January 27, 2012

Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

Kate Winter has to learn how to talk in front of audiences if she is ever going to speak up against slavery. That will be hard to do with her socialite mother always trying to find her a husband of great wealth.
Ben Hanby wants to end slavery, and while he knows he can't do it single handedly, he hates the evil practice with his entire being.

When forced together by unforeseen circumstances, Ben and Kate make a great team. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, and they will be forced to make decisions that change the future of those in their care.

What I liked: Everything. I honestly think this may be the best historical fiction book I have ever read. And that is saying a lot. I love it when historical fiction is based on a real family. This book certainly delivered more than I could have hoped or dreamed. It was SO accurately described, and I felt almost as if I was in the pre-Civil War era myself.
Another thing. I love historical fiction, but I have noticed that almost all historical fiction, even Christian ( I rarely read secular historical fiction) is fairly romantic. This book, while it did focus on the love story between Ben and Kate, was completely pure. And I scarcely am able to say that about books. Now, I never read fiction that I feel crosses the line of innocence, but this book made me so happy to see that there are still authors who write about chivalry and femininity so beautifully. In this book, there was not a hint of impurity, and I loved that. This book was wonderfully innocent, I feel as though my six year old sister could listen to it unscathed.
{Just a note to my readers, I will shut a book if I feel it has crossed a line of impurity, such as lustful thoughts or actions uncorrected. This is another reason I like Historical fiction. Because of the manners of the day, sexual content in Christian Historical fiction rarely goes beyond a kiss, which is why I read it. If it goes farther, I will unhesitatingly slam the book shut!}
Adding onto the above paragraph, I ADORED the use of 19th century manners. I literally was floored at how much more innocent their culture was than ours. She would feel ashamed to go on a {very short} buggy ride alone with a male under nightfall. Sounds good to me. 

I disliked: Nothing about the book. Nothing.

Overall: Buy this book. Now. You should already be buying it. Why are you still reading this? 
You will be guaranteed to get your money's worth if you buy this book! I LOVED it!

Thomas Nelson Publishers gave me this book for free in exchange for a honest review. I love them for it. 

Libbi H.


Sierra said...

I had thought that this one looked so good...unfortunately I was hoping to get another book (which I forgot about and missed :( ) and didn't get it. I think I should have :( I'll be sure to pick up copy as soon as I can! Thanks for the review! Sierra
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Rosslyn Elliott said...

Libbi, thank you so much for this review. It made my whole day! I'll come back and read it when I need encouragement. :-)