12 Jan 2018

First Line Fridays# 19: A Song Unheard Roseanna M. White

I'm back again after taking an unofficial break last week, so welcome to the first post of the new year. For better or worse, I have set the bar higher this year for my Goodreads reading challenge, as I intend to get through all the unread Christian Fiction books on my Kindle: over 90 of them. 

With the help of audiobooks and text to speech maybe I will reach my target: I know, some people will consider that cheating, but it helps me. In real life, I don't often have a lot of time for reading novels. 

Today I am including the book that I am going to be involved in the Blog Tour of with Celebrate Lit Bloggers, in just under 12 days: so make sure to stop by for that. A Song Unheard is the second book in the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White, author of the Edwardian Brides trilogy, and several other titles. 
Like the former series, its set in Edwardian England and features a gang of young thieves who get involved in activities related to espionage and national security, when a mysterious man known only as 'V' recruits one of them to steal or find an object of importance. 

This book is set partly in Wales: which means Welsh accents, right? Think Tom Jones, Luke Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, all native-born Welshmen with delightful accents when you hear them speak naturally. Well, sadly, I've not seen any trace of a Welsh accent so far, but seeing as the protagonists are a Belgian and a Londoner, is guess that's forgivable. I hope for some trace of one by the end, though. Here's the synopsis:

"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."

Yes, I created a graphic on Canva for my FLF Quote. What do you think? 
Join me and the other group's members next Friday for another first line, and a pop back to check out a couple of reviews I intend to publish int the interval.



  1. I loved this new one from Roseanna White (and Willa and Lukas)! I'm ready to read An Hour Unspent already, LOL!

    The first line from the next book on my TBR list: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke: Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livre.

    1. Oh is that what the next book is going to be called, An Hour Unspent? Nice.

      I have the Cathy Gohlke one on Netgalley. It said C.S. Lewis makes a cameo appearance on the synopsis. That's enough to sell it to me.

  2. I adore this story! I'm working on my review right now! I’m diving into Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse today after I'm finished with blog tasks!
    A sleepy purple twilight wrapped around the farmhouse, its tall windows glowing with warmth from somewhere inside.

  3. I love audio-books, and I don't think it is cheating at all. :) I love listening to books when I am getting ready for the day. Happy Friday!

    1. Phew, good to find another audiobook lover. I often try to get audios for books on my TBR or reviewing list, so I can get through them a bit more quickly at work or on the commute.

      Thanks for visiting.

  4. I love these Fridays & reading the first lines from all these books I've either enjoyed or want to read!

    My first line is from Rush by Jayme Mansfield:

    "I can't stop shivering when I sleep alone."

  5. You make a good comment about Welsh accents - there were none. There was no Welsh at all apart from the street names, and that did strike me as odd given the number of Welsh people who speak Welsh as a first language (in WWI there were many who spoke no English). But I enjoyed seeing my "home town" of Aberystwyth in a novel.

    I'm sharing the first line from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano on my blog. It has so many great lines!

    I'm currently reading 'Aint Misbehaving by Marji Lane. Here's the first line:

    "Her future wasn't the only thing at stake."

    1. What no Welsh! I do understand why though, its not an easy accent to represent on the written page.
      There was a Welsh Prime Minister, just after WWI or just before, as I recall. David Lloyd George. I'm not good on the dates.

      I read Lady Jayne last year. There were some great lines in that one. Thanks for visiting.


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