Fairer Than Morning (Saddler's Legacy #1)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was based on a true story and true events, though some parts were adde...more
The plot in this book is well thought out and the characters well developed. Faith in God also has a place...more
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...more
According to the back cover Fairer than Morning is a Christian romance but it is so much more than that. The pretty cove...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Author: Rosslyn Elliott
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I will say that there is some violen...more
Ann feels like the weight of the world is on her; her mother died giving birth to her youngest sister and Ann has had to take care of her little sisters ever since. Her father is a traveling preacher so he is gone quite often. She loves Eli but...more
Only Eli is four years older than Ann, and with her father's stern request that she waits til she is 18 to marry, she can't give him the answer to his proposal while she is only 15. Co...more
The front and back cover of this book really undersold this story! I was expecting a sweet historical romance, but instead I found a gritty tale of indentured servanthood, fleeing slaves, duels, bounty hunters, and murder.
Fairer Than Morning is a historically rich novel that has at its heart themes from Nicholas Nickleby and Uncle Tom's Cabin. Rosslyn's writing is elegant and emotive-high drama scenes are counter balanced with poetic...more
This series is a work of fiction inspired by the Hanby Family from Westerville, Oh.
In the 19th century Ohio Ann is a young woman, daughter of a saddler and sometime preacher. She lost her Mother at a young age and has been surrogate Mother to two small sisters. She takes her job seriously and as she becomes of a age to marry she is in quandry. Should she leave and start a life with Levi whom has been courting her or...more
She earned a Ph.D. in English (American Literature) from Emory University. She lives in the sunny south with her husband, her daughter, a few horses, and two dogs.
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