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.
Roseanna M. White is one of my favorite authors. Only she can write a book with deception as part of the blurb and still have me read it. She has taught me trust her. My thoughts:
What I liked:
One thing that Ms. White did well in this novel (and does well generally) is to create such dynamic characters. Not only are they complex, but Willa and Lukas manage to play off of each other in such interesting ways. There is Willa who is very straight forward and to the point…even as she has to hide parts of herself for her mission. And then there is Lukas who appears to be straightforward on the surface, but is obviously hiding something below. Willa is both sensitive and worldly. Lukas is both sensitive and worldly. And yet they are sensitive and worldly in such very different ways.
There are actually two storylines in this book. Generally speaking I do not like two storylines, but the second story was so fascinating that I enjoyed every page of it and found myself thoroughly engrossed.
Obviously, there’s deception here, but once again, White handles it so beautifully!
Romantically, I love how Willa and Lukas come together. It feels very organic even though they are such different people.
Historically, you learn so much. It’s a different aspect of WWI that I didn’t know much about and White is able to teach me without making me feel like I was learning.
Spiritually, the novel deals with trust and what it looks like to be a new creature in Christ.
What I didn’t like
Pretty much loved every word!
Romantic scale: 8.9
Overall, loved this book! If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?
**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**