Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is a story of family conflicts set in Colorado in 1885. Anne Wells has embarrassed her rigidly proper family since she was a child with occasional but grievous lapses from ladylike behavior. They blame those lapses for the disgraceful fact that she is a spinster at 28. Cord Bennett, the son of his father's second marriage to a Cheyenne woman,...

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Title:Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold
Author:Ellen O'Connell
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Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    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

    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 his heart. And reading it again for the umpteenth time, knowing what led up to it, I'm having a hard time holding back the tears.

    Cord Bennett is an outcast, a savage, a pariah. He has no real friends, and even his family is afraid of him. Under different circumstances - that is to say, if he were like the other, 'normal' men in town, the things he’s done would be understandable, but his father was white and his mother was Cherokee, so Cord is –

    – a half-breed, and nothing about him is the least bit acceptable.

    Anne Wells isn’t the proper young woman her parents want her to be. She’s not a ravishing beauty or in the least bit biddable. She’s stubborn, and again–

    – she thinks for herself, so when her father arranges her marriage to a man who is all kinds of repulsive, Anne not only makes her displeasure known, she does everything she can to make sure the wedding never takes place. When Anne’s father stoops to an all time low, thinking he can force her into agreeing, Anne knows that she needs to escape the hell that has become her life, before it’s too late. But when she chose to hide in Cord Bennett’s barn and ask for his help, she had never even considered that the hell she had escaped was nothing compared to that which she and Cord would have to endure together.

    I really don't think I'll be able to explain why this story evoked such a deep, wide range of emotions… well, not and do it coherently, anyway. I was so angry at times, so heartbroken at others, sobbing so hard I was shaking and my chest hurt. Maybe it was just timing. Maybe had I read this another day, week or month, it wouldn’t have affected me the way it did, but honestly, I don’t think timing had anything to do with it. It was the characters, their story, their determination to live their lives in peace, their incredible strength of character and their pride. It was their unwillingness to allow others to break them, their ability to find happiness in the smallest things. But most importantly, it was what they found in each other; someone to share with. To share the work, the heartache, the joy, the secrets they'd kept buried for so long... someone to make being alone seem less lonely. And they saw in each other what no one else could see... Kindness. Honor. Generosity of spirit. And most importantly, through all the adversity, all the heartbreak and trials, they found in each other a

    for the ages.

    The bottom line - Cord and Anne captured my heart, and when their story broke it into a million pieces, they were there to put it back together again. The writing isn't flawless, but it's all of the things I mentioned... the sorrow, the joy, the sacrifice, determination and devotion... all of these things combined have made

    one of my favorite stories ever, and Cord and Anne have more than earned their place of honor on my Top Couples of All Time shelf. If you love stories whose characters touch your heart, who pull you in and don’t let go… if you want their trials and triumphs to really

    something, then you’ll want to get your hands on this book as quickly as possible.

    This is a beautiful story, one I won't soon forget. Thank you, Autumn. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, because without your encouragement and generosity, I probably would have never read this story, and what a horrible loss that would have been.

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

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    Review:

    This book

    took me by surprise.

    Western/historical romance is one of my all time favorite genres, but I had never read or heard of this author before. I don't even remember what prompted me to read this, but it was just outstanding.

    The writing and storytelling was fantastic and the characters were so well fleshed out and truly tangible in a way I haven't experienced in a while.

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    Review:

    This book

    took me by surprise.

    Western/historical romance is one of my all time favorite genres, but I had never read or heard of this author before. I don't even remember what prompted me to read this, but it was just outstanding.

    The writing and storytelling was fantastic and the characters were so well fleshed out and truly tangible in a way I haven't experienced in a while.

    Annie and Cord were both original, unique characters.

    They went through so much that brought them together...

    ...and then they

    to stay together.

    Their quiet love story was so enjoyable to read and I loved every moment.

    This is definitely going my my All-Time Favorites list.

  • Danielle

    was completely unexpected. It’s one of those stories that touches your heart, and has you thinking about the characters for days to come.

    I really didn’t think this author was gonna be able to pull it off, being that they both agree to a marriage and are amicable to each other before twenty percent, and this was a

    book. I can’t stay invested in an everyday relationship—there has to be tension between the characters, not just plot-wise. But I was

    wrong. I

    was completely unexpected. It’s one of those stories that touches your heart, and has you thinking about the characters for days to come.

    I really didn’t think this author was gonna be able to pull it off, being that they both agree to a marriage and are amicable to each other before twenty percent, and this was a

    book. I can’t stay invested in an everyday relationship—there has to be tension between the characters, not just plot-wise. But I was

    wrong. I absolutely

    this story.

    I think I fell in love with the hero the moment he opened his mouth and said, “Mornin’.”

    He was a dark-edged character who’s vitality literally radiated off the pages. And he’s definitely made it to my Hero Hall of Fame list.

    It begins right away with Anne the heroine on the run from her father who’s trying to force her to marry some despicable man. It so happens to be the hero’s hay she’s sleeping in. She didn’t know Cord lived there, but she’s known him vaguely for being the half-Indian man with a violent streak.

    So while they get on amicably pretty soon, there is so much more to this story than that. Their relationship built over time was heart-warming and so true to a budding romance. I loved every minute of it.

    My heart hurt so much for Cord and the prejudice he went through being a half-breed in a white man’s world. The cool thing about him, though, was that he was a

    in every sense of the word. He handled the hate without a care in the world. He was true to himself, and while he thought Anne could do better than him, it wasn’t because of the color of his skin, but because of the backlash

    receive from society. It was great to see how tough someone could remain with all that hate thrown at them.

    Anne was a white woman, and while she was looked down on for marrying Cord, she never let the hate get to her. I was rooting for her often when she’d call someone out or stand up for Cord. And I was so emotionally invested in this story that I’d feel offended myself; it sucked me in completely.

    The plot was perfection; it kept me invested over FOUR HUNDRED pages. And while the story could use a good editor, it didn’t detract me much from the story.

    Ellen O’Connell wrote a story about a forbidden love in an already hateful world. Full of human relationships, that true kind of love that exists beyond infatuation, and life in the 1800’s,

    was a fabulous tale that I won’t soon forget.

  • Bibi
  • Sophia Triad

    That was so awesome!

    I was really wondering why all my friends in goodreads think that this is a very good book – especially because most of them do not share the same tastes in books and especially in romance books.

    I think the main reason for the love for this particular book is that it is the book full of small satisfying victories.

    Anne Wells and Cord Bennett have survived being different in a world of average people until they reached their late twenties.

    Anne at this age is considered an old

    That was so awesome!

    I was really wondering why all my friends in goodreads think that this is a very good book – especially because most of them do not share the same tastes in books and especially in romance books.

    I think the main reason for the love for this particular book is that it is the book full of small satisfying victories.

    Anne Wells and Cord Bennett have survived being different in a world of average people until they reached their late twenties.

    Anne at this age is considered an old spinster and weird. She has already broken up her relationship with a descent (for the standards of that society) man and destroyed their engagement without hesitation. Now she refuses to marry the old, unloving, disgusting man that her father wants her to marry. She is locked in her room and starved for weeks until she manages to escape and end up in Cord’s farm asking for help.

    Now, Cord is considered an outlier in the respectable society of that small town in Colorado. The son of a rancher and a Cheyenne woman; he is someone that almost everyone fears – including his own half brothers and sisters. He has almost killed a few men, he has almost killed his own brother, he left the small town and apparently killed more men; until he came back looking like a savage and started looking after his farm and his horses alone.

    When Anne and Cord met the morning of Anne’s getaway; Anne understood how brutal her father is; how much people do not care and how many hypocrites are around.

    Anne and Cord almost died that morning.

    Anne and Cord were reborn after a few weeks. Mainly depending on each other.

    And then the problems begin:

    -Cord thinks that Anne is too good for him.

    -Anne thinks that Cord cannot love.

    -The small town thinks that Cord holds Anne hostage.

    -Anne's father wants Anne back and locked up.

    -Anne's mother wants Anne happy and back home.

    -Cord's family thinks that Cord is a savage and can snap any moment.

    -Eveyone is afraid of Cord.

    -Everyone ignores and feels sorry for Anne.

    -Gossips and insults everywhere Anne and Cord go.

    -Not enough money to survive the winter.

    -Too much pride to ask for help.

    As I have said before this is a book of small victories that if you add them up you will have an out of proportion joy when you finish this book.

    While the civilized, well-mannered citizens and role models of the small town are busy hating; Anne and Cord are busy falling in love and gaining more and more friends.

    The pages were flying when I was reading the book. Although it is a fairly long book, I could not put it down.

    Anne is one of the most likable heroines: Fierce, determined, lovable. She radiates warmth and light. Under the hesitant protection and unspoken love by Cord, her inner strength will be multiplied and be offered freely to all the living creatures (men, women and animals) that need her help.

