“Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes 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 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.”
Wow, this is one of the most amazing books ever! First of all, it’s by one of my very favorite authors. Honestly it never ceases to amaze me how Mrs. White continues to produce quality work and storylines that are always unique. You never feel like you’re reading the same book over again with different names. And her talent for putting words together to convey the realistic emotions, and basically put a painting before your eyes with words. She truly is an artist of words! That’s just an admiration of her writing in general.
This book specifically, though (well, honestly, both the books in this series) incorporates elements that are close to my heart. In the first, of course, it was about books and a library! One might ask, How could anything be better than that? Well, I think this one topped it by just a tiny bit. We have two geniuses in this story: one is a genius of music, namely Willa Forsythe, and the other a genius of math, that being Margot De Wilde, Lucas’ little sister. Seriously, in one book two such amazing elements as music and math (now let it be stated here and now, that I am not proficient in either, though I dabble just a little in both, and am a great admirer of those whose knowledge is more perfect than my own)! It was a score from page one!
All the characters were just lovely (well, okay, I’ll admit, I honestly didn’t care much for Jules *shrug*). I mean, of course, the bad guy was really bad, but even the less bad guy…well, I won’t give any spoilers about him. But seriously, I’d have a hard time picking a favorite, though I think Margot might come the closest.
The spiritual side of the story was quite good, though to me the way it described Lukas’ change was more the idea that he ‘turned over a new leaf’ rather than that an actual conversion took place, but that could just be me. Still didn’t detract any from the book over all.
So to sum it all up…Just go read the book! It can tell it’s own story better than me. A definite five star rating!
*Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.