About the Book
Title: A Song Unheard
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher 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 light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.
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This story was stunningly beautiful. Willa is a phenomenon with her violin. Yet, while she’s a prodigy in music, she makes her livelihood as a thief. Unsavory as the latter is, I was immediately endeared to Willa as she struggles to overcome her wounded childhood. I rooted for her, hoping she could grip some light amongst the darkness in her world. It’s because of her fabulous musical ability and cunning thievery skills that she’s placed in the presence Lukas De Wilde, master violinist and well-known playboy.
Although Lukas De Wilde’s reputation speaks of wildness and recklessness, the reader gets a firm grasp at the beginning of his tender heart and love for family. I confess I giggled at the witty and amusing banter between Willa and Lukas. Lukas’s vain attempts of flattery and flirtation fell on Willa’s ears like sour notes. It was so fun to read!
The overall plot was vivid and intriguing. I kept guessing at the lingering mystery and was engaged with every twist and turn. The romance was captivating. I sympathized with the main characters’ insecurities which held them back at crucial points, but cheered when that sweet “aha moment” materialized, and joy eclipsed sorrow.
The most fascinating element of this story, for me was the unique and vivid way God revealed Himself to Willa. This scene stands unrivaled. It brought tears to my eyes while it refreshed my soul. I’ve always believed that since God created the heart, He knows exactly how to reach it. And the tender—yet penetrating—method to Willa’s heart was undeniably beautiful.
This novel is a five-star read. Hands down my favorite story by Roseanna White to date. It’s that kind of novel that nestles in your heart and resides far after you’ve reached The End.
*I received a copy of this story from Celebrate Lit. All my opinions are my own.
About the Author
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Guest post from Roseanna White
I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.
We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.
That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?
That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.
This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”
But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.
I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”
Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer
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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c72a