The Silent Songbird / by Melanie Dickerson.
Thomas Nelson ISBN 9780718026318
HS Grades 9-12 Rating: 5
Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson continues her medieval retelling of fairy tales, loosely basing it on the story of The Little Mermaid, geared for young adults.
In The Silent Songbird, seventeen-year-old Evangeline, beautiful ward and cousin to King Richard II, is known for her heavenly singing voice. She is unhappily betrothed to a much older man whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances and whose character is suspect. So Evangeline runs away, seeking a life where she can marry for love instead of politics.
She pretends to be a mute servant to avoid detection and joins a band of servants on their way to their home. Evangeline becomes acquainted with Westley le Wyse, leader of the band, who is intrigued by her. But when the truth is revealed, it may shatter any hope of a future together. Where can she turn when Evangeline finds herself in the midst of a plot that threatens the king’s very life?
As in her earlier books, the faith element is clearly evident yet not preachy. Dickerson’s books feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers. Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly-drawn characters, and detailed setting. The reader is easily pulled into the story and is captivated by The Silent Songbird’s plot twists and rich narrative
Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart. The Silent Songbird won the 2017 Christy award
— Carol R. Gehringer