When her nieces and nephews fall victim to their alcoholic father's mistakes, Susanna Hanby vows to rescue them.
In 1875, Susanna Hanby travels to her sister's Ohio farm-but no one is there. Her sister's alcoholic husband claims that she has run off and dumped their six children at the county orphanage, and he doesn't care. Desperate to keep the family together, Susanna seeks help from her uncle Will in Westerville.
Johann Giere is heir to a thriving German-American brewery in Columbus. When he helps a saloon owner take beer to Westerville, Johann expects a fight between the new saloon and the driest town in America. He doesn't expect to meet Susanna, a pretty temperance crusader who wins his sympathy. The small town erupts in gunpowder and fire, but Johann vows to help Susanna rescue her nieces and nephews. Susanna grows to admire him even as she detests his business. He finds her lovelier with every passing day, until they both face an impossible choice between passion and principle.
Additional notes: This is the third and final book in the Saddler's Legacy series. You can read my review of the first book here and my review of the second book here.
My thoughts: Rosslyn is a seriously gifted author. This story was thought-provoking, interesting and educational... not to mention just plain entertaining! As one who abstains from alcohol (aside from communion), I could absolutely relate to Susanna. As the story unfolds, however, I love how Rosslyn brings the other side to light and shows that love is what is most important, not judgements.
The characters are delightful, and while it's not necessary to read the other books in this series (truly, each book can be read alone), it's fun to hear what Will and his family are up to now. This family has traveled quite the journey through Rosslyn's stories. They've dealt with a myriad of social issues and laws. They've dealt with people who desired to be their enemy, and they've surrendered to their Lord, time and time again. This series, and its characters, is truly encouraging and inspiring.
Thanks to booksneeze.com for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.