Review: Water Song

Posted February 17, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Water SongWater Song by Suzanne Weyn
Series: Once Upon A Time
Publisher: Simon Pulse (2006)
Paperback (189 pages)
Also by this author: The Night Dance
Also in this series: Snow, Sunlight and Shadow, The Night Dance
Reading Challenges: 2015 Fairytale Retelling, 2015 Re-Reading, Read 2015


Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does.
Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out.
With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren’t always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere.

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I love fairy tale retellings and I love the Once Upon A Time series.

Water Song is a retelling of The Frog Prince. The story is set in Belgium during World War I. Emma is a British girl who arrived in Belgium with her mother for a holiday. The war gets to Belgium and Emma’s mother is killed in a bomb attack. Emma has no way to get back to England and her father.

Jack is an American who enlisted in the British army. Caught in a gas attack by the Germans, Jack wanders into Emma’s well to escape the gas. Emma comes across him and helps him out of the well.

Then the Germans arrive. The Germans have taken Emma’s estate to use as their base. Emma thinks up the quick cover story that Jack is her husband. This keeps them both safe.

Things then start to get interesting. There is espionage, injury, and escape. I won’t give away the ending by telling you too much.

Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Hard Core Rereading Challenge
  • Fairytale Retelling Challenge (The Frog Prince)


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