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400 pages
May 2011

Fairer than Morning

by Rosslyn Elliott

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Review:

Rosslyn Elliottís 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, Elliottís 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 isnít going to stay home on yet another of her fatherís 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, whoís in more danger than she. Failing to find a solution to Willís trials by the time she leaves, Annís 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 Godís 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 Willís 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. Ė Rachel Vachon, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Book Jacket:

Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Elióuntil 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?