A Song Unheard

A Song Unheard

by Roseanna M. White


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Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes 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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780764219276
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Shadows Over England Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 385,693
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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Erin_Slocum 9 months ago
Willa Forsythe: Willa is a talented self-taught violinist. She’s also a thief from a “family” of thieves. Willa was abandoned by her parents and taken in by a misfit bunch of thieves. Barclay is the leader of their crew and bands them all together. They’re all really just children trying to survive. Willa is growing up on the streets but with her beat up violin it’s proof that she is special. Mr. V finds her and knows that she has something. He recruits her to help him and the intelligence force. Through his finagling she finds herself taking violin lessons from the great Lukas De Wilde while also trying to track down a secret code and the codebreaker. Can she complete her mission with her heart intact? Or more importantly, can she complete it alive? Lukas De Wilde: Lukas is a well known concert violinist. He also knows what the code and the key to that code are. And he’s going to stop at nothing to protect it. Even if it means his life. But what about Willa? He agrees to tutor her and maybe even falls in love with her a bit before he finds out she’s seeking the code. With everything in him, he must protect his sister and mother. But can he even find them? Where have they gone? He was smuggled out of Belgium but they are still there somewhere safe he hopes. Margot De Wilde: Margot is the secret weapon of her father. She is a prodigy of codes and math. Solving codes and riddles is easy for her and what makes her heart sing much like playing the violin makes Willa’s soul soar. Somethings to know about Margot. She’s not your typical girl. The thrill of solving these puzzles to her is what makes life living. Having to hide her talents and that she is super smart at math make life dull and boring for her. But she wants to survive. She just wants to be able to use her brain while doing so. Margot is the title character of the newest book The Number of Love so we will learn more about her soon. There are so many other players in this book but these three are the most important to me. We have a double agent spy. There are bad Germans and good ones. And so much more in the department of intrigue and mystery. My thoughts: I loved this book. Really though I’ve loved every one of her books. Roseanna M. White is an amazing author who keeps you hooked. A Song Unheard is no different. I got sucked in. When Willa loses her violin to violence I cried with her. And throughout the book, there are moments you just wish the characters were actually as real as they felt so you could give them a hug or maybe a thump upside the head. Yes, the characters seem that real. These are thick books she writes but they read super fast because you get sucked in and just cannot tear yourself apart from them. I cannot wait to share the new series with you because I know it’s going to be good without even picking up the book. Willa is a dear and so fun to watch her come into her own. She has issues from her past that she must overcome and come to terms with before she can move on with her future. Only she doesn’t realize just how much her past and her need to keep everyone at a distance is really impacting her. Oh and Mr. V is just something else. I love learning more about him with each book. He’s a character for sure and I’m hoping for a book all about him and his past at some point (hint hint). This series is addicting really. Book one was amazing. It focused on an “older sister” of Willa’s. Book
sandralb More than 1 year ago
I love this authors voice. Anything she writes, I want to read. I enjoyed Roseanna's first book in this series “A Name Unknown”. During this book we were introduced to the family of London's number one pickpockets and thieves. The second book “A Song Unheard” introduces us further to the second oldest sister, Willa Forsythe. Roseanna M. White is one of my top five authors. She is such a gifted storyteller. From the very first page until I set the book down I was wondering what would happen next. Even then I was left wanting more. This is a page-turner laced in romance. I love, love love this author as I said before. I would highly recommend this and any book that Roseanna M. White, might write.
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
Once again Roseanna White has proven her mastery with historical storytelling in a novel that is poignant, fascinating, informative, and fresh all at once. A Song Unheard takes a unique approach to a a common trope--orphans afraid to love for fear of being deemed unworthy--and spins a tale of beauty from ashes amidst the heartache and terror of World War One. Faster-paced than its predecessor and completely different than most Christian fiction in the hero and heroine's path to romance, A Song Unheard takes readers on a fascinating journey to Wales and Belgium, from concert halls to back-alley bookshops used for hidden escapes from German soldiers, and is comprised of secondary characters who help bring the story to life. Book three in the series can't come soon enough.
