Friday, September 2, 2011

"Fairer than Morning" by Rosslyn Elliott

"Fairer than Morning" by Rossyln Elliott

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 OhioAnn Miller is caring for her younger sisters after their mother passed away.  Her father is a Master Saddler, and they live in OhioAnn is supposed to be marrying a man named Elie Bowen, the son of a prominent family, and he wants to become a doctor.   Ann is and is not so sure about him.
At this same time, world’s apart, there is a young man named Will Hanby, living in Pennsylvania, who is an Apprentice to a Master Saddler, and also a slave to this very mean and brutal Master. 
One time while traveling for her father’s business in Pittsburgh, she happens to see Will once.  She didn’t think a whole lot of it at the time.
Later, as the story unfolds, she meets Will again, at her home, after Will could no longer take what his Master is doing to him.  Things change drastically for both of them when Will stays.  This is when she starts to wonder about WillWill has pledged his heart to a woman back in Pittsburgh, a woman whom he has gotten out of a bad situation herself.  This is not such a great time in Will’s life as it has changed drastically.  He is now a slave on the run facing tremendous adversity.
I don’t want to go any further and give away spoilers, but this story is SO good!  The rest of it unfolds in many surprising ways.  I was very shocked to learn of some of the things that happened.
The historical part of this story turns out to be very true and is based on a true family.  I was surprised to learn this in the Author’s acknowledgments.  The Author did a great job of character development and wrote the story with reading ease and intrigue.  Her Historical facts seemed to be right on as well.  This is a great debut author you don’t want to miss!
Again, if you enjoy this type of genre, I would HIGHLY suggest this book!
I received this book for “FREE” from LitFuse Publicity, through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read this book and write a review about it.  It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.”  I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book.  All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it.  Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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?

MY GIVEAWAY:  MY COPY OF THIS BOOK!   I ended up purchasing thIs book on my Kindle because I KNEW I WILL read this one again and again!  I have this book at my fingertips for my reading pleasure anytime!  So now I have this hard copy of the actual book available up for GIVEAWAY!   

TO ENTER TO WIN "MY" COPY OF THIS BOOK, CLICK ON THE ABOVE TAB CALLED ***ALL GIVEAWAYS***!  YOU WILL HAVE TO SCROLL ALLLLLLLLLLL THE WAY DOWN PAST ALLLLLLLLLLLL THE BLOGS LISTED FOR THE 'Back to the Books Giveaway'- make sure you ENTER!  (and it's a LONG scroll alllllllllll the way down!)  Good luck! Now keep reading!  There are MORE prizes being given away by the Author and LitFuse Publicity!  

This book is on a Book Blog Tour Sponsored by LitFuse!  MORE Blogs participating in this Book Blog Tour can be found at: 

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.

For more about Rosslyn, visit her website:


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

Please use the following that is printed below to TWEET this giveaway!!!

Win a KINDLE from @rosslynelliott in Fairer Than Morning Giveaway. FB Party 9/20 - win a custom period dress @litfuse


  1. Laurie, thank you! I appreciate your kind comments and the time you took to read my book, write a review and tweet it. Off to follow you on Twitter! :-)

  2. Hi Rosslyn! Thank YOU for coming by my Blog! It's such a pleasure to have ylou! Thank YOU for writing the book! It was a VERY pleasurable book to read! I LOVED it!
    I hope you have MORE sequels coming!!! It sounds like you do, so . . . Can't wait!!!
    Thanks again SO much!


I LOVE Comments so please leave one! After I review the comments and make sure they are NOT SPAM - I HAVE BEEN BOMBARDED WITH SPAM - YOUR COMMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED HERE! Thanks SO MUCH for your patience and for leaving a comment!!! Comments are ALWAYS welcomed, YET THEY WILL NOT LINK TO GOOGLE+ EITHER DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF SPAM!!! When I say this blog is experiencing SPAM, we are talking 30+ comments PER DAY that are spam! Please understand!! Again, thank you!!