Whisper on the Wind

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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...

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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: 9781414324364
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/18/2010
  • Series: Great War Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 730,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Historical Novel - Romance in WWI

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

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    superb historical drama

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Twists

    Loved the characters and the unexpected twists throughout the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Don't bother

    I couldn't get past the first chapter. At least it was free.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Worth your time.

    This book opened my curiosity about WWI. I found it an interesting story of the resistance of the people in an occupied town.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Wonderful story

    Romance. intrigue, danger. I really got what life was like in wartime. Definitely recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    World War I drama

    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).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Good side

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    Genuine Faith

    This was one of the most exhilerating, emotional, on the edge of your seat writings I have thoroughly enjoyed. I cried, hoped, prayed, rejoiced and allowed God to speak to my heart about my faith. Faith in general toward the Lord is really not proven genuine until trial and tests meet us face to face. Only than will the true and real value of our belief stand taller than the present circumstances; and regardless of the outcome we will either stand in the vistory of our faith in God or the destruction of never having faith in the first place!

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Strength under siege

    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.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    The 'Whisper' keeps hope alive!

    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.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    War Story

    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.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    A Wonderful Historical Novel Addition!

    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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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Whisper on the Wind

    Maureen Lang has a knack for creating characters that the reader becomes invested in. The characters in Whisper on the Wind, the first book in her new Great War series are just such characters. Lang creates a very emotional atmosphere where the characters must decide what they believe and how much they are willing to sacrifice for a country they have come to love.

    Isa Lassone is an American socialite raised in pre-war Belgium. She has been pampered and privileged all her life, but also felt neglected by her wealthy parents. She became close to woman and her son and learns about faith in God and what it means to love someone unconditionally. When her parents take her back to America at the start of the war but, she is completely torn between seeking her own safety and returning to Belgium to rescue Ginny and Edward Kirkland. Isa sneaks back in Belgium but finds that Edward, the man she has always loved refuses to leave. Isa must decide what to do in the face of this new challenge, will she leave or join Edward in his mission to provide news and hope to occupied Belgium through his underground newspaper. Isa is a strong character that doesn't let her privileged status keep her from doing what she feels in right. I loved her character and found myself experiencing her emotions as I read her story.

    Edward is a character that reminds me of someone who really understands where he fits into the scheme of things. Though he knows he is just one man in a sea of German officers he risks his life to change his world. What one person does with their faith has ripples throughout their lives and those of many others. Because he felt so strongly that he was doing what he could for the people of Belgium he refuses to leave with Isa. He has to stay and keep the newspaper running as long as he possibly can. When the army begins to close in on him he realizes that he may have sacrificed more than he intended to, since Isa decides to stay with him and will not leave Belgium a second time. He feels his heart begin to warm to her in spite of the dangers all around them. I think it's amazing how love will flourish even the worst of times.

    This is a very emotional read. The reader will be faced with a deep sadness and the startling reality of what it must have been like during this time in history. Lang is able to project the fear and the desolation as the German Army is sweeping Europe and destroying everything in it's path. But, there is also a very pronounced atmosphere of hope. Even though the country is ravaged by war, love still prevails. We see it in the love of Isa and Edward and in Ginny's love of God. I really enjoyed the book even though I not exactly thrilled by war stories. This one was different in the fact that it gave the reader a real sense of hope and love even in the worst of times. I found that very encouraging. I look forward to the next volume in this series.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    I got to be honest, my faith was being tested just reading this book.

    War stories are not my favorite kind of books. They bring sadness. This book brought sadness yet was filled with hope like no other.
    I fell in love with the characters and could relate to each one. It put a new spin on "war" stories, one that made it real - with real life people - not just a John Wayne kind of story.
    All through the book, I kept asking myself - "how would I have responded?" I got to be honest, my faith was being tested just reading this book. This book is an emotional one, that is for sure!
    Would I recommend it? Yes, but with caution! Be prepared to get mad, get sad, be hopeful, rejoice and then just wonder!

    Blessings to you! You are loved!

    Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only from Tyndale Publishers. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    She risked everything to rescue him. But what if he doesn't want to be saved?

    Just what price would you be willing to pay for love? What price if the country you grew to love and call home was caught up in the middle of World War 1?

