Here's a description of the book:
"Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.
On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann's dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.
Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker's apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann's compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann's father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.
When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?"
Read an excerpt HERE.
My Rating: Spring/Summer
A young man dreams of a new future in a big city. A young woman dreams of a life of romance and poetry. But when Will and Ann discover "reality" to be far different from their young dreams, will they give up on life and love?
Fairer Than Morning begins with innocent youth, but circumstances quickly change for Will and Ann. It's a story about the harshness of adult life - cruelty, broken hearts, shame, responsibility. But it's also a story that explores the multifaceted gem of freedom and the enduring gifts of kindness and caring.
I think this book especially struck a cord in me at this time because of some of the classes I'm taking this fall semester - "Civil War Era" and "History of Modern Africa." With all the discussions of slavery from various angles, reading about the abuse and fear slaves and some indentured servants experienced was difficult. Despite the cover's depiction, this book is not a light romance. It's an intense story of growing up and struggling with some very real issues.
Approaching the book for what it is, be prepared to read about the darkness of night in order to discover what is "fairer than morning." And be prepared to be challenged by this complex and well-written debut novel!
*With thanks to the author and publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the Litfuse Publicity Blogging tour.*
About the Author:
"Rosslyn Elliott grew up in a military family and relocated so often that she attended nine schools before her high school graduation. With the help of excellent teachers, she qualified to attend Yale University, where she earned a BA in English and Theater. She worked in business and as a schoolteacher before returning to study at Emory University, where she earned a Ph.D. in English in 2006. Her study of American literature and history inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She lives in the Southwest, where she homeschools her daughter and teaches in children's ministry."
For more about Rosslyn, visit her website.
To Buy the Book: click HERE
Blog Tour Schedule: Check out all of the other review scheduled by clicking HERE.
To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Fairer Than Morning, Rosslyn Elliott is giving away two fabulous prize packages. The first is brand new KINDLE in her Fairer Than Morning Kindle Giveaway. Then on September 20th she's giving away a $200 gift certificate toward a Custom-Made Historical Reproduction Dress (from Recollections) during the Fairer Than Morning Book Club Chat Party on Facebook! Sigh...romantic.
Fairer Than Morning is receiving wonderful reviews - Library Journal said, "A well-written historical series debut…". Read more reviews here.
Be sure to join the fun and enter the Kindle contest -
One winner will receive:
* Kindle with Wi-Fi
* Fairer Than Morning (for Kindle)
To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, giveaway ends on 9/19. Winner will be announced on 9/20 at Rosslyn's Book Club Facebook Party. Details and official rules can be found when entering the contest.
Then be sure to RSVP for Rosslyn's Facebook Party! During the party Rosslyn will be chatting with guests, hosting a book chat about Fairer Than Morning (don't worry if you haven't read the book yet - you could win a copy!) & historical Fiction, testing your trivia skills. She'll also be giving away that $200 gift certificate toward a FABULOUS custom-made period dress from Recollections!