Book reviews, mostly of Christian fiction, some classics, and nonfiction.
Friday, August 18, 2017
A Name Unknown - Shadows Over England 1 - by Roseanna M. White
About the book:
She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her
survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no
longer pickpockets-now they focus on high value items and have learned
how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary's challenge of a
lifetime comes when she's assigned to determine whether a certain
wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a
family's history, their very name?
swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to
the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last
name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown-so he can go back to
anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary
arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian,
Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his
and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they're in a
race against time to discover the truth-about Peter's past and about the
undeniable attraction kindling between them.
I absolutely loved this well-written story. The characters just leapt off the page; they were funny, flawed people I wished I could know in real life. Rosemary was tough, extremely loyal to her family and clever. Peter was quiet, more serious, passionate about his faith and about helping others. He also had a stutter and it was refreshing to see a character who wasn't so physically perfect. I loved the history Rosemary uncovers as they try to figure out Peter's ties to Germany and his family's secrets. I learned more about the events leading up to World War I and how royals from different countries were related. There were some sweet romantic moments and also some exciting ones as someone was threatening Peter and you weren't sure who. There were some great conversations and letters about God and it was wonderful to see Rosemary's journey from being so distrustful of a wealthy man to great respect for him as she got to know who he really was. It was fun to see the famous names of authors pop up in the story. I'm excited for the next book in this series! I highly recommend this one!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane
Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's
homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending
her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen
historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to
American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem
always seem to make their way into her novels . . . to offset her real
life, which is blessedly boring. She passes said boring life with her
husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.