FAIRER THAN MORNING
On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann's dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.
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 Miller's 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!
The Saddler's Legacy series is a work of fiction inspired by a real family in American history -- the Hanby family, who are to this day the most celebrated ciitzens of Westerville, Ohio.
Published in 2011
My thanks to my public library for providing me with a copy of this delightful retro read!
I love stories based on the real lives of historical figures! And while Rosslyn Elliott has taken some poetic license with Ann and Will's romance she has stayed true to all the important parts. And the author has a beautiful writing style which makes the words flow so smoothly that it's easy to be drawn in and held captive.
Both Ann and Will are at a crossroads in their lives -- but for very different reasons. Other than the untimely death of her mother, Ann has lived a comfortable and safe life. Though she is raising her younger sisters, she has the support and protection of a loving father. She has strong opinions, a thirst for knowledge and the desire to see more of the world than their farm and the small town nearby.
Will's life experience starts out similar to Ann's but a ravaging illness wipes out most of his family and he finds himself indentured to a cruel master. Starved and beaten, his future looks bleak...if he is even able to survive the years before he will finally be free. They are drawn together in an incredible way and as their lives intersect so do their hearts...but oh, it's so complicated! Nigh on impossible, actually. A thrilling read right to very the last page.
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