Fairer Than Morning
by Rosslyn Elliott
Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Thomas Nelson
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor-until she meets a runaway apprentice who knows what a truly noble man is.
In 1826, Ann Miller travels to Pittsburgh with her widowed father and two young sisters, only to find that a mysterious man has pursued them all the way from Ohio. Is Ann's father just a circuit minister, or is he hiding something that may endanger them all?
Will Hanby indentures with a Pittsburgh saddler maker, only to discover that his master is a cold-hearted tyrant. After years of abuse, Will becomes a prisoner of his own mind. But then lovely Ann Miller comes to stay next door and her compassion lights a long-dark part of Will's soul. His renewed courage puts his life in jeopardy as he begins to assist fugitive slaves.
Will's murderous master and Ann's questions about her family may keep both of them bound in the shadows forever. Or will they find freedom-together?
Our blogging circle's very own Rosslyn Elliott has written a beautiful, engaging, and wonderfully romantic story. Ann and Will were so alive to me that I half-expected to see them somewhere when I put the book down. I loved them. The other characters in the story are equally believable, alive.
There were many times throughout the book when I found myself wowed by her use of language. So beautiful!! The writing was lyrical, almost soothing to the point of awe. That sounds like hyperbole, I know, but it isn't. It was truly powerful.
I have always been fond of Christian romance, and this book has found a place on my list of favorites. I highly recommend it to fans of this genre (and anyone else!). :-)