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Quite a lovely story Unfortunately, I know very little about Native Americans so I can t comment on the historical accuracy, but, as a story, it was beautiful. I ve been reading Ruth Ann Nordin s books for a while and just when I think she can t outdo herself, she proves me wrong Restoring Hope is one of the most enjoyable books I ve read in a long time Everything about the book was unbelievably compelling and impressive.I fell in love with the plot from page one When I read the author s intro about the Indian culture she d focus on in the book, I thought it would be over my head and difficult to understand but it was anything but What I love most I ve been reading Ruth Ann Nordin s books for a while and just when I think she can t outdo herself, she proves me wrong Restoring Hope is one of the most enjoyable books I ve read in a long time Everything about the book was unbelievably compelling and impressive.I fell in love with the plot from page one When I read the author s intro about the Indian culture she d focus on in the book, I thought it would be over my head and difficult to understand but it was anything but What I love most is how Ruth incorporates the Indian culture masterfully and realistically Parts about the Indian characters that could have easily been stereotypical or cliche were not Ruth obviously went the extra mile in her research and it showed What I loved most about this book is that Ruth doesn t hit you over the head with the references to the Indian culture She treats her Indian characters as true characters and not one dimensional tokens thrown in just to fill out the plot Every character has a purpose and Ruth does a great job of giving the characters outer and inner dilemmas which allow us to get to know them even.The plot of this book is difficult to review on its own because the story is full of surprises and spoilers There s so many twists that come at the times you don t realize it The pacing was excellent and Ruth incorporates the right amount of tension and flair to keep it going.My favorite characters were Julia and Chogan I immediately connected with them I found Julia to be a dynamic character that evoked anger as well as pity from me and I think that s wonderful that Ruth could construct a character that made me second guess how I think of things myself I felt sorry for Julia eventhan I did for Woape I d love to seeof Julia and she kept the tension and story going for me I liked Chogan because of the chemistry he and Julia shared and I would love to seeof this romantic pairing.I didn t care much for Woape Even though I could feel Woape s pain and what she d gone through, for some reason I just couldn t make a connection with her I saw things in Woape that came across as cold to me She didn t seem to have much emotion when she should have and when people got hurt close to her, her attitude wasn t convincing to me I never felt true pity for her just because I couldn t connect with her I felt like I was supposed to pity her, but her actions didn t show someone I should feel sorry for despite what had happened to her I liked how Ruth didn t rush the process with Woape and allowed her to come into the white culture in a realistic manner It made her personal growthbelievable but I just didn t feel much for Woape She was an intriguing character but something was missing to me and I can t put my finger on it She just didn t get to me.I didn t connect with Gary at all and it was weird to me how the main characters didn t touch me half as much as Julia did I didn t like Gary I found him to be selfish and I didn t buy that he d be someone who would rescue Woape He didn t seem the type of man who would open his heart to a stranger because of how he treated his own sister and aunt He showed no appreciation for anything his family did for him and he acted as though he was owed favors and didn t feel he needed to repay them back I just couldn t buy that a man like this would rescue an Indian woman and take her under his wing Gary didn t fit that type of person and I couldn t see it.I m not one for a lot of back story but in this case, I wished we d gotten a glimpse of the past between Gary and Julia That was such a powerful component to their relationship that I would have loved to see it played out just to see how they got to this point.I think this was a lovely book and I d recommend it just for the way Ruth portrays the Indian culture and educates her readers as well as entertains Once again I am proud and very satisfied with Ruth Ann Nordin and it only leaves me waiting to seeof her future work Restoring Hope another one of Ruth Ann Nordin s Best, is a tender, sensitive story of Woape, a young Mandan Indian woman who is taken prisoner by a rival tribe s cruel warrior, Hothlepoya Tortured and humiliated, Woape, escapes in the middle of the night All seems lost until she crosses paths with Gary Milton, a kind young white man He doesn t know why three Indian men want to harm her, but he is sure of one thing he must save her So he does Woape clings to him and follows him everywhere Restoring Hope another one of Ruth Ann Nordin s Best, is a tender, sensitive story of Woape, a young Mandan Indian woman who is taken prisoner by a rival tribe s cruel warrior, Hothlepoya Tortured and humiliated, Woape, escapes in the middle of the night All seems lost until she crosses paths with Gary Milton, a kind young white man He doesn t know why three Indian men want to harm her, but he is sure of one thing he must save her So he does Woape clings to him and follows him everywhere Gary nicknames her tenderly, his shadow, as he falls irrevocably in love with her She becomes his wife, but this is only the start of their adventure, as the ruthless Hothlepoya has sworn to find her.Ruth Ann Nordin has a wonderfully creative imagination That s why I m drawn to her books She has that special quality of writing a romance with mystery and adventure all dovetailing to thoroughly entertain and permanently hook her reader.I give Restoring Hope a well deserved Five Stars Restoring Hope is the first of her Native American Romance trilogy I look forward to reading them all This was a good American historical romance It has Ruth Ann Nordin s characteristic easy reading style and her ability to deal with harsh topics in a sympathetic, straightforward manner Her other books do mention religion as part of historical life the importance of the church in the community and the morals