Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fairer Than Morning - a Litfuse Review

Fairer Than Morning, by Rosslyn Elliott, was exactly the type of book that I LOVE to read! A romance set in 19th Century Pittsburgh and a farm in Ohio, this book was incredibly gripping. If you read this book, you'll find a story that tugs your heartstrings, keeps your nails short (because you'll chew them off in anticipation!!), and leaves you loving the main characters.

I love when I finish reading a book with a love of the characters, and this is exactly what has happened for me. Ann Miller, the heroine, lost her mother when she was just a young girl. As a teen, she finds herself smitten with Eli Bowen, a young romantic much like herself. However, when Eli proposes and Ann tells him that her father would never allow her to marry at 15, Eli soon has his head turned by another young lady.

A few years later when Ann, her minister/saddler father, and her sisters go on a trip to Pittsburgh where her father has been commissioned to make a saddle for a well-to-do lady, Ann finds herself in the middle of danger. To add to that, Will Hanby, a saddle-maker's apprentice, lives nearby where Ann and her family are staying in Pittsburgh. Will's and Ann's hearts are tied in a very tender way, and when Ann realizes that Will's master is a cruel man, she longs to find a way to help him.

When Ann's father finishes his task and Ann and her family go back to Ohio, Will makes the decision to leave his master, forsaking his contract for indenture, and follows the Millers.

Excellent story. Excellent drama. Excellent characters. The only thing more I could ask would be for the story to continue!!

This is definitely

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.
For more about Rosslyn, visit her website:

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!

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I received Fairer Than Morning as a complimentary gift in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to give a favorable review; my opinions are my own.


  1. Jami, thank you so much! What an uplifting, encouraging review--and you did a really good job writing the summary too. That's not easy!

    I'll stop in to see if anyone has any comments or questions over the next day or so. But mostly, THANK YOU for taking the time to read and for loving it. That makes it worthwhile.

  2. Rosslyn, the pleasure is all mine. I can't get over how much the characters moved me; you did an excellent job with them! I look forward to reading more of your books!

  3. Hi again! Would you mind posting this lovely review on Amazon? We debut authors need all the help we can get. :-) So if you get a chance, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Jami!

  4. Hi, Rosslyn, I already posted it on Amazon the same day I posted this review. Here's the link if you wanna check it out:

    I always post on Amazon as well as here because I don't exactly have the hit count that Amazon does. lol


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