Monday, October 11, 2010

Whisper On the Wind Review by Ginger Simpson

It's 1914. The German army left their devastating boot mark on the town of Louvain, Belgium.  They may have destroyed the buildings, but the spirit of the people who survive remains steadfast.  Edward Kirkland, a young man thought dead at the hands of the Germans, hides his identity behind the make-up mask of a much older man.  He fears for his mother and younger brother, and mourns his father. Food is scarce, danger is plentiful, but an underground newspaper fuels the citizens’ determination.

Isa Lassone grew up in Belgium. The hours spent with Edward’s family made leaving difficult and the very reason she arranged to be smuggled past enemy lines, back to rescue those she loves. Her return brings no joy for Edward…only another burden to carry as he fights the attraction he feels growing for her. She’s no longer the child he remembers from two years past.

She and her family fled Belgium at the hint of war.  Safe with her wealthy and respected parents, Edward cannot fathom why she risks coming back to death and destruction. In her heart, she carries the impetus: Isa has loved Edward since childhood and has returned to convince him and his family to leave.  Edward refuses, insisting she should go back where she came from.  Though she longs to see love shining in his eyes, everything about him is centered on hatred for those who have ruined his country and killed innocent people.  Determined to stay, Isa soon becomes involved in La Libre Belgique, the underground paper that can be the death of anyone involved with its printing.  Isa is willing to  risk anything to be with Edward.

Maureen Lang has authored a compelling read in Whisper on the Wind.  Her characters are believable, her descriptions so well done that you can picture the destruction, and the emotions so high, you’ll experience them along with Isa and Edward.  Secondary characters such as Genny and the Major, lend even more to the romantic aspect of the story, and prove that love can overcome hatred if given the change.

Even if you aren’t a fan of war stories, this is still a book not to be missed. Whisper on the Wind is so much more.  Ms. Lang has taken a very distasteful period of time and conveyed a strong message in her storyline.  I urge you not to pass this one by.  Kudos for a smoothly written, interesting, and well-researched novel.  You’re sure to become a Maureen Lang fan.

This story is published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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