Fairer Than Morning, Saddlers Legacy Series #1Fairer Than Morning, Saddlers Legacy Series #1
Rosslyn Elliott
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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?
     


 

 Fairer Than Morning Discussion Questions: Rosslyn Elliott


 

1) Ann’s journey by steamboat to Pittsburgh provides the opportunity for reflection and change, as travel often will. Why does Ann’s first trip to the city change her?

 


2) How does Mr. Miller influence Will Hanby? Have you ever known someone like Mr. Miller, who has stepped into a parental role for a young person unrelated by blood?

 


3) Jacob Good behaves in ways that are shocking, by normal standards of decency. What do you think motivates him in his relationships to others?

 


4) After Ann reads The Mysteries of Udolpho, she reconsiders her attitude toward sentiment and benevolent acts. Do you think some novels can either benefit or harm the way people think? Why or why not? And if so, can you think of examples?

 


5) Where is Will spiritually at the beginning of the novel? How and why does he change by the end of the novel?

 


6) Will’s trials could have left him a broken person, but instead he chooses to help others in similar abusive situations. Do you know anyone who has turned pain into a desire for serving others?

 


7) How does the environment (weather, countryside, cityscape) reflect what is happening in the story?

 


8) Why does it take Ann so long to understand her emotions toward Will?

 


9) Will spends much of the novel repenting his behavior with Emmie Flynn. Why do you think he crossed his own moral boundaries and did something he later regretted?

 


10) Dueling was controversial in the nineteenth century. Gentlemen felt it was necessary to defend their honor, but many spoke out from the pulpit against the practice. Do you think there could be a legitimate reason for a duel in 1826?

 


11) In the afterword, the author describes which parts of the novel are factual and which have been fictionalized. What is the difference between a historical account and historical fiction? What are the advantages and disadvantages of fictionalizing history?

 

 

 


 

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