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The Silent Songbird #7, Fairy Tale Romance series, By Melanie Dickerson
Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not an arranged marriage. 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 the castle.
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.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Fairy Tale Romance
From New York Times bestselling author comes 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 IIs closest advisor, Lord Shiveleya man twice her age with shadowy motivesEvangeline 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 Evangelines future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens Englands 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?
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Healers Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelors 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. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Silent Songbird by Melanie DickersonOctober 11, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Silent Songbird (#7 Hagenheim) by Melanie Dickerson
In this delightful medieval "fairy tale" we travel back-in-time to the Berkhamsted Castle of 1384 Hertfordshire, England and then on to the quaint village of Glynval. Young, beautiful Evangeline, cousin and ward to King Richard II has just learned that she will be betrothed to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice her age. However, she longs to marry for love, so she does what any desperate ward of the king would do...runs away, of course. But she must keep her true identity a secret so as not to be found out. What better disguise than that of a servant...a mute servant? She joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village of Glynval, lead by the handsome young Wesley le Wyse. Evangeline soon discovers that life outside the castle walls is far beyond anything she could have imagined, especially traveling as a servant.
What a journey and challenges Evangeline...and Wesley for that matter...finds herself on in this charming medieval "fairy tale". Evangeline turns out to be a feisty heroine and Wesley is a charming hero. The plot is intriguing and the descriptions are amazing giving the reader images that are so real I felt I was walking among the characters. There are humorous scenes that had me chuckling, tender moments that had me sighing, danger, intrigue and suspense had me turning the pages to see what was coming next, evil plots, deception---which made me think of the saying..."Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive"...and consequences of those actions, forgiveness, love and faith---I enjoyed the spiritual elements woven within the story-line. A delightful story.
~I received a copy of this book from the author via the Fiction Guild (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Jessica4 Stars Out Of 5Very Good!September 12, 2017JessicaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Very cute and yet suspenseful novel. Love Melanie Dickerson!
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Secretly SilentMay 24, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson was a very interesting take on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid. I was quite curious to see where author Dickerson would take the tale without using magic, or without Evangeline being a mermaid. She did a very good job with the premise and I could see many Little Mermaid elements woven in, but by the time I got halfway through the story it took a life of its own and didn't seem so much like a retelling anymore.
The medieval setting was fascinating, and I could tell that the author had put a lot of research into what it was like back then.
The characters were interesting in their own rights. Evangeline was a sweet, kind heroine, if a little naive; and I believe the same could be said for Westley. They were perfect for each other, really. The other characters were nice, and I thought it was interesting to see how Dickerson wove her characters from The Merchant's Daughter into this story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good read.May 7, 2017JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0After the death of her parents, Evangeline is left in the care of her cousin, King Richard II. When she learns that the king has promised her as a wife to his advisor, Lord Shiveley, Evangeline runs away.
Knowing that they will come after her, and that she is known for her beautiful singing voice, she pretends to be mute and joins a group of servants who are journeying back to their village.
Westley is leading the servants, and he takes the mute young maiden under his protection. They grow closer, finding ways to communicate other than speaking, but when the truth comes out it could tear them apart.
As events unfold, Evangeline's future, Westley's life, and the fate of England hang in the balance.
This novel is part of Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance series. It's a retelling of The Little Mermaid, minus the mermaids and magic. It's a light read that will keep the pages turning with action and romance.
My only negative with this one was that the characters' thoughts often summarized events that just occurred within the last few pages. It wasn't necessary, as the action played out well, and this retelling took away from it.
Other than that, it's a good read for those who lovea clean, action-filled romance.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review.
Becky4 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful, Unique, and Creative Retelling of The Little MermaidFebruary 25, 2017BeckyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fairy tale retellings are popular right now. I love these retellings, especially those written by Melanie Dickerson. Most of us know the tale of The Little Mermaid, but youve never heard it told this way before. Oh and not to mention that this is a world that is all human and magic doesnt exist set in Medieval Times.
Where do I even begin?! I enjoyed The Silent Songbird so much! When I first found out this was a retelling for The Little Mermaid, I wondered how Melanie Dickerson was going to pull that off without mermaids and magic. I mean, thats what I usually think of when I think of this classic fairy tale. Melanie Dickerson will never cease to blow my mind because she pulls it off fantastically. How she does it, I have no idea. This girl has a gift!
While this is the seventh book in the Hagenheim series, you dont have to read them in order. Ive only read The Golden Braid and this one so far. Each book is about a different character from a different fairy tale, but they all tie in so its probably more fun to read them in the order. In fact, I heard that the le Wyse family appear in another book, The Merchants Daughter. Im definitely going to have to find that one because I loved that family so much! This time we find the setting to be partly in Berkhamsted Castle and Glynva in England.
Not only is the cover gorgeous, Dickerson immediately drew me in the story from the very beginning. The pages just kept on flying until I found myself at the very end.
Evangeline has her mind set not to marry the old disgusting King Shiveley so she runs away. She is bold, fierce, and brave. She believes that she needs a man or a friend to protect her but then realizes that she needs God to fill that role. She stands out from most a lot of female characters in young adult fiction because she is independent. She doesnt need a man to protect her. In fact, she ends up saving a handsome young mans life twice! She will do anything to protect those she cares about and perseveres through her tasks even when she finds that she is terrible at them. She is far from perfect, but thats what I loved about this redhead. I loved seeing how real, vulnerable, and honest she was in her faith journey. Her role was refreshing.
Then theres Westley. Sigh. Ive got a crush on him. Hes not a peasant, but he has no title. His father is the Lord of Glynval. He is kind to his servants, making sure they have fair wages and everything they need. He goes above and beyond. Hes the kind of guy that would literally give the shirt off his back if someone needed it. He will do anything to make sure those he loves are safe. Hes a wonderful and Godly man.
The writing was wonderfully done. Dickerson draws you into her world where the characters become friends. Its like youre actually there. You can feel everything theyre feeling. Youll laugh, cry, cheer, get angry, and all of the feels!
Its cheesy and some spots are quite predictable, but I really enjoyed this one. Its a clean wholesome read where theres romance and sword fighting. While the story is completely different, there are some nods to the original fairy tale. Dickerson also does not fail to point her characters and readers towards God in a non-preachy way.
The biggest topics that pop up are deception/deceiving and forgiveness.
There were even a few references, including Westleys name, that made me think of The Princess Bride. Super cute!
Highly recommended for anyone and everyone who enjoys a fun fairy tale retelling. Perfect for those seeking a fun and light read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.