Title: A Song Unheard (Shadows over England #2)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1914 in the autumn. Lukas de Wilde, a famous musician, finds himself playing concerts to raise money for the Belgian Relief Fund. He is now in Wales, but from Belgium originally. His city was invaded by the German Army, with his home being destroyed. During the invasion, he was separated from his mother and sister. He was shot and saved by a friend. He doesn’t know where his mother and sister are now, but is saving every penny to find them and be reunited with them. His father was a famous cryptographer, but he has recently died. Now various factions are out to find his latest and most effective cypher. They think Lukas is the key to this discovery.
Willa Forsythe has the natural ability to play the violin. She is recruited by Mr. V to join the orchestra in Wales, the same one Lukas de Wilde has joined. Mr. V wants her to steal the key to the cypher. You see, Willa also is a professional thief too. She has survived in London by stealing what she needs. The older ones in her family steal to support the brood of twelve children. There are no parents, and the children are not related by blood, but they are a family nonetheless. Willa accepts her assignment, but has no idea how her life is going to change.
I thought the first half of the book on the slow side, and I had bit of difficulty getting into the story, but I kept reading and the second half picks up quite nicely. The subject of cryptography was very interesting, and the essence of this time in history was captured well by the author. I liked the interplay between Willa and Lukas, with their teasing and lighthearted moments. I especially liked the story of Margot, her mother and the German soldier billeted in the same household. Margot’s wit and intelligence were fun to read about, as well as her different way of praying. I would like her to have her own story set a few years in the future. I loved the way Willa’s natural ability for playing the violin was portrayed! I also admired the determination of Lukas to save his mother and sister. The faith elements are present in the story and are woven believably into the plot. This is a story sure to be enjoyed by the historical fiction reader!
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