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Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang

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Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang

Reviewed by Amy Sondova

"...a moving book with a suspenseful plot that has a twist of romance—all nestled in a historical setting."

In her latest novel, Whisper on the Wind, Maureen Lang takes readers on a fascinating historical journey through German occupation of war-ravaged Belgium during World War 1. While many Belgians wish to make a desperate exodus from the country, Isabelle Lassone manages to sneak back into Brussels in an attempt to rescue Edward Kirkland, the man she has loved all her life. Unfortunately, Edward does not wish to be whisked away to safety and instead prefers to help run the underground paper, La Libre Belgique.

At first, Isa Lassone appears to be a foolish, impudent, and brave girl (she did cleverly use her resources to travel from America into Belgium). But she is just that, only a girl, who is months away from turning 18! Not only that, she is from a wealthy family, so despite having a heart of gold, Isa is used to getting her own way. And it seems that Edward refuses to see her as anything but the snobby rich child that his mother, Genny, cared for when the elder Lassones were away.

However, Isa makes herself indispensable to the Kirklands, housing the family (minus Edward) in her Belgian mansion and running illegal production of La Libre Belgique from a secret room in her house—all under the watchful eye of a German major who is quartered at the Lassone estate. As the plot progresses, Isabelle grows as a character and throws off her childish ways to become a rather remarkable young woman. As Edward notes Isa’s many assets as his affection for the young woman grows into something resembling love.

While the plot is slow-moving at times, the minor characters within the story are almost more interesting than our main heroes. Initially, I did not care for Isa, who seems overly dramatic, childish, and naïve, but as Edward came to value Isa as a confidante, I began to enjoy her character, too. Though I knew how things would turn out, the author is rather clever in developing her plot.

The downside to this book is not only the length, but that the action sequences are at times unclear. Plus, those of us who don’t know a lot about the World War can become a bit confused at times; fortunately, the author has given us guidance through random bits of information. Still, a more thorough knowledge of WWI would help in reading this historical war novel.

Lang is an extremely descriptive and talented writer, especially strong in her plot and character development. Whisper on the Wind is a moving book with a suspenseful plot that has a twist of romance—all nestled in a historical setting.

Amy SondovaAmy Sondova is a writer specializing in media writing, including interviews and reviews, as well as blogging. Having interviewed over 30 of the top musicians, writers, and speakers in the Christian media, Amy has also written countless columns, reviews, and articles on various topics including mental illness, self-injury, working with teenagers, and Christianity. As well as holding a B.A. in communications, Amy holds a M.A. in biblical counseling, and has worked as a professional therapist. You can visit Amy’s online playground at BackseatWriter.com which offers a combination interviews, reviews, personal columns, and photography.