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
In book 2 of the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White, A Song Unheard touched my heart as it is a profound example of love and forgiveness from both our Heavenly Father and each other. I loved this story and recommend it to anyone who loves clean, Christian, historical romance. Willa Forsythe is on the job for the government. Her assignment is to steal the "Key" to a secret coding machine the British government wants to use against the Germans to end World War 1. This key is supposed to be in the hands of Lukas De Wilde, a famous violinist in the Belgian orchestra in Wales performing concerts to raise money to help the Belgian refugees coming into Britain. The closer Willa gets to finding the key to the machine, the closer she gets to Lukas and he to her. That is not supposed to happen with a "Mark". Why is this happening, Willa wonders and how can she stop it? Lukas is willing to give up his womanizing for Willa. He is thinking about settling down, but how can he if Willa keeps him at a distance. What will it take for Willa to let her guard down? When Lukas discovers Willa's lies, he is devastated. Can he forgive Willa when he hears the whole story? Will Willa finally let Lukas into her heart or will she return to London alone? Check out this wonderful, thought-provoking story. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent novel by Roseanna M. White. She has such a knack for creating captivating, realistic characters that draw the reader in from the start. I cannot wait for the next in the series though I wish it didn't have to end so soon!
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
This book. THIS BOOK. If I’d thought I liked the first book in the series a lot, I LOVE this book! Well, considering the first book was about books, and the second one is about music, I’M SOLD. I don’t really know why I waited so long to read this book: it was so sweet and fun to read! It follows Willa, the second oldest child in the family, and a lot of the characters from the first book came back make an appearance, which was so fun, and made it so coherent! Like I said, I loved the first book, but I like this one even more than that one, because of the music. Being a musician myself, that absolute skILL Willa and Lukas have just resonates within me (no pun intended, hahaha). Also I may or may not have read this while I should have been studying for my AP Music Theory exam, and it was highkey convicting me all the way through, but I couldn’t juST PUT IT DOWN LIKE THAT????? The romance was a bit heavier in this one than in the previous book, but it . . . just felt right. Sometimes romance feels rushed and thrown in for the sake of being thrown in, but this felt natural. *(There are some mentions of possible content warning stuff, but it was super clean overall)* The side story, Margot (Lukas’ sister), was also so so intriguing to follow as well. Also, there was more wartime content, and if you know me, you know that I LOVE that kind of stuff. Overall? THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. Read it (but in order). You will not be disappointed. My Rating- 9/10 (closer to 9.5, since it’s higher than the 9 I gave A Name Unknown) Things Liked- Music!!!! Wartime stuff (those two things right there have won my heart right over) The family! The side story line/cryptology bits were super interesting buT whO iS mR V thO So similar yet so different from the first book The SASS But that ending is perFECT though fight me Also spiritual content Things Didn’t Like- A little romantic (the first few kisses were unwarrented), and I’m a big downer when it comes to romance Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free physical copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion; I was not required to provide a positive review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Shadows Over England series. I have not read book one and had no problem jumping right into this one so I would say it is a stand alone book. However, I did wonder if it was part of a series and can totally see how it is, so you may miss some history but nothing that will keep you from enjoying this novel. Willa Forsythe is a unique lady with a unique past as well. I love her spunk and personality, even though she must learn to overcome her past. Willa finds herself in more trouble than she anticipated and can't help but wonder who is pulling all the strings. Lukas De Wilde is a handsome man who may start to regret some of his life choices. When Willa is introduced to him, he is drawn to her in a way no-one has been before. Yet Lukas must also search for his mom and sister and keep them safe. This book is full of history, mystery, suspicion, romance and more. I enjoyed the sparks that fly between Willa and Lukas and I love Willa's entire family. I look forward to reading more from this series.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Roseanna M. White is A-MAZING! Each of her novels seems to be written from a new voice and writing style; she uses her research to re-create a great story and unique voice within each novel. (Once you've read a couple of her books, you'll understand my amazement at her variety!) If you see her name on a book, pick it up! "A Song Unheard" is the second book in her Shadows Over England series and within several page turns, it is hard to not get swept into the time period and intrigue of the characters and keep reading! Willa has a rough history and her story now becomes entwined with Lukas, another talented violinist, who has his own secrets. Step back into a fantastic World War I story and fall in love with this talented author! (Also, don't forget to pre-order "An Hour Unspent," the third book in the series! I don't want to leave these characters, but I cannot wait for the next part of the story either.) I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard # 2 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White 1914 Aberystwyth, Wales…in this second book we follow Rosemary’s sister, Willa Forsythe, from London to Wales and get to know more about her. Like her sister, and their other siblings, Willa is a top-notch thief. She is also a violin prodigy and has been sent to Wales for an important task by the ever mysterious Mr. V. Will she do as Mr. V. instructs or will her heart get in the way of this dangerous mission? We meet the famous violinist Lukas De Wilde who happens to be in Wales at the same time as Willa. However, his fame could be a problem as stirrings of WWI begins, making his fame dangerous for himself and his family (for reasons I will not share, don’t want to spoil it). I enjoyed his delightful thirteen-year-old sister Margot, who is very smart, especially with math and numbers (reminds me of my thirteen year old grandson in that respect). It was fun to see how her mind works and the way she incorporates the use of those numbers in almost everything she does. I was not sure about Gottlieb at first, whether to trust him or not, but was sure by the end of the book which he was...friend or enemy (not saying). There was one character that I knew was trouble and hoped Willa would stay away from, however....not saying more. A Song Unheard is a fantastic Edwardian, historical romance, filled with mystery and intrigue, danger, fears and suspense, joys and sorrows, surprising twists and turns in the story-line, forgiveness, second chances, love and faith. I love the historical aspects of the story and the author’s attention to detail...especially in regards to the music elements. I was drawn into the beauty of the music and could almost hear the violinist as they played. I appreciate the inspirational elements of the story, the spiritual growth in both Willa and Lukas in their journey to surrender to God. The author is very clever in hiding something right in plain sight...very clever indeed. While Willa and Lukas’s story can be read as a stand alone, reading the first book, A Name Unknown, first will give the reader a deeper understanding of the characters that appear in both books. ~I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
What a captivating tale! From the wonderful characterization to the cleverly crafted plot, A Song Unheard strikes a perfect chord. I loved the suspense and romance of Willa’s and Lukas’ story and the beautiful harmony they created. Roseanna M. White has once again penned an engaging and entertaining story that delighted me from beginning to end. I can’t wait to continue the Shadows Over England series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard is a precious, exciting, GOD loving book. This book can take your breath away-that is how good it is. It is a book of forgiveness, questioning and trust with GOD. It is a book that leaves you feeling like GOD is amazing. You have Willa who because of her life does not trust people very much. There is the master violinist who wants and expects a lot from her. You also have Luckas who is recovering from a bullet wound and wants to contact his family but since he doesn't know how to get ahold of them he is a little-off-center and what happens is..... The story gets very interesting from there. Well if you're looking for a book that is worth your time this is it. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently, I've been trying to read and review books that might be of interest to a lady at my church. I've read The Crooked Path and The Captain's Daughter, both of which she loved. After finishing A Song Unheard, I have no doubt she'll enjoy this one as well. Roseanne White's novel takes place at the start of World War I. Willa Forsythe is the main heroine, who we find is both a prodigy with the violin and yet still a flawed character. I prefer not reading about perfect characters. They tend to be boring. In Willa's case, she’s hired as the best of the best when it comes to thievery. A cipher key is sought after by both England and Germany, with Willa stuck in the middle. She's tasked with finding out where it's locating and stealing it for the war effort. The owner of this key is rumored to be the renowned violinist, Lukas De Wilde. The problem is that eventually, a little romance begins to develop between Willa and Lukas, and she finds herself torn between this potential for a better future and her task. This was a fast read and despite not being a fan of romance, I did enjoy the book. The characters were entertaining. The idea of the cipher was interesting. At times it was exciting with the dangers in Brussels following the German invasion. Willa is fully capable of handling her own in most situations. She has a strong personality and is very skilled. Not only that, but she has the uncanny ability to memorize music after one or two listens. So any reader hoping for a strong female character will enjoy reading this book. For those that like historical fiction, they'll enjoy reading A Song Unheard. I’m curious about the game they played in the book called ‘Go’. The only thing was the book left me wondering about Gottlieb's future. All in all, it's an excellent read, perfect for vacations or just relaxing at home. I know my friend will love it. And if you’re curious about the unheard song, the one that eventually Willa wrote, the author notes it can be heard in the book trailer. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Where would you go if you needed a top-notch thief to steal a key before it ended up in the wrong hands, and the person you suspect holds the key is a famous master violinist? You go to London and find Willa Forsythe – ‘one of London’s best pickpockets.’ She is also a violin prodigy. She poses as a family friend of wealthy patrons for the Belgian Symphony Orchestra, which is made up of Belgian refugees. World-renowned violinist Lukas De Wilde is one of these refugees. He is Willa’s target, but he’s also the target of others. He wants nothing more than to continue the search for his mother and sister. But with Germany invaders in Belgium, it is too dangerous to travel there. His only distraction is the amazingly gifted Willa and his newfound faith. But what will happen when her secret crosses his path? No cipher key will help him then. As I would expect from White, she has created a captivating novel with another strong-willed and savvy woman. Willa also has street smarts. But whereas Lukas’ faith grew throughout the story, Willa struggled longer. Because she has been as broken as a destroyed violin for a long time. Incorporating that into the plot, along with points-of-view from Lukas and his sister, Margot, provided extra elements. Instead of one layer like a piece of music for violins only, there were multiple layers like music for an entire orchestra. And White orchestrated well. My attention was kept, and I expect an encore when we are next introduced to Barclay’s story! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
