Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Song Unheard

GIVEAWAY
WHITE, ROSEANNA M.
A SONG UNHEARD

If betraying her heart means saving countless lives will she find the courage?

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a critical task at the outset of World War I -- to secure a crucial cypher key 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 distraction he finds from his worry is in meeting the intriguing and talented Willa Forsyythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't -- that she must betray him and find the key. or her own family could pay the same price his surely has.

My Review:

Such an exquisitely beautiful book! And the title tie-in is just one of the many details that makes this a masterpiece of a story. There's depth of character, an inspiring faith thread and plenty of intrigue -- not to mention the kind of toe-curling romance that will leave your fainting couch in need of reupholstering 'cause you're going to wear it out with all the swooning you'll be doing over Lukas.

Reformed rake. Squeal! Relentless in his pursuit. Squeal! Gentle and patient in that pursuit. Squeal! And full of humour. Squeal! Every time he grins...thud! Thud! THUD! Hence the broken springs in the aforementioned fainting couch. And Willa is so brusque with him but that doesn't faze him one bit. Like I said...relentless. My tummy is still doing back-flips.

But as delicious as the romance is, there's  a whole lot more to this story. We're right at the beginning of World War I and there's plenty of sinister afoot. The story flashes back and forth between Lukas and Willa in Wales and Lukas's sister, Margot, in occupied Brussels. Tension builds as various characters work at cross-purposes that place the De Wilde family in ever increasing danger.

And then there's Willa's deception. My heart hurts just thinking about it. Because for all her bravado, she's protecting a hurting heart. Walled it up in a defensive maneuver and she has no intention of letting anyone, other than her family, in.

And what a family! This is the second book in the Shadows Over England series and if you've read A Name Unknown, you'll recognize the rowdy clan Willa claims as her kin. No worries if you haven't read the first book, this one will serve as a sweet introduction. Just love the whole premise surrounding this series and the overlap of characters. I'm hoping every one of her adopted siblings gets their own story. That will keep Roseanna M.White's adoring public in good reads for a long time to come. And that makes me super happy.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  A Song Unheard, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 25 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

58 comments:

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  2. While I've read both of these books in the Shadows Over England series, I have to say this was my favorite one (so far)! Why? Music...it never fails to stir my soul :-) Especially the violin...be still my heart! Not just ANY old violin either, but the Stradivarius. Willa knows how to make it sing...straight into Lukas's heart...if only she'd stop being so stubborn about it already...lol!! OY, I wanted to shake some sense into her more than once. Good thing Lukas is so patient ;-)

    Great story, I can't wait for the next one!

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    1. Yes to the music aspect! I know nothing about music except I love it and it never fails to stir my soul....just like you said. It's like Willa and Lukas had a whole other language between them. Did you look at the book trailer? The author had someone write a violin piece that's all Willa. Talk about detail!!!!

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    2. Yes, the unspoken attraction between these two when she played the violin crackles the air...and sent warm shivers down my spine! Who said music can't be romantic?? *must grab my lace fan...whew*

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    3. Trixi - your comments were just as compelling as Kav's review. I can't wait to read White's newest!

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  3. The cover of this book says, "Read Me." The look on her face...very intriguing. With your review, Kav, I think this one may be a must read. Thank you for sharing. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It is a captivating cover, isn't it? Blissful sigh. The whole book is sublime. Good luck, Melanie.

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  4. Kav says, "Squeal..squeal..squeal..squeal..thud!"
    Tracey says, "Yes..yes..yes..yes..yes!" :)

    Thanks Kav!
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL, Tracey! Too bad Kav doesn't show more enthusiasm in her reviews! (cough cough)
      I just won a book last week so please don't enter me as I just wanted to put my two cents worth in here which is something I'm very good at. I hope Tracey doesn't mind. A simply fabulous review, Kav!

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    2. Bwahahaha! I don't know what you mean, Diana! I'm a very staid and serious reviewer. (cough cough)

      Tracey -- I so love that you appreciate a good thudding squealer of a read. :-) Good luck.

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    3. Hahaha to Diane and Kav!
      I DO LOVE an enthusiastic reader because
      I am one too! Please continue the squealing and thudding, that way I will
      know for sure I want to read it, lol

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    4. Tracey, you're good. I'm Diane on FB and to most of my friends and family, but use my legal name for my accounts. Kav, did you misspell staid? Didn't you mean "stayed" as in I stayed in my house all day reading this book? Bwahahaha

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    5. Snort...you are toooooo clever, Miss Diana/e. You must be running out of books to read. Like me. Ack!

