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Fairer Than Morning (Saddler's Legacy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  791 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 1st 2011)
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Aug 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older, mature readers of Christian Fiction. Fans of Charles Dickens.
Incredible. Simply breathtaking! From the moment I opened this book and started to read I was captured by the rich characters and the author's beautiful style of writing. Like a modern Charles Dickens, Rosslyn Elliott has brought to life the nitty-gritty in a period of American history that I found myself unfamiliar with, yet fascinated by! I felt like I was reading a classic, yet with a strong Christian pull to it! The romance between the hero & heroine was gentle and subtle, leaving the re ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars for this book.

When I picked this book up to read it, I thought I was getting a historical romance. The back blurb led me to believe that. I will say there was a little bit of romance that finally came to realization the last chapter of the book. Otherwise, this was mostly a historical fiction, which I really enjoyed. It’s one of my favorite genre’s of book. Set in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the 19th-century, this story deals with the real time issues of slavery, indentured apprenticeship
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 endu
Mary Welch
Jul 15, 2015 Mary Welch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Read

This book had a sweet spirit about it. I am happy to know there were people who showed kindness in such a dark time in our history. Although they were far and few between they made a big difference. I loved the characters and can't wait to see what book two has in store.
5 stars. I was split between 4 and 5, but it deserves 5, since the story will definitely stay with me for a long time.

First of all, the description was a bit misleading. Not completely, but a bit. It makes it sound like a lighter read than it is, plus some details seem a bit different in the story.

But that doesn't matter much, it was still a wonderful book. The first 25-30% is all nice, but then some darker stuff happens and completely changes the story. I loved how the characters dealt with th
Kym McNabney
May 22, 2012 Kym McNabney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FAIRER THAN MORNING by Rosslyn Elliott threw me for a loop and took me by surprise. I felt as though I was taken back to the early 1800's with Ms. Elliot's amazing description and play on words. With three possible hero's, I was kept guessing who would end up with the heroine, a unique twist from the stories I'm accustom to reading.

Ann Miller is pursued by Elie Bowen, a man any woman would be proud to marry. But there are lingering concerns, and when Ann travels with her father to Pittsburgh on
Sep 14, 2011 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairer than Morning is a rare book, eloquently written, that effortlessly takes you back to another time and place. Reading this book was an absolute pleasure! It was written in such a way that all I wanted to do was sit back and soak in every word, not rushing through to find out what happens on the next page, but simply enjoying the one I was on. And that my friends, is rare.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was based on a true story and true events, though some parts were adde
Pursued by three men, one of them apprenticed to a cruel master, Ann Miller is also responsible for her younger sisters and the running of her father's farm. She has been in charge since her mother's death. Falling back on faith, she works through the failures of human nature, the courage of one man,the perseverance of another and her father's faith in her ability to make her own decisions.
The plot in this book is well thought out and the characters well developed. Faith in God also has a place
Jun 07, 2011 Alleluialu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a debut romance from Rosslyn Elliott and the first in a series. The story begins in the early 1820's in the area where Ohio and Pennsylvania meet. It follows a young girl growing up on her father's farm paralleled by the life of a young man who is an indentured apprentice to a saddler near Pittsburgh. The girl's father is also a saddler by trade as well as a circuit minister. There's plenty of history woven through this tale including the beginnings of the Underground Railroad. It is lab ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book popped up on my goodreads, and when I read about it, I just HAD to read it. It's actually a very sad story, and quite disturbing. Will Hanby is an indentured servant to a very cruel man. Ann Miller is the hardworking daughter of a talented saddler and abolitionist. Honestly, the one thing I didn't care for was Will's tryst with Emmie. I wondered, "Did that actually happen in his real life? Or was it made up?" It just seemed so out of place in a story like this, especially considering h ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a book to take on a recent trip, and at the library this book caught my eye. The title sounded like something I would be interested in, the cover was beautiful, and the synopsis seemed promising. I wasn't expecting something great, and was pleasantly surprised when I began to read.

