Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review- Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott is the story of indentured servant Will Hanby, who learns to trust the Lord in all circumstances.

The behaviors of supporting characters in this novel were often shockingly amoral and cruel and for the first time in a while I found myself grateful I didn't live in historical times when duels to the death were appropriate ways to find justice and when people could legally sign away their rights as a person.

I fell in love with Will as a hero. Though he was both malnourished and malodorous at the beginning of the story, by the end he was the kind of man you'd want to sweep you off your feet, honorable and brave lacking any noticeable B.O. (always a selling point for me).

Elliott's debut was a compelling read, with an ending I had a hard time predicting- and romance is not usually known for being unpredictable. I look forward to reading her future work.

Want more info? Here's the book blurb:
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 rating:


  1. You made me laugh out loud! This has to go down as one of my favorite reviews of all time. I'm going to have a big smile on my face all day whenever I think of it. Thanks so much for taking the time to review it and for your uplifting and funny comments. Now I want to sit down and have a nice long coffee chat with you about other things you've read...maybe some day.

    I also LOVE the picture you posted on Thursday!

  2. Great review, Joy! I just started this one, but I have to have it finished by Saturday, so I'm eager to dive in now that I've finished Torrent!! (And what a ride that was!!) :D


  3. Great review Joy! I love the cover of the book and I almost think that that is half the sale.

    BTW I'll be sending The Dashwood Sisters Tell All back to you next weekend. If you liked the other 2 books you will like this one too.

  4. i had no idea that was what this book was about. thanks for sharing your review, joy, it sounds like something i would like.

  5. Unpredictable? I'm intrigued! I might have to add this one to my TBR shelf!

    I prefer my heroes w/out the B.O., too! ;-) Great review! Sounds like a good rainy-day read!


  6. @Rosslyn- Thanks so much for the review copy!
    @Amber- I think you'll like this one.
    @Julie- Do you want to swap something? Let me know. I have whatever you've seen reviewed here recently plus what's in the reviews coming up section to the right.
    @Carrie- Glad I could help. :)
    @Serena- Yeah, I was full of angst over this one. I couldn't take it and had to flip to the end just to make sure I was getting a HEA. LOL.

  7. Well Joy, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All is your book. :) You sent it to me a while back because I wanted to read it and you didn't have time. I would like to read Fairer Than Morning or The Doctors Lady. And YOU have to read Kiss of Night so that we can discuss it! Of course the blog tour isn't until October, but I want to know what you think!!!


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