Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fairer than Morning

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 tries to find help for him, but no one can do anything.

Will’s master is asking him to damage Mr. Miller’s saddles, when Mr. Miller comes to Pittsburg to work at his saddlery. If Will disobeys, then he might be killed. But how can he be mean to a man that’s kind to him? And Ann… if Will ever finds his way to her, will she be waiting?

FAIRER THAN MORNING is the debut novel by Rosslyn Elliot, and the first novel in The Saddler’s Legacy series. Loosely based on a true story, this is a heart-breaking story of love, loss, and cruelty. I wanted to do something to help Will and was glad there were a few people who were kind to him. At times I wondered what Ann saw in her first love, Eli, as he didn’t seem to be all that, and I hoped that somehow Will could cross the social lines—and a few states—to eventually find his way to Ann. Discussion questions and an interesting history lesson are found at the end of the book. $15.99. 393 pages.


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About the book:

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?

Read an excerpt here:

About Rosslyn:
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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About the giveaway and party:

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

Blog tour schedule: (please include the link (not the schedule) to the blog tour post in your review:

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