"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."
In one word, I would describe this book as refreshing. The story is set in the age of manners, a slower pace of life, and chivalry. This is not to say that there are not the more gritty aspects of life in this book or dangerous risks. (Kate's father, more often than not, is inebriated and slavery is a harsh reality in the South.) However, Ben and his parents are a refreshing glimpse of people who are unafraid to follow God and stand up to help people.
Kate is a sweet character! I found I could relate with her in her stage fright and timidity. You can't help but love her passion and sincerity. She progressively grows throughout the book into a strong and beautiful lady.
Ben struggles with whether or not he should follow with God's call for his life or whether he should sacrifice that goal for the woman her truly desires. I really liked the open relationship he and his father had and how they discussed Ben's troubles.
This is a wonderfully written book. Rosslyn Elliott does a great job at writing in a way that draws readers into the time period and story. I heartily recommend this as a great historical read with a little wholesome romance and suspense. The best part about Sweeter Than Birdsong is not only does it have a great story, but it is based on real people and events! I love a good fiction story, but I like it even better when it is true.
Sweeter Than Birdsong (A Saddler's Legacy Novel)
*I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. *