    That's just what Isa Lassone does in the wonderful historical romance of Whispers On The Wind by Maureen Lang. The time is 1916 in Belguim and the Germans have occupied the country while in the midst of the war. They have taken to burning down existing buildings and looting what goods they can and shipping them off to Germany. They have burned all the buildings that Isa remembered growing up in Brussels, yet her home has miraculously survived. It's contents and servant staff have also been left untouched.

    Isa's family had managed to escape just before the invasion taking her back to America, but deep within her heart she has always loved one and that one is now a man, Edward, who is worth risking her own personal safety to come back in the hopes of persuading him and his family to flee with her to safety. Only Edward isn't so willing to leave even if it means risking his mother and younger brother Jonah. Just what is prompting Edward to stay? Why does he stay gone at night? You'll have to check out the book and find out.

    Author Bio: Maureen Lang is the winner of several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award and the American Christian Fiction Writer's Noble Theme award. You can visit her website at www.maureenlang.com

    I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review of the book. I loved it and the risks that some people are willing to pay for the hope that love provides. I would easily rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you love historical romantic fiction then this is the book for you.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    Whisper on the Wind

    Isa loves Edward. She sneaks back into Belgium in 1916 during WWI to try to convince him and his family to flee to safety with her. Edward refuses to leave so Isa decides to stay. She helps him work on an underground newspaper which brings hope to the citizens of German occupied Brussels.

    Isa has loved Edward since she was a little girl. His mother often took care of her while her wealthy parents were busy traveling and entertaining and loves her as her own. Isa wants Edward to see her as the young lady she has grown into and to return her love. When things get rough she stands strong through her faith in God.

    This book was an interesting mix of romance, World War I history, and Christian principles. I enjoyed reading it. You are taken through the faith walks of four very different characters in the book. It always amazes me to see how we can draw our strength from God to face unbelievable situations.

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book and the opinions I express are my own.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    The Power of the Written Word

    Isa Lassone, an American by birth, was raised in pre-World War One Belgium. Privileged, pampered and neglected by her parents, Isa found her true home and a second family in the hotel where she stayed while her parents traveled. There she had also come to learn of God from Genny Kirkland, her mentor and second mother.

    Then in 1914 the Germans invaded Belgium and Isa's parents fled with her to America. Two years later Isa works against all odds to return to Belgium and the loved ones she left behind. She brings them hope, an unshaken faith in God..and a way to escape the German tyranny. But while she was gone, the Belgium she knew has disappeared. Her home has been occupied by the German army, the Kirkland family has lost their dear father and her beloved Edward Kirkland refuses to see that she is more than the spoiled child he had known two years before. Isa determines to show Edward that he is wrong - and finds herself involved in a most dangerous enterprise: the publication of the newspaper of the resistance - La Libre Belgique.

    Author Maureen Lang shows us a clear view of an occupied society, and the power of the written word that can inspire even the most wretched person to hope for freedom. Most of all, she shows us the unshakeable power of God, even in the midst of oppression. I look forward to reading more of Mrs. Lang's books!

    Tyndale House publishers provided a copy of this book for review.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Whisper On The Wind

    In 1916, World War I rages and German-occupied Belgium is hardly an ideal setting for romance. Yet, Isa Lassone, whose wealthy family left Belgium at the beginning of the war, returns to find the man she has loved for as long as she can remember, Edward Kirkland. When he refuses to leave Belgium with her, she vows to stay and moves back to the home she grew up in. She soon realizes that Edward is involved in an underground newspaper and offers her assistance. According to German forces, publishing an underground newspaper is worthy of the death sentence and Isa knowingly accepts the risk. As Isa and Edward work together, their hearts bind together in a way they never have before. As danger looms uncomfortably close, Edward seeks to protect all those he loves. His efforts fail miserably until he acknowledges that only God can truly protect Isa and his family.

    Whisper on the Wind is the first World War I fiction book that I've read in years. Generally, I stay away from war-related stories; however, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this one. The plot gripped me almost from the beginning. I loved the combination of action, adventure and romance. I think the mystery element of how Isa and Edward could possibly survive worked very well for the story. A good read for anyone who likes historical romances.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Advance Reader Copy of Whisper on the Wind from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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    Posted March 28, 2011

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