Lovelier than Daylight: The Saddler's Legacy
By: Rosslyn Elliot
Lovelier than Daylight: The Saddler’s Legacy, by Rosslyn Elliot takes place during the Westerville Whiskey Wars of 1875 and 1879. I enjoyed reading this Historical Fictional book as I am not much of a history lover, and this helps me to learn a bit of history in a fun way.
Susanna Hanby is on her way to live with her aunt and uncle in Westerville in order to attend college. She stops to see her sister, Rachel, and finds an empty house. Rachel’s husband, George, a drunk, tells Susanna that Rachel had become a loose woman, took the children to a children’s home and left. Susanna, not believing a word of it leaves to track down the children and her sister.
In Westerville, she meets Johann Giere, a German, whose father makes Lager. She is so outraged by what has happened to her sister and her family because of drink, that she can not stand Mr. Giere and gives him “the cold shoulder”.
The town has many disruptions as a saloon is about to be opened. Many towns members can not stand the thought of having this saloon active in their town and they try to do everything in their power to force the saloon owner out.
Johann works to help Susanna see that Lager, what his father makes is not as bad as whiskey in order to “win her over to his side”. Susanna simply tries to get the children back no matter what it takes.
The book is very well written and definitely addresses issues of that time. At times I felt that the story moved a bit slowly, however, it was still enjoyable. I enjoyed reading this story, just as I enjoyed the first book in the Saddler’s Legacy by Rosslyn Elliot. Thank you Booksneeze for the opportunity to read this book..