The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
Age range: 12-18 | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 8, 2016)
About 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?
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My Thoughts on The Silent Songbird
When Evangeline learns that her cousin, King Richard, wants to marry her off to a man twice her age with questionable motives, she decides to make a run for it. She joins a group of peasants and travels with them (and her maid) to another town. Life as a peasant is hard, but Eva refuses to go back to her former life and the sentence of marriage.
In typical Melanie Dickerson fashion, this story is sweet, lighthearted, and romantic. It’s perfect for teen readers, especially those in the 12-15 age range. It’s squeaky clean and addresses an issue that most teens can relate to—having their voice heard and valued.
This is a Christian novel, and the religious aspects are woven seamlessly throughout the story. If you or your teen like reading clean books with a dash of adventure and a sprinkling of romance, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s the seventh book in the Haganheim series, but it takes place in England.
Content: Light suspense, non-descriptive violence, and clean kissing scenes (boy/girl).
Source: I received a copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program.
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