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Posted October 23, 2013
This is my new favorite of Roseanna White's books. Though I say
This is my new favorite of Roseanna White's books. Though I say that about every book of hers I read :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While this had a lot of the Roseanna White characteristics I love - an intelligent heroine, the threat of war, and rich spiritual truths - there seemed to be extra heart to it. I loved Gwen, but found myself connecting more with Thad. He's a big-hearted protector yet also a fierce warrior. I also really enjoyed the historical context of the story, since it's a time period I have read much about.
Very well done, and I can't wait for Circle of Spies!
Posted September 18, 2013
General Fairchild has uncovered a fatal secret. He sends his dau
General Fairchild has uncovered a fatal secret. He sends his daughter Gwyneth from their home in England to friends in America in the nick of time, but not before she sees one of her mother's brothers kill her father. The ship's rocking and her horror over what she's seen send her into a frightful state. The servants who accompany her to America and her father's friends fear for her sanity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Why did her father so trust Thaddeus Lane, a young man he hadn't seen in many years, especially during this horrid war? She didn't know, but now she finds Thad is also the only one she trusts. She cannot sleep unless he is in the house, nor did she sleep on the ship on her way to this land at war with her country.
Thad finds himself drawn to the haunted wraith thrust so suddenly into his and his parents' care. The young woman is a talented artist, but what are the shadows in her drawings? Why does she act so frightened? She's hiding secrets, but she's letting no one in on them--not even him, not even though it's so obvious she trusts him with her life.
Posted September 6, 2013
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite Be prepared f
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Be prepared for suspense, romance, historical details, and excellent characters in Roseanna M. White’s latest novel, Whispers from the Shadows, Book Two in Roseanna’s Culper Ring Series. England and America are at war with each other and yet Gwyneth’s father sends her to America to stay with some old friends whom she has never met. Heartbroken, grieving, scared, and alone when she leaves, Gwyneth is not prepared for whom she meets and what she discovers when she arrives at the home of the Lane family. Handsome Thad Lane finds himself losing his heart to Gwyneth, but what does that mean for the role he is playing in the war, and how will the life he leads affect his relationship with the woman he is falling in love with?
Roseanna M. White does an excellent job at bringing alive the time period here. The tension between the two countries as well as individuals is very much alive within the pages. The characters come to life as well, drawing the reader into their lives. I think that Roseanna has done an incredible job with developing the characters and the relationships between them, as well as the characters’ relationships with God. Gwyneth and Thad share a common factor, their relationship with God and this is obvious in how they live their lives and make decisions. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Posted August 31, 2013
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Do I have your attention now? Yes? Good! R
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Do I have your attention now? Yes? Good!
Roseanna White takes the reader back to 1814, to the war of 1812, where we meet again with the main characters from the first book in this series Ring of Secrets—Winter and Bennet Lane. Their son Thaddeus Lane is our hero and he also is Mr. Culper now.
Our heroine is the daughter of the British General Fairchild—we met him in the first book as Colonel Fairchild. Gwyneth Fairchild is being sent away by her father to America. He believes their lives are in danger and he wants Gwyn to leave immediately. He sends her to his American friends—the Lanes. Just before she enters the carriage to leave, her British suitor – Sir Arthur Hart – asks for her hand in marriage. Excitedly Gwyn runs back to the house to talk to her father. But instead of talking to him she is a witness to his murder. Panicked, she runs back to the waiting carriage and leaves England and Sir Arthur behind.
After a long and horrendous sea journey, Gwyn finally arrives in America. She has been sick and has had terrible nightmares. She did not tell anyone that she saw her father being murdered. Fear that the killer might follow her to America, has kept her awake and made her sick. Her servants thought she was seasick, but she cannot tell anyone what is really plaguing her.
When she finally meets Thad – the only person she knows she can trust because her father trusted him – she falls asleep in his arms.
Captain Thaddeus Lane – or Thad – has received a letter from General Fairchild, but the content doesn’t make any sense. He assumes there must be a hidden message in it, but he can’t figure it out. Not even his parents can break the code—if there is one.
When Gwyn arrives at his doorstep, he doesn’t know what to do with her. Can he trust her? She is British after all…and America is at war with England.
Back in England Sir Arthur and Gwyn’s uncle are looking for Gwyn, but they don’t know where she went. When Arthur finds a letter from the Lanes in General Fairchild’s study, her uncle believes that is where the general has sent her. Together they follow Gwyn to America—Arthur in hopes to claim her as his bride and Uncle with another purpose.
Gwyn’s trust for Thad – because her father trusted him – runs deep. She will have to learn to put her trust in Someone else to find peace and healing from the monsters in her nightmares.