espoused there for guiding behavior but I felt it was slightly stronger here, almost but not quite crossing into preachy territory Fair warning for those that are sensitive to such thin This was a good American historical romance It has Ruth Ann Nordin s characteristic easy reading style and her ability to deal with harsh topics in a sympathetic, straightforward manner Her other books do mention religion as part of historical life the importance of the church in the community and the morals espoused there for guiding behavior but I felt it was slightly stronger here, almost but not quite crossing into preachy territory Fair warning for those that are sensitive to such things, like me Restoring Hope by Ruth Ann NordinNative American Series Book 1In book 2 of the Time Travel Series A Chance in Time, we meet a young pregnant woman who is an American Indian Penelope takes her home with her and delivers the young woman s baby In Restoring Hope we see the rest of the story that leads up to that point and what happens after Ruth has really put the reader through the ringer on this one The book will have you in an emotional turmoil at one point when the impossible seems to happ Restoring Hope by Ruth Ann NordinNative American Series Book 1In book 2 of the Time Travel Series A Chance in Time, we meet a young pregnant woman who is an American Indian Penelope takes her home with her and delivers the young woman s baby In Restoring Hope we see the rest of the story that leads up to that point and what happens after Ruth has really put the reader through the ringer on this one The book will have you in an emotional turmoil at one point when the impossible seems to happen It is really good just some heavy twists and turns that make it that muchof a can t put it down type book.Woape is running away from a cruel Sioux Indian who captured her and mistreated her She is rescued by a white man, Gary Milton, who was able to chase the warrior off with his gun Problem is that this warrior does not give up what he considers his Woape feels safe with Gary and becomes like his shadow Through the language barrier of Woape not speaking English and Gary not knowing Mandan a misunderstanding leads in different directions but comes together when they marry This book made me think how difficult it must be for someone to be where they don t understand the language people speak all around them It ends up that the language barrier will be one of the smaller mountains Woape will learn to climb Looking forward to the next books in this series This historical Native American Romance is rated R another triumph for Ruth Ann Nordin A story with action, comedy and romance with plot twists and turns that was engrossing and satisfying to read Summary Woape, the heroine, was running away from her arranged marriage when she s captured by a horrible Sioux tribe member and is forced to become his slave he has two minions who assist in her capture and so forth Gary Milton saves her and then unsure what to do with her he takes her to his aunt Erin s house Julia, Gary s another triumph for Ruth Ann Nordin A story with action, comedy and romance with plot twists and turns that was engrossing and satisfying to read Summary Woape, the heroine, was running away from her arranged marriage when she s captured by a horrible Sioux tribe member and is forced to become his slave he has two minions who assist in her capture and so forth Gary Milton saves her and then unsure what to do with her he takes her to his aunt Erin s house Julia, Gary s older sister, is unwelcoming and at times hostile towards Woape Gary s aunt Erin is the mother figure who tries to pacify the situation Due to the language barrier and cultural differences there are plenty of misunderstandings which cause an abundance of amusing drama and mayhem However, there is also a sinister threat from the Sioux Indians who are still in the look out for Woape and revenge against Gary And there s a few twists that leaves you gripped to an action packed plot The Characters Hero Heroine Woape is a 16 17 year old Native American who belongs to the Mandan tribe I think that s how you spell it Woape doesn t initially speak any English and has had very little contact with White civilisation and hence it was intriguing and enjoyable to read about her progress in learning English and new customs as well as her journey in transitioning into a new world She s a strong character who has been through a traumatic experience encounter with the Sioux tribe members, and despite it she s not weepy, melodramatic or immature She s a resilient force to be reckoned with who is also very sweet, feminine and caring She has a few skirmishes with Julia Gary s sister who is suspicious of her and causes many problems.Supporting cast really well fleshed out Not too much detail but enough to keep you satisfied I particularly enjoyed the family dynamics the sibling tension between Julia and Gary I m also intrigued about Julia s story now she has a budding romance with a member of Woape s tribe The RomanceTouching, tender and cute but with some hot sizzling moments Not graphic but there are some marital bedroom scenes Synopsis Fleeing from a marriage she didn t want, Woape is caught by a Sioux Indian who abuses her One night, she manages to escape and nearly loses her life when Gary Milton shows up and rescues her Not knowing where else to go, she follows him home In their time together, she falls in love with him and is determined that he will be her husband But the Sioux Indian is not far behind, and he s going to claim her as his, even if he has to kill Gary to get her it was ok but somehow I m always missing something in Ruth Ann Nordin s books.. Excellent story continuing with Waope and her baby and thinking her husband was killed, an the mess Julia made of things Everyone heading in the same direction to find peace. Enjoyable Read A warrior does not have to be a man Those who risk their lives for the sake of others are warriors. `Read ⇮ Restoring Hope ↬ Fleeing from a marriage she didn t want, Woape is caught by a Sioux Indian who abuses her One night, she manages to escape and nearly loses her life when Gary Milton shows up and rescues her Not knowing where else to go, she follows him home In their time together, she falls in love with him and is determined that he will be her husband But the Sioux Indian is not far behind, and he s going to claim her as his, even if he has to kill Gary to get her This historical western romance is rated R