Lovelier than Daylight - eBook
Susanna Hanby is on a quest to find and protect her sister, Rachel's, children who have disappeared. But when Susanna, who has strong temperance leanings, crosses paths with Johann Giere the heir to a German brewery sparks fly and her convictions are tested.
Johann on the other hand dreams of a career in journalism, in New York City. Can Susanna and Johann join forces to rescue Rachel's children?
The final installment in the Hanby Legacy delves into the question of Christians and alcohol, which I thought that Ms. Elliott dealt with very well, though it is a very tricky subject to tackle, just like in the situations in this story.
I loved the characters, Johann was a gentleman, who went out of his way to help Susanna and her family, in ways that not many people would. Yet he had his dreams. Susanna was passionate about protecting her sister's children and, I loved her spirit and determination.
Overall, Ms. Elliott's books are always a pleasure to read because of her excellent story telling skills and her classic style. And this book was no exception. A great book for fans of Ms. Elliot's previous installments in this series and new fans alike :)
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May 6, 2013
Historical fiction with unbelievable ending
In Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliot, Susanna Hanby is headed off to college in Westerville, Ohio, when she discovers her sister Rachel and RachelÃ¢ÂÂs children have disappeared. Susanna suspects that RachelÃ¢ÂÂs alcoholic husband knows more than heÃ¢ÂÂs saying and she vows to uncover the truth. She travels to her aunt and uncle's house and enlists their help in searching for the children, hoping to adopt them herself. Along the way she meets Johann Giere, the heir to a successful German-American brewery in Columbus, who has recently signed on as the supplier for a new saloon in Westerville. Although she despises alcohol and fights for temperance in the town against the saloon, she soon depends on Johann's help to find and retrieve her lost nieces and nephews.
I did not read the previous two books of this trilogy, but I found that this story could stand well on its own. I was drawn to the character of Susanna and could feel the depth of her emotions as she struggled with her feelings for Johann and her intense dislike of alcohol. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of her nieces and nephews was well written, and I did not anticipate the ending at all. It was quite a surprise to learn what had really happened, and yet it was believable as well. I did have a hard time with the relationship between Johann and Susanna, as I think that someone who held such deep convictions against alcohol would have had a difficult time committing to someone who manufactured alcohol. Although I think it is possible for some people to separate the two issues, I would have had a hard time doing so. The book did pique my interest in the history from that time, and I would like to learn more about it as well as read the other two novels in the series.
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February 20, 2013
Incredible Ending to a Great Series
I loved the first two books in the serie and was excited to read the conclusion, Lovelier Than Daylight. Rosslyn wrapped up this series while still bringing readers a new story.
I was particularly impressed with how historical details are woven throughout the story. Rather than taking over the story, they provide a great backdrop for emotional, personal stories. I can only imagine how intense Rosslyn's research process must be!
I loved Susanna's character. She has an incredible sense of justice and moral character. But as the circumstances in her life change, she is forced to evaluate what she believes and how that influences her decisions. And while the ending surprised me in some ways, I was still satisfied.
I was blown away by this beautifully-written story. At times, the book almost seemed poetic. I can't wait to see what Rosslyn writes next. In the meantime, I highly recommend Lovelier Than Daylight and the rest of The Saddler's Legacy series! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.
February 19, 2013
Lovelier Than Daylight
In book three of The Saddler's Legacy series Susanna Hanby stops in to visit her sister. But her sister Rachel and Rachel's children are are are no where to be found. Rachel's drunkard husband said that Rachel had be unfaithful to him and that she gave her children to an orphanage. Susanna did not believe her sister would do such things. Rachel was a good mother and loved her children even during the harshest of times.
Susanna was on a quest to first find the children and then to find their mother. She may even have to put off her life long dream of going to college in order to care for the children. She is living with her grandparents and hopes they will be able to help her in finding and caring for the children.
Johann Giere is the heir to his family's brewery but he would much rather be a newspaper journalist. One day he meets Susanna and her grandfather on the train and when Susanna found out his family owned a brewery she was ready to take his head off. She felt it was because of people like him that turned her brother-in-law to drink and therefore causing her sister to be missing and the children being thrown into an orphanage. Nothing would sway her opinion differently!
The author brings The Saddler's Legacy ahead to the third generation of Handby's. She creates Susanna as a headstrong woman moving into a new era fighting for the civil rights of women and children. There is a mystery to solve and a quest to conquer. Susanna's dragon to kill in this case is alcohol in any fashion. She blames it for all her families problems. The author came up with a lot of trickery that goes on in the characters attempt to get custody of the children. She puts her heroine in perilous situations while searching for the sister. But of course there must be a hero to come to her rescue or shall we say for Susanna's sensibility, her sidekick.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a giveaway on Lena Nelson Dooley's website. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
February 17, 2013