Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

book review of The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins.

Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?

Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

I didn't see what this book had to do with The Little Mermaid other than Evangeline losing her voice, but I certainly still enjoyed it. Westley le Wyse is the son of Lord and Lady le Wyse, who of course were characters in an earlier book in this series of fairy tales and was one of my very favourites so it was nice to have them back in the story.

This time our heroine is living in a castle, but not just any castle - she is the ward of the king of England. She's been treated very well living there, but now he wants to marry her off as a favour to one of his most trusted advisors. Lord Shiveley is twice her age and definitely not the man the king sees him to be. Taking a big risk, she and her maid run off with a band of peasants travelling back to their home town. 

As long as you don't read this as a definitive historical novel accurately detailing the times, it's pretty entertaining glimpse into the time period. Lords and ladies, servants and knights, oh my. It's a light read, it's clean and worth picking up.

I received this book from the publisher. My opinions are entirely my own. Thank you Thomas Nelson.

Author Bio

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor

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