“Lovelier Than Daylight” Brings the Westerville Whiskey Wars to Life

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Based on actual events, this fictionalized account of love and conflict set against the Westerville Whiskey Wars of 1875 and 1878 brings an era to life with ease and grace. Susanna Hanby has her whole life ahead of her in a comfortable pattern. After a quick visit to her married sister, she’s enrolling at Oberlin College to study the botany that she loves. Her visit turns to disaster, though, when she finds her sister missing and the children in orphanages. Her elderly aunt and uncle help her navigate her way to trying to reunite with her nieces and nephews but their help isn’t enough. Drink, she is certain, is at the root of all her troubles. What a pity that the lovely young man she met on the train is the son of a German brew master. Can she set aside her prejudices to accept his help? Or should she even consider compromising?
One thing I loved about “Lovelier Than Daylight” is that the author doesn’t take sides in this historic conflict. Instead of endorsing either a temperance view point or a pro-alcohol view, she gives a well-written insight into the thoughts and theories of each side. It’s easy to sympathize with all the points of view. The characters are particularly well-written and the dialogue is crisp. My only criticism would be that the sense of “place” left me with only a vague picture of the setting but the story and dialog more than made up for it. This book should be quite popular with fans of light romance and of historical fiction. Now that I’ve started with the third book in the series, I’m eager to read the first two!
This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson as part of their BookSneeze Program. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

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