    Cord is definitely husband material. He is loyal, protective and brutal with the people who threaten the peace of his family. He can only love once and forever.

    Highly recommended book by almost everybody!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Wow words can express how much I enjoyed this book. Anne and Cord were amazing together. I loved how strong and brave they both were. Anna had such a cute, outgoing personality. Cord was the strong silent type but had a sweet side that he mostly only let Anne see. There was such a great build up to their relationship that it felt real. I will say that I wished for more blood when it came to the bad guys getting what was coming to them. I felt they got off the hook to easy. But that is just me.

    Wow words can express how much I enjoyed this book. Anne and Cord were amazing together. I loved how strong and brave they both were. Anna had such a cute, outgoing personality. Cord was the strong silent type but had a sweet side that he mostly only let Anne see. There was such a great build up to their relationship that it felt real. I will say that I wished for more blood when it came to the bad guys getting what was coming to them. I felt they got off the hook to easy. But that is just me. I'm bloodthirsty! I wanted Cord or Anne to get to kill them, and nothing else would have been good enough for me. I think Ellen O'Connell did such a good job of building up the town, characters, and relationships that I was total invested in, not just the main couple but their families as well. I am so glad I try this book!

  • Jill

    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.

    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.

    Set in Colorado 1885,

    is Ellen O'Connell's debut. Cord Bennett, a 'half-breed' with a white father and a Cheyenne mother, has been shunned and misunderstood by family and locals alike. The only person who has ever shown him any real kindness has been Anne, having known each other since they were both ten.

    This is my fourth read of this book since it was published in 2010, and my appreciation for this story has grown with each reading. I'm a huge fan of westerns and have read all the greats of the genre including Jodi Thomas, Lorraine Heath, Maggie Osborne, Penelope Williamson, Jo Goodman, et al. There is no doubt that Ellen O'Connell can be named among the greats of historical western romances.

    There is a surprising depth to this story. Though the romance is the focus,

    also deals with the details of life in Colorado in the 1880s, particularly Cord's business of raising horses, a marriage of convenience, family drama and racial prejudice.

    Having read and loved all Ms O'Connell's books, one of the things that she does so well is write memorable

    Often for me it's only the hero who makes an impact, but she's one of very few authors who writes heroines who are equal to their heroes. Protective, sexy Cord is the very embodiment of the strong, silent type. Anne is his equal, and as strong and as resilient and likable as Cord. A meant-to-be couple!

    From the dialogue to the growing romance, the sex scenes, life on the ranch, this story is believable. If you're a fan of historical western romances or would like to read one, you won't find better than Ellen O'Connell and

    Highly recommended.

    2.5-3

  • Vintage

    I can not believe how much I loved this book. I mean REALLY loved it. I have had it on my Kindle since October but have pushed off reading it as the cover is a little cheesy, and some of the reviews implied it was very amateurish.

    is old school in the sense that is an old-fashioned romance with a capital R. No silly quirks, no gimmicks, no BDSM (not that I'm opposed to it), but just a story of the subtle and sweet development of love between two fun and honorable characters. Very character

    I can not believe how much I loved this book. I mean REALLY loved it. I have had it on my Kindle since October but have pushed off reading it as the cover is a little cheesy, and some of the reviews implied it was very amateurish.

    is old school in the sense that is an old-fashioned romance with a capital R. No silly quirks, no gimmicks, no BDSM (not that I'm opposed to it), but just a story of the subtle and sweet development of love between two fun and honorable characters. Very character driven. I read until 2:00 a.m. to finish it.

    Anne is an awesome heroine. Honorable, feisty, loving sweet and very funny: example she goes to church just to glare down the wimpy preacher, and has no problems running off her new husband's obnoxious alpha big brother.

    And, Cord. Oh my. I am a sucker for the tortured hero as long as they are not too Heathcliff. Cord is half Native American and has been shunned by the community as well as his family to a certain extent. To say he is a man of few words is putting it mildly, but the author did a great job of showing his struggles and his love for Anne without making him sound like a wimp.

    It's not a perfect book. I wanted to strangle some of the secondary characters, primarily his half-brothers. Frank, I'm gunning for you, you SOB, and her father needs to die a slow, agonizing death. No insta forgiveness from Anne.

    A lot of the story deals with the fact that Cord is part Indian and the incredible prejudice against him and Anne as his wife. In 2016 it's easy to dismiss how harsh life could be. I thought the author did an excellent job showing how tough it was even with family and legal support.

    I hate reviews that are as long as the book, and mine is getting into dangerous territory.

