Whisper on the Wind (Great War Series #2)

Whisper on the Wind (Great War Series #2)

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by Maureen Lang
     
 

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In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the

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In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart. Tyndale House Publishers

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ISBN-13:
9781410441706
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/16/2011
Series:
Maureen Lang's Great War Series, #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
659
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Whisper on the Wind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
A bit about the book from the publisher: In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope-and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart. My thoughts: Whisper on the Wind has a strong story line, good characterization and is well written. I am not sure why but it ended up being a book that I did not enjoy reading. I had a really hard time finishing this book. Still, it got a lot of rave reviews by others; go to your favorite online book store and check out other's views of this book! Thanks to Tyndale for the opportunity to review this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When the war broke out, her parents got the entire family out of Belgium before the German war machine invaded the small nation. However, in 1916, Isabelle Lassone returns to war ravaged Brussels to persuade the man she loves Edward Kirkland to flee the continent with her. Edward refuses to go but also demands she leave. Isabelle tells him if he remains in the devastated country so will she. Edward is irate with obstinate Isabelle for staying as he fears for her safety; he also admires her courage and knows he loves her. However, Edward also worries what will happen to her, him and his "illegal" colleagues if she will learn he works for the underground newspaper, La Libre-Belgique, a dangerous occupation as the German invaders censor any news that places them in a bad light; truth be damned. Whisper on the Wind takes the reader to Brussels during WW I when the Germans occupy the city and country. Isabelle and Edward are intrepid souls because they know if caught they will probably be executed without a trial. Readers will relish how the news traveled in 1916 as those who controlled the "free press" controlled the news. Harriet Klausner
Cathy Reynolds More than 1 year ago
Romance. intrigue, danger. I really got what life was like in wartime. Definitely recommended.
Ruth_Axtell More than 1 year ago
This book hooks you in from page one all the way to the epilogue. Riveting danger in World War I occupied Belgium, mainly Brussels. We usually don't think of the occupied cities during World War I, only W.W.II. We think of trenches and Red Cross nurses, and yet there were real people suffering in the villages and towns the Germans occupied in these years. Lang has a gifted way of drawing characters who suffer, struggle with their faith, find joy even in the midst of tough circumstances and in the end prevail. I particularly liked the secondary romance between a Belgian/British woman and a German major. If you want a book that you read with baited breath, brings a tear to your eye, and keeps you guessing till the end, this is it. Can't wait to read the other two in this series (which seem to be standalone novels).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the unexpected twists throughout the book.
RobynDizney More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get past the first chapter. At least it was free.
waggie61 More than 1 year ago
This book opened my curiosity about WWI. I found it an interesting story of the resistance of the people in an occupied town.
Ausjenny More than 1 year ago
This book was set in Brussels in the midst of WW1. Isa Lassone sneaks back to Brussles to rescue those closest to her and Edward Kirkland is the son of the lady who was more of a mother to Isa than her own mother. We see what the war has done to Brussels and how the Germans have taken over. It was an interesting story seeing the war from Belgium's side as a conquered country at the mercy of the Germans. We see samples of how the Germans can do what they say with little regard for anyone else. We also see some good in some of the German soldiers also. What I liked about this book is we see what it was like back in WW1 and how the people try to survive. I also love the secondary stories that happen in this book. We see faith tested in this book and faith doubted in the midst of war. If you have an interest in war time stories this is a must read.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
The German Imperial Army overtook the town of Louvain, Belgium, in 1914, but not the spirits of the people. One especially stands out, Edward Kirkland. Using an underground newspaper, he helps to keep the spirits of the people alive by giving them hope and the truth of what is really happening throughout the war-at the risk of his own life. Isa Lassone's wealthy family fled Belgium to America at the first rumblings of war. Two years later, unbeknownst to her family, she was deliberately smuggled back into Belgium to rescue Edward- the man she's loved since she was a child. He only sees her as a wealthy, silly girl, once cared for by his mother. The naiveté of Isa's idea of rescuing Edward is evident in her attempts to convince him to leave. When approached, he refuses to leave and the story begins! In Whispers on the Wind, Maureen expertly brings to life the dangers and horrors of being overrun and controlled by an enemy regime, in this case, the German Imperial Army. She also pens about the tenacity and willingness of many named and unnamed citizens who live undercover lives amidst enemy control, while trying to maintain some semblance of normal life, and still accomplish the publication of the underground paper amidst the terror of being arrested or shot to death. Maureen pulls you into the characters intimately, feeling the terror, danger, love, fear, loss of life, suspense, tension, and the groping for daily sustenance. She transports you back into the war zone, creating scenes of stealthy maneuverings around the enemy soldiers. You fear for the characters' lives as though they are your own friends and family. The portrayal of her characters are as real as the people you know today, only trapped like cornered mice, trying to survive horrendous destruction and inhumanity under brutal enemy hands. For WWI history buffs or any historical readers, you will find Whisper on the Wind a book that's real to life and suspenseful enough to keep you reading until you find out if the characters survive. Hope, salvation, faith in God, and sacrificial love reign supreme throughout the story regardless of the outcome. Special thanks to Maggie Rowe of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for sending me a review copy.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
A strong story line goes a long way to make a novel enjoyable, and this book has just that. The reader can easily envision occupied Belgium during World War I by the author's use of La Libre Belgium, an underground newspaper's headlines heading each chapter. Characters are well written, and this reader connected the to headstrong Isa Lassone. Even though romance blossoms, war-time demands restraint. However, one thing that unsettles me is the use of sentence fragments which appear throughout the tale. Some might claim that is a writing style, but I prefer Standard English. Overall, this is a novel worth reading. Thank you to First Wild Card and Maggie Rowe at Tyndale for my copy.
Buukluvr08 More than 1 year ago
I've become a Historical novel fanatic lately. I absolutely love the History! It takes me to another place in time that I wish I could have truly been a part of, not just reading fantastic novels that take place there! I'm so glad to have been able to review this novel by Maureen Lang, a wonderfully talented author who captures her readers instantly! Whisper on the Wind takes place, not only in another era, but in a whole other place: Belgium in 1916. Isa and Edward's characters are fantastically chiseled, giving the story it's depth. Isa has been in love with Edward since childhood and returns home, after 2 years gone, to a war torn, German run Belgium in hopes that Edward may leave with her this time. He refuses and stays to secretly work on the underground newspaper, so Isa refuses to leave also, and instead, stays and helps Edward.....in hopes that he will fall in love with her. There were times that I wanted to tell Edward, "hello! wake up!" and see beautiful Isa for who she is. These two amazing characters quickly found their place in my heart as I read this intriguing novel! Maureen did a phenomenal job with this novel. I didn't realize it but I have book 1 to this Great War series here in my TBR pile that I won from a blog. I will definitely have to go back and read Look to the East and do it soon! She did an incredible job researching the historical aspects of Whisper on the Wind and incorporating it into the story. Maureen blended romance, page turning action, gripping suspense and wonderful faith making this second installment a 5 star one that I won't soon forget. Though this was book2, I wasn't lost or confused by the events of the story or the characters, so this would make a great stand alone book! I highly recommend this to everyone, especially if you love history and war-themed novels! *This book was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers*
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