Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
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 grow 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 about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
This was a pretty solid historical romance. Technically speaking, it was well written. I only found one typo in the entirety of the book. The story was easy to read, clear and clean, and the pace was steady throughout.
I enjoyed the characters, especially of the main couple, though I’ll admit, at times they struck me as a bit pathetically naïve. They were almost too good, bordering on ridiculously sweet at times—and given the time period they inhabited and the recent rebellion, it seemed odd that the couple could remain so blissfully ‘good’ and untainted by the world around them. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the characters, though—I did, I just wish there’d been a little more depth to them.
Honestly, there’s not a lot I can say about this book. I don’t have any major complaints, but by the same token, I don’t have a lot I can rave about either. It was a sweet, sometimes endearing romance between two people who fell in love at first sight. They could sometimes be a little too perfect, bordering on sugary sweet, but the plot had a handful of twists and daring moments to keep it from becoming eye-roll worthy.
Overall, I liked the book, a lot. It was a fun, sweet read. If you like sweet, clean romances with Christian undertones, you’ll probably really enjoy this book.