I have been jumping between genres recently and this past week have been reading a piece of Edwardian fiction, in which I have been deeply engrossed - A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White. A Song Unheard is the second book in the Shadows Over England series and is set primarily in Wales in 1914. This story is a stand alone story, but if you had a chance to read the first book in the series, A Name Unknown, this story offers a chance to catch a brief glimpse of those main characters, but more so, focused on the story of another member of the family. Willa has a love for music, spending time catching practices of the symphony in London and playing on a well-loved violin. So when Mr. V offers a role that has her spending time with famed violinist Lukas De Wilde to locate a highly sought cypher key, she knows that she is the right person for the job. The author did a good job developing characters through the progression of the story, continuing to reveal things about some of the characters right up to the end of the story. Lukas is intrigued with Willa the moment he sees her on the street, assessing the building in ways similar to how he has seen his sister assess things. When he learns that she is a violin prodigy, he offers her lessons as a way to get to know her and spend more time with her. Willa is determined not to follow the path that Rosemary did and fall for her target, but she needs to spend time to get to know him to get close enough to locate and steal the cypher key. Suspense and danger is woven throughout the story. We get the sense of the danger faced by Willa when she finds herself not alone on her quest and the ongoing danger faced by Lukas' family who is hiding out from the soldiers, even with one sharing the same house. When it seems that she will not succeed in completing the job and is caught in a place she shouldn't be, Willa confesses to Lukas and changes the dynamic between them. The story isn't over at that point though bringing more into the story as the danger intensifies and more secrets come out, making the story even that much more intriguing. Through her vivid descriptions of the settings, both internal and external, the author is able to transport the reader to another time and place. Her story was so engaging that I found myself not wanting to put the book down, resulting in me yet again staying up later than I should simply so I can read a little more. The book had the perfect balance of danger, friendship and courtship, romance, mystery, deception, intrigue and faith. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. A complimentary review copy was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roseanna White does fiction like Godiva does chocolate. "A Song Unheard" is a delicious story to be savored. A swoony hero, a tough heroine, a dose of danger, and a lot of music combines to equal one delightful British story. I'm enjoying this series and am looking forward to the third book. While this book isn't my top favorite of all of White's work, it's a charming, engaging story that kept me eagerly flipping pages. I highly recommend "A Song Unheard" to all lovers of British set historical novels. Don't make this one 'a book unread'! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
This second installment in Roseanna White’s Shadow’s Over England series is a sweet melody with a little intrigue thrown in for good measure. It’s the start of World War l and England is looking for any advantage over Germany that they can find. Willa Forsythe is a first-rate thief. She can also play the violin. That’s why she is chosen to steal a cypher key from the famous violinist, Lukas De Wilde. Willa’s journey is a hard one, shaped by her past. She eventually learns to trust in not only other people but in God. I really enjoyed the musical aspect of this story. I was hoping for more from some of the secondary characters. Hopefully we see more of them in the next book. So, A Song Unheard did not disappoint. It was everything you would expect from Roseanna White. I can’t wait for the next one! I received this book from Bethany House publisher’s in exchange for my honest review.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard is the second book in Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, coming after A Name Unknown. Roseanna has been one of my all-time favorite authors for quite some time now, so I’m always excited when she releases a new book. This series, however, has especially piqued my interest, so I was on pins and needles waiting for this particular book’s release date. The whole background of a ragtag group of “orphaned” thieves banding together to build a family, and then the entry of Mr. V, make for very captivating storylines. With the first novel in this series, Roseanna artfully introduced that family in a way that made me immediately love them and want to read more about them, and I must say this second novel did not disappoint. Willa Forsythe’s spunky character, and her spitfire and determination, made her one of my favorite characters almost immediately. And Lukas De Wilde… my goodness, he is quite the character. So completely full of himself in the beginning, but really so hurting and broken underneath the surface, on both the inside and the outside. The complexity of both characters just goes to show how talented of a writer Roseanna is, and the captivating storyline only helps to show that even more. As the story began to play out, I found myself completely unable to put the book down, and while I had no idea what was going to come next, I loved every unexpected minute of it. I have to say, I think the last few chapters were by far my favorite. I wish I could tell you all the reasons why, but that would spoil the entire story, and I just couldn’t bear to do that. So instead, I highly, highly recommend you go out and read it for yourself. When everything comes to a head, and the danger intensifies and secrets come out, that is when you see the real truth behind the façade, and it just makes the storyline that much more intriguing. I really truly couldn’t put the book down once I got that far, and it is well, well worth the time I spent with my nose buried in between the pages. This novel has easily earned all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for the final book in this series. Ever since I was first introduced to him in A Name Unknown, I have been hoping that Roseanna would write a book about Barclay, so I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was when I found out that An Hour Unspent would be his book. Therefore, that novel comes highly recommended from me, just like anything Roseanna writes because they’re all amazing. So, you should probably get to discovering the talent that is Roseanna! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for only my honest review. This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com
CameraCourt More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard is a novel for anyone who loves history or music. Set during the early days of WWI, it portrays a unique era, a slice of history, and the trials ordinary people endured. I liked that it showed multiple intertwining viewpoints-- that of a spunky thief-turned-government aid practically working as a spy (Willa), a refugee estranged from his family and struggling to maintain his normal lifestyle (Lukas), and that of an intelligent young lady hiding her true identity in German-occupied Belgium (Margot). In their own ways, they each learn important lessons of faith. What stands out to me the most is Willa's realization that the loving FAMILY she has is wonderful, but that the love of a Heavenly Father can be all-encompassing and accepting far beyond any human connection she might seek. These twisting perspectives all tell a seamless story with action, intrigue, and true acts of heroism. Interspersed with it all is a romance that grows naturally even while the characters themselves are often (comically) unaware of their deep connection. And OH, the music!!! The music lover in me swooned a time or two while reading Lukas and Willa's musical scenes. I have never read a story that incorporates the emotions and visceral feelings music can evoke in mere words and paragraphs. It was so vivid, I could almost hear Willa's song in her heart. The journey of the characters could be likened to a song that has mournful minor strains and moments of pure joy. All of it works together to present a piece of art: in this case, a musical story that incorporates both historical suspense, romance, and faith. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to review a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest review.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
I cannot find the words to describe how much I loved this book. Told from the viewpoints of Willa, Lukas, and Margot (Lukas' younger sister). Willa is a strong young woman, she has a strong moral code despite being an expert thief. She is a truly gifted violinist and fiercely loves her "not by blood" family. Lukas is a world-famous violinist, a bit of a rake, now a refugee he doesn't know where his mother and sister are. Margot, a mathematically gifted child, hiding in plain sight with a German officer living under the same roof. The dialog and details in this story are brilliant! I won't give a synopsis, just know that Roseanna M. White has written a wonderful story filled with intriguing characters, mystery, suspense, danger, faith, and a little bit of love. I can't wait for An Hour Unspent!
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard is the second book in Roseanna M. White's Shadows Over England series! I loved Lukas and Willa's story! Willa Forsythe has gone to Wales during WWI in order to find a cypher key that is believed to be in the hands of the famous musician Lukas De Wilde, but finding it has become a huge challenge and danger to them both and possibly their families. Both Lukas and Willa will do anything to protect their families, but the lies and half truths are causing them to question their pasts and if they want to continue living that life and potentially no longer being a part of each other's lives. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Song Unheard is a captivating story by Roseanna M. White. The second book in her new Shadows over England series, White takes us into the intrigue of Willa’s story. Willa, younger sister to Rosemary from A Name Unknown, finds herself working for the shadowy Mr. V. To do her job, Willa travels to Wales, and finds music like she had only dreamed about. Lukas De Wilde, violinist extraordinaire, and a refugee is intrigued with Willa and her musical gift. Full of intrigue and intense emotion, A Song Unheard is fast moving with strong characters. I loved the character of Willa. She was so believable and yet so gifted, so emotionally scarred and yet so fiercely loyal and attentive to those she calls family. Using an intricate plot full of danger, loss, and pain, White deftly shows us how WWII affected different people so in so many tragic ways. But as Willa struggles to find herself, White shows us the strength and resilience that comes from hope and believing in God. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White for my candid review.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
A powerful book once you get into it. The message of the power of forgiveness and God's love and mercy are woven through out the book. I am sorry to see the book end. I can't wait to read more of these characters who I have come to lover,
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Shadows over England series and I thought it was a fitting addition. You can't help but fall in love with Willa once you meet her even though she was a thief. She had to do what she thought she had to to survive I wanted nothing more for her to have a happy life and find someone who truly cared for her. The author did a really good job of setting the scene for this story. I felt like I was along side Willa at times. I also liked that there was history, romance, adventure and suspense all rolled into one nice little package. Another great book for the year that I would recommend.
