Book Review: The Songbird and the Secret Author: Celena Janton
Melissa Benjamin never knew her parents or about her family history. Her grandmother who raised her never spoke of the past. However, a high school genealogy assignment piqued her interested in her past, changing her life forever. At first, she was more interested preoccupied with finishing her last year of high school well enough to attend college and her crush Tom Berrington, who seemed equally interested in her. Their bond starts to deepen while Tom helps Melissa learn more about her family history. Then, he disappears. Though heartbroken, Melissa invests more time into discovering her family history. She becomes intrigued with the bravery of one of her ancestors Katharina and her parents and becomes entangled in tales of deceit, unrequited love, and courage that have haunted her family for generations. Eventually, Melissa learns she is heiress to a large estate. However, the same evil force that destroyed her parents has a grasp on the young heiress. Melissa must uncover this evil force to free herself before she becomes the next victim.
The saga begins with a budding romance between a teenage Katharina and her childhood friend Daniel Berrington that is threatened by the jealousy of his cousin Francis. When Daniel does not return to their hometown after finishing his legal studies, Francis convinces Katharina to marry him and then whisked her to America. Alone in a strange country with her first husband who transforms into a stranger then disappears, Katharina has only her faith to save her as she adapts to life in a new country that is on the verge of war.
Katharina reminds us that God is still with us and will delivers us from our darkest moments. Even when Francis left her, even when she was taken by a Native American tribe, she always called upon God to rescue her, and He answered her prayers. She is a shining example of unwavering faith in God and an inspiration to those having a crisis of faith.
A free copy of this book was exchanged in return for an honest review.