Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LOVE Fairer than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott

You’ll not often catch me reading inspirational historical fiction. But I’ve found one I’d read again. And again. Rosslyn Elliott crafts a beautiful and compelling story with her debut, Fairer than Morning.

Will Hanby and Ann Miller are two young people haunted by the past who seek love and freedom as they assist fugitives on the Underground Railroad. Based on the true story of the Hanby family of Westerville, Ohio, Rosslyn masterfully entices readers to get swept up in the adventures of a saddle-maker’s daughter and his future apprentice. I clenched reading about the abuse Will suffers and delighted in wondering about Ann’s romantic pursuits.

Rosslyn’s command of historical details combined with a solidly entertaining plot, and engaging characters results in a memorable, can’t-put-it-down novel.

I was moved to tears (it’s not often a book is able to make me cry) while reading the message of forgiveness. There are scenes in this book I don’t doubt will come to mind when I face the decision of whether or not to forgive someone.

Rosslyn impressed me beyond words with this well-told story. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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*I was given this book to do any ole’ thing I wanted with it. How could I not give a review when a book stirs me like this one did?
**check out what Rosslyn shared about wanting your novels to change the world when she visited my blog last year


  1. Rosslyn's book is on my list. I'm so thrilled to see so many people loving her story and her beautiful writing. But I'm not surprised!!!

  2. Wow, that sounds amazing! I LOVE anything to do with the Underground Railroad. The people involved were so brave and awesome. Harriet Tubman is one of my heroes.
    Thanks for the review! I hope I get my hands on her book.

  3. I am really, really eager to read this book! It's next up on my list. Now if I could only make time to read!!

  4. Great review! Sounds like a book that will really pull you in emotionally.

  5. I will have to present this book to my book club. We're currently reading a sci-fi book from this same time period, which is very different. It's called Kindred by Octavia Butler.

  6. Wendy, thank you so much. Words of praise from you are high praise indeed, because of your own writing ability and discernment. I am honored that you enjoyed my novel!

  7. I'm in the middle of this book right now. Really enjoying it...and I LOVE the cover too!

  8. SOLD! This book sounds good.

    It's now on my summer reading list.

  9. I've heard such great things about Rosslyn's writing...It's time I read it for myself. Thanks for a great review, Wendy.

  10. I'm in total agreement, Wendy! I also loved this book and can't wait for the next one.


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