11 February 2012

Litfuse blog tour of Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott.

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: http://rosslynelliott.com

About the book:
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.

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!

My Review:
I got this book as part of this tour to review. When I read book one in the series I couldn't wait for this book. I wasn't disappointed. This would be my top read of the year so far. I love the story and the fact its based on true people with a little license used to there story but important facts remain. If you haven't read book one you will still be able to follow this book without being confused. The story takes up with the oldest son Ben Hanby in college but still dwelling on an event that happened when he was a child. He witnesses a slave die who was married and want more than anything to be reunited with his girl Nellie.
Kate Winter is also at the college and quite shy. She has a beautiful singing voice but finds it hard to speak or sing in public. She wishes for a different life, her mother is wants her to marry the right boy from the right family. Kate dreams to leave home and have freedom. Due to something that happens Kate finds a voice and discovers things she didn't know. I enjoyed the story of the underground railway and how some were so pro slavery and others opposed it. I find it interesting some of the arguments for slavery. This is a powerful story of a man who did make a difference in a way he never would have imagined.  Great read.


pol said...

Thanks for your review on this one AusJenny, I am going to find both of these books and read, I like the fact they are based on actual facts.
Looking fwd to the FB party and sure hope I remember to get there.
Paula O

Marianne said...

Thanks, Jenny for your participation in the blog tour, review and opportunity to win!

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Jenny, thank you SO much for the huge compliment. I am really touched. Looking forward to seeing you at the FB party, I hope!

If you have a chance to post this review on Amazon, I would really be grateful as everything helps.

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