Book 2, Shadows Over England
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Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I--to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.
Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won--until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't--that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.
Second book in Shadows Over England series
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White is the second book in Shadows Over England series. Willa Forsythe is a thief in London in 1914. Her skills are an asset to the government. Her latest assignment is to obtain a cypher key from Lukas De Wilde, a Belgian immigrant and violinist. Lukas is currently with other Belgian refugees making up the Belgian Symphony Orchestra which is raising money for the Belgium Relief Fund. Lukas is worried about his mother and sister who are still in Belgium. Lukas was shot when he escaped because the German’s want details on his father’s work in the field of cryptography. It is rumored that his father had a device that would revolutionize the field. He needs to get them out of Belgium before they are captured. Lukas is intrigued by Willa and her natural ability with the violin. Willa is attracted to Lukas, but she knows she must betray his trust. Then Willa notices someone following Lukas. She must find that key, but what will it cost her?
A Song Unheard has great characters that are well developed. The book contains good writing, but the pace is slow in the first half. A Song Unheard can be read alone. You do not need to read A Name Unknown (which tells Rosemary’s story). The author captured the time-period and area (Wales, London, Belgium). Cryptography is fascinating, and many new developments were made during World War II. Ms. White described cyphers and how they created/used in terms that a layman can understand (and did not make it boring). I did have trouble getting into the novel. The first half of the book could have used some fine tuning. The pace, flow and action pick up during the second half. It held my attention, and I was curious to discover what would happen next. The POV switched between Willa, Lukas and Margot (Lukas’ sister). We get to see how each character feels and what they are thinking. I liked the spunky and intelligent Margot. The Christian elements are incorporated nicely into the story (finding God, being a good Christian, having faith, trusting God). Readers of historical fiction will be delighted with Willa’s story in A Song Unheard.