If betraying her heart means saving countless lives, will she find the courage?
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a critical task at the outset of World War I—to secure a crucial cypher key 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 distraction he finds from his worry is in meeting the intriguing and talented Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that key, or her own family could pay the same price his surely has.
A Song Unheard is the second book in Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, coming after A Name Unknown. Roseanna has been one of my all-time favorite authors for quite some time now, so I’m always excited when she releases a new book. This series, however, has especially piqued my interest, so I was on pins and needles waiting for this particular book’s release date. The whole background of a ragtag group of “orphaned” thieves banding together to build a family, and then the entry of Mr. V, make for very captivating storylines. With the first novel in this series, Roseanna artfully introduced that family in a way that made me immediately love them and want to read more about them, and I must say this second novel did not disappoint.
Willa Forsythe’s spunky character, and her spitfire and determination, made her one of my favorite characters almost immediately. And Lukas De Wilde… my goodness, he is quite the character. So completely full of himself in the beginning, but really so hurting and broken underneath the surface, on both the inside and the outside. The complexity of both characters just goes to show how talented of a writer Roseanna is, and the captivating storyline only helps to show that even more. As the story began to play out, I found myself completely unable to put the book down, and while I had no idea what was going to come next, I loved every unexpected minute of it.
I have to say, I think the last few chapters were by far my favorite. I wish I could tell you all the reasons why, but that would spoil the entire story, and I just couldn’t bear to do that. So instead, I highly, highly recommend you go out and read it for yourself. When everything comes to a head, and the danger intensifies and secrets come out, that is when you see the real truth behind the façade, and it just makes the storyline that much more intriguing. I really truly couldn’t put the book down once I got that far, and it is well, well worth the time I spent with my nose buried in between the pages. This novel has easily earned all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for the final book in this series. Ever since I was first introduced to him in A Name Unknown, I have been hoping that Roseanna would write a book about Barclay, so I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was when I found out that An Hour Unspent would be his book. Therefore, that novel comes highly recommended from me, just like anything Roseanna writes because they’re all amazing. So, you should probably get to discovering the talent that is Roseanna!
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Roseanna M. White and Bethany House Publishers.