Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliot
Book blurb from goodreads.com : “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. “
Why I like this cover: I want a dress like that… :) Yes, I really do. Not for all the time, just for dress-up and photoshoots. :) That big skirt and the lace around the short sleeves at the top combine to make it a pretty dress, though the color and material strike me as slightly boring. One interesting thing about this cover is that you can’t see Kate or Ben’s faces. Most covers you see someone’s face – that makes this one stand out. You can see her silhouette though. Speaking of which, don’t you love the way the light is falling on Kate? Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think that light is coming through the window…but maybe I’m being too nit-picky. All the red elements are wonderful – the curtain and the red seat in front of the window. Another thing that adds a different touch to this cover is the violinist over on the right side…you can’t see most of him. Neat touch. :)