Saturday, February 24, 2018

"A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M. White

A woman tasked with stealing from her idol, Willa Forsythe finds her life changing beyond her imagination when she takes a job from the mysterious Mr. V during World War I.

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 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 cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

When master thief Willa is contacted by the mysterious Mr. V, who requests her skills to steal a cypher from violinist Lukas De Wilde, she can't resist. After all, she's admired him from afar for years. Sure, she'll have to steal from him, but it's not as though she's going to fall in love with him—she simply loves his music.

Except that's not how things go at all! Lukas and Willa have an immediate, undeniable chemistry, and though she does her best to keep him at arms length, he slowly wins her over. But when he finds out who she truly is, how will he ever be able to trust her?

A Song Unheard is a completely captivating novel. In addition to the Willa and Lukas story (which I loved!), there's a side plot involving Lukas' mother and sister who are hiding in Belgium and the German officer boarding with them. This plot added an unexpected depth to the novel and helped humanize the German soldiers. The two plots intertwined in a way I didn't expect near the conclusion of the novel, and everything wrapped up in a very satisfying manner.

This is the second novel in Roseanna M. White's World War I-set Shadows Over England series. Though it can be read as a stand alone novel, some characters do overlap, and understanding Willa's family (introduced in the first novel) gives a deeper appreciation of her character. Both Willa's siblings and the mysterious Mr. V feature more prominently in A Song Unheard than they did in the first novel, and I look forward to spending more time with them in the next novel, which will be about Willa's brother Barclay. 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of White's A Name Unknown (4 stars), and her Ladies of the Manor books The Reluctant Duchess (5 stars) and A Lady Unrivaled (4 stars).

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. 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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