Review (Christian Fiction): Fairer than Morning (Saddler's Legacy, Book 1) by Rosslyn Elliott

Fairer than Morning (The Saddler's Legacy, Book 1)
by Rosslyn Elliott
Copyright 2011
Thomas Nelson
396 pages
ISBN: 9781595547859

From the publisher:
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 Review:
Every so often a new author comes along with a debut release that I get really pumped for only to be let down by a lackluster story. This year I'm happy to say that with all the new authors I've read, I've yet to be disappointed. I'm confident Rosslyn Elliott, author of Fairer than Morning will make a name for herself as a front runner and must-read author in Christian fiction.

According to the back cover Fairer than Morning is a Christian romance but it is so much more than that. The pretty cover suggests that the pages in between will be a sweet love story but you will be surprised. If anything it is very Dickensian and unveils the good in people where you least expect it and the evil that can lurk in men's souls. I don't think I have ever read a Christian book quite like this and I enjoyed it very much. Will is most unlike the typical hunky and handsome romance hero as you can get but you still route for him and hope he finds love and peace. Everything that seemed to go wrong for Will did go wrong and I wondered how he would ever escape his evil and depraved master. Thankfully this story ends well.

Fairer than Morning didn't just take place in one town but it takes you on a journey. From the farms of Ohio to the burgeoning industrial city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from mansions to abandoned shacks. I never felt I was living in a story world as much as I did while reading this book. The setting, the characters, the story, I recommend it to anyone who loves dramatic, heart stirring reads!

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*I received my book through Thomas Nelson's, Booksneeze review program, I was not obligated to provide a positive review.*



  1. This one just came in the mail this week. I can't wait to read it. Every review I see for this book makes it sound so good!


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