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A Song Unheard

(Shadows Over England #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,789 ratings  ·  451 reviews
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make 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 cryptologis
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group (first published January 2018)
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for mature themes and mild violence
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Victoria Lynn
Oh. My. Word. I cannot express in words my love for the Shadows Over England series . . .

I didn't think it was possible for this to be better than the first book. But I think it might have been.

The characters are truly what makes White's Shadows over England series. Both Willa and Lukas were both exceptional characters, with so much depth and beauty. Their individual character arcs were both so well done. Their transformation was so beautiful and real. Margot was also a fascinating character.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ayee fren... follow my blog :))

WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO IMPOSSIBLY GOOD? I never ever want them to end!!

RTC (after I write a review for the first one lawl)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review... thanks, Publishers!

Well well well, look what we have here: ANOTHER BOOK REVIEW! I'm super duper excited to talk/fangirl about this book because lemme tell ya something... it was just as amazing and precious as the first book in this
It’s a real problem when one of your top favorite authors can’t write fast enough. I put off reading this book for months because it was the last of hers I hadn’t read, but when book three came out I of course had to binge read both back to back. I love novels that focus on musical parts, and the handling of the violin parts are so well done.

This has turned out to be one of my favorites. I can’t figure out how I managed to hold off on reading it right away, but that probably won’t happen on the
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make 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 Bel
Andrea Cox
What a lovely tale of faith, family, music, trust, and hope! I loved that this book featured musical and mathematical prodigies, both young ladies. They, and other characters, were intriguing, as were the plots and surprising twists. As with Roseanna White’s other books I’ve read, this one was saturated with rich historical detail that made the settings and events really pop off the page. I felt pulled in from the very beginning.

Content: pub, replacement expletives, and gambling/betting
A couple
Victoria Lynn
*sigh* Review to come. Let's just leave it at the fact that I am in love with these books. <3 ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I finished the first book of the series the first word that came to mind was “special”, and here I thought none would be able to top that one... goodness, did I not know what was coming.

I wish I could find words to do this book justice. It is an entire melody, filled with cracks and breaks that make you feel you've come to the end of yourself, only to then be swept away by the sweetest harmony that overcomes any obscurity.

Willa Forsythe always expects change to come; not so much that she li
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one took me a while to finish...but it was worth it! A touching story of romance and music, made all the more charming because of its historical setting. Fans of Christian fiction should definitely check this one out.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My respect for Roseanna M. White goes up with each book of hers I read.
R.F. Gammon

So why am I not giving it five stars?

Well, there's a couple of reasons. The first being that it took me a little while to get into this book--it just didn't capture me from page 1. The second is that his-fic never has been and never will be my favorite. BUT! This one is World War I, the forgotten war, which makes it excellent. (And, it's Christian. Which I absolutely love.)

I think I liked this book better than the first, which surprised me, beca
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel included so many things I love:
- Kind-hearted heroine that has not had the easy life handed to her
- Humorous dialogue between the two main characters
- Mathematics (score for the number minded!)
- Fact based characters woven in

I anticipated enjoying this novel, but it surpassed my expectations. I especially loved Margot. Her dry sense of humor and mind filled with numbers made me smile. This novel was simply delightful.

Now for Barclay's story...
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO good. Oh my. This beats the first by a thousand miles. These CHARACTERS. The SETTINGS. The SUSPENSE.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the first book being so amazing, I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this one. It kind of blew me away.
Willa was incredible. I found myself so many times just sitting, staring off as I listened, so caught up in her story. I empathized with her so much, and even though I don't play any kind of music. Willia's trying so hard and finding she could never try hard enough on her own.
I loved Lukus working so hard to protect his family. <3
I loved the setting and the descriptions. It was p
Lydia Howe
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't think I'd be able to gush about this book enough, so I won't even try. But really? A "family" of thieves who live in London during WW1, then throw in music and espionage? Well, I think you have the perfect story right there. Seriously though. This book was such a winner.

Yes, there were things that I didn't agree with. (Thieving for one.) One of the biggest issues I had was the male main character had the reputation of being a playboy, and although he had changed I thought that it was an
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White blew me away! I knew to expect excellent writing after reading the preceding book in her Shadows over England series, but I wasn’t expecting to be so immediately engaged or invested in the characters and storyline of this book. I enjoyed the first, but this sequel? It kept me up till three in the morning reading and gave me chills.

It’s all about family, however unconventional. Music. Heartache and memories from the past. Friendship. Love. Reliance on God.

Jocelyn Green
Roseanna M. White had her work cut out for her with these two leading characters! A thief and a rake--or a former rake--both of them miraculously talented with the violin. I grew to really like both Lukas and Willa, which is a testament to the author's skill in characterization and development. White is one of the best I've ever read when it comes to deep, deep third-person POV, too. I honestly can't think of how she could have gone any deeper into these characters even if she'd written them in ...more
m a r y l i z
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Re-Read May 2019:

I had forgotten just how much I adored this slice of heaven.

I'm falling in love with these characters all over again and wouldn't have it any other way. :')

/ / / / / / / / / /

This book destroyed me.

And I love it for it.

Lovely Things:

- Willa. Let's just get this out right now: I'm obsessed with all these characters. Willa reminds me a lot of Rosemary, but she's still uniquely Willa. Afraid to love because that opens her up to hurt. Prickly as a cactus on the outside yet sof
Amanda Tero
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There were so many aspects of this book that I loved. The thief family (yeah, I do like them even though they’re unlawful…the family aspect is wonderfully sweet!). The music (oh my, the music! Yeah, the music really sold me on this book.) The WWI era. The characters. The math. I think this just may be my favorite of Roseanna’s books (maybe it’s the music… it just may be the music…).

Okay, now for cohesiveness.
Willa was me written all over the pages. She’s a violinist, very confident, not so much
This is me attempting a review. This is me sitting staring in space wondering where to begin.

*takes a deep breath and begins*

I expected a theme of music, but this book held even more than that. I enjoy music, but the depth presented in this book made me realize how much more I should appreciate it. Lukas and Willa both dwell on different aspects of music, but together it truly becomes alive. By the end, the song is heard in a beautiful way.

To begin with, Lukas is nothing like Peter, and especial
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
A Song Unheard was a great continuation of the Shadows Over England series. I really enjoyed the first book, A Name Unknown, so I was eager to pick up this book and see what was going to happen next. Even though the main characters from the first book were barely in this one, I didn't mind that because I loved these main characters so much! Lukas was hilarious and I loved the way he pursued Willa.

The danger in the story was good. I especially was "on the edge" of my seat towards the end and just
I was looking forward to returning to Roseanna M. White's new series set in early 1900s England by reading A Song Unheard! Though I didn't like it as much as the first book, it still made an intriguing and lovely read.

It was wonderful to get Willa Forsythe's story. Delving into her past was heart-wrenching ... especially seeing how it affected her present and future. Seeing her love for the violin and how God reached her through music was poignant. Her life as a thief and spying job were rather
Chautona Havig
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a sequel even better than the first book, A Name Unknown, Roseanna M. White has given us everything you could want in a book. Characters that dance off the page—sometimes marching to the beat of their own inner-drummer and other times waltzing across to the tune that only they can hear. The rest weave in and out with perfectly synchronized movements to the melody of the plot and the harmony of the setting.

I said A Song Unheard was my most anticipated read of 2018. Yeah. It didn’t disappoint.

Courtney Clark
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Song Unheard is a novel for anyone who loves history or music. Set during the early days of WWI, it portrays a unique era, a slice of history, and the trials ordinary people endured. I liked that it showed multiple intertwining viewpoints-- that of a spunky thief-turned-government aid practically working as a spy (Willa), a refugee estranged from his family and struggling to maintain his normal lifestyle (Lukas), and that of an intelligent young lady hiding her true identity in German-occupied ...more
Tejomai (bible_and_books)
See This was an Amazing book .. huu.. I enjoyed it so much.. like so much.. it's written wonderfully
Like literally the writing, the plot, the romance, the characters, the build up, the life, the Faith, family... Oh my !! What's not in this to love
I was hooked from right on first page.. to literally last page
Mrs. White is Incroyable!!
What an amazing series is this
This book brought life to music in my sense.. or like opened my eyes to the beauty of music.. I agree to it all.. literally there a
The more I read Roseanna M. White's novels, the more I'm sure she's becoming one of my favorite Christian fiction writers. She takes a lot of the stereotypical elements in Christian and romantic fiction and refashions them in new, dynamic ways so that they work without coming off as cheesy or cliched. (which I think I've mentioned in one of my reviews of her books before, but I guess it's worth saying again) However, she also throws in loads of unique material and ideas that are also supported b ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing nothing but rave reviews for Ms. White's stories for a few years now, so she's been on my radar. And after seeing the same gushing over this particular story, something about it convinced me I needed to try it. I'm so glad I did! Because the chemistry between Willa and Lukas...?? Oh my stars!!! :D

Yet it's not just their chemistry, I think my favorite part is simply how music resonates for both of them. It reaches down deep in their hearts and settles there, inspiring and encour
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, where do I even start with this book?? I have heard lovely things about this author and jumped at the chance of reviewing this. I had high expectations for this book and wow, it was even better than I thought it would be. I have definitely found a new favorite author.


The setting of this book was so perfect. London, the war, spies, music sheets, violins, fancy dinner parties, the little French phrases thrown in. Ah, I completely fell in love with this story. The authors
Book 2 of Shadows over England continues the story of the family of orphans turned pickpockets and thieves in order to support themselves. This book focuses on Willa Forsythe who is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief. She is the perfect choice for the mysterious Mr V. who is associated with the British government and leading a spy program to assist with World War 1. Mr. V. needs Willa to secure a crucial cypher key from a famous Belgian violinist, Lukas DeWilde, who is currently living in ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, I didn't like this as well as "A Name Unknown," and that is entirely because of the characters. Specifically, because of Lukas De Wilde. I eventually ended up liking him okay, but wow, the dude did not understand the meaning of the word 'no,' did he?

Time and again, Willa Forsythe told him she was not romantically interested in him, and time and again he ignored that and insisted on wooing her anyway. If a notorious playboy singlemindedly pursued a girl today, we'd call him a stalker or a c
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“When you are ready, Jesus will forgive you.”

This book totally enraptured this reader. First of all, there aren’t many books set in WWI. I love books that pick an unusual time, place, and setting- this one did!

The book has amazing facts, full of history, and the relationships between the characters is so well done. The book flows amazingly well, and was impossible to put down. Yet, I tried to savor every page.

I enjoyed everything about this book. The scene, the characters, the plot, and faith th
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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 ...more

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