Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliot

Thomas Nelson (February 7, 2012) 400 pages

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.

My Thoughts:

Last year I greatly enjoyed reading Rosslyn's debut novel, Fairer than Morning. I had high expectations going into Sweeter than Birdsong, and I'm glad to say that they were exceedingly met! I think I can now safely say that Rosslyn is one of my favorite writers. She has created two beautiful stories so far surrounding the lives of the Hanby family.

I can't remember ever reading a book where I connected SO MUCH with the main character! Kate has extreme stage fright, and she's very shy. (I'm going to put this in my social phobia section, even though I don't know if I'd completely classify her as having that condition). I could easily put myself in her shoes quite often through the story.

As you can tell from the description, Sweeter than Birdsong is a story surrounding slavery. Fairer than Morning also dealt with slavery, but in a different way. There are times when it's tough to read. Rosslyn does it all tastefully, though.

I'm guessing there will be a third installment, and I'm very much looking forward to reading it! Rosslyn has done an exceptional job of intertwining fact and fiction.

*I was provided an Advance Reader's Copy through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.

Read an excerpt here:

To see what others on the tour are saying, click HERE.

About Rosslyn:

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.

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
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on February 28th. Winner will be announced at Sweeter than Birdsong Author Chat Facebook Party on 2/28. Rosslyn will be chatting with guests, sharing a sneak peek of the next book in the series, hosting a trivia contest, and more! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, season 1 of DowntownAbbey, and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club AND a LIVE Author Chat for your group with Rosslyn.)

So grab your copy of Sweeter than Birdsong and join Rosslyn and friends on the evening of the 28th for an evening of fun.

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  1. Thank you so much! I am touched that you loved the novel, and by your well-written and kind review. I think you're very perceptive i noting that Kate has a kind of social anxiety disorder with its attendant symptoms--that's how I thought of it as I was creating her character. It's a pleasure when readers notice such things.

    If you have a chance, I would be grateful if you posted your review on Amazon. It's a tough market for new authors, and we need all the help we can get. :-) Every positive review helps encourage readers to take the risk on new work.

  2. I was hoping I wasn't adding more to Kate's character than you had in mind, so I'm glad social phobia is actually what you had intended. :)

    I will definitely post reviews at Amazon and Goodreads and all!

    I'm so glad you stopped by! :)