Sep 8, 2011

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott

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?

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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.

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Win a custom made period dress ... and a KINDLE from Rosslyn Elliott!

To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Fairer Than MorningRosslyn 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!

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The Saddler's Legacy series is a fantastic historical romance inspired by a real family in American history - the Hanby family. The life of the Miller family and their chosen profession as saddle-makers was very enlightening, and it is hard to believe that this is Rosslyn Elliott's debut novel.  She has done an incredible job of bringing this time in history to life.

Fairer Than Morning, book one in the series, caught my attention from the very start. Ann Miller's mother had died in childbirth several years earlier, and Ann stepped into the caregiver role and basically raised her two younger sisters.

Ann dreamed of marrying Eli, a young and ambitious man who vowed to become a doctor. She thought this would be the perfect life, and she couldn't help but imagine how wonderful their life would be. When Eli's marriage proposal was rejected by her father because she was too young to marry, Eli's eyes quickly moved on to other available young women, and Ann was devastated. Yet her dreams did not die, and she still imagined that things would eventually work out between them.

Traveling to Pittsburgh along with her father on a business trip, Ann is introduced to Will Hanby, a young indentured and brutally abused servant/apprentice who still had a couple of years before acquiring his freedom. Ann and Will felt an instant connection to each other, and Will makes a silent vow to find the Miller family when he is finally free from his cruel master. However, the situation soon becomes unbearable and Will is forced to run for his life.

I especially enjoyed the story of hope and courage that was evident in the midst of unbelievably cruel circumstances. I look forward to reading future books in The Saddler's Legacy as soon as they are published.

Disclosure: Book received through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. And one more thing...if you have a chance to post this review on Amazon at some point, I'd really appreciate it! We debut authors need all the help we can get. :-)

  2. I just realized that my first comment didn't go through! Thank you so very much for this kind review. It means more than I can say when readers like the book and take the time to say so. Blessings to you today.