Review: A Song Unheard – Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White. A Song Unheard. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2018.

Happy New Year!  It’s always exciting to kick off a new year of great books and new stories by Christian authors around the world.  We’re starting the year with a wonderful new work by Roseanna White!

A Song Unheard continues Ms. White’s Shadows Over England series, picking up right where A Name Unknown left off.  Willa Forsythe has made herself an essential member of an adopted family of thieves.  However, her skills as a violin prodigy land her a role stealing war secrets from a Belgian refugee, who happens to be a world-famous violinist himself.  After the German invasion of his Belgian hometown, Lukas De Wilde is forced to flee, even as he becomes separated from his mother and younger sister.  As the children of a professor with skills as a cryptologist, they hold a secret that other governments are willing to kill to obtain.  Lukas finds himself in Wales as the concertmaster of an orchestra of Belgian musicians.  When he discovers Willa’s talents, he is willing to give up almost anything to make music with her, as long as he can keep his family safe.

Willa Forsythe first appeared in the series premier, but finally tells her own story in this fascinating novel set during the early period of World War I.  Musicians and music enthusiasts will love this unique tale of Belgian musicians’ role in raising money and awareness of their nation’s plight during the beginning of the war.

Overall, I really loved reading A Song Unheard!  After A Name Unknown, I was left wondering how Ms. White could possibly write a worthwhile sequel that could keep up the momentum from her first novel in the series.  With A Song Unheard, she managed to exceed my expectations!  A Song Unheard focuses on a relatively unknown part of World War I history, even as she captures the unique personalities of incredibly talented musicians as her primary characters.  Throughout the novel, Ms. White creates an impressive depth to her individual characters, while also including a surprisingly broad cast that builds on the initial set from her first novel.  Additionally, she develops a strong faith-based component to her plot, which readers will find to fit naturally within the storyline and character development.  After reading this novel, I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next to continue the story of this fascinating family!

Fans of Ms. White’s novels, especially A Name Unknown, will definitely want to read A Song Unheard.  Additionally, readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction with a touch of mystery and intrigue will also find this novel to be well worth trying.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for an advanced copy of A Song Unheard!

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