Monday, February 13, 2012

This Book Room: 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.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Saddler's Legacy series. You can read my review of the first book here. I don't know for certain this series is ongoing, but I can't imagine why not!

I raved about the first book. And you guessed it: I'm going to rave about the second book! I love this series. The adventure. The hint of romance. When I read this series, each page plays out in my head like a movie. The writing is so vivid and so real. The main character has to overcome her shyness in order to get what she desires out of life: a degree from college, the man she is attracted to, away from her parents, etc. I think this book speaks to readers on such an intimate level: what do you have to overcome to get what you desire out of life? Our struggles may be small, but the results can be life-changing. And for Kate, the results would be mean the difference between life and death for the slaves Ben is trying to help.  This series is a must-read, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review. You can read other reviews here and learn about a super cool giveaway!


Rosslyn Elliott said...

This review made me smile and smile. I love your writing style. Thank you for taking the time to read and write such kind thoughts about the novel.

If you haven't done so yet, I would be very grateful if you posted this on Amazon. It is pretty hard for new authors to find their readers, and positive reviews help encourage people to take a risk on a new book.

Jess and Jason said...

Thank you for coming by!! I'm so humbled. My review is also on