Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Review - Fairer Than Morning

Fairer than Morning (A Saddler's Legacy Novel)Fairer Than Morning
BY: Rosslyn Elliott
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-59554-785-9
Pages: 393
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Set during Ohio in the 19th - century. Ann Miller was proposed to at the age fifteen by Eli Bowen, who comes from a prominent family. Ann’s father said she was too young to be married and must wait until she turned eighteen years of age. Three years go by; Ann catches Eli eying another girl. She wonders if his heart has found someone else. She accompanies her father on a business trip to Pittsburgh, but her mind is on Eli.

To her surprise, she meets a young man who will change her life. His name is Will Hanby, a saddle-maker’s apprentice. His parents died when he was ten years old, and at six-teen his signed away his freedom for five years as a worker (more like a slave) to Master Good, who is cruel to the boy. By the time Will meets Ann Miller, his faith/spirit is broken. Ann feels a connection to Will and so does he. But Ann and her father are soon to leave for home and will is determined to follow her.

Most of the historical fiction that I read is just ‘fiction” set during the past. The main characters in Fairer than Morning are based on real people. The real William and Ann lived in Westerville, Ohio in the mid-nineteenth century and had eight children. The author has done a remarkable job telling the true tale of the couple, of course the author used her imagination to fill-in the gaps in the history. This is the first in a new series and I can’t wait to read the sequel. I recommend this book to romance readers.

*I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review!

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