4/5 stars for quality and 3/4 hearts for spiritual content. I definitely recommend this book.
About the book:
In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper among the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart.
While a bit long, I found this story thoroughly enjoyable. I always appreciate stories about the two world wars. This one was unique in that it was set during WWI, and some of the things available in the 1940s weren't available during The Great War. I loved the whole underground newspaper theme and the idea of keeping the spirit of Belgium alive through the power of the written word. That, of course, made the German occupiers crazy, and thus more determined to destroy the "traitors," which increased the tension.
Whisper on the Wind had a lot of conflict and a wonderfully subtle romantic thread. As a lover of romance, I enjoyed that very much. The spiritual thread was also pretty well done. It didn't feel contrived and flowed naturally with the story. The theme of forgiveness and loving others regardless of their background was powerful, too. There was just enough danger in this story to keep me stressing out as I worked my way through the war along with the characters. I waited for the inevitable to happen, and of course, it eventually did. But a Phoenix rose from the ashes in this story and their actions turned the hearts of several people back to faith in Christ. This story was very well done, and I commend the author for her amazing gift when it comes to craft, setting, dialog, and showing faith in action.
Whisper on the Wind was published by Tyndale and released in September 2010. A copy of this book was provided to me for review by Tyndale.