Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fairer Than Morning | Rosslyn Elliott | Book Tour & Review

by Rosslyn Elliot


Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words. 
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?

Read an excerpt here:

Join me after the jump for my thoughts on this book, and info about the great giveaway the author is doing to celebrate the release of Fairer Than Morning!


I absolutely loved Fairer Than Morning, and easily give it five stars! Rosslyn Elliott is a talented writer who brings her characters to life on the page.

The thing I loved most about this novel is how Will Hanby actually acts like a young man being abused at the hands of a violent master. Few authors have nailed this mindset so well as Elliott, and while it was very painful to read, it was incredibly moving! Will faced choices that seemed impossible, and made the best ones he could, and faced the consequences with moving faith.

The difficult subject matter makes this book one I would hesitate to give to a preteen, or even to an immature teenager, but I highly recommend it to anyone who has the emotional maturity to handle the topics of domestic abuse and the slave trade.


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. 
For more about Rosslyn, visit her website:


Want to purchase your own copy of Fairer Than Morning? You can purchase for only $10.76 here.


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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Check back tomorrow for my exclusive interview with the author of Fairer Than Morning, Rosslyn Elliott, and a very exciting opportunity (yes, another one!) to win a copy of this incredible book! In the mean time, if you want to read more reviews of this great book, you can find a whole list of them here, at the LitFuse blog.


In compliance with FTC regulations, I disclose the following: I receive a free copy of this book for the purposes of review. My good opinion is my own, and was not required.

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