This is the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and I have her, The Beautiful Pretender on my book pile to be read too. I had no idea that The Silent Songbird was the 7th book in this series, and although they can be read as stand alones, they are better appreciated as a series. For me however, I must admit that I mistakenly thought this book was inspired by Rapunzel (I have no idea how I thought that?) and half way through the book I asked someone in-the-know, and I found that it was inspired by The Little Mermaid! Well, after I got that straight, I was no longer confused as to why there were no turrets and long hair and Rapunzelly things. (*face palm) Apparently you can read that in The Golden Braid.
The Silent Songbird is the story of Eva (Evangeline) who is the King’s ward and as such she lives a sheltered and protected, although not entirely happy one, at the Berkhamstead Castle. Evangeline is told by the king that she will marry Lord Shiveley, a man she does not have a good feeling about, and she must do so the next day. So she does what any sensible girl would do, she packs her bags and runs. And she poses as a mute in order to keep her disguise secret. And this is where the fun begins.
This is a sweet love story between Evangeline and Westly le Wyse of Glynval And Evangeline’s journey to learn to stand up for herself and defend herself. The cool part is she learns some serious skills.
Moms and dads note, this is a perfectly suitable book for tweens and pre-teens, particularly ones who like fairy tales of romance, heroes and a strong heroine. It’s clean and safe for your sons or daughters to read.
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