The Silent Songbird was such a fun fairy tale to read. A retelling based on the story of The Little Mermaid, it had danger and adventure, along with a heroine who longed to be loved and valued for herself.
I liked Evangeline and Westley so much! Even when Westley wasn’t sure if he could trust Eva, there was this tension and attraction between them that made me want everything to work out for the two of them. Those plotting evil against Eva and Westley added even more obstacles to their happiness and safety and made the happily ever after even better.
I thought the author did a great job of writing Evangeline as a “fish out of water” as she tried to navigate the duties of a servant as opposed to someone who had never done menial tasks. It was believable without being over done and Eva proved to be a gracious and kind person no matter what level of society she was placed in.
I enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end and The Silent Songbird is also a book that is wonderfully suited to teen readers as well. I definitely recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost.
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?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melanie Dickerson is the 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.