  • Alp

    I’m mentally kicking myself for taking too long to pick up this one. It was a very good and entertaining read! My feelings were all over the place, of course, in a good way. Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished reading them.

    This was a story of two people from completely different worlds who were thrown together under terrible circumstances, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to them. They both

    I’m mentally kicking myself for taking too long to pick up this one. It was a very good and entertaining read! My feelings were all over the place, of course, in a good way. Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished reading them.

    This was a story of two people from completely different worlds who were thrown together under terrible circumstances, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to them. They both surprisingly found peace and comfort in each other’s company. In Anne, Cord found a strong, courageous, and compassionate woman who never gave up on her life. Not only did she make him a better man, but she also made him want to do more and be more just for her.

    And in Cord, Anne found a good-hearted, quiet, honest, and dignified man who protected her with his life but wanted nothing in return. He made her happy and gave her freedom. She could be herself when she was with him. She saw how unfairly most of the townspeople treated him just because he was half Indian, and that made her wanted to do anything for this loner.

    For them, it was a blessing that they ultimately found each other. Having someone who truly cared about them and someone they could confide in was more than they could ever ask for.

    However, little did they know that the cruel fate that awaited them was about to step in and change everything they had together. But their love was worth fighting for, and they would never give up on each other no matter what.

    I loved both main characters. They were totally made for each other. Cord is a very good man. I loved how he cared about Anne and how he was ready to do anything just to see her smile. I always admire men who speak less but do more, and Cord was no exception.

    I was first shocked and confused and then upset that his brothers really believed that he could do such terrible things. How could someone who should know him better than anyone else thought the worst of him? At first, I didn't get why Cord didn't even say a single word. Why kept it all to himself all the time. I must admit I got a little frustrated with him, but the more I read, the more I understood him. He wasn't the kind of man who cared to explain himself to anyone for the sake of his reputation. It didn't matter to him whether people, including his family, would misunderstand him because the facts and his actions would speak for themselves eventually.

    Cord is definitely the man of my dreams!

    Anne is a strong, kind, considerate, clever, brave, and reasonable woman. I admired how she took care of Cord and never abandoned him, especially in his hour of need. I admired her strength, spirit, and courage. She’s such an inspiring female lead character! And I was so happy that she finally lived a happy and fulfilling life with a man she loved who loved her back with all his heart. Both of them deserved that after all what they had gone through.

    I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book. It wasn’t love at first sight but it was so romantic. It took some time for them to get used to being around each other. I loved how they developed the bond between them and it grew stronger and stronger with each passing day.

    Another thing that made this story work for me was the animals, especially the horses. I loved reading everything about them. The author did a great job of providing plenty of information about them (such as horse breeding, training, racing, and how to take care of them).

    All in all, I enjoyed reading this one immensely. The story is quite long, but I can tell you that it’s definitely worth it! I would recommend this to fans of historical western romance.

    I hope you enjoy it!

  • KAS

    Wish it weren’t so, but I am in the minority camp with my rating.

    It has been a long time since I read a story set in the Wild West. Colorado, 1885, to be exact. I have been seeing five star reviews pop up on my feed for quite sometime.

    Cord Bennett! The name just oozes confidence, strength, and sexiness.

    Wish it weren’t so, but I am in the minority camp with my rating.

    It has been a long time since I read a story set in the Wild West. Colorado, 1885, to be exact. I have been seeing five star reviews pop up on my feed for quite sometime.

    Cord Bennett! The name just oozes confidence, strength, and sexiness.

    Anne’s family, the townsfolk, even his own blood relatives believe Cord is as mean as a rattlesnake. But Anne ... no when Anne looks into Cord’s eyes, all she feels is the heat that makes her body flush from her face downwards.

    Cord and Anne are thrown together in marriage under horrendous circumstances, and despite the odds they try to make it work seeing as they have known each other since age ten and always got along. Their relationship is fraught with challenges.

    So ... I tried mighty hard, and sure wish I would have loved this book like most others have. The first 20% of the book was pure fascination and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, but then the storyline began to really drag for me. Thought many times of calling it quits, but wanted to see how it ended.

    Maybe if the writing was more cohesive and flowed better, it would have been a much more satisfying read. An editor was certainly needed.

    Like I stated earlier, I am in the minority camp. Mostly, you will find glowing, five star reviews for this book, so I would encourage you to read those. I did fall in love with Cord and Anne though. They are strong, willful, endearing characters who faced extreme hatred. I truly routed for them!

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