Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

Book Description

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.

This is an incredible book. It is written in a beautiful writing style, with lush words and historical detail that put me right in the story. The romance is subtle and sweet, I especially loved the way Dan treated Kate, especially in contrast to her parents' cruel behaviour. 
There is a great subplot about slaves and an effort to steal away some of them to freedom, and that is also the part of the story that is based on true facts, from my understanding. This was very interesting, and it added some action to the plot. However, sometimes I thought this plotline was taking over the main plotline of the book, and that's the reason I thought the story was a bit lagging in the middle. 
This notwithstanding, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. She has also written Fairer than Morning.

I received this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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