Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
This was a beautiful conclusion to a wonderful series! Though I am sad to see it end!
I have loved both of Rosslyn Elliott's previous books so I was not surprised that this one was just as good. I loved all of the characters but Johann was my favorite. He was such a kind, considerate, endearing and selfless gentleman that you couldn't help falling a little in love with him! Susanna is one lucky girl! She was also a great character, and it was cool watching her grow! It was great to once again have Ann and Will, from the first book, in the story-they are awesome
I love how these books are based on real people and actual events. It brings new life to the story. And I think the author does an amazing job of embellishing without butchering the facts. I also really enjoyed how the message of grace was beautifully woven into the story in such a way that it kind of crept in on you and wasn't overly pushy.

About the Author
Rosslyn Elliott was born into a military family and lived in four states and two foreign countries before she graduated from high school. Her frequent relocation into new social scenes encouraged her to become a close observer of others, and a writer.
She attended Yale University, where she earned a BA in English and Theater Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in English at Emory University in 2006.
Rosslyn's graduate study of American literature spurred her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She writes inspirational historical novels filled with romance and adventure.


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