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Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England, #2) 
 Book Description:

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.


Book Review:

I fell in love with the first book in this series, A Name Unknown, and so I jumped at the chance to read this second novel. Does anyone else get anxious about a book that you really want to read, but hesitate to start it because what it...what if it just wasn't as good as the first one, and thereby ruins the first one. Ahh, the pressure! So I will admit that it took a little longer than normal for me to pick this up and start it. Oh, but once I did....the magic is still there. I say magic because it take a special book to make you feel like you've hardly gotten into the story and when you look down you realize you are 300 pages into it, and nothing had dragged on, I'm not anxious to "get to the point". It all flows and happens in a magical way that draws you into the story.

I will admit that Lukas, while a great character and well written and all that jazz, just wasn't my favorite male lead ever. I enjoyed Peter in the first novel much more. I guess there is just something about an underdog for me.

Oh, but Margot and the general, and Barclay, and all the supporting characters...they were the cream on top of this story. Sometimes when a story breaks away for a supporting characters view point I get frustrated and want to get back to the 'real' story. Honestly, I loved the other characters, and I fell in deep with their story. It was just as important to me as Willa's and Lukas'.

Would I read this again? Yes! Am I looking forward to Barclay's story? Oh yeah. He's pretty awesome. Can this be read as a stand alone novel? I'm not sure if you'd appreciate 'the family' as much if you didn't have Rosie and Peter's story first. But probably. You'd seriously be missing out though. Seriously, even the audio version of  A Name Unknown rocks, and I'm super picky with my narrators. The wrong narrator can kill a story faster than anything. Getting back to the point, you should read this. It's well worth your time.

A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England, #2)
Title: A Song Unheard
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 0764219278
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.