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  5. Oh yes, she is so good at spinning a tale! I like the sounds of this one, I need to check it out! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. You will adore this book...and this series. Good luck, Susan.

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  6. The first book in this series was fantastic, particularly with the somewhat unusual hero and heroine taken into account! My mother played the violin, so that is extra interest for me (I didn't inherit her musical ability, unfortunately). Thank you for the review and the opportunity to participate!

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    1. Yes -- unusual heroes and heroines are so much fun to read about and the author continues that with this book. I love violin music too. My Irish heart especially thrills to old fiddle classics. Good luck, CC.

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  7. I've been in a reading slump lately... but I adore Roseanna's writing, maybe I need to grab one off the bookshelf and see if that cures my melancholy! This one sounds just as amazing as all the rest.❤❤

    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh, she will definitely shake you out of that reading slump! Good luck, Lea.

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  8. wow, what a huge and heart wrenching decision to make. this sounds like a page turner for sure. I love this cover.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. It's awesomesauce all around. Good luck, Lori.

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  9. Looking forward to reading this one. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  10. This sounds like a great read
    Thank You
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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  11. I love any book that Roseanna White writes! Thanks for the chance! Becky lelandandbecky [AT] reagan [DOT] com

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    1. I know -- she's on my auto-buy list! Good luck, Becky.

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  12. I really need to read something by this author! And who doesn't love a reformed rake? ;)

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    1. Yes, reformed rakes are a weakness of mine. :-) Good luck, Nicole.

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  13. I'm kind of in awe of Roseanna White. I'm equally drawn to her Biblical fiction, which I normally don't seek out without lots of Recommedations. With Trixi's enticing comments and your review, I know (as usual) I won't be disappointed. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. P.S. What an incredible week of reviews you have, Kav. Normally, there's one or two that I really want to read and/or don't already own. I can't imagine the week you had actually reading all these books! 😍

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    2. It was a rather decadent week of reading! And I haven't read any of Roseanna M. White's biblical fiction...must look into that now that I'm toe-dabbling in that genre. Good luck, Terrill.

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  14. Thank you for the review on "A SONG UNHEARD". I love the cover and equally love to read stories of this time frame. The book sounds like an awesome read and one I'd very much enjoy - especially swooning over Lukas. I would enjoy getting to know all the people that live within the covers of this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Lukas is definitely in the swoonworthy category. Good luck, Kay.

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  15. Another one on my wish list. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yes, you must make a dent on that list, Lucy. Good luck.

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  16. The book cover is beautiful and the story sounds intriguing. I would be delighted to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. 😍
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. I'm with you, VanG -- such a beautiful cover. The kind you want to turn facing out on your bookshelves as art. Good luck,VanG.

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  17. Oooh! Been looking forward to this one! This whole series sounds stellar!

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    1. It's an interesting part of biblical history. Lots of scope for the imagination. Good luck, Elly.

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  18. I really liked A Name Unknown so have been waiting for this one. Thanks for the chance to win A Song Unheard.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I really love this series. I get excited just thinking about all the reading possibilities we have in our future! Good luck, Pam.

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  19. I’ve read a couple of books by the author and love her story technique. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while now.

    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. I get a thrill when I see she has a new book out. Can't wait for more. Good luck, Deborah.

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  20. Great review. I have also read this book and you are spot on about the hero. He is one I will remember for quite some time. (this is not an entry)

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    1. Thanks, Boos Mum, and for chiming in about how swoonworthy a certain hero is. :-)

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    1. And this one is just as good! Good luck, Dianna.

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  22. I've only read A Name Unknown, but I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the rest of the series! mylittlebirdiebooks (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I hope there are a ton more books to come! Good luck, Karen.

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  23. I LOVED your review, Kav! I have heard so many good things about this book, but I must say that your review has me TOTALLY head over heels now to know Willa and Lukas's story! Sounds like Roseanna's writing just gets better and better. Woo Hoo!! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. lol -- glad I have you excited about Willa and Lukas's story. You need to join the Lukas fan club too. Good luck, agboss.

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  24. This series has some seriously beautiful covers! I haven’t read any of them, can’t wait to.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. :-) Good luck, Patty.

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  25. Can't go wrong with Roseanna M. White's books. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You've got that right! Good luck, LSA.

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