The Silent Songbird
Written by: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Month, Year: November, 2016
A brief summary from Melanie Dickerson:
Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn’t even a servant.
Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?
Hidden away in the shadows of the castle tower, Evangeline, ward of the king, plots her means of escaping marriage to an awful, just awful older man. With the help of her friend, Evangeline escapes by joining with a band of men led by a kind and handsome man, Wesley le Wyse, as they journey home. In order to further disguise herself, Evangeline pretends to be mute, and soon finds herself ushered into Wesley home as a servant. But suspicions soon rise as Evangeline fumbles her way through several tasks that a normal servant would be well versed with. As Wesey and Evangeline become closer friends, she finds herself caught between keeping up the charade or revealing herself. And if she does reveal herself, will he turn her over to the king?
I am thoroughly enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s re-tellings of famously known fairy-tales, and The Silent Songbird’s version of The Little Mermaid is no different! The Silent Songbird is such a sweet version of TLM – full of romance and brimming with action – this novel is perfect for every YA and adult alike!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Melanie Dickerson and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.