Thad is a widower, but doesn’t talk much about his deceased wife. For some reason it is a sensitive subject. While he starts to care more and more for Gwyn – and his feelings are returned – he neglects to tell her why it is such a sensitive topic. When his best friend, Alain, spills it all out during a fight, Gwyn is shocked to learn what happened and runs away to hide in her bedroom. Before he has a chance to talk to Gwyn, Thad is called away on a dangerous sea journey to spy on the British fleet approaching America.
Can an American Captain and the daughter of a British General find love?
Will Gwyn understand that he had to leave before they could talk it all out? Will she forgive him?
And what about Sir Arthur? Will he find Gwyn to claim her for his own?
Will her father’s killer find Gwyn?
And General Fairchild’s letter…will they ever break the code and learn what secret message is hidden inside it?
There’s a lot of suspense and intrigue in this fabulous book. Murder, spies, secrets, war, love, grief, forgiveness, faith... There’s so much to enjoy in this story. The characters and plot were very well developed and the writing is clear and exciting. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. Fantastic job, Roseanna!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
Posted August 18, 2013
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first. The story moved a
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first. The story moved along at a snappy rate and I never knew what was going to happen next. There are a lot of twists and turns that you don't see coming but not to the point that it's hard to follow. My only complaint is that there's a little too much focus on the romance for my liking. It felt like that was too much the focal point of the story rather than the spy ring. I liked that the main characters had a real and close relationship with God. He speaks and they listen even when it might not be the popular course of action. In the midst of war and chaos, they find their peace and security comes from putting their trust in God. This book was provided to me by Harvest House Publishers for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Harvest House.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2013
Wow! Just wow! After reading the first book and novella in this
Wow! Just wow! After reading the first book and novella in this series, I was prepared for a great book. I was definitely not disappointed! While Whispers from the Shadows was less suspenseful than Ring of Secrets, I still thoroughly enjoyed it! It was one of those rare books that I was loathe to put down ... and couldn't stop thinking about when I wasn't reading it. The romance was so perfect. Gwyneth and Thad follow the rules of propriety, but there was definitely passion there too! The author also did a beautiful job sharing faith lessons in this story without "preaching," which is often a hard balance to strike.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While this book could stand alone, I would strongly encourage you to read the series in order. I think it will help explain a few things along the way that would otherwise be confusing. I have completely fallen in love with this series and can't wait for the next installment. Judging by the epilogue, we're in for another treat!
I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers via FIRST Wildcard Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted August 16, 2013
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White is book 2 in the
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White is book 2 in the Culper Ring series, taking place 35 years after the wonderful Ring of Secrets. The setting is the Chesapeake Bay area during the year of 1814, as the British begin their march on Washington and Baltimore, and the focus is on the Culper spy ring that was initially formed during the Revolutionary period. It is a story where things aren't always as they seem - family can become the enemy, while enemies prove to be true friends. Whispers from the Shadows combines elements of history, romance and intrigue with well-woven spiritual themes, and it is a story that I am glad to recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm unashamedly a fan of historical romance, but Whispers from the Shadows is that and so much more. Roseanna has a great gift for storytelling and characterization. From a historical standpoint, Roseanna has done her research well, focusing in this second book on the War of 1812, a war that doesn't get much fictional attention. The whole series seems well thought out and planned; in fact, I can't imagine how much time Roseanna put into her research.
Thad is a great hero, a man who cares deeply about the people of America: "The farmers and merchants and smithies all laboring to build a legacy for their offspring. The fishermen who could weave a yarn like no other, the trappers who had explored the great unknown to the west, the lawyers who philosophized on what their land could be with the proper guidance. The strangers who could someday be friends." And he understands that this war is about revenge for the Revolution, about hatred.
The Culper spy ring is fascinating because of its composition - ordinary people wanting to help their country - and how successful it was. It is a joy to see an older, but very happy, Bennet and Winter from Ring of Secrets - Bennet with his arsenal of chemicals and Winter with her experience with codes. Winter even pulls her famous "clueless" stunt on one occasion. I loved her line: "When one acts utterly silly, no one ever thinks to look for deeper motives."
The romance between Thad and Gwyn is my kind of romance, very tender, sweet and real. I also loved the deep friendship and camaraderie between Thad and Alain Arnaud, which only grew stronger out of past heartbreak and their ability to be open and honest.
Gwyn's journey from relying on Thad and turning to the true source reminds me of the beautiful passage from Psalm 121: "I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord . . ." And Gwyn discovers that God's path can be found in the most unlikely people and places.
On a purely human side and along with a lot of other fans, I hated to see General Fairchild die - this is not a spoiler; it happens in the first few pages - but his death is a necessary plot vehicle for everything else that happens. While this book can stand alone, readers really need to begin with Ring of Secrets for a greater understanding of how everything fits together.
I greatly enjoyed Whispers from the Shadows and highly recommend it to all readers. Thank you, Roseanna, for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I eagerly await the next novel, Circle of Spies, which releases in April 2014.
Roseanna writes: "What I love about the Culper Ring is that they weren’t specially-trained spies. No James Bonds or Jason Bournes. No action heroes with razor-sharp instincts. They were just people like you and me. People who changed the world by actively looking for a way to help their neighbors, their compatriots, their country."
In the first two books of this series, Roseanna draws from a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions that I often use for meditation and highly recommend, The Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennett.
This book was provided by Harvest House Publishers and Roseanna M. White in exchange for my honest review.
Posted August 7, 2013
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna White was a book that star
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna White was a book that started off little slow, but picked up to a good pace. The story was interesting and on a subject I didn't know anything about, The Culper Ring. The Culper Ring was the first spy organization in the US, that was around during the Revolutionary War. (I will be researching more about this now.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story follows Gwyneth Fairchild, the daughter of a distinguished British General. She has no idea why, but her father is sending her away. His rushing of it has her questioning a lot of things and she feels lost. Trying one last time to plead for more time, Gwyn watches as her uncle kills her father from the library door. Gwyn flees as fast as she can without a backwards glance with her two elderly servants, who had been holding the carriage for departure. In shock over what has happened, Gwyn retreats inside of herself and confides in no one. Fear and sadness lead her to insomnia through her several week trek across the ocean to America.There doesn't seem to be any more light in Gwyneth Fairchild's life, until an encounter on the sea leads her to Thaddeus Lane.
Thaddeus Lane is a guy who knows everyone. He makes it his job to know everyone in his city and at times it seems his country, which is important since he and his family are in The Culper Ring. He cares very much for his family and with war looming, to see that they are safe, he asks them to stay at his house in Baltimore, Maryland. It isn't long after his parents arrival, when a new house guest arrive, Gwyneth Fairchild. The Fairchild's and the Lane's have been family friends since the Revolutionary War. Unlike most people of the time, Gwyneth's father and Thad's parents had struck a friendship during the hostile times. And because of this, Gwyn's father believed her safest there. During their time together, Gwyn and Thad try to figure out the last bit of information Gwyn's father sent with her.
Whispers from the Shadows was an interesting story. The plot revolved more around Gwyn and her struggles to over come the fear she had growing in her, than The Culper Ring. I would have loved to see more into the secret society that was formed through close friends and family. The ways of communication during that time was fun to see. Technology has come a long way.
There was one small thing that I found didn't fit that well into the story. In a contemporary story, I could see it easy, but for a book set in 1814, it was a bit off for me. The speed at which Thad started calling Gwen "Sweet". This was a time of propitiatory and having a term of endearment like that when not courting or engaged seemed a little off. Other than that small bit, it was an interesting story.
Thank you to Harvest House Publishers, I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 30, 2013
Roseanna M. White in her new book, "Whispers From The Shado
Roseanna M. White in her new book, "Whispers From The Shadows" Book Two in the Culper Ring series published by Harvest House Publishers introduces us to Gwyneth Fairchild and Thad Lane.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
From the back cover: I love her...Can I trust her? I love him...Is he safe?
1814-England and America are again at war. Sudden and implacable treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild's world to crumble in a moment's time. The daughter of a British general, she just barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship bound for America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland. Yet after meeting the Lane's son, Thaddeus, Gwyn wonders how safe she is. For she discovers that this family she soon discovers that this family trade in a dangerous commodity-espionage.
Thad Lane is a prominent citizen in the city of Baltimore. He has the ear of everyone, and he is in a unique position to pass on to the leaders of government exactly what he hears. Not long after the beautiful and British Gwyneth Fairchild finds safe haven in his community, he 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 more than uncertain-it could be life threatening.
In the end, with the British advancing relentlessly on Baltimore, Thad and Gwyn have to trust in their shared faith in God to be a shield about them. To give them a future and a hope.
If you did not read the first book in this series you will still enjoy reading this one however you won't realize the connection of the characters. Gwyn is the daughter of General Fairchild, Colonel Fairchild from the first book. The General fears for her safety and wants her to go to America, to the safety of his friends the Lane's, the Culpers from the first book and whose son, Thad, has now taken up the reigns. There has been a murder, the British troops are amassing for their march on Washington and Baltimore, there are those that want to stop Gwyn and Thad, separately and collