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.
This is the second book in the Shadows Over England series. Given the situation at the end of book one, I’m interested in seeing how things play out.
Willa hasn’t received much of formal education; she’s certainly never had a music lesson. Abandoned as a child, she fell in with a group she now calls family and has taught herself to play the violin. Mr. V., the family’s mysterious government contact, thinks she’s the perfect person to perform an underhand task. It’ll take her to Wales, where two philanthropic sisters are aiding a group of Belgian refugee musicians, and into a world she could only dream of.
There’s much to like about A Song Unheard. The two sisters are actual historical characters who did assist Belgian refugees in World War 1. You can sense Willa’s uneasiness as she realizes the difficulty of fitting in and her reluctance to love and trust due to her abandonment. She likes to be in control, but soon finds that isn’t always possible. The Belgian perspective is provided by Lukas’s younger sister, Margot and her story parallels Willa’s in a couple of ways. Certain characters also break stereotypes. Towards the end, the plot took a direction I hadn’t expected. My one nit-pick comes from this book being set in my home country: there’s a throwaway line about Aberwystwyth being a cathedral city despite its small size. Except, Aber (as it’s known) has never had a cathedral.
Despite the Aber error, however, this is a book I had difficulty putting down. I even stayed up late one night when I knew I had to be up extra early the following morning. There’s redemption and meaning in this narrative. I just recommend reading the first book in this series before starting A Song Unheard as there are references to events that took place in it.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of A Song Unheard, which I received for my honest review.
Have you read A Song Unheard? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 02 January 2018
Page Count: 416