Kishona More than 1 year ago
With "A Song Unheard," Roseanna White has written one of her most flowing, lyrical tales yet. Masterfully arranged, the story of Willa Forsythe (a thief and violin prodigy) is a song that will fill your heart. It's dramatic with plenty of tension and dynamics, soothing and heart-rending in the soft, tender moments, and generously accented with playful, snappy interludes, while a beautiful, sincere theme of redemption and hope flows throughout the entire piece. Willa is the kind of heroine I LOVE in a story - strong, quick-witted, independent, passionate, funny, and a bit stubborn, and she's perfectly matched for just the right spark by the hero, Lukas. As an oh-so-smooth but still somehow sweetly adorable ladies' man, Lukas's quips and lines as he banters with a determined-not-to-swoon-over-him Willa had me smiling throughout the book. Of course, as always, Roseanna writes a story about much more than just blushes and romantic overtures. Both main characters have their own internal conflicts as well as brushes with darker, more nefarious persons and the danger they tend to bring with them. And they both face turning points in their faith, or lack thereof. I'm always impressed with how realistically and honestly Roseanna can write God's gentle drawing of a person's heart, all the seeds of His love and forgiveness that other people plant and water in them along the way. Two such influential characters, Gwen and Margot, have some beautiful moments in the story, as they offer grace and compassion in their own ways. As if a captivating plot, remarkable characters; and a spiritual message that bolsters your faith weren't enough (and really, those just seem to be the standard I expect from her anymore), Roseanna makes my little grammar-nerd, bookworm heart sing with her clever turns of phrase, vivid wording, and creative writing style. This book seemed to be especially inspired with little unique descriptions and analogies hidden throughout. It delighted both the writer and reader in me and confirmed yet again that Roseanna's own genius and passion are definitely in crafting intriguing, unforgettable tales. Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are mine alone. My endorsement of the book is based solely on how much I loved it.
RaechelK More than 1 year ago
This book was beautiful. I wasn’t sure how the next book in this series would stand next to the first, “A Name Unknown” (because I loooved that one), but wow! It exceeded my expectations. Utterly delightful, and vivid and strong. I love how it wasn’t ‘heavy’, but it was deep. It was so easy to get caught up into, and so refreshing. This is definitely one of those books that you don’t just read – you live in its pages. You feel like you know the characters personally – not like you’re just reading about them. Spectacular! And the settings were rich – London. Wales. Belgium. “A Song Unheard” really does pull you in effortlessly. There was so much to it, that I’m not even sure how to capture it all in my review! The music aspect was glorious. I’m not really a musician, but wow! Stunning. And the strength of family – maybe not by-blood-family, but still family. That was touching. And the faith-element – absolutely fantastic, and heartwarming. It was real, and not just ‘fluff’. The characters were all spot-on. Willa Forsythe…oh Willa. What a character she was! So developed, so complex, so broken, but so lovely. And strong. And willa-ful. ;) I loved her! What else can I say than that she was amazing? Her struggles, and trials – the walls she put up, and the ending conclusion – ahh, so good! Lukas De Wilde being a playboy – I was curious to see how his character would go. But wow, I loved him too! His flirtation towards Willa was extremely amusing, and his devotion endearing. He had great depth too, and I loved “getting to know” him and seeing his transformation in the book. Parts of this story shared the POV of Lukas’ sister, Margot. She was positively delightful! Her math-brain – goodness, I wish I had that! ;) And her loyalty to the Lord, and her faith – inspiring. I believe I heard that we’ll get to see more of her character in another series possibly? I sure hope so! “A Song Unheard” is full of so much beauty, and depth, as I said, it’s impossible to cover all of it within one review, but I definitely recommend it! Music, intrigue, danger, hard-won-romance, a family of thieves, a world-renowned violinist – this book is enticing to say the least! It’s lovely to have a series set during the start of WWI – and a series so well written at that! *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.