Sunday, August 1, 2010

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang

Author Maureen Lang - view author info
List Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2436-4
Release: September 2010

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 amid 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.

My Take:

This was my first read by Maureen Lang, and I've definitely stumbled on another great narrator. Maureen takes you back to Belgium 1916, richly describing the war torn country now occupied by Germany. Conquered but not defeated, the Belgiums are still hopeful and rebellious.

Edward and his family are Belgium natives, and stay during the German occupation. Edward is shipped off to a work camp, and returned home when he is to ill to work. Doctors hold little hope for a recovery, yet through a miracle he survives. His mother has a death certificate forged to protect Edward so he won't have to go back to the camp, and Edward stays in Belgium undercover, writing, publishing and delivering an underground newspaper to keep hope and pride in the country alive.

Isa is a rich, slightly spoiled, American whose parents left Belgium at the start of the war. Isa spent most of her time at the hotel Edward's parents ran, and loves his mother like her own. She also develops a crush on Edward. Soon Isa grows from girlhood to adulthood, and sets out to sneak in Belgium in the hopes of rescuing Edward and his family. She brings with her current news articles and letters of those that made it across the border. She makes it safely across, and finds Edward, his mother, and his young brother Jonas alive and well, but his father was killed at the start of the war. Edward refuses to leave Belgium, feeling obligated to keep his secret press going as long as possible.
Isa and Edward's family refuse to leave without Edward, and soon Isa is involved in the newspaper herself.

The story was richly woven and beautifully told. You could clearly see the country, and root for the Belgiums.

Five out of five stars :)