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Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite
The Songbird and the Secret by Celena Marie Janton is a book about love, loyalty and second chances. Both historical and contemporary, this novel spans many generations with a central focus on two love stories – one in the past and the other in the present. While researching her family tree for a school project, Melissa Benjamin comes across her eleventh great-grandmother’s journal containing a tale of deceit. Melissa is captivated and comforted by the journal at a time when she has similar problems of her own in her personal life. She finds strength in the words of her ancestor, a staunch believer in God and the protection he offers his followers. But, is Melissa facing the simple ups and downs that life has to offer, or is she up against a force from the past that is both stronger and more dangerous than anything she could ever imagine?
A spell-binding story, The Songbird and the Secret is a fascinating read for people who enjoy Christian and historical fiction. This is the first book in a series which left me with a hankering to know what will happen next. The tone is nostalgic, taking readers on a journey back in time to a story that affects present events. Celena Marie Janton’s novel features strong romantic elements between characters and in the story itself, and is delightfully mysterious. The characters are relatable and courageous; Melissa has strong convictions and faces challenges with determination and faith in God. Quite the page-turner, and readers are drawn irresistibly into the story, leaving them dizzy from time travel and hungry for more.