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Synopsis of the book:
Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a critical task at the outset of World War I—to secure a crucial cypher key 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 distraction he finds from his worry is in meeting the intriguing and talented Willa Forsythe.
But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that key, or her own family could pay the same price his surely has.
Where to begin? I loved this story—The historical setting, the characters, and especially the inspirational thread deep in the pages. The war was raging and I sat on the edge of my seat every time we got to be with Lukas’s family. The German soldier who took particular interest in them worried me. Would he find out their identities? What would he do if he did? The reminder of man’s cruelty during war time made my heart ache.
Lukas was a playboy at first but I loved his determination to put aside his wayward choices to become a better man. I also loved that Willa, with her prickly personality brought out that desire in him.
Barclay, the head of Willa’s family was back in this story giving me more tidbits of his interesting character. But it was Willa and the music that captured my attention so deeply. I never thought much about the idea that God would use music to speak to us. It makes so much sense though and it made me look more at this facet of God. Why can’t he speak through music right? Willa was distrustful of people and God so words would never have reached her on such a deep level.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
The inspirational thread and Willa
What I didn’t like about this book:
The story was excellent—sometimes a sad reminder that humanity still has so far to go…
Would I recommend this book to others? Without a doubt. This was a wonderful blending of fiction and reality. This is the second book in the series. It can be read as a standalone. I cannot wait to begin reading book three—Barclay’s story.
Note: I received this book complimentary in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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