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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong

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.

Sweeter than Birdsong is a stirring novel of hope and faith inspired by real historical people and events.

My Opinion
This book was the second book in the A Saddler's Legacy series (the first one was Fairer than Morning). I read the first one, but it really had nothing to do with this book. The characters from Fairer than Morning were the parents in Sweeter than Birdsong. So don't worry if you haven't read the first one - it won't affect this book or confuse the story line for you!

I loved the main character in this book, Kate Winter, because I could really relate to her. She is very shy and not good in public speaking situations (that pretty much describes me perfectly!) but she learns when she finds something she really cares about and is passionate about (slavery), then she has no problem speaking her mind! Her experiences with freeing slaves helps her overcome her shyness to stand up for what is right!

Along the way, she meets Ben and their romance is slow-going and cautious but based on their faiths!

This book was a little slow for me in parts, but overall I really liked the storyline! I love that this series is based on a real-life family (the Hanby family from Ohio) and a lot of events are based on true stories!

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Rosslyn Elliott said...

Thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed it.