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The Silent Songbird Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling 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. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor
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My favorite book of the series is The Merchants Daughter, and this story is about their son and I loved seeing Ranulf and Annabel again, seeing their happily ever after. Though this can be read perfectly fine as a standalone there are some references to Merchants Daughter for those who have read the series. This one is the Little Mermaid retelling, now I don't know a whole lot about the source material, but I was still able to spot some of the little references that Melanie includes throughout her books.
Overall I loved this book so much, it's another amazing entry in one of my favorite series, and I cannot recommend it enough for those who are looking for a clean Christian themed read and love fairy tales.
This time it is noblewoman Evangeline who runs away from an arranged marriage to an evil Lord. She is the ward of the hiking, but plays the part of a servant hoping not to be found.
Eva ends up with a kind family, playing the part of a mute since she is known for her lovely voice.
As a servant she fails at many simple tasks, and incurs the jealousy of a neighbor when the handsome son of the family begins to pay her attention. From here Eva experiences kidnapping, friendship and a growing relationship with handsome Westley. A fun read.
Evangeline has grown-up inside the walls of Berkhamsted Castle. Her mother died at her birth and her father not long after. With the King of England as her guardian she is expected to do as he directs. Evangeline longs to have freedom. But the King has made an arrangement with Lord Shiveley to marry Evangeline. However, Evangeline has other ideas. She dreams of love. Evangeline devises a plan to run away with a band of merchants from a neighboring village. She thinks that if she can pretend to be a servant, she will have the freedom to choose her own life and to fall in love.
Westley le Wyse thinking that the poor mute servant needs help agrees to help her travel with him and helps her find a job. Of course finding her a job that she can do without hurting herself of someone else is something of a challenge. As the story unfolds will these two find a way to trust each other?
Evangeline is such a sweet character, and I loved her determination and strength when it came to the whole matter of marrying the King's terrible advisor. That man struck me as a terrible human being from the very start, so I didn't blame Evangeline one bit for trying to get away from him! I loved watching her grow as she struggled to earn her place in Glynval, and of course I really enjoyed the whole mystery aspect to the story. I think my favorite part of all, however, was watching Evangeline learn what real love was like. I hated the fact that she had never really known anyone who truly loved and cared for her, but I really enjoyed watching that change, and I was so glad that at least that part of the story had a happy ending (not that the rest of it didn't 😉).
Wesley le Wyse is a character I truly loved from the start. He is such a sweet, caring man, who truly wanted what was best for all the people of Glynval, and I loved how he treated everyone--even those who were "beneath him"--as equals. I especially loved the way he cared for Evangeline, and the way he protected her and made sure she was cared for even when he knew she was hiding something from him.
All in all, I really, really enjoyed this book, although I have to say I was slightly disappointed to find that I didn't love it as much as some of Melanie's other books that I have read recently. Don't worry, I am still happy to give this novel all five bookshelves, this is just the first time one of Melanie's books hasn't made my all-time favorites list. However, that could also be because of the fact that I've been ridiculously busy lately and therefore didn't really get to read this book all in one semi-spread-out chunk of time. Instead, I read it in bits and pieces here and there mixed between tons of homework, so that might have affected my impression of it a little. All that is to say, that while I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected, I did absolutely love it, I highly recommend it, and I can't wait to read the books Melanie has coming out next!
(This review is from my blog: spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)