Friday, February 1, 2013

Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott

I just finished reading  Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott.  It's funny, when I read books at first I wonder if I'll ever be able to finish them but then the story captures me and I can't wait to continue to read.  I guess that's the magic of a good book.  It was an intriguing story about a girl that was about to start college and before she could begin she finds her sister and her sister's children missing.  This tailspins the story into a mystery which combines alcohol, saloons and family beliefs from the 1875s into the mix.  I really loved in the book Description how they said, "If she can find a way for her head and her heart to be in harmony, a future lovelier than daylight awaits her."  I find this to be so true in life, when we aren't judging people but helping others we can build a stronger friendship and community.  The book has many ups and downs with struggles to find the children and the orphanages made my heart ache with love for my kids.  It makes me so thankful for the things we have at this moment.  If you enjoy a good romance or mystery than I would highly recommend this book!

Book Description

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.
Lovelier than Daylight is a story of love and faith based on the Westerville Whiskey War of 1875, a dramatic real historical event featured in the 2011 documentary Prohibition by Ken Burns.

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