I enjoyed this book! The characters were interesting and well-rounded. They all had flaws, but had strengths as well. Their interactions were always well-written, too. The dialogue and descriptions we
I wanted to give this higher ratings, especially when I learned that it was based upon true events, but I couldn't.

I love when writers put in details, but I think those details should be pertinent to the main storyline. Many times throughout this story the author would begin to describe things that did not push the plot along and so I was left reading details that really didn't matter to the overall story. Yes, it was interesting to learn about he horribleness of Pittsburgh, but it slowed down t
Apr 03, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A New favorite! It's a keeper.
May 11, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often a new author comes along with a debut release that I get really pumped for only to be let down by a lackluster story. This year I'm happy to say that with all the new authors I've read, I've yet to be disappointed. I'm confident Rosslyn Elliott, author of Fairer than Morning will make a name for herself as a front runner and must-read author in Christian fiction.

According to the back cover Fairer than Morning is a Christian romance but it is so much more than that. The pretty cove
I was very excited to dive into this as it's the first of several Christian historical romances I have on tap for October/November and this one had gotten a lot of positive reviews. Sadly I wasn't as impressed as others although this was mostly due to my expectations.

I thought romance would be the main focus of this book but instead there are a lot of historical details. Ann and Will didn't even spend that much time together; it seemed like they both spent more time with other potential mat
Dec 19, 2011 Jolene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction
Will Hanby is a broken soul. Following the death of his parents, he signs on as a saddlemaker apprentice to Master Jacob Good. Master Good turns out to be a cruel teacher with a thirst for power. When Ann Miller and her father encounter Will, Will is drawn to the kindness and light that he sees in them. As circumstances develop and change, Will flees his terrible master in search of the Millers. When he finds them, he realizes the danger surrounding them all. As a wanted man, he must stay hidden ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

It’s always great coming across great reads, especially when said book is from a debut author. So much talent in their first work promises a lot for their future books! And so it is with Rosslyn Elliott’s debut, Fairer than Morning.

Ann Miller was a spunky, hardworking, and mature woman that put family before herself. Getting to know her and the sacrifices she went through for her father and sisters made Ann come alive for me. Even if she was an overzea
Laurie Carlson
“Fairer than Morning” by Rosslyn Elliott

This book is a Historical Christian Fiction which I happened to enjoy very much. If you like this genre of reading, I would highly suggest it. It is the First Book in the Saddler Series.
This was a very nice, enjoyable story set in the 1820’s, which takes place in and between Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ann Miller is caring for her younger sisters after their mother passed away. Her father is a Master Saddler, and they live in Ohio. Ann is supposed to be marryin
A sweet and inspirational story of a young romance!! As soon as you start reading Fairer than Morning you are swept in to the two stories that get woven together. The first is the story of Ann, she is young and fan of poetry but also has to be the head women in her household since her mother died and she has two younger sisters to take care of. Then there is Will, who is an apprentice to one of the most awful men I’ve read about in a long time. When Ann discovers something special in a barrel fr ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
This debut novel from Rosslyn Elliot is sure to be a book you will want to read! Set in the early 1820's we are introduced to the lovely Ann Miller. Ann is helping her father take care of her younger sisters following the death of their mother in childbirth with the youngest daughter. Her father a circuit riding minister and a saddle maker, depends greatly on Ann to take care of the girls. A proposal which has to be refused because her father feels she is too young has Ann chaffing at the respon ...more
Cheryl Olson
When you have suffered great loss in your life, it is believed that you have a heightened sense of compassion to others around you going through great suffering themselves, and you are drawn to them to help somehow. Both of the main characters in Rosslyn Elliott's novel Fairer than Morning have been through much suffering in their lives. Ann Miller is the daughter of a master Saddler who lost his wife and Ann’s mother in childbirth when Ann was just a girl. Ann then needed to step up and be both ...more
Keli Gwyn
Aug 10, 2011 Keli Gwyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Gripping Tale

Debut novelist Rosslyn Elliott is a gifted storyteller. She weaves a tale of characters beset by trial and hardship who, with the grace of God, overcome adversity and find lasting happiness. Will Hanby is one of the most sympathetic heroes I’ve encountered in a romance. He’s not perfect, by any means, but I loved watching the transformation that takes place in his heart as he discovers a hope that transcends his present difficulties. Ann Miller is a likable heroine, one filled wit
Victor Gentile
Jun 18, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosslyn Elliott in her new book, "Fairer Than Morning" Book One in The Saddler's Legacy published by Thomas Nelson takes us to Ohio in 1823.

