Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor-until she meets a runaway apprentice who knows what a truly noble man is.
In 1826, Ann Miller travels to Pittsburgh with her widowed father and two young sisters, only to find that a mysterious man has pursued them all the way from Ohio. Is Ann's father just a circuit minister, or is he hiding something that may endanger them all?
Will Hanby indentures with a Pittsburgh saddler maker, only to discover that his master is a cold-hearted tyrant. After years of abuse, Will becomes a prisoner of his own mind. But then lovely Ann Miller comes to stay next door and her compassion lights a long-dark part of Will's soul. His renewed courage puts his life in jeopardy as he begins to assist fugitive slaves.
Will's murderous master and Ann's questions about her family may keep both of them bound in the shadows forever. Or will they find freedom-together?
I'm not really a fan of historical fiction, but I enjoy reading this book very much. I like the steady pace of the story, not fast but not too slow that make me feel bored. I admire Will for having the kind heart and courage to help others despite his own tough life with his cruel master. There are quite a number of dramatic events that captivate my heart and few twists that made me feel hard to put down the book.
Fairer than Morning is a story based on the real people who lived at that time. The main characters are real people. It is a wonderful story. Being the debut novel of the author, I think Elliott has done a very good job on the development of the story and its characters. I like the way Elliott brings out the good heart of the people in the story.
For most part of the story, Ann and Will had separate life of their own. To me this is more like an introductory to Ann and Will in this series. It really makes me look forward for the next book in this series. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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