The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Evangeline is an orphan and the ward of the King of England. She has always known that noble women do not marry for love and that she will be expected to wed whomever the king chooses. Unfortunately, King Richard II promises Evangeline to Lord Shiveley, an advisor that is twice her age and who also had a first wife die in mysterious circumstances. Evangeline decides she would rather be a peasant than Lord Shiveley’s wife and runs away with her maidservant. She is now at a small country estate and is pretending to be mute to hide her identity. Will Evangeline be able to stay hidden while also living her life? Is love a possibility for a woman of noble birth?
The Silent Songbird is the seventh book in the Hagenheim series, yet as someone who hasn’t read any of the other books in the series; this novel seems to stand well on its own. Dickerson doesn’t need to spend a lot of time world building because the story takes place in 14th century England, which would be familiar to most readers of historical fiction. The romance is constantly pulling at the edges of the first half of the book and the end result is predictable, yet enjoyable. The Silent Songbird is a good escape, but not a drop everything and read book.
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