The final volume of The Saddler's Legacy trilogy by Rosslyn Elliott concludes the story of the Hanby family. This novel focuses on Susanna, Will Hanby's niece, and her sister's family's dilemma. How can she possibly help her own nieces and nephews? Add to her personal struggles Westerville's fight against alcohol in town, which she strongly supports, and the heir of a German brewing family, Johann Giere, who seems to be attracted to her. Trials mount and no solution looms in sight. Will faith and love overcome such adversity?
Based on an actual family history and the Whiskey War of 1875, this book offers insights into life then and for personal reflection on how one would react and choose to act if faced with a similar situation. I enjoy reading books that open doors to the past and the future as well as helping me improve my life in the present.
What a lovely book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Susanna and Johann and the struggles they went through. I have become aware that this is the third book in a series, however, I was able to follow the story without any problems at all. Lovelier Than Daylight can definitely stand alone.
The book begins with Susanna's shocking discovery that her sister has disappeared and her six nieces and nephews have been placed in orphanages. Susanna's drunk brother-in-law claims that Rachel, his wife, has deserted the family and run off with another man.
Susanna and Johann's paths cross when Johann accompanies a shipment of lager from his family's brewery to Westerville, where Susanna is living with her Aunt and Uncle. These two are drawn to each other, however, Susanna has very strong views regarding alcohol and has trouble seeing past Johann's family business.
We follow the story of Susanna and Johann's quest to retrieve the children and unearth the truth behind the disappearance of Susanna's sister. And what a story it is, with many twists and turns.
The author has done a wonderful job of creating characters that are complex and situations that are not easily resolved. The topics of prejudice, drunkenness, and malicious anger are covered, as well as lessons learned about forgiveness and love toward others.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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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In Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliot, Susanna Hanby is headed off to college in Westerville, Ohio, when she discovers her sister Rachel and Rachel's children have disappeared. Susanna suspects that Rachel's alcoholic husband knows more than he's 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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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.