Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review--Lovelier Than Daylight

In Lovelier Than Daylight, Rosslyn Elliott captures the struggle between love and principle at the center of the issue of alcohol.

Susanna Hanby's heart aches as she has seen first hand the devastation caused to her sister's family by the vice of drinking.  Her wounds leave her righteously indignant to those who do not conform to her views while cold to the supposed culprits.  She is adamant about her views and voices them clearly often being closed-minded.

Johann Giere is the heir to a brewery yet his heart longs to be a New York journalist or so he thinks.  While covering a riveting story in Westerville, Ohio, he becomes all too involved in Susanna's plight to regain her nieces and nephews after their suspicious abandonment by her sister, Rachel.  Contrary to Susanna, Johann's commitment to moral values has not left him callous.  He offers his help in more than one crisis despite being rejected repeatedly by Susanna because of his line of work.

Throughout one crisis after another in reclaiming her family, the devastating affects of alcohol seem to become broader than Susanna imagined.  Consequently, Susanna is able to see her temperance crusade in a new light.  She realizes her desire for righteousness has clouded her ability to love even those hurt by the affects of alcohol.  

The author provided much thought for the reader making this a provocative read and not just another love story.  One was left looking at both sides of the story and able to ascertain for oneself where exactly they stood on the issue of alcohol consumption.  

The juxtaposition of Johann's sensitivity and openness to change with Susanna's staunch and narrow views made the reading of this book enjoyable.  The beginning immediately draws one in with the disappearence of the children and then lulls for a while during the development of the story line.  However, it quickly picks up after that leaving one unable to put the book down.  Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical/romance literature.  



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1 comment:

  1. By your review...this seems like a book that I would like to read!

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