Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Whispers from the Shadows - Culper Ring Series 2 - Roseanna M. White

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About the book:

This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in a new series from Roseanna M. White. Whispers from the Shadows combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the War of 1812.
Treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild’s world to crumble. The daughter of a British general, she barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could implicitly trust Winter and Bennet Lane, even though their nations are once again at war. After meeting their son, Thad, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that the Lanes trade in a dangerous commodity—espionage.

Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. With family playing the part of enemies and enemies proving themselves friends, a future with Gwyn is uncertain. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them.

My review:

I could not put this book down!  The characters felt so real and the story was well-written.  I loved the Lanes and it was great catching up with them after having read book one and now being introduced to their grown children was a treat.  This does work as a stand-alone, but I'd recommend reading the first one for the back story.  The banter and teasing were fun and clever and I wished I was a part of their family.  I could sympathize with Gwyneth and the grief she was going through and I liked how she had to realize she needed to turn to Jesus and not depend on anyone else for her happiness or stability.  I also liked that Thad had to realize he needed to trust God and not depend solely on himself.  There was not as much with the spy ring as in the previous book, but there was still intrigue and action, not to mention a wonderful romance.  I ended up liking this one even more than the first and I can't wait to read the next!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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