Evangeline is the King Richard’s cousin. Her beautiful singing voice is the jewel of the land, and she is admired by noblemen and peasants alike. But Evangeline has a problem. As the King’s cousin she is used to ‘reward’ Lord Shiveley through marriage. Lord Shiveley is a faithful ally to the king, but Evangeline is forced to accept the nuptials with no regard to her feelings and without the benefit of courtship. Lord Shiveley may seem loyal to the king, but Evangeline knows he is a cruel, brutal man who intends harm to her. Even as she accepts the king’s will, she plans her escape. Traveling with a band of peasants, she ends up in Glynval, home of the le Wyse family, (from The Merchant’s Daughter). Evangeline, pretends to be mute, and struggles to serve as a peasant. It isn’t long before Westley, Lord Ranulf’s son, discovers there is more to Evangeline than meets the eye. An honorable man, Westley does not approve of lies and deceit, and his disappointment stings deep in Evangeline’s heart. When Evangeline witnesses a betrayal against Westley her warnings fall on deaf ears. As Lord Shiveley closes in on finding his “songbird”, and the truth of le Wyse’s enemy is revealed, will Westley and Evangeline forgive and learn to trust one another in time to save Gynval and King Richard? I won’t give away all the details, but The Silent Songbird is a great YA story by Melanie Dickerson. Plenty of action, courage, tension, and sweet romance fill the pages from beginning to end. This story falls between The Merchant’s Daughter and The Princess Spy and is expected to release November 2016. I received this book early from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Other books by Melanie Dickerson include: