Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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"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. Lovelier than Daylight is a novel of faith and grace inspired by the real Hanby family of Ohio and their role in the Westerville Whiskey Wars"--Publisher.
Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2012.
ISBN: 9781595547873
Branch Call Number: HIS Elliott
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 22 cm.

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Jan 30, 2021

Interesting story about temperance movement which i knew little about. Also, continuation of Hanby family story which is very interesting. Women then were so restricted, had few options socially or intellectually or to support themselves. Even though I knew this I was still surprised main character had to meet male family friend in busy area of public park or it would have been scandalous to meet without chaperone. Her family saved for years for her tuition for college which was an unusual gift for a woman in those days and for a preachers' family to be able to scrimp and save but she gave it all up to save her sisters' children. Two families able to reach across different religions, ethnicities and temperance beliefs for love and keeping family together.

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