Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Whisper on the Wind - 2nd in the Great War series
Author: Maureen Lang
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Belgium, 1916
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Maureen's Website/Blog: www.maureenlang.com
Let’s be real, I’ve always been a sucker for a war romance. In fact, if libraries were stocked with just those titles, Jane Austen and, of course, for a little adventure throw J.K. Rowling’s in there…I’d never complain.
When we begin this fantastic novel, we stand by the side of Edward Kirkland as he survey’s the rubble of his father’s hotel in Belgium. It’s 1914, and the once-whitewashed walls and pristine cobblestone streets are now piles of brick, and plumes of smoke are coming from every direction. It’s as if, "a gray paintbrush has been swept over the city." What Edward does find in the rubble is a picture of a young, happy girl who he thanks the Lord escaped this brutality and is now in America with her family. At least one person he cared about in this whole mess – Isa Lassone – is out of danger.
It’s 1916 and Isa Lassone is crawling through a culvert attempting to evade the German soldiers so that she may get back into Belgium. Strapped to every part of her body are letters and newspapers that she needs and wants to deliver to the families that are still living under the gaze of the Imperial Army. When she meets her contact inside Belgium, she almost faints when she looks into Edward’s eyes. Although he is so angry with her that he can barely speak, Isa finally feels like – war or no war – she is finally home.
The adventure that begins is full of romance, excitement, fear, trepidation and courage as Isa not only enters German-occupied Belgium, but she also moves back into her family’s home which has an injured German living inside of it. She brings Edward’s family with her – his mother and younger brother, Jonah, for protection. And also becomes a part of a frightening mission that Edward and a few other courageous Belgians have begun. If caught, they will face a firing squad, but they want more than anything to stand by their people and their beliefs.
One of the most fascinating parts of this book is when Edward’s mother, Genny, becomes friends with the injured German Major living in one of the rooms of Isa’s house. It is beguiling the way this wonderful author wrote the conversations between the two; two people who are horrific enemies searching for a way to live and understand the other’s motives. And when Isa makes a mistake and ends up behind bars, being friends with the enemy comes in more than handy.
From the characters, to the storyline, to the scenery, Maureen Lang has outdone herself with this fantastic and unforgettable story.
Until next time,
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