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Whisper on the Wind: 2 (The Great War) [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Lang
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In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart.


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  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414324367
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4L3E
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper on the Wind October 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Whisper on the Wind is the second book in Maureen Lang's The Great War series. A powerful and gripping love story set in Belgium during the First World War.

Isa Lassone, daughter of a Belgium father and American mother, is a wealthy socialite who escapes with her family to America before the German occupation of Belgium in 1914. She leaves behind Edward Kirkland, the boy she has always loved, and his mother, who looked after Isa when her parents were too busy with their own lives to worry about their daughter. In 1916 Isa makes the perilous trek back across the border with the financial means to rescue Edward and his family.

Edward survives a German work camp, is assumed dead, and uses different aliases in his pursuit to liberate Belgium. He is involved in an extensive secret network that prints and distributes the underground newspaper La Libre Belgique.

Edward refuses to leave Belgium and Isa reclaims her stately family home in Brussels which is now occupied by an injured German Major. Isa and Edward's mother move into a separate part of the house and are forced to co-exist with the Major. Isa insists on helping Edward, despite the massive personal risks if her involvement is discovered by the Germans.

An exciting tale unfolds as danger lurks in unexpected places and no one can be trusted. The German Imperial Army is determined to close down the paper and punish those involved. Edward's weak faith is challenged and his growing relationship with Isa seems impossible since they are from different worlds and living under dire circumstances.

Whisper on the Wind is a heart wrenching and beautiful story of love and hope. The courageous characters undertake enormous personal risks in their pursuit of freedom.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could use a little more spice and spark December 18, 2010
By Michele
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Along with another reviewer, I, too, struggled a bit with Whisper on the Wind. It took three tries for me to get past the first 80 or so pages (normally I wouldn't give a book more than two tries, but the author so graciously responded to my critical review of her previous book that I really, really wanted to read this one all the way through). On the third try I kept going and sailed successfully through all the way to the end. Although I got over my initial hang-up with Isa Lassone (which was the cause for the two false starts), I never warmed up to her or the other main character (more on that below); as a result my overall reaction is that I liked the book but didn't love it.

Whisper on the Wind is set in Brussels during WWI and, although we do get glimpses of the war that was raging and the efforts of Belgians to resist their German occupiers, they are little more than glimpses, and these events are very firmly pushed into the background. What occupies center stage of this book from beginning to end is the love story between Isa Lassone and Edward Kirkland. Now, there is nothing at all wrong with a 400-page love story if there is enough conflict and uncertainty to keep the reader hooked and the pages turning, wanting to know how it is all going to turn out. Unfortunately, in Whisper on the Wind the ending was a foregone conclusion; by page 8 it was obvious how Edward's and Isa's story was going to turn out. Although the author introduced elements and characters into her book that could have provided excellent conflict and added drama (namely in the characters of Rosalie, Pierrette and Von Eckhart), she failed to develop these elements and characters to their full potential.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A struggle November 30, 2010
Format:Paperback
Isa Lassone, a young Belgian-American socialite, sneaks into Brussels -- after being whisked to the United States before the war started -- to rescue those dearest to her, Edward and his mother. While there, though, she works to keep the underground newspaper running.

I was drawn to this book because of the underground newspaper. This was my first experience with Maureen Lang.

I kind of struggled with Whisper on the Wind. I generally like war stories, and I often love stories that revolve around newspapering.

Each chapter opens with a quote from the underground newspaper. I was disappointed to learn, though, that most of the quotes were fabricated rather than from the very real newspaper. Actually, I was hoping for a bit more use of actual history throughout the book. There's not necessarily anything wrong with a book that's mostly just set in a historical context but is actually all fictional. But since I knew this was at least partly based on a newspaper that actually existed, I expected a bit more fact with my fiction.

I was also disappointed that the story didn't even touch on the newsgathering, writing, and editing aspects of the paper. Partly because of this, I felt the newspaper was mostly only a jumping off point for the story. The story followed these characters, who risked their lives for this product/cause, yes, but it was so much more about the characters than the product or cause. Perhaps this felt like a leap to me because I haven't read book 1 in the series, Look to the East (The Great War Series #1), but I doubt that's why, since that appears to feature different characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I found this book rather insipid
I read this because of the time period and setting, but was disappointed. It was slow moving, repetitive, and boring to me.
Published 29 days ago by CRW
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers in the Wind
This series of books set during WW1 gave a new prospective from people living in Germany at the time. It was a great history read and a spell binder. Highly recommend it!
Published 3 months ago by suzanne shimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtfuly Christian
Thoughtfully Christian. Addresses real issues. Leaves some questions unanswered for thoughtful comsideration of the reader. Is not didactic nor self rightious.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Rediehs
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story!
I loved the story of Edward and Isa. Ms. Lang has done a wonderful job in this series of bringing WWI Europe to life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Irelandinmyheart
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing tale of intrigue and romance in wartime...
Wealthy and privileged Isa Lassone and her parents escaped the German onslaught that would ultimately overwhelm her beloved Belgium at the start of the Great War. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ruth Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying sequel!
For some reason, when I read the synopsis' for the 3 books in this series, I thought this would be my least favorite. I couldn't have been more wrong! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Maureen Lang does it again again!
This book was truly wonderful! I loved reading about Isa and Edward - their story was one that I completely enjoyed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by NATALIE
5.0 out of 5 stars more 4 1/2
Liked the historical significance of this time period. Learned about the Great War and the Belgium resistance. Very interesting and exciting read.
Published 15 months ago by Christina Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Whisper on the Wind!
Whisper on the Wind is a beautifully written Word War II romance novel with a intriguing plot and likeable characters.
Published 18 months ago by Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical romance
I thought this book was a good middle of the road book. It was a light enough read without being too cookie cutter yet it was not too heavy on the emotions. Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by f8hopelove
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More About the Author

Maureen Lang has been writing stories since the age of ten, when she figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Since then she's become the award-winning author of over a dozen published novels. In the last ten years her faith has directed her to write stories that reflect Christian hope and traditional values. She's also been an active member of the disability community since her oldest son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic form of mental retardation. Maureen loves going on research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels, and lives in the Chicago area with her husband, children, and lovable Labrador Retriever. Visit her on the web at www.maureenlang.com

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