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Monday, January 11, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway -Sing Until You Die Author: Carole Brown On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Sing Until You Die

Author: Carole Brown

Genre: Historical romantic suspense

Release Date: October 15, 2020

From childhood up, Claire Anne Rayner has despised the man who’s like a brother and son to the rest of the Rayner House residents. But when she puts her musical training on hold and begins singing to the troops as a means of helping support and encourage them, she is pulled into a mysterious spy’s efforts to destroy a certain high-ranking man.

Wills Mason is loved by everyone but Claire who cannot forgive him for his and her sister’s unmerciful, youthful teasing. But now, grown up and serving as a civilian spy, Wills must prove that Claire is not willingly relaying messages to the enemy, as his colonel believes, even when all evidence points that way. And can he prove he’s changed and can be trusted to cherish her heart as she deserves to be loved?


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About the Author

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?


More from Carole

A Grip on the Story by Carole Brown

Unlike books one and two of The Spies of WWII series (With Music in Their Hearts and A Flute in the Willows), I couldn’t get a handle on where to go with Claire Anne Rayner and Wills Mason’s story in Sing Until You Die. I knew their names, knew their careers, but the plot evaded me until it was time to write the novel. And then…


Slowly the plot opened up:

  • How Claire was using her career
  • What was being asked of Wills by his colonel
  • The conflict between the two main protagonists
  • The protagonists’ personalities
  • Who the spy was
  • Why revenge was being sought by the foreign spy


The more I wrote, the more I loved these two faulty, but loveable characters. Were they perfect? No. Were they determined to do what they felt was their duty, what they knew was their calling? Yes and yes.


Claire, as a child and teenager, faced thoughtless and sometimes cruel teasings because of over zealousness from certain family and friends. In her youthful mind, she felt loathing for those hurting her and knew she’d never forgive those involved.


Wills, on the otherhand, as a youth, was bound to prove he was one better than his best friend. Nothing was too dangerous or too extreme for him to try. No matter how others might feel…


Yet, through loving family and friends, these two grew into adulthood as caring, serious, and  individuals determined to succeed in their separate pursuits. The only thing they needed to do was ask for forgiveness and forgive. Could they lay aside their accusations for each other and do it? Would they realize that past feelings and thoughts about the other might just be wrong?


I worked hard at showing the slow and sometimes painful process of their achieving that. But tying in the insidious spy, thrust these two adorable, but different, characters into each others’ lives. That brings about the question:


Will the web of deceit the mysterious German spy is weaving destroy their one chance of happiness with each other, or can they both let go of the past and work together to bring the spy to justice?

My Thoughts

Sing Until You Die ByCarole Brown is book 3 in the Spies of World War II series. I have not read the other books in the series, and I had no problem following along. I have read other books by this author and,  one of the things that I love about this author - is her attention to detail. The way she writes you can visualize what is going on around you. The author puts a lot of description into her stories. I really felt I was standing there in the corner watching it unfold. I did my Master Thesis on the use of Women and African Americans as spies in The Civil War and the American Revolution. I have always had a fascination with espionage. This book gives an interesting look on what was going on during this time period. 

In this book we meet Claire Rayner. She is a song bird. The way that the author penned the way she sung. I felt like I could feel her voice and the magnitude of it. She sung for soldiers. They were able to listen to her voice and forget the raging war around her. Claire reminds me of innocence. She is likeable yet unaware of some of the dangers that are lurking around her. She is a pawn in a game she knows nothing about. She just wants to entertain. 

We also meet Wills Mason. He is a childhood friend of Claire. However, Claire despises him. The author recaps the history within the first few chapters of the book. You can feel the anger and despise Claire feels towards Wills. Wills is a civilian spy. His colonel wants him to keep an eye on Claire. She is suspected to be a spy. I found this comical and why understanding why Claire despises him. This mission puts you on a roller coaster. There were twists and turns. I learned a lot through the authors research. It's fun to see how spying has evolved. There are so many different techniques to pass information. I enjoyed this book a lot. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program --- all thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away the grand prize package of a music-themed tote bag a 4-piece set of bird/flower coasters, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of Sing Until You Die!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like an interesting and thrilling read

  2. This sounds like a very intriguing book. Thank you for your review.

  3. Wonderful review, Connie! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you, Connie, for that lovely review. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Bea LaRocca, Debbie P, and Caryl Kane: thanks so much for your faithfulness in following my reviewers in sharing about SUYD. Fingers crossed one of you wins!

  6. "Wills" is an unusual character name. I wonder why the author chose to add the S to the end.