Fairer Than Morning, Saddlers Legacy Series #1   -     By: Rosslyn Elliott
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Fairer Than Morning, Saddlers Legacy Series #1

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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595547851
ISBN-13: 9781595547859
Availability: In Stock
Series: Saddler's Legacy

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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?


This well-written historical series debut with a homespun feel is sure to please Lori Wick readers. - Library Journal


Rosslyn Elliott's Fairer than Morning tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring story of two struggling individuals thrown together in the most unlikely manner. A story filled with cruelty, mistrust, mystery, forgiveness, and redemption, Elliott's novel focuses on Ann Miller and Will Hanby. Hardships draw these two together in a way they would never have imagined as they make discoveries about themselves and one another.

Ann Miller, who decides she isn’t going to stay home on yet another of her father's business trips, bargains with him to let her and her two sisters join him. While their trip is fraught with peril, Ann meets a mistreated apprentice, Will Hanby, who's in more danger than she. Failing to find a solution to Will's trials by the time she leaves, Ann's heart is burdened. After being reunited when Will runs for his life, they must face his master, their pasts, and bounty hunters, all the while trusting God to lead them through these ordeals.

Fairer than Morning is an excellent story about redemption and God's constant protection. Psalm 23:4-5 sums up the theme of this story perfectly. This book flows seamlessly and hooks readers from the first sentence. By being written in first person from both Ann and Will's points of view, a deeply vulnerable and dynamic connection is created between characters and readers. The struggles they experience, along with the interactions between the characters themselves, draw the audience intimately into their lives.

Fairer than Morning is a poignant story that will not only keep readers holding their breath in anticipation, but also will inspire and move them to stand up for their beliefs. Targeted at women ages 15 to 55, this content-heavy book is a pure delight and would be a great addition to any personal or church library. – Rachel Vachon, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Arizona
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 28, 2012
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This book held my interest (my criterion) from beginning to end.My favorite genre is historical romance because good authors are meticulous in their research of the time period & customs of which they're writing. This novel certainly reflects that fact. I found myself outraged by the treatment of indentured servants that was actually within the law during this time in history. Looking forward to #2 in this series!
  2. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Romance in early 19th century America
    April 18, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ann Miller, eldest of three daughters of the widowed saddler, feels torn between the need to help care for her sisters and her desire to marry dashing Eli Bowen, with whom she shares a love of literature. When she travels with her family from Ohio to Pittsburgh, she meets orphaned Will Hanby, a saddler's apprentice enslaved by a cruel master. She longs to help Will, but how could she possibly change his pitiable circumstances? Can Will learn to forgive and be able to find love?

    Early nineteenth century America was a tough place to live if you were a slave or an indentured servant. This novel, the first book of The Saddler's Legacy series by debut author Rosslyn Elliott, brings history to life—including unpleasant things like beatings, a duel, and harsh treatment of the poor. But the story offers hope for a better life for those unfortunate ones in Fairer than Morning. The author also portrays the life of the middle class and the wealthy as they interact in this touching tale, which is based on actual people.

    I don't want to give away all the adventures and excitement contained within this book's pages. Readers can explore this journey to freedom on their own
  3. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Romance
    April 3, 2012
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Music offers Kate sweet refuge from her troubles_but real freedom is sweeter.

    In Westerville, Ohio, 1855, Kate Winter's dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she'll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance--and use it to mask her flight.

    Ben Hanby, Otterbein College's musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

    A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.

    Sweeter than Birdsong is a stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real historical people and events.

    This is an incredible book. It is written in a beautiful writing style, with lush words and historical detail that put me right in the story. The romance is subtle and sweet, I especially loved the way Dan treated Kate, especially in contrast to her parents' cruel behaviour.

    There is a great subplot about slaves and an effort to steal away some of them to freedom, and that is also the part of the story that is based on true facts, from my understanding. This was very interesting, and it added some action to the plot. However, sometimes I thought this plotline was taking over the main plotline of the book, and that's the reason I thought the story was a bit lagging in the middle.

    This notwithstanding, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. She has also written Fairer than Morning.

    I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

    Rating: 4/5

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  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Much Fairer Than I Expected!
    December 19, 2011
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Will Hanby is a broken soul. Following the death of his parents, he signs on as a saddlemaker apprentice to Master Jacob Good. Master Good turns out to be a cruel teacher with a thirst for power. When Ann Miller and her father encounter Will, Will is drawn to the kindness and light that he sees in them. As circumstances develop and change, Will flees his terrible master in search of the Millers. When he finds them, he realizes the danger surrounding them all. As a wanted man, he must stay hidden and the Millers could be in trouble. But far more dangerous are the feelings developing between Will and Ann. Can Will overcome his troubled past? Will Ann ever see him as more than a dirty and broken youth? And if Will trusts the future to God, will Ann wait for him until the apprenticeship is fulfilled?

    Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott is probably in the top ten books I've read this year. The story had my attention from the very beginning. Will Hanby's character transformation from broken apprentice to brave Christian reflected a strong sense of personal healing and growth that added depth to the story. I would have liked to have seen more growth and resolution in Ann's character. If Ann's nightmares had been resolved and an additional scene between Eli and Ann had been added, I think the closure of the story would have been more complete. There is a sequel coming out next year, but it does not appear to focus on Will and Ann. Overall, Fairer Than Morning was a surprisingly enjoyable read that I have no doubt I will eventually read again. I recommend it to fans of Christian romances.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    From The Darkness Into His Marvelous Light!
    September 27, 2011
    W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In Fairer Than Morning, debut author Rosslyn Elliott takes us away to Ohio in the early 1800s, an era of indentured servants and runaway slaves; a time of gross darkness and light, prosperity and poverty. Our heroine, Ann Miller, lives with her father, a master saddler, and a good Christian man who helps lead runaway slaves to the underground railroad. As he travels on a business trip to Pittsburgh, Ann, nursing a broken heart from her sweetheart, Eli, decides to accompany her father. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddler's apprentice.

    Will has indentured himself to Master Good, to learn the fine art of saddle making, not realizing that he is a cruel man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Will is tormented, beaten, and broken in spirit when he meets the lovely Ann and her kind father, and when they return to Ohio he vows to run away and find them at any cost. In his despair, loneliness, and need for love, Will reaches out to an impoverished young lady, Emmie, and compromises her. Feeling tremendous regret and shame, Will is determined to learn the saddler's trade and come back for Emmie, and make things right by marrying her and taking her to Ohio.

    Once there, under the tutelage of Mr. Miller, Will learns more than just saddle making. He learns of God's love that reaches down into his dark, love-starved soul, and of forgiveness, and immediately begins to seek God's will for his life. What are God's plans for him, and what happens when Will decides to return to his ex-master and make restitution? When Emmie accepts his marriage proposal, what's to become of Will's attraction to the lovely, kindhearted Ann? And when Ann's ex-sweetheart proposes, what is to become of her overwhelming feelings for Will?

    Rosslyn Elliott's first published novel is powerful, realistic, and heartwrenching at times. Her research of this fiction based on factual people and events is impressive and is truly a page-turner! Although there is romance in this novel it is actually more of a historical tale, than a lighthearted romance. With a strong spiritual thread throughout, I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series!

    *This book was sent to me by the author and I was not required to give a positive review.
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