29 November 2016

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

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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?

Another delightful fairytale retelling from Melanie Dickerson, The Silent Songbirds transports elements of The Little Mermaid into her medieval world of Hagenheim. (Fans of The Merchant’s Daughter will be especially pleased to revisit a few characters.) It’s filled with dastardly deeds and looming danger and sweet, sweet romance. I enjoyed it, as I have all Dickerson’s previous books, and could recommend it to readers in search of a charming historical read. It’s a fun, heartfelt book.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of The Silent Songbird and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all 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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