Book Review: “Lovelier than Daylight” By Rosslyn Elliott

November 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Rosslyn Elliott in her new book, “Lovelier than Daylight” Book Three in The Saddler’s Legacy published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Susanna Hamby in 1875 Ohio.

From the back cover:  Susanna is a lady of principles who values family above all. Johann seems to represent all she despises . . . but appearances can be deceiving.

In 1875, 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.

Johann Giere is heir to a successful German-American brewery in Columbus, but longs for a career in journalism in New York City. When Johann signs on as the supplier for a new saloon in Westerville, his and Susanna’s paths cross and sparks fly. A fiery temperance crusader, Susanna despises Johann’s profession, but she cannot deny the attraction.

When Susanna learns that Rachel’s children have been indentured to orphanages in the city, she despairs that her family will be fractured forever. But Johann makes Susanna an offer she can’t refuse—pitting her passion and her principles against one another.

If she can find a way for her head and her heart to be in harmony, a future lovelier than daylight awaits her.

Lovelier than Daylight is a story of love and faith based on the Westerville Whiskey War of 1875, a dramatic real historical event featured in the 2011 documentary Prohibition by Ken Burns.

In “Lovelier than Daylight” Rosslyn Elliott not only gives us a great romance but a real piece of history.  While her work is fiction this book is based on the lives of a real Johann and Susanna who went through much of the events depicted in the story.  This story has such great themes such as the use and abuse of alcohol and intolerance to the point of violence.  I like history and any story that focuses on some historical event, in this case the Westerville Whiskey War of 1875, is a winner in my book.  On top of all of that “Lovelier than Daylight” has the most creative romances between Johann and Susanna as one sells alcohol and the other is a temperance crusader.  This is a wonderful read and I guarantee you will be delighted.   I am sorry that this series is ending however I look forward to more great stories from Rosslyn Elliott

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