With a fascinating historical setting and characters who are strong and heroic, "The Silent Songbird" offers up a satisfying story for Dickerson's growing fan base. My pre-teen daughter devoured this book in one day, and said she loved the interesting plot "and of course Eva was my favourite character!" I also read the novel and agree that the book is filled with plenty of action-packed scenes, and a heroine who is equal parts brave and also somewhat naive at the same time. As such, she makes many mistakes along the way and so is a character readers will be able to relate to. Some of her actions and mannerisms at the beginning of the book seemed a tad juvenile to me and at first detracted from my enjoyment of the story, but then I realized that a sheltered young woman in that time period likely would act exactly as Evangeline does. The romance in the story is handled well and is appropriate for the wide age range that this story is sure to attract, from pre-teens and teens to adults of any ages. I really appreciated the spiritual themes in this book, and Evangline's willingness to repent and put God's will before her own. That is a valuable lesson indeed for my daughter - and myself - to implement in our own lives. All in all, there is much to love about this story, and I am confident that this story will attract a whole new host of fans to Dickerson's books!
My daughter awards this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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