Ann Miller has a hard life on her father's farm in Rushville, Ohio where her father is a master saddler, a saddle maker. This life is a life that she would love to be separated from. When her mother died in childbirth when Ann was just a girl Ann then became both sister and mother to her two younger sisters. Now Ann has been proposed to by a young man who wi
Sep 02, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Rosslyn Elliott
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
May 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-785-9
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Ann Miller is heartbroken when her father refuses to allow her to marry her childhood friend, Eli, because of her young age. Eli is quick to move on to another, and Ann is convinced she’ll never find love.

Will Hanby is an apprentice to a cruel saddle-maker. He’s worked for him for a couple years, and is barely surviving. Ann is sympathetic toward him, and
Karen Witemeyer
Jul 13, 2011 Karen Witemeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written story of young love! This book took me in a different direction than I expected. It does not follow the usual structure of a romance novel since the two main characters are apart for the majority of the tale, but the characters were so compelling, that I enjoyed following their separate stories, eagerly waiting for them to intertwine.

Will endures such harship and cruelty, yet his heart remains malleable, and when God steps in, this beaten-down boy grows into a man of character an
Margo Berendsen
Set in the 1820's in Ohio and Pennsylvania, this book was not the tame historical romance I first suspected it to be. It was an eye-opening revelation of the time period of indentured servitude, and how it could be just as brutal as slavery. The story is based on the lives of real people and events.

The story of young Ann Miller is just as complex and heartbreaking as Will Hanby's, unfolding in alternating points of view. He is the indentured servant whose most precious possession, letters writt
Bluerose's  Heart
May 03, 2011 Bluerose's Heart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just didn't want to put this book down once I got started reading. Upon starting the story I didn't fully understand what the book was about. I didn't realize it mostly revolved around slavery and an apprentice with an extremely cruel master. It just broke my heart to read about how evil some people were and are.
I've never had a problem with flipping to the end of a book and reading the ending. What I DO have a hard time NOT doing is reading the author's note at the end. Almost every time, th
Sep 13, 2012 Abbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I think I might have liked this one better than the second! There were so many different aspects to this book that gave it such a rich texture. Obviously some romance was involved but that wasn't the only or even the main focal point of the story. Since Will was an indentured servant we got to get a look into that kind of life, though not all masters were as evil and cruel as Master Good. And it was also cool to get another look at a portion of the journey escaped slaves made. ...more
Virginia Campbell
Author Rosslyn Elliott's debut work, "Fairer Than Morning", is the beginning of her trilogy "The Saddler's Legacy". A stirring blend of historical fact and romantic fiction, the series is based on the true story of the Hanby family of Westerville, Ohio, who worked to assist fugitives find freedom through the Underground Railroad. This first book is the story of Will Hanby and Ann Miller, who meet when Ann accompanies her father on a business trip to Pittsburgh, PA. Will is a saddle-maker's appre ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
19th century Ohio is the setting for this wonderful story of love, courage, faith, and hope. Ann is a young woman who has been raising her sisters due to the untimely death of her mother. Her life has been put on hold creating a problem for her when Eli, the "love of her life," asks her to marry him and her father says no. This event puts into play so many changes that Ann almost can't keep up with them. She needs to get out and see other people, but it hurts to see Eli with another girl.

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Rosslyn Elliott writes inspirational historical fiction about ordinary people of faith who find extraordinary strength in hard times.

She lives in the sunny south with her husband, her daughter, a few horses, and two dogs.
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“It was the moment of early spring like the pause when a fiddler has lifted his bow and holds it over the strings, ready to call forth the music.” 4 likes
“Is there anything fairer than morning?" she murmured, not expecting an answer.
He was quiet for a moment. "I can think of three things.”
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