Book Review: A Song Unheard {Roseanna M. White}

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Don't mind me. Just needed to get that out of my system. :P

SO THIS BOOK . . . it was phenomenal. As good as the first book? Nope. But then again, nothing is as good as the first book.

Was this one still amazing?? YOU BET YOUR BUTTONS.

In honor of Valentine's Day (one of my favorite holidays - wish I had the time to do more Valentines-themed posts), I'll be sharing the review of the PHENOMENAL sequel to A Name Unknown. I'm. So. Excited.

Let's get down to business. *cracks knuckles*

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 Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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- 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 soft as a marshmallow on the inside. She's strong and sassy and spirited. Never afraid to speak her mind. Smart and attentive to allll the details. Full of passion, with music flowing through her veins.

In short, she's pretty darn amazing.

I absolutely love her character arc. LIKE I WAS CRYING, PEOPLE. Goodness. <3

- Lukas. Ah yes . . . Lukas. ;) He was SO DIFFERENT from Peter. All flirt and sweet charm and tease. He about drove Willa crazy, and I loved that. xD Plus, he loves his family so much and has so much loyalty and dedication. He makes me smile and roll my eyes and asgfkfld he's TOO ADORABLE.

Must say . . . nobody compares to Peter. (I want to marry him. *grins*) But Lukas was his own kind of darling, and he was p e r f e c t for Willa.

- Margot. OH MY. I loooooooved Margot. She was so sharp and intelligent and over-analytical. She loves equations and puzzles and games of skill. She's basically a genius. Her stubborn will and cunning wit make her someone you don't want to mess with. Quite the firecracker, this one. ;)

- The setting. World War I, Wales countryside, spies, ciphers, streets of London - THIS SETTING IS EVERYTHING. I absolutely loved everything about it! 

The plot. Kind of tied into my last point . . . but c'mon. How can you not love this plot?? It's faster-paced than the first book, for sure, with lots of spies/double-agents/thievery going on. Plus just all the WWI tension. Throw in fantastic characters and two violinists and BAM you have perfection.

- The writinggggg. Oh my gingersnaps . . . THE WRITING. I could flail forever and a day about the writing style, but I kind of already did in my review of A Name Unknown. Needless to say, Roseanna M. White's writing is flawless.

- The music. My music-loving heart is so full right now. I basically am 1000% more likely to enjoy a book that has music as part of the plot, being a violinist myself. Just . . . all the descriptions and feelings and passions got me right in the feels. <333

- The romance. *screams into the night like a caffeinated squirrel* (Squirrels totally scream DON'T DOUBT ME.) I don't know where to begin with these two little adorable charries. They are the perfect match, through and through. Willa's aloof yet passionate demeanor, paired with Lukas's teasing and lively personality = EVERYTHING I EVER NEEDED. I love these two together.

- THE WHOLE FREAKING THING. This book is just everything I love and more! The faith elements, Willa's family (BARCLAY THOUGH <3), the wonderfully human side characters, the rich writing style, the setting, the romanceeeee *swoon*. . . I loved it all.


- Honestly? Not much at all to mention here. I did get a little annoyed with Willa at times when she *SPOILER* kissed Lukas even when she didn't have any intentions of pursuing a relationship at the time. *END SPOILER* Overall, I loved the book - it completely earns all five stars - but it just CAN'T match up with the first one, no matter what other people say. ;) A Name Unknown is one of my favorite books of all time, if not my very favorite. It was on a completely different level of five-star love, if that makes any sense. 

BUT YES. If you couldn't tell, I adored this story and am dying as I await book three to come out. It features Barclay (!!!) and I couldn't be more thrilled.


Can't remember everything, but it was more romance-heavy than the first book. Some kissing occurs, mentions of Lukas being a scandalous playboy in the past and making decisions he regretted (not too detailed but still not something I would want a younger reader to encounter). Forms of British "cursing" (blazes, blasted, etc.) Some wine is consumed. Not much else that I remember? Nothing I would ever feel uncomfortable with, but I would probably recommend this to people about 15+ for interest levels and details about Lukas's past. :)

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Well, are you convinced?? If you haven't read the first book, GO GET YOURSELF A COPY RIGHT NOW. That's an order. Then make sure you have this fantastic sequel on hand because you will need it. ;)

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  1. This looks like such a great book! I want to read it just because of the cover! xD Great review!

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

  2. Ahhhh I have to read this one as soon as it comes to my library!!!!! It looks so wonderful!

  3. I loved loved LOVED the first book and have been dying to read this one!! Alas, library return dates provide a deadline for me to read library books and so this will have to wait XD. Hopefully I get to read it soon!!

  4. So I basically neverrr read historical romance but GOODNESS ARE YOU CONVINCING ME TO READ THESE!!! And the characters sound FABULOUS. Just from your description I can tell I'd be totally head-over-heels for Lukas. Eheheheh. And Willa sounds like a fantastic heroine.

    GAH. If I ever come across these books I may have to pick them up. Look what you've done! :P


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