Ann Miller thinks she knows how her life is going to play out. She thinks she’s going to marry Eli and live happily after with him. But when he proposes too soon and her father says she must wait, Eli looks for other options and Ann becomes confused. Events that follow change Ann’s view of life, of humanity, and of herself. As she becomes aware of things she’d been sheltered from, Ann begins to wonder if what she wanted for her life is what she wants after all.
I truly enjoyed reading this story. Though there’s a lot of heartache and injustice within, the book presents deep concepts subtly woven into an intricate story with surprising developments and great characters. The historical setting is unique—Pennsylvania and Ohio in the early 1800’s touching on issues of slavery, indentured servitude, apprenticeships, immigration, poor houses, city and country life, and classes of society.
Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott is the first book of The Saddler’s Legacy series—fiction based on the lives of real people. I’ll be watching for Book 2, Sweeter Than Birdsong, due out in February 2012.
Thank you, Thomas Nelson Publishers, for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my review.