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A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) Paperback – July 4, 2017
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She's Out to Steal His Name. Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?
As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors 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 doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.
When danger and suspicion continue to mount, 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.
Praise for Roseanna White
". . . the momentum and drama of a modern thriller and the charm and intrigue of an Edwardian upper-class romance . . ." --Booklist starred review of The Reluctant Duchess
"This conclusion to White's Downton-esque drama will delight readers and sadden fans who have grown attached to such engaging, lovable characters." Publishers Weekly starred review of A Lady Unrivaled
"White finishes her Ladies of the Manor series with flourishes of adrenaline, wit, and simmering heat, proving again her mastery of historical Christian romance." Booklist starred review of A Lady Unrivaled
"A spying thief, an embattled novelist, a library overflowing with books and White's exquisite talent? How could any self-respecting fan of historical fiction say no to that? Readers will be instantly captivated by Rosemary Gresham. . . . Peter Holstein is a complicated hero with a gracious heart, and their gradual romance is graced with moments of humor, as well as adventure and a sweet message of true worth."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"White's fans will no doubt enjoy this beginning of a new historical adventure."--Publishers Weekly
"Fans of Roseanna M. White seeking a summer historical romance will be delighted."--Library Journal
"In the first of White's new Shadows Over England series, she reprises her expertise in crafting strong and savvy female protagonists . . . .This novel thoughtfully examines the deeply personal journey of dismantling stereotypes."--Booklist
About the Author
Roseanna 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's fiction ranges from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com.
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It is my privilege to be included in Roseanna M. White’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation from BETHANY HOUSE PUBL. My opinion is my own.
SERIES: Shadows Over England
A Name Unknown – Book #1 July 2017
A Song Unheard – Book #2 January 2018
An Hour Unspent – Book #3 tba
What you won’t find in the back cover copy, is the hilarious relationship Rosie has with her “adopted” family. When you read about them all together for the first time, they explain a series of dares that has bonded them together – the exposure of a man who keeps a mistress for example. The “siblings” get a good chuckle over the outcome of their success and set up another dare – this one for Rosemary. Steal a manor house. An impossible feat to be sure, except she’s just been commissioned to steal evidence against Peter Holstein who happens to own a manor.
It’s a brilliant, snarky little introduction that absolutely sucked me in. My only disappointment was that I was either too exhausted or interrupted one too many times to finish it in a day.
My absolute favorite aspect of the story was Peter’s character. It’s a bit like story inception. A story within a story. As Peter’s arc unfolds, so does the story he’s writing under the pseudonym Branok Hollow. As a writer myself, it was utterly delightful. I nearly died on the couch as Peter’s “author brain” interrupts his everyday interactions.
I highly suggest you find yourself a copy of White’s A Name Unknown. Set plenty of time aside for binging as you delve into this Edwardian Era romance set on the brink of the Great War. There’s nothing quite like reading an author writing about an author and his less-than-honest so-called librarian.
*I received a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Rosemary Gresham is such a strong character. As her story unfolds and her painful past becomes clear, one cannot help but feel so much compassion for her. At the same time, it is obvious she is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, and that fire and determination is one of the aspects of her personality that immediately drew me to her. Even though I also loved Peter, I couldn’t help but want Rosemary to succeed in her mission, because I didn’t want to know what would happen to her if she didn’t.
Peter Holstien is one of my favorite characters I have ever read about. Although I am not anywhere near as serious of a writer as he is, I couldn’t help but really relate to him as a lover of stories myself, and it always made me laugh when he forgot everything else when inspiration struck. Besides, he was also by far the sweetest, most compassionate man, and I loved how he tried to keep his good deeds a secret. And his relationship with Elowyn was pretty cute too.
All in all, I think this is one of my favorite books that Roseanna has written. The storyline is so different from anything I have read before, and it definitely wasn’t lacking unexpected events. I never could have guessed how the story would end, and the last few chapters were so full of action I was literally on the edge of my seat. I have always highly recommended Roseanna’s novels as she is by far one of my all-time favorite authors, but I would say if you never read any of her other books, read this one. It is so worth it, so captivating, and will convince you to read more of her books because you won’t be able to get enough. As you can tell, this is one of my all-time favorite stories, and has therefore received all five bookshelves, and is definitely a novel I will read again.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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