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.
Title: A Song Unheard
Series (if applicable): Shadows Over England
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher (if applicable): Bethany House
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Fiction, Christian, Romance, World War I, Christian Fiction
Recommended Age: 15+, mainly because there was more romance (a bit descriptive) in this book.
You did it again, Roseanna! I am totally fangirling over this book, especially the whole series. Like, it’s the best WWI series I’ve ever read. It might be the only one I’ve read, because I’m not sure I recall reading any others that star WWI, but this series in general is just so amazing!
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The main male character was a famous musician, a bit interesting. Peter from the first book was instantly likeable, but Lukas just was not. Lukas was basically not a moral character at the beginning of the book. He pretty much was taking advantage of his fame for pleasure, especially for women. There were a few references to Lukas thinking nothing of lovely ladies slipping him their room key, but other than that, nothing was that descriptive. Anyways, he had a turning point and changed for the better! I thought his flirting with Willa was cute, especially since she was someone that he was attracted to, but she didn’t feel the same way. I really enjoyed where Lukas’s character went, and ended up liking him better. I found it super interesting how different he was from the main male character from the last book. Lukas really rejected Willa, which surprised me since Peter was different. Lukas was a wonderfully formed character.
I found reading about his sister Margot really intriguing. Her side of the story was one of my favorites out of all three of the main characters. I was really happy with what happened with the general staying at the house with Margot. (Forgive me; I don’t remember his name.) I’m not sure why I’m always fond of the villain in stories, but he just deserves his own story, or I’m going to at least hope he’ll pop up in Barclay’s story. Maybe an impossible hope, but whatever… 😉
Willa was someone I didn’t instantly like, probably because I relate more to Rosemary and Peter from the first book, but I quickly grew fond of her after a few chapters. I really loved seeing where her character went. Although stealing isn’t good, I’m just so fond of her family of thieves and I loved how everything that Willa did seemed so realistic. Roseanna, you’re just so good with making sure everything is accurate. I really thought it was intriguing when Willa played the violin, partially because of the fact that I used to play and I miss it now. I’m really glad that Willa didn’t want to associate with playboys like Lukas. Of course, that plan didn’t work out in the end, but still quite nice. I really was happy when Willa had a turning point in a moment of despair and accepted the Lord into her heart.
The way music was described in this book was amazing! I’ve never seen it written as richly as the way Roseanna did. She certainly did her research and had some great help, according the acknowledgements. I’m very interested in getting back into violin in the future, but it won’t be for a long while.
I really enjoyed the spiritual content in this book but I feel the faith elements were a bit unclear. I wasn’t exactly sure what Lukas or Willa believed in, and I’m not sure if I’m phrasing this correctly, but Lukas seemed to have a knowledge of Catholics in general. If you want to know, there were a few mentions of priests and mass as well as Methodists. I wasn’t really bothered that much by this in general, but just wanted to list this for some who might want to know.
There certainly was more romance in this book than the last one, with the flirtatious comments and gestures the main characters made back and forth at each other. I only recall one somewhat descriptive kiss, and one right at the end. Lukas would be the one character I’d watch out for. I don’t think most people would be bothered by the romance in this book because the wonderful story makes up for it, but I know a few people who do not tolerate romance and this would probably not be the best book for you if you feel that way as well.
I’m very excited for book three, since it is about Barclay! He was in this book way more than the first one, by the way, and I really wonder what’s going to happen with him. 😀
Content Warnings: Somewhat descriptive romance (kissing, and some flirtatious talk/gestures, mention of women slipping Lukas keys to their suites), some violence
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not obliged to give a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions.