healing as the story and her romance with John progressed.

I also liked that the author made John fall in love at first sight…now Eliza. And that he had to chase her. The fact that he was mute was a very interesting pick of the author. He had to choose to communicate with her in other ways (before he learned to write) and he did a very good job of making his point…lol.

John’s family was interesting. On one hand, they supported, for the most part, and defended the him. Except for Troy. He was a dick and lets just say that he got what was coming to him in the end.

There was a Christian element to the story but it was mainly that Eliza went to church and that she was saved (ie convinced to get out of her lifestyle) by a preacher. So I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a Christian historical romance. Maybe a historical romance with a Christian undertone. No hanky panky that was described in great detail…if you know what I mean.

I would tell people to read Loving Eliza if they like historical romances. There is a Book 2 and 3 but they can be read separately from Book 1.

Book I am reading now:

The Box (The Temple of the Blind, #1)

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