The Silent Songbird, by Melanie Dickerson, is the third book in the Medieval Fairy Tale Novels series. It follows The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and The Beautiful Pretender. Set in England in 1384, it features Evangeline, cousin to King Richard II.
When King Richard II arranges a marriage to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, Evangeline knows that she must flee in order to avoid this man who is twice her age and makes her skin crawl. When she and her companion Muriel are taken in by Westley le Wyse, they give false names and pretend that “Eva” cannot speak. For a while, they feel safe with Westley’s family, posing as servants. But as the truth surfaces, Evangeline finds herself in the middle of a threat to King Richard himself. She must decide whether to marry Lord Shiveley to protect Westley and the King.
I enjoyed this book very much. I especially liked Westley’s mother, a quiet woman who ran an entire village with love and grace, and Nicola, a sweet-tempered servant and friend to Eva.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fairy tales.
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