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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (Book 7, Hagenheim/Fairy Tale Romance series)

Who doesn't like to read a good fairy tale? Melanie Dickerson's The Silent Songbird is her newest Fairy Tale re-telling and was released in November 2016.  This novel is a re-telling of the Little Mermaid story.

Like the little mermaid, Evangeline has the feeling of being trapped. She might not being underwater or a mermaid, but she has been trapped inside a castle under the guardianship of King Richard II. Now that Evangeline is of a marriageable age, King Richard betroths her to his most trusted advisor, Lord Shiveley, in order to make a strategic alliance. But Evangeline sees evil lurking in this man and cannot submit to the King's authority.  She flees the castle under cover of being a peasant to avoid being found out. But can Evangeline remain hidden or will the evil Lord Shiveley find her?

Fairy tales are always a fun read, and I like how you can see the familiar elements from the Little Mermaid story in this re-telling. Evangeline feels trapped by the proprieties of being of royal blood. She feels restricted by having to serve the good of her country rather than having the choice to marry for love. Her character grows in the story from the girl who has everything provided for her to the servant doing hard manual work for her livelihood. And with that hard work, the strength of her character emerges. I like that the story moves along at a good pace and keeps the reader interested with its twists and turns in the story line. The plot is not complicated and doesn't require you to remember a lot of information or keep too many characters straight in your mind.  The reading is definitely light and just fun, and could be read over a weekend. I would definitely recommend this book.

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