Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

Title: Sweeter Than Birdsong

Author: Rosslyn Elliott
Pub. Date: February 7th 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Format: E-Book
Pages: 400
ISBN# 159554786X

Book Description:

"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.
"Sweeter than Birdsong" is a stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real historical people and events. 

My Review:

Just let me start this review off by saying I am not one to read about history. Actually it wasn't even a subject in school that I much liked. But if written into a book such as Sweeter Than Birdsong and I will read with excitement. Maybe due to how it is written or just the fact that I am not necessarily suppose to learn something.

Rosslyn Elliott's writing has a way of putting you right into the story. Her building of her characters are such that you could find yourself in any one of them. They are down to earth with everyday life experiences. Yes they lived back in 1855, and life was different than today in someways. But life still has the same kinds of decisions to make.

Kate Winters is what some would call shy. Her home life is not what it may seem at first. But when push comes to shove within her life she becomes stronger than she thought she would. Her father is not a man to look up too, nor her mother someone with whom she can go too. Kate learns after some difficult time, what her life desires really are, and what she wants out of her life. And with that, she stands up for herself.

Ben is a very gentleman's gentleman. He believes in the right way to treat people and handles himself as such. He is so enthralled in helping the underground railroad that he puts himself and others in danger of being caught. In doing so and along with hearing Kate sing, he falls for her. But not wanting to give her the life that his father has given his mother, he tries to deny that love.

The others within this book just add more and more wonderful history to the book. I loved the story line, the characters, and the history within the pages of this book.

So since I was able to get into the story line right away, could not put it down, characters were believable I am going to give this book my breath of life rating of:

5 Clock Rating!

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