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.
I quite enjoyed this book. It takes a interesting time in American history and adds a romance story and even some mystery into the fold.
What I liked: This book had a lot of depth and a few different angles to the plot that made it very interesting. Susanna was quite likeable. She did not always think before she spoke but as the book goes along she starts to realize she needs to let God help her to stop and think. I think almost anyone could relate to her. Johann was also quite likeable. He was dealing with what he wanted to do with his life. He could continue to work for his father or he could become a full time journalist. Again he had to stop and let God help him find his way. Ann and Will where also in this book. This is the third book in the series and Ann and Will where the main characters in the first book. They are Susanna's aunt and uncle and I liked how they fit in the story line.
What I did not like: There really was not much I did not like. Susanna was a little annoying at first but I could understand why she acted the way she did.
Overall this was a great book and I really enjoyed it. It dealt with how drinking can affect a family as well as how Christians can over step at times and how in the end God is supreme even when it seems hopeless. The author did a wonderful job tying it all together. This is the last book in a series of three. I have not read the two books before it but this book can easily be read as a stand alone. Also even though I have not read the other two books I thought the way she wrapped up the book at the end closed the whole series well. I would like to go back at some point and read the first two books to learn more about those characters. If you're a Historical Fiction fan you will like this book. The information about the time period was very well researched and crafted into a wonderful story. Check it out!
In the third installment of the Saddler's Legacy series, Susanna Hanby is a young woman with some heavy battles on her hands. Her sister Rachel has vanished leaving her children at an orphanage. Susanna is determined to find a way to take nieces and nephews home with her even if that means abandoning her college plans. In the midst of this personal anguish a new saloon has opened in town causing a violent uproar from the God-fearing residents of the little town of Westerville, Ohio and a young man by the name of Johann Giere-the son of a lager brewer-threatens Susanna's convictions.
Though a little slow going at first, the Lovelier Than Daylight is a very unique tale that soon picks up momentum and the reader's interest. The topic of alcohol abuse is handled well with the historical elements leading up to the Temperance Movement in the United States. The character of Susanna is often easy to relate to and Johann is very likeable. Overall, Ms Elliott creates an interesting story with dynamic characters and a reasonably happy ending.
A captivating story in a challenging time period, this novel quickly had my attention and interest. It's one of those stories that goes beyond the page to fill my mind with questions while I can't be reading. The characters are such that you want to cheer for them and see them succeed.
One of the things I loved the most about the book was the writing style and voice. I believe this book truly captivated the essence of years of practice and hard work and previous works of published fiction. Beautiful imagery and word pictures that didn't distract from the story are what set this book above others I have read.
Now that I have read three books about the Hanby family, I am fascinated to know more and am a bit disappointed that this the final book in the series. Reconnecting with previous characters makes this novel that much more rich for the reader.
The romance was a great player in the book, though I almost wish it had played a stronger role. But the ending certainly makes up for any bit of lack I thought the middle might have had.
All in all, I am quite pleased with this latest novel find and have added it to my keeper shelf.
This review is my honest opinion, thanks to the author for my copy to review.
"Lovelier Than Daylight," the third installment in the Saddler's Legacy series by Rosslyn Elliott, was also my favorite. This story revolves around the Westerville Whiskey Wars of 1875 and 1879â€”though, for the purposes of her story, Elliott combined them into one event. In Elliott's words:
"In this novel, people of faith grapple with difficult questions about the use and abuse of alcohol, questions that still cause controversy and divide families and churches. My aim was to depict all of these opinions and show how one family might have handled the decisions that faced them under the circumstances. I did not try to advocate one point of view or elevate one believer above another, but instead aimed to hold up a mirror to a historical event that still has the power to cause us to examine our moral choices."
In my opinion, Elliott achieved her aim and did so effectively. After reading this book, people on opposite sides of this fence will have much to discuss. This book will indeed make readers think.
Aside from that, the story itself is intense. On her way to college, Susanna Hanby stops to visit her sister only to learn that her sister has left her husband and abandoned her six children. She is missing and may even be dead. Susanna finds the children in two different orphanage-type homes. With the help of her aunt and uncle, Ann and Will Hanby (introduced in Book One of this series), Susanna must find a way to rescue the children and reunite the family.
In the meantime, aspiring reporter and brewery heir Johann Giere wrestles with career choices and struggles to earn Susanna's respect. He longs to help her family, yet is hindered when she blames his family's business for causing the troubles in hers. The tense situation in Westerville will either draw them together or drive them forever apart.
Thomas Nelson Publishers gave me a complimentary eCopy of "Lovelier Than Daylight" for this honest review. Readers who enjoy considering how complex issues can play out in life will find much to contemplate within the pages of this book.