A Song Unheard

A Song Unheard

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

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  • Clara

    When I finished the first book of the series the first word that came to mind was “special”, and here I thought none would be able to top that one... goodness, did I not know what was coming.

    I wish I could find words to do this book justice. It is an entire melody, filled with cracks and breaks that make you feel you've come to the end of yourself, only to then be swept away by the sweetest harmony that overcomes any obscurity.

    Willa Forsythe always expects change to come; not so much that she li

    When I finished the first book of the series the first word that came to mind was “special”, and here I thought none would be able to top that one... goodness, did I not know what was coming.

    I wish I could find words to do this book justice. It is an entire melody, filled with cracks and breaks that make you feel you've come to the end of yourself, only to then be swept away by the sweetest harmony that overcomes any obscurity.

    Willa Forsythe always expects change to come; not so much that she likes it, but life has proven she's on the forgotten and abandoned side of this. That's just her lot and so taking risks with people isn't something she does easily. Especially not with a full-of-himself playboy superstar violinist who's sure he can teach Willa a few things. Considering that music is the only constant in her life (alongside her family of urchins) and that she has no inspiration for fame, why should she give him her time of day and let him stain what is so precious in her life with his rules and impossible names?

    Lukas de Wilde is, in a few words, out of his mind. People might attribute it to the fact that he's been severely separated from his family, with no way to contact them, and is still recovering from a bullet wound. They say he'll soon be back to his old self. True, he might have been fine with living a life as a rake until now, but war has a funny way of messing around with people's mind - or of actually waking them up to the depth and obscurity of hurt and loss, peculiarly those caused by taking without consideration.

    In the midst of tumult and shadows raging within and around them, these two characters think, analyze, struggle and question. They have no fear to scrutinize a God who calls Himself Creator but supposedly stands aside while the world is torn apart. Note the SUPPOSEDLY there, because what the characters might find out is that there's forgiveness even for trust withered, there's steadfastness among chaos, there's faithfulness beyond reason. And this constancy doesn't come naturally from us, yet this lesson about giving other than just taking is for all of us.

    And as the suspense builds with each turn of the page, making you hold your breath and gut-turn, be prepared to hope beyond reason and have your world turned upside down by a hero who is seeing his filth being turned into purity, a wary heroine finding confidence beyond circumstances, and a 14-year-old protege surely to capture your heart.

    As these characters find a new normal, they will also find an unstoppable and unwavering melody that has been there all along ready to be put out.

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing a advanced copy. This is my honest review.

  • Victoria Lynn

    *sigh* Review to come. Let's just leave it at the fact that I am in love with these books. <3

  • Jazzy

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    WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO IMPOSSIBLY GOOD? I never ever want them to end!!

    RTC (after I write a review for the first one lawl)

    REVIEW:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review... thanks, Publishers!

    Well well well, look what we have here: ANOTHER BOOK REVIEW! I'm super duper excited to talk/fangirl about this book because lemme tell ya something... it was just as amazing and precious as the first book in this

    ayee fren... follow my blog :))

    WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO IMPOSSIBLY GOOD? I never ever want them to end!!

    RTC (after I write a review for the first one lawl)

    REVIEW:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review... thanks, Publishers!

    Well well well, look what we have here: ANOTHER BOOK REVIEW! I'm super duper excited to talk/fangirl about this book because lemme tell ya something... it was just as amazing and precious as the first book in this serious and I was literally on a book-hangover for the longest time because of it. I'm gonna try to condense a little bit more in this review than in the last one, so this should be interesting :)

    BLURB:

    Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cipher 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 in 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 cipher or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

    - r e v i e w -

    5 stars

    This was very much like the previous book, A Name Unknown, in that it was absolutely thrilling, sweet, and invigorating all at once. This series has captured my heart, the plots, characters, themes and all. Just perfection.

    I am not going to rant in this post. I promise. This book deserves that much :)

    - b e a u t i f u l - t h i n g s -

    the characters - Probably one of the biggest reasons I love these books so blasted much is because the characters are just irresistible. I can literally relate so much with Willa (and Rosemary from the first book) and it is just an AMAZING thing when the reader can relate to the characters. Just like magic.

    Willa is basically me, not even lying

    SHE WAS A VIOLINIST PRODIGY WITH A LOT OF SASS. And that just endeared her to me even more than before. Her passion for music was something that was so just HER nature, it wasn't professional, wasn't an obligation, it was just a part of who she was, and I loved seeing that kind of musician enthusiasm. It's just so invigorating.

    I cannot tell you how much of me I saw in Willa, it was freaky but awesome. She was... she was great. Snobby, salty, stubborn, musical, independent. She was a lot like Rosemary, but with her own streak and it was just so satisfying. Probably one thing that was really different from her sister was the fact that she really wasn't that awkward. Like, with people, Rosemary always had to think a certain amount to see how she needed to be around them; but Willa was less like that and a little bit riskier. IT WAS EXCITING. Nothing about her was dull and I just had so much fun reading about her!

    Now Lukas... he was a special kind of charming

    HE WAS MISCHIEF AND LAUGHTER AND CHARM AND IT WAS GREAT. If I can just marry Lukas, that'd be even better. This dude made me laugh (literally) out loud so many times, I had to train myself to not burst out laughing when I was in a room with other people... or by myself for that matter, because either way, I look odd. OH WELL. Deal with it, non-readers xP

    Lukas was a classical violinist, so his was a bit more career-ish. BUT DUDE. He was still awesome and knowledgeable and passionate, maybe not the same as Willa, but not all musicians are the same. The thing about Lukas that really made me love him was his cheesy sense of humor but also how intentional he was... about everything. He's the kind of guy that I'd totally enjoy in my inner circle LOL. He was also very extroverted, which was different from Peter in the first book. Where Willa was snobby, he was this almost invasive person and it was just entertaining to watch.

    OH DUDE. I loved Margot so much, I need a book about her

    I adored her spiciness. She was so proud and sassy and intelligent. Normally with side characters, I get a little bored during their chapters; like can we just skip to the main peoples, please?! BUT MARGOT WAS LEGITIMATELY SO COOL. I never tired of reading about her, especially towards the end. I just really really really need a book dedicated to her. Like yesterday xD

    It's safe to say that Roseanna M. White is just amazing at creating characters and that all of them are SPOT-ON and bloody awesome. There's almost never a dull moment with her people; they are the ultimate #squadgoals

    the plot - This was actually really really fun, although it did feel a bit close to the first book. But I guess since they are in the same series, the storylines will be similar. Probably the biggest thing that interested me was the music aspect and the codes. Which were kind of some of the most important stuff? So.

    same things as the first book - There were a lot of the same vibes from the first book, and I wasn't at all made about that. Germany and England, World War 1.... yeah those vibes.

    the sarcasm - Let's just appreciate fitting wit for this time era. It's so satisfying. I was grinning like a fool in so many parts, just loving every bit of this beautiful beautiful cinnamon roll. xD

    can we talk about how amazing the messages of salvation are in these books? - Y'all. I started crying in this book because Christ is so awesome and he can use any situation to draw his children to him. Willa was broken, she didn't trust people, she didn't trust love, she didn't trust herself, but God's will can blow our minds sometimes. ;)

    the romance was fabulous - seriously. I ship this ship. I approve and set this baby to sail. They are.... the PERFECT combo: Lukas is mischievous and charming, and Willa is snobby but daring and it's great. And so pure. But fun. Yep.

    There were so many great things in this book. I actually finished it after I got my wisdom teeth removed, so although I was in pain, THE BOOK WAS MAGIC AND I APPRECIATED IT SO MUCH MORE FOR BEING HAPPINESS WHEN I WAS DEATH.

    Anywho.

    - c o n c l u s i o n -

    I enjoyed this book so so so much. This Christian historical fiction has the perfect blend of action and excitement, messages of faith and God's love, amazing characters with AMAZING PERSONALITIES, beautiful music, WW1 vibes, mystery, and an awesome romance. I'm just dying for the 3rd book!!!

    And that's it! Go read this book, please, for all our sakes and for my own sanity. Or it will cost you... Don't make me send my unicorn minions after you!! They will not be merciful!

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    Oh. My. Word. I cannot express in words my love for the Shadows Over England series . . .

    I didn't think it was possible for this to be better than the first book. But I think it might have been.

    The characters are truly what makes White's Shadows over England series. Both Willa and Lukas were both exceptional characters, with so much depth and beauty. Their individual character arcs were both so well done. Their transformation was so beautiful and real. Margot was also a fascinating character.

    Oh. My. Word. I cannot express in words my love for the Shadows Over England series . . .

    I didn't think it was possible for this to be better than the first book. But I think it might have been.

    The characters are truly what makes White's Shadows over England series. Both Willa and Lukas were both exceptional characters, with so much depth and beauty. Their individual character arcs were both so well done. Their transformation was so beautiful and real. Margot was also a fascinating character. At first, I wasn't happy that we had a third POV character, but I ended up loving her in less than a chapter.

    The story. My goodness! WW1, spies, thieves, lies, treason, music, plenty of action and just the right amount of romance . . . Does it get any better? While quite long, this definitely kept my interest and I finished it in about 24 hours time. I love the amount of history that White throws in there; just enough to be educational, without boring the average reader. I loved it!

    And then there's that utterly gorgeous cover . . . *swoons*

    And also can we please talk about the music? As a music lover and musician myself, I absolutely adored that aspect of the story. White clearly did a lot of research on that subject, and it shows.

    All in all, this is another fantastic novel by Roseanna M. White. I can't wait for book 3! Highly recommended!

    Recommended for ages 16+ due to mature themes and mild violence.

  • Staci

    This novel included so many things I love:

    - Kind-hearted heroine that has not had the easy life handed to her

    - Humorous dialogue between the two main characters

    - Mathematics (score for the number minded!)

    - Fact based characters woven in

    I anticipated enjoying this novel, but it surpassed my expectations. I especially loved Margot. Her dry sense of humor and mind filled with numbers made me smile. This novel was simply delightful.

    Now for Barclay's story...

  • Andrea Cox

    What a lovely tale of faith, family, music, trust, and hope! I loved that this book featured musical and mathematical prodigies, both young ladies. They, and other characters, were intriguing, as were the plots and surprising twists. As with Roseanna White’s other books I’ve read, this one was saturated with rich historical detail that made the settings and events really pop off the page. I felt pulled in from the very beginning.

    Content: pub, replacement expletives, and gambling/betting

    A couple

    What a lovely tale of faith, family, music, trust, and hope! I loved that this book featured musical and mathematical prodigies, both young ladies. They, and other characters, were intriguing, as were the plots and surprising twists. As with Roseanna White’s other books I’ve read, this one was saturated with rich historical detail that made the settings and events really pop off the page. I felt pulled in from the very beginning.

    Content: pub, replacement expletives, and gambling/betting

    A couple of French-speaking Belgians used British replacement expletives, which seemed out of character, as they were new to Wales and/or London and most likely wouldn’t have spoken like common street rats even if they knew the lingo, as they were of a higher class than the words they chose to use in those moments.

    This book drew me in even more than the first in the Shadows Over England series, and I can hardly wait to read the next installment. Barclay’s story is next, and I’m terribly excited to see what adventures he stumbles into.

  • R.F. Gammon

    This book was BRILLIANT. BRILLIANT, I TELL YOU.

    So why am I not giving it five stars?

    Well, there's a couple of reasons. The first being that it took me a little while to get into this book--it just didn't capture me from page 1. The second is that his-fic never has been and never will be my favorite. BUT! This one is World War I, the forgotten war, which makes it excellent. (And, it's Christian. Which I absolutely love.)

    I think I liked this book better than the first, which surprised me, becau

    This book was BRILLIANT. BRILLIANT, I TELL YOU.

    So why am I not giving it five stars?

    Well, there's a couple of reasons. The first being that it took me a little while to get into this book--it just didn't capture me from page 1. The second is that his-fic never has been and never will be my favorite. BUT! This one is World War I, the forgotten war, which makes it excellent. (And, it's Christian. Which I absolutely love.)

    I think I liked this book better than the first, which surprised me, because most of my friends said they liked the first one better. But...that's the way of it, I suppose. I loved the music, the characters, the emotional highs and lows. This was such a beautiful book, you guys.

    Willa is my favorite his-fic female protagonist for a while now. Lukas was AMAZING. Both of them had such beautiful conversion stories, and THERE WAS SO MUCH HOPE IN THIS BOOK. Let me just FANGIRL SUPER DUPER HARD.

    I don't really know what else to say about this one, except that it's beautiful and musical and hopeful and I adore it. <3 READ IT. 4.5 stars.

  • Lydia Howe

    I don't think I'd be able to gush about this book enough, so I won't even try. But really? A "family" of thieves who live in London during WW1, then throw in music and espionage? Well, I think you have the perfect story right there. Seriously though. This book was such a winner.

    Yes, there were things that I didn't agree with. (Thieving for one.) One of the biggest issues I had was the male main character had the reputation of being a playboy, and although he had changed I thought that it was an

    I don't think I'd be able to gush about this book enough, so I won't even try. But really? A "family" of thieves who live in London during WW1, then throw in music and espionage? Well, I think you have the perfect story right there. Seriously though. This book was such a winner.

    Yes, there were things that I didn't agree with. (Thieving for one.) One of the biggest issues I had was the male main character had the reputation of being a playboy, and although he had changed I thought that it was an unnecessary part of the plot (although I see why it was there), and that took the book down a bit for me, although thankfully it didn't go into any details.

    But really. This series. OH lands. I want to fangirl about it, and I don't often want to fangirl over books quite this much. Way to go, Miss Roseanna!

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #2 in the

    series.

    Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Many Prayers; Church going & sermons; Lots of being witnessed to; Many Talks & Discussions about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Willa isn’t sure about God & His existence, she is very bitter towards the topics, *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Lukas says he doesn’t remember how to pray & that he never listened to God really, *Spoiler*

    *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of God-given gifts & callings; Mentions of churches, church going, Masses, sermons, & ministers/priests; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of Christian families, faiths, & religious people; A few mentions of a Bible; A few mentions of denominations; A few mentions of godly & ungodly people; A few mentions of something sounding miraculous; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of a miracle; A mention of a monk;

    *Note: A couple mentions of imaging Hell; A mention of the most evolved men.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sure as blazes’, a ‘what the devil’, two ‘shut up’s, two ‘what/why in blazes’s, three forms ‘drat’s, three forms of ‘dumb’s, twenty forms of ‘idiot’, thirty-five forms of ‘blast’, and thirty-six forms of ‘stupid’; Mentions of curses, almost curses, & choice words (said, not written); Sarcasm & lots of Eye rolling; Being hit, Being shot, Pain, Blood/Bleeding, & Injuries/Wounds (mostly semi-detailed); Having a gun aimed at you (barely-above-not-detailed); Seeing someone shot & killed (barely-above-not-detailed); Willa is a thief & steals/robs people on the street; All about many mentions of a war, fighting, fires, gunfire/shots, destroyed places, & missing people (up to semi-detailed); All about many mentions of spies, being a thief, thieves, picking pockets, stealing, & stolen items; Many mentions of being shot, pain, injuries/wounds, bullets, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of people taken away by the German army & never heard from again; Mentions of shooting & killing; Mentions of threats, blackmail, being held at gunpoint, & violence; Mentions of arrests & jails/prisons; Mentions of wine/spirits & drinking; Mentions of pubs & taverns; Mentions of smoking, cigars, & cigarettes; Mentions of Willa’s father walking out her mother after he got her pregnant; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of dead bodies; A few mentions of thugs; A few mentions of traitors; A few mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of drunks.

    Sexual Content- four hand/knuckle kisses, a cheek kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, four semi-detailed kisses (one was from Willa being accosted, but has no ‘feeling’), and a boarder-line detailed // very detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss (semi-detailed); Touches & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Blushes & Flirting; Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing muscles (barely-above-not-detailed); Lukas is known as a ladies’ man/playboy; Many mentions of flirting, flirts, & a ladies’ man/playboy; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of touches & wanting to touch; Mentions of scandalous reputations; Mentions of blushes; Mentions of dates; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of young women slipping their room keys into Lukas’ hands (it’s not said what happened, but it’s implied); A few mentions of a man having a few children with different young women & leaving all of them; A few mentions of finding the opposite gender in a bedroom & waiting on the bed (implied in a sexual sense prior, but nothing happens); A few mentions of a man who would charm a girl into a compromising position; A couple mentions of compromising one’s self; A couple mentions of proposing something indecent; A couple mentions of a rake & being less of a gentleman; A couple mentions of chaperones; A mention of going to the opposite gender’s room for “predictable reasons”; A mention of not taking off gloves in a sensual way; A mention of thinking a child is illegitimate; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of a rape of a country & that women aren’t safe without being attacked there; A few mentions of infants dying young & stillborns; A few mentions of hitting a knee to a man’s groin; A mention of a sexual transmitted disease; A mention of a woman’s lack of curves.

    -Willa Forsythe, age 23

    -Lukas De Wilde, age 28

    P.O.V. switches between them & Margot

    Set in 1914

    405 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    After reading quite a few books by this author and being disappointed with the content, I thought that picking up yet another one would mean that I’m a glutton for punishment [of putting myself through giving another low rating].

    While still not as clean as I personally would have preferred, I honestly do feel like someone could knock me over with a feather over my shock of the lack of questionable content. There were things I didn’t like however. The implications of Lukas being a playboy in the true sexual sense being one. I quite disliked that. A flirt I can deal with, but I wasn’t a fan of the hints of more. Being set during a war and being affected by the actions of that could be triggering for some. It also could be quite romance-y in the main two’s thoughts and kisses.

    For the things I liked about this novel, there were a few. Willa and her makeshift family are thieves, the family aspects were very sweet. I also really liked Margot and found myself laughing at her reactions to people and things. There was quite a bit of Spiritual Content, so even though our main two don’t claim to be “religious” at the beginning or most of the book, there’s a lot of witnessing to them by other characters. The flirting/banter between the both of them also had humorous parts. The music/violin plot was also interesting.

    Since I haven’t read the first book in this series, I did spend the first hundred or so pages not knowing how Willa and her family were connected. I did have to wonder at many parts where all the chaperones were when Willa would be alone with the opposite gender, but I guess that’s partially in part of the war, but also that going out of style with that of the 1920s coming to the scene.

    Overall though? I’m still personally cautious on this author because of comments in past books. I might pick up the first book due to friends’ reviews, but I’ll have to see later about reading the third book.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

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