Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Book Review: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
The Silent Songbird is written by Melanie Dickerson and is published by Thomas Nelson.
In The Silent Songbird, the main character (Evangeline) and the antagonist (Lord Shiveley) have a really bad relationship. Okay, so Lord Shively convinces the king to betroth to him the king's cousin, Evangeline. This beautiful, illegitimate daughter of a former king has a tremendously lovely singing voice. She keeps that voice silent, however, when she and her maid run away to escape the betrothal. Pretending to be mute, Evangeline hides among peasants and "normal people" with the hope to someday marry a handsome man for love. As it turns out, Evangeline's "protector" is handsome ... and he turns out to be the man she could really love and marry. Now, if only she can keep Lord Shiveley and the king from finding her and bringing her back to the castle and an unwanted marriage, all will be well. Then there is that tickly problem of the lies she has presented to the people she loves the most - that of being a servant, not being able to speak, etc.
This story that Dickerson has so masterfully told kept me on my seat and turning my Kindle pages faster than I originally wanted. I read it in only a few days whereas I normally take a couple of weeks to read a book (I am busy with so much else, though I'd readily admit that I would love nothing more than to read, read, read all day long). The story is filled with action, love, and faith. It is a great princess story and one that I can heartily recommend. My 15-year-old daughter gives it a 5 stars.
*I received a copy of The Silent Songbird in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.*