About the book:
Music offers Kate sweet refuge from her troubles . . . but real freedom is sweeter. In Westerville, Ohio, 1855, Kate Winter’s dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she’ll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance—and use it to mask her flight. Ben Hanby, Otterbein College’s musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad. A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.
Read an excerpt here: Chapters One and Two
Rosslyn Elliott is the award-winning author of Fairer than Morning, the first in the Saddler's Legacy series. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her study of American literature and history inspired her to pursue writing fiction. Elliott lives in Albuquerque, where she homeschools her daughter and works in children's ministry.
For more about Rosslyn, visit her website: Rosslyn Elliott
Link to buy the book: Sweeter Than Birdsong
My Thoughts and Review:
In one word: RIVETING!!! Rosalynn Elliott is fast becoming a super favorite author of mine. Sweeter Than Birdsong is the second book in the Saddler's Legacy Series and the second book that I have read of Rosalynn's and I must say she is a FANTASTIC writer and author! I started this book this weekend and finished it within 6hrs because the book is soo well writen that is brings you into the story as if you are a part of the book. History was not one of my better subjects in school but through Roslynn's writing I really got a greater understanding of the Underground Railroad and the struggles during that time period. I really enjoyed the main character, Kate Winters, as she really flourished and grew as a woman throughout the book.
Sweeter Than Birdsong is a Historical Fiction novel but while reading it, History seems like "real life"! I highly recommend Sweeter Than Birdsong! It is a wonderful book that will make you feel like part of the story!
A Facebook Party and Giveaway Hosted and Sponsered by the author herself Rosslyn Elliott:
In this second in the award-winning Saddler's Legacy series, Rosslyn Elliott has written a stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real historical people and events. With Ben Hanby, a genius composer, Kate Winter, one of the first female college graduates in America, and John Parker, an ex-slave who risked his life time and again to help fugitive slaves, Sweeter than Birdsong is full of real heroes to inspire us. "I hope readers will find a renewed sense of strength in their own lives," says Elliott, "knowing that change is possible, and our efforts matter. I want them to remember these unique, brave people in history who left us a shining example of what it means to live out one's beliefs with passion and commitment."
So to celebrate the music in all of us, Rosslyn and Thomas Nelson are hosting this "sweet giveaway".
One fortunate winner will receive:
- A Brand new iPod Nano (Winner's choice of color!)
- Fairer than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott
- Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott
So grab your copy of Sweeter than Birdsong and join Rosslyn and friends on the evening of the 28th for an evening of fun.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of Sweeter Than Birdsong as part of my participation in the LitFuse Blogger Program. I was only required to give an honest review. I received no other compensation and my opinions are my own.