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Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott
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Nov 09, 2012

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Rosslyn Elliott's latest book Sweeter than Birdsong is even better than her first book in The Saddler's Legacy series. Loosely based on the real life story of the Hanby family, Elliot has once again created characters that leap off the page and straight into your heart. From the opening scene with our heroine, we are drawn into Kate Winter's struggle with the overwhelming grip of debilitating shyness on her life. Her desire to retreat into solitude and leave her unhappy home life behind is constantly thwarted at every turn. Kate daily finds herself struggling to avoid the anger of an overbearing and socially ambitious mother. She is forced to bend to the demands of proper social decorum. She soon finds herself the unwilling recipient of attention from two dashing young men, Frederick Jones and Ben Hanby. Just as she is resigned that there is no hope in staying in her current situation, Kate is thrust on the journey of a lifetime. In a moment of divine providence Kate is suddenly exposed to the workings of the Underground Railroad, opening her heart and mind to the plight of others much less fortunate than herself.

Rosslyn Elliott's writing is rich and full of beautiful details that set the stage for this historic novel set in 1855 at Otterbein College. Readers will be quickly drawn into the story. I highly recommend it!
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