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Written by Diane Estrella

Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott & Giveaway

by Diane Estrella

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.

Read an excerpt here or buy the book 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 here.

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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Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

Our Review

My 11-year old daughter’s thoughts: (Yes, she read it all and liked it!) The main point in the book is that you should stand up for what you believe in and know what is right disregarding what other people think and say. I would like to read the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin to learn more about this time in history.

My thoughts: There were a couple of sticky points that I will get out of the way first…. a few sections of the book dragged slightly and made me eager for the parts that took me along at breakneck speeds, but overall the pacing was good. Also, my daughter even asked me what happened to a couple of the characters at the end of the book. They were not mentioned again and we were kind of left hanging on them, but I figure, that’s what book three is for. ;)

That aside the book was wonderful! It painted such a painful and realistic picture of slavery at this time in history. The cost of deciding which side of slavery one stood on, and the courage it took to follow through on that conviction. The ending of this book was extremely powerful, and brought me to tears of pride for what the once shy Kate did. She stood up for what was right when it counted the most. That one scene will stay with me in my mind and remind me of what truly taking a stand is all about.

It is incredible to me that the main hero Ben was a real person and only lived to be 33 years old. It is amazing to see how God was able to use these few short years of someone with a willing heart, to get so much accomplished for His kingdom.

LitFuse & Thomas Nelson sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Litfuse or Thomas Nelson. The blog tour schedule can be found here.

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Shannon O'Donnell February 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I absolutely LOVED Fairer than Morning, so I will definitely need to get a copy of this one. Thanks for the great review, Diane! :-)

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Rosslyn Elliott February 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Diane, thank you for such a lovely review–and for the happy news that your daughter also liked Sweeter than Birdsong. I am reading it to my own nine-year-old daughter, who is mature for her age.

Your comments about Kate and Ben really touched me. I'm fond of them, after several years of working on this series. I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of your review.

Just one more minor mom-to-mom thing–before you let your daughter read Fairer than Morning, or my other book Lovelier than Daylight, which will come out in November, please check out the content of these other two books (I'm sure you already would, but I like to be very careful, as a fellow mom and former teacher!) Lovelier than Daylight may deal with too many adult subjects for readers under 14 or 15, though again it depends on the maturity of the child. I do have friends who let their 12-year-olds read Fairer than Morning, and I thought that was appropriate knowing the children involved. But Fairer than Morning is a little grittier than Sweeter than Birdsong and may upset very sensitive younger children, so you'll just have to see what you think. I haven't read Fairer than Morning to my nine-year-old, neither will I let her read the third novel until she is in her early teens.

I would love it if you have the chance to post your thoughts and your daughter's on Amazon! Every review helps when readers are deciding whether to take a risk on a new-ish author like me. :-) And I love it that your daughter shared her response.

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karen r evans February 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Daine, that sounds like another good book. I appreciate your honest reviews.

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