Monday, February 13, 2012

Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong

Book Review: Sweeter than Birdsong 
By Rosslyn Elliott

From the Back of 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 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.  
Aterrifying 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.

My Thoughts:
Have you ever read one of those books that you just cannot put down?  This is one of those it is a pretty lengthy book of 375 pages and I read it in less then a day.  I loved this story.  Their was a lot of depth to the story.  Their is alot going on it has adventure, love, personal victories.  Kate is such a sweet quite character very different then most leading ladies.  Ben is also not like many leading men in stories.  He is a more gentle aware fellow with a very kind caring heart.  
It was interesting how the story revolved around the underground railroad.  I have not read many books from this time period or region and really enjoyed that about this book.  I enjoyed this writers style the book flowed well and even though it had lots of adventure and lots of turns and twists I was able to easily keep up with what was going on.  This book is a second in The Saddler's Legacy Series.  Even thought it is a second book it read on it's own just fine, for the most part I did not get lost due to not reading the first book.  Their was one part where Ben's father is talking about when he and Ben's mom are courting I think that part would have made more sense had I already read the first book.  I really want to read that first book Fairer than Morning.  I also really hope their is a third book that will come out in this series as well.  I think their was plenty of room left for another book in this series.  I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars it truly is a must read!!  I am sure you won't be able to out it down either. 
Disclaimer:  I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes only.  The opinions in this review are all mine and are not influenced by the company. 


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