Another satisyfing story for Dickerson's fans: "The Silent Songbird" by Melanie Dickerson


Inspired by the story of The Little Mermaid, "The Silent Songbird" follows the story of Evangeline, cousin to King Richard II via an illigitimate relationship.With neither fortune nor title, she is entirely reliant on the King to arrange a marriage on her behalf. But when he chooses to betroth her to the much older and sinister Lord Shivley, Evangeline runs away to escape her fate. Pretending to be a servant girl who has permanently lost her voice, her beauty captures the attention of Westley le Wyse. While Evangeline learns to survive the life of a servant, her heart begins to long for a future with Wesltey, But soon Evangeline faces trouble on every side as she stumbles into intrigue in her hideaway, while trying to stay one step ahead of the men of Lord Shivley has sent hunting after her.

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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about the author...

Melanie Dickerson
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.
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