|Sweeter Than Birdsong, Saddler’s Legacy Series #2
By Rosslyn Elliott / Thomas Nelson
Title of Book: Sweeter than Birdsong
Author: Rosslyn Elliott
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 realty. She has to run. Now. And she has a 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 ask 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.
A stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real events—from the author of Fairer than Morning, winner of the 2011 Laurel Award.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rosslyn Elliott, author of Sweeter than Birdsong, grew up in a military family. After high school graduation, she earned a BA in English and theater at Yale University. After a time in business and in teaching, she attended Emory University where she earned a PhD in English. Her first novel Fairer than Morning was published in 2011. Sweeter than Birdsong is the 2nd book in The Saddler’s Legacy. Rosslyn and her family live in the Southwest. Rosslyn homeschools her daughter, and also teaches in children’s ministry at her church.
Rosslyn Elliott handles the time period of middle 1800’s beautifully. Both slavery and women’s rights were issues that divided the country, families and churches during that time period. Rosslyn Elliott shows both in a clear way. I liked Kate from page one. Described as a shy child, I could relate to her shyness and her determination. I was certainly shocked by her treatment by the college president, though she seemed to accept the scolding well. At the same time I was impressed with Ben’s character and the strength both he and Kate showed in the midst of terribly trying circumstances. Rosslyn tied her story’s beginning and ending so beautifully to the culture of that day. Here is a book I’ll be pleased to share with my family and friends. And I’m pleased to recommend it to you.