About the Book
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor-until she meets a runaway apprentice who knows what a truly noble man is.
In 1826, Ann Miller travels to Pittsburgh with her widowed father and two young sisters, only to find that a mysterious man has pursued them all the way from Ohio. Is Ann’s father just a circuit minister, or is he hiding something that may endanger them all?
Will Hanby indentures with a Pittsburgh saddler maker, only to discover that his master is a cold-hearted tyrant. After years of abuse, Will becomes a prisoner of his own mind. But then lovely Ann Miller comes to stay next door and her compassion lights a long-dark part of Will’s soul. His renewed courage puts his life in jeopardy as he begins to assist fugitive slaves.
Will’s murderous master and Ann’s questions about her family may keep both of them bound in the shadows forever. Or will they find freedom–together?
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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.
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!
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 excerpts and lyrical conversations.
The romance between Will and Ann does not become a major plot contender until the last quarter of the book. It was not this element that continually drew me into this story, but Will’s journey from physical and emotional bondage to freedom that kept my attention riveted to the page. Will’s enslavement to a cruel master is all the more gut wrenching since this is based on a true story.
I am looking forward to see what the next book in this series brings. A wonderful debut from Rosslyn Elliott!
**Review copy provided by Litfuse**