From New York Times bestselling author comes The Silent Songbird!
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?
A terrific YA crossover medieval romance from the author of “The Golden Braid”
Dickerson weaves a compelling tale that takes place long ago in England. Written in the third person omniscient point of view, we encounter lies, deceit, attempted murder, jealousy, rage, forgiveness, faith and hope. This book will have you jumping out of your seat with anticipation at times. Moderate to fast-paced, you will not want this book to end. Recommended for all, especially lovers of historical romance.
|About the Contributor(s)||Melanie Dickerson
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 melaniedickerson.com Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor
|Publish Date||Nov 8, 2016|
- Review by Kristin
This book was a very sweet, clean, historical fiction book perfect for YA Christians. It has just the right amount of God in it, not so overbearing that it takes away from the story line, but just enough to see that faith is very vital part to the heroine's life.
I wanted to like Evangeline, I really did. At times she was strong-willed and believable, and other times she seemed to wilt back into this typical, medieval princess type. There were times where it was perfectly believable that she wanted to do whatever it took to escape this awful man her cousin willed her to marry, and then, when you sat back and thought about it....she didn't even whimper? Not a single whimper? Her hands were bleeding, open sores, and she wasn't complaining a single bit?Which then brings me to the whole word "septic"that was used several times in this book by the main characters. I guess it's because I'm in the medical field that this poked at me so much. The term sepsis didn't occur until much later in history than this story occurred, and I wouldn't have minded if the characters just used the words"rot" or "blood rot" or something a little more historically accurate.
And Westley.... there were times where he just didn't seem believable enough for me, some of his dialogue just seemed very forced to me.
I absolutely love the author's books, this one just didn't resonate very well with me. (Posted on 11/11/2016)
- Review by Haley J.S.
Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn't even a servant.
Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England's monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?
Wow, I was so excited to review this book. I couldn't wait to get it early! And I was not disappointed. Sure, there are some downfalls, but overall it is pretty good.
The biggest thing that I didn't like was the fact that Eva wanted to learn archery, swordsmanship, and knife-throwing. One thing that I do know is that in the medieval days the ladies did not learn that stuff. Nope, it was the men who protected the ladies. The ladies did not want to learn about those things. There is nothing wrong with learning those things. Self-defense is a great thing to know. But, seriously! Back then, no man would want to teach a woman self-defense and stuff like that in that era. Absolutely
not! (Yeah, I ranted, but whatever).
As for the rest of the book, besides the fighting part, I really enjoyed it. Westley was a great character. And I am so glad that Melanie tied in The Merchant's Daughter, the Beauty and the Beast story! The sad part was that it made the characters from The Merchant's Daughter seem old. But, it wasn't that bad.
I still really enjoyed reading this book. I mean, I just got this book like...four days ago and have already finished it!
The cover deserves 4 stars! I really liked the girl's dress-very pretty.
As for the story...once again 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book. Due to the downfall I stated above, I had to dock it one star.
Title: The Silent Songbird
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Author's Website: http://www.melaniedickerson.com/
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program.
This review is written in my own opinions and words.
(Posted on 11/7/2016)
- Review by Kaitlyn
Blessed with a voice that nearly enchants all who hear it Evangeline feels a prisoner within her own home. Never allowed out of the castle without a full armed escort for fear of kidnapping she has seen very little of the outside world. When rumor spreads that her cousin, King Richard II, is planning to marry her one of his advisor's Evangeline fears she will never be free. When she meets her betrothed Evangeline fears for her very life.
I have always been a huge fan of fairytales, especially from Han's Christian Anderson, so when I saw the similarities between not only the little mermaid, but to me also of The Nightengale, I was love with the book even more. This is part of a series, but you don't have to read the others to understand what is going on. Though if you want to read the stories of some of the characters in this book read A Merchant's Daughter, it is Melanie Dickerson's take on Beauty and the Beast, and the best way to start this series if you are interested!
I finished off this book within the same day of getting it in the mail. That's just how good it is. With clean content for young adult, yet still captivating while keeping it realistic. Any age group will enjoy this, and any, of Melanie's books. I am heart broken that her next one will not be coming out until May of 2017. I guess that just gives me time to read the previous books again!
That's all I have for now folks. Until next time, I hope you have a blessed day!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my Honest review, which I have given.
(Posted on 11/4/2016)