Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lovelier Than Daylight



Susanna is a lady of principles who values family above all. Johann seems to represent all she despises . . . but appearances can be deceiving.

In 1875, Susanna Hanby is headed off to college in Westerville, Ohio, when she discovers her sister Rachel and Rachel’s children have disappeared. Susanna suspects that Rachel’s alcoholic husband knows more than he’s saying and she vows to uncover the truth.

Johann Giere is heir to a successful German-American brewery in Columbus, but longs for a career in journalism in New York City. When Johann signs on as the supplier for a new saloon in Westerville, his and Susanna’s paths cross and sparks fly. A fiery temperance crusader, Susanna despises Johann’s profession, but she cannot deny the attraction.

When Susanna learns that Rachel’s children have been indentured to orphanages in the city, she despairs that her family will be fractured forever. But Johann makes Susanna an offer she can’t refuse—pitting her passion and her principles against one another.

If she can find a way for her head and her heart to be in harmony, a future lovelier than daylight awaits her.

My Review:

Book Three in the Saddlemaker's Legacy series reads well as a standalone but will tug at the heart strings of Elliott fans who have read the first two books. (Kleenex alert for readers who become attached to fictional characters.)

There is so much depth in this book and Elliott poses some really tough questions through her story. It's about fighting for what is right and true, but to what cost? Does battling for truth give us the right to go to any lengths to win? What if our truth differs from that of others? Who has the right to be right? There's a whole lot of philosophy wrapped up in the plot of Lovelier Than Daylight which makes this a great choice for a Book Club read. Especially since the topic can easily relate to world issues today.

The author engaged me from the very first page with the element of suspense and Susanna's desperate search for sister and the outcome of that search was nothing like I imagined it to be. A fast paced plot steeped in historical fact made this a real page-turner.

And what a conundrum for poor Johann and Susanna -- at such opposite ends of a fiery subject. Their coming together seems an impossibility and Elliott kept me on tenterhooks right to the last page. Wonderful characterization -- the author goes deep and allows her characters to grow over the course of the novel. That brought a special connection for me and made this a fulfilling and memorable read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Lovlier Than Daylight, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 11 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Sounds great! I haven't had a chance to read the first two in the series yet but I'm looking forward to it! I'd love to win this one!


  2. Sounds great, I just bought the first one, but havne't read it yet, but it came highly recommended! You make this one sound just as good.

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  3. Sounds good! I love novels that make you think. :) Please enter me. Thanks!

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  4. They are worth the read, Liz and Melissa. Excellent historical storytelling.

    Cathy -- this one really made me think...and just maybe squirm a bit too. :-)

    Good luck everyone!

  5. Great review! I enjoyed the first two in this series, and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win. =)


  6. Oh my goodness! This is the first time I've heard of this author and book. Definitely need to start keep looking for both.
    Thanks, Kav, for giving a new author to look for!
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  7. I have loved the first two books in this series! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  8. Yay -- Abbi and Elyssa -- you've already discovered Rosslyn Elliott. Isn't she fantastic?! You're going to love some of the elements in this one then...sniffle. That's all I'm saying.

    Amy, if you like historical, you're going to love this book!

    Good luck everyone!

  9. I've got to find the other ones in her series then, this one sounds fabulous! Sign me up!

  10. I love suspense thrown in with some romance. And you can't beat a book that throws in the deep lessons in life we need to know. I have not read the others in this series, but would love to start with this one. This is a new author to me.

  11. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story, kav

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  12. Oh, I loved Rosslyn's first two books in this series! I've got Lovelier than Daylight on my WL and have been looking forward to reading it! Would love to win it!

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  13. The first two books were great and I look forward to reading this one.

  14. I had forgotten about this series, didn't realize a new one was out. I read the first two, enjoyed the first more than the second. Guess I need this one to complete the series!


  15. This sounds like a book I don't want to miss. I am going to have to go back and find the first two to read first! Thanks, Kav, for the great review.

  16. A great review. I have not read anything by Rosslyn, but hope to win her book here. Thanks for that chance. Maxie ( mac262(at)me(dot)com )

  17. Thank YOu for your review AND the cover is always what grabs me first!


  18. I would love to win this one!!


  19. I really liked the first book in this series (haven't yet been able to read the second) so I'd love to win a copy of Lovelier Than Daylight. Thanks for giving away this book.


  20. I know, Melody -- isn't the cover amazing? It just beckons you to open the book and start reading! Good luck!

    You too Marissa.

    Pam, the neat thing about this series is that because each book is a generation apart, you really don't need to read them in order...there's an added bonus though if you are familiar with all the characters. Good luck!

  21. Sounds like an awesome book....look forward to reading Rosslyn Elliott's new book 'Lovelier Than Daylight'...................babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  22. Glad to know that this can be read as a stand alone! I've seen it around the blogosphere and it sounds quite interesting! But I don't like jumping in mid series... So glad your giveaways are open internationally! kentiapalm(AT)gmail(dot)com

  23. Lovelier Than Daylight sounds like a "can't put it down" read. I'd love to be included, thanks!
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  24. I would love to read "Lovelier Than Daylight." Thank you for offering this novel in your drawing! Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. Thank you for saying this can be read as a stand-alone as I have not read the first two in this series. I appreciate growth in the characters too. Kathleen

  25. I haven't read any books by Rosslyn Elliott. This story sounds good!

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  26. This sounds really emotional. A kleenex alert won't deter me, just the opposie. If I can cry and connect with the characters then that's what makes a story great.