Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Silent Songbird

GIVEAWAY

DICKERSON, MELANIE
THE SILENT SONGBIRD

Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?

Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II's closest advisor, Lord Shiveley -- a man twice her age with shadowy motives -- Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grown between them.

More than Evangeline's future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England's monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares for her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

My Review:

I adore Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale inspired stories and this time it's The Little Mermaid -- though I see shades of The Nightingale as well. There's political intrigue, forbidden romance between a spunky heroine and a dashing hero and plenty of twists and turns to keep the most avid of readers frantically turning pages.

Evangeline is a born dreamer and she longs to experience life outside the sheltered confines of the castle walls. Definitely not the type of girl to be content with an arranged political marriage -- no matter who orders it -- so she gives her dreams flight when she flees the castle and attempts to hide herself among the peasants of Glynval. There's some really funny scenes as she tries to live the life of a working lass. I have to admire her gumption though and she never quits, even when she becomes the target of a malicious bully.

Westley is the proverbial fairy tale hero. Noble and kind and fair to a fault. It isn't long before he is captivated by the stranger in their midst. But this isn't a straightforward love story. Not when deception severs trust. The angst kept me on the edge of my seat as I waited to find out if these two would ever find their way to a happily ever after.

Lots of action and laughter and sweet romance make this another winning historical novel from a beloved author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Silent Songbird please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the  subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 8 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. Melanie's books are a must-have! Very excited for this one :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I always look forward to them too. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read any of Melanie Dickerson's books yet despite hearing rave reviews about her and having a few on my kindle that I'm planning to get to soon.
    Thanks for the review and opportunity,
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Eep! You have a lot of catching up to do, Tracey. I've always loved fairy tale retellings so I was thrilled to find someone writing them in the Christian Fiction genre so, of course, I had to read them. Good luck, Tracey.

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  3. It looks great, a must read, hope to get a chance to read it :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  4. I love Melanie Dickerson's stories! Each one is a great tale full of all the elements I look for in a fairytale. Please enter me for this book too. Thank you.

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. She doesn't a great job -- and her writing style is very fairy talish. :-) Good luck, Freda.

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  5. Don't enter me (cause I've already got this book😁), but I'm here to just encourage anyone who doesn't know whether to get a copy of this book or not....GET IT!!! All of her books are amazing! I guarantee you'll love it!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. :-) And all the covers on her books are so gorgeous they could be wall art!

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  6. I have never read her books! I need to start.
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. This is a good place to start, Susan. Good luck.

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  7. Oh! This one sounds good, and I haven't read it yet. Thanks for entering me. :) twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pegg. Good luck!

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  8. I love Melanie's books, too, and am eager to read this one! Thanks for the chance, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Me too! I have every one. Good luck, Britney.

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  9. You bet it's a great read!! Totally agree. =) (I have the book, so no need to enter me.) Just saying hi!
    Annie

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    1. Hi right back at ya, Annie. This is a scrumptious read from that beautiful cover to the very last page. Love how many fans Melanie has.

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  10. This sounds like another fabulous one from Melanie Dickerson! Loved your review, it made me really look forward to reading the book!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. And doesn't Melanie always write fabulous books? Good luck!

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  11. I read The Golden Braid and loved it. This is on my TBR list. Thank you.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I loved The Golden Braid too. Good luck, Lucy.

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  12. Melanie's books are always wonderful. I don't need to be entered for this book, just want to agree that The Silent Songbird is a great book.

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    1. Thanks for chiming in, Pam. It has great reviews everywhere...and with good reason.

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  13. Melanie is a gem and so are her books! She has a great first name too! Our mothers happen to love Gone With The Wind, who doesn't? Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL -- and first names are important! Good luck, Melanie.

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  14. KAV, thank you for the great review. I've not yet had the pleasure of reading Melanie's books. I hope to do so soon. Thank you for the giveaway.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh -- you are in for a treat, Caryl. Good luck.

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  15. This looks delightful. truckredford (at)Gmail Dot COm

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  16. Looking forward to another great book by Melanie!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It/s a book worthy of anticipation. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  17. Oh, I just love Melanie Dickerson's retellings.
    Dianna G.

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  18. I have never read any of Melanie's books before but they look good thanks for the chance. iamabho (@) gmail (.) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck!

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  19. Always enjoy her books. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I've read one or two of her earlier fairytale retellings, but it has been a while.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She's created quite a niche for herself. Good luck, Patty.

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  21. I so want to win this one!!!!!!! kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Better than winning the lottery, right? LOL Good luck, Kate.

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  22. Win or lose, I am going to be reading this one in my not-to-distant future. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Another author that I've not read any books by yet. It looks like I need to remedy this asap. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  24. Good luck, Debbie and Donna.

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