Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book Review: A Song Unheard

It seems like a good amount of 20th century European historical novels take place during World War II.  Somehow, World War I doesn’t get the same amount of attention, so I was interested in Roseanna M. White’s novel, A Song Unheard
This novel takes place in 1914. Willa Forsythe is a talented young woman--in both playing the violin and thievery-- in London at the outbreak of the War. To help support her “family”, a close knit group of other street dwellers, Willa has begun to take on “jobs” that require the use of her thievery skills from the shadowy Mr. V. 
               When we meet Willa, she is about to take on another job, this time to Wales, to get close to the famous violinist Lukas De Wilde. Lukas’s father was a renowned cryptologist and Lukas has the key to his father’s work. Willa is supposed to find and steal the key, but she is not the only one that wants it. Neither does she know for sure who Mr. V is, and who stands to benefit from the key.
               Lukas was nearly killed in the German invasion of Belgium but has managed to escape to Wales. His mother and sister, however, are unaccounted for. He longs to reunite with his family, but doesn’t know if they are alive or dead but he will stop at nothing to find out their fate. 
               As Lukas and Willa meet, they begin to realize that things aren’t always what they seem, and that danger is around every corner.
               A Song Unheard is the second book in a series, and since I didn’t read the first book, I can’t comment on the continuity, but I enjoyed learning about the characters, and Europe in the time of the First World War, and while it started out a bit slow, it ended up being an enjoyable read with no shortage of adventure.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.

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