Orphan and expert thief, Willa Forsythe, just also happens to be a violin prodigy. When the mysterious Mr. V hires her to steal a cypher from a famous Belgian violinist staying in Wales, she takes the job immediately. Lukas De Wilde lives in fear for his mother and sister who went missing in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Belgium before WWI. Afraid that Mr. V seeks to exploit his family and his father's work, Lukas decides not to trust the British government and attempt to find his family alone. Struck with Willa's musical talent, the violinist takes her under his wing and gives her lessons. While this personal relationship with Lukas makes her search for the cypher easier, Willa soon begins to wonder if she will be capable of betraying Lukas to provide for her own family. Will Lukas manage to forgive Willa for her deception? Will either of their plans to protect their families succeed? Can Willa manage to let Lukas see herself as she truly is?
Roseanna M. White's second installment in her Shadows Over England series, A Song Unheard, certainly does not disappoint. With wonderful historical detail pertaining to the early days of WWI, a cast of lovely characters, and plenty of mystery and intrigue, White's latest is practically perfect in every way. Willa's journey to learn to trust, Luka's desperate need to find his family, and the fascinating tidbits about the history of this particular time period, kept me turning page after page... while I probably should have been socializing with my family on Christmas Eve! While the novel stands well on its own, I was tempted to reread A Name Unknown just because the series is undeniably excellent thus far. I absolutely adore the "family" at the center of the series, and can't wait to read each of their stories.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review was required, and all opinions are my own.