Monday, September 12, 2011

Fairer Than Morning Blog Tour & Giveaway

To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Fairer Than MorningRosslyn Elliott is giving away two fabulous prize packages. The first is brand new KINDLE in her Fairer Than Morning Kindle Giveaway. Then on September 20th she's giving away a $200 gift certificate toward a Custom-Made Historical Reproduction Dress (from Recollections) during the Fairer Than Morning Book Club Chat Party on Facebook! Sigh...romantic.

Fairer Than Morning is receiving wonderful reviews - Library Journal said, "A well-written historical series debut…". Read more reviews here.

Be sure to join the fun and enter the Kindle contest - 

One winner will receive:

* Kindle with Wi-Fi

* Fairer Than Morning (for Kindle)

To enter just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, giveaway ends on 9/19. Winner will be announced on 9/20 at Rosslyn's Book Club Facebook Party. Details and official rules can be found when entering the contest.

Then be sure to RSVP for Rosslyn's Facebook Party! During the party Rosslyn will be chatting with guests, hosting a book chat about Fairer Than Morning (don't worry if you haven't read the book yet - you could win a copy!) & historical Fiction, testing your trivia skills. She'll also be giving away that $200 gift certificate toward a FABULOUS custom-made period dress from Recollections!

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About the book:

Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until 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?

My Review:

A sweet and inspirational story of a young romance!! As soon as you start reading Fairer than Morning you are swept in to the two stories that get woven together. The first is the story of Ann, she is young and fan of poetry but also has to be the head women in her household since her mother died and she has two younger sisters to take care of. Then there is Will, who is an apprentice to one of the most awful men I’ve read about in a long time. When Ann discovers something special in a barrel from Pittsburg she decides that she’ll travel there with her father to see if she can unravel it.

While in Pittsburg she meets Will, the beaten-down boy struggling to survive and find who God wants him to be and she runs in to a lot of trouble and unravels some dark secrets. She also begins to listen more closely to the Lord’s leading and tries to figure out who God wants her with and what he sees for her future.

I was amazed at the amount of emotions that I felt throughout this story. Rosslyn Elliott has a gift of eliciting deep emotions through her characters. I could feel the pain that Will and Tom were going through and it tore me apart. I also related to Ann and the battles she was facing with image and love for family yet independence.

Spiritually, Fairer Than Morning, had me trying to investigating my tendencies to judge others. Ann felt God calling her to reach out and help Will and though she struggled with judging him only slightly, she didn’t let that stand in the way of her goal. She was so slow to judge and fast to follow God’s lead.

My only complaint was that I wanted more of Will and Ann together. There weren’t a whole lot of them and their relationship in the story but more of all the other side stories going on with Will, his master and Ann and her former beau Eli and the troubles she faced in Pittsburg. While I felt all those were important details to the story, I would have like more Will and Ann time! However, overall I found the story to be entertaining and engaging and would highly recommend it.

Content: 1 minor thing to mention - there is a scene that suggests something takes place but there were no details.

A Big Thank You to Litfuse for providing a review copy of the book. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.

About Rosslyn:

Rosslyn Elliott grew up in a military family and relocated so often that she attended nine schools before her high school graduation. With the help of excellent teachers, she qualified to attend Yale University , where she earned a BA in English and Theater. She worked in business and as a schoolteacher before returning to study at Emory University , where she earned a Ph.D. in English in 2006. Her study of American literature and history inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She lives in the Southwest, where she homeschools her daughter and teaches in children's ministry.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Courtney, for your very thoughtful review! I am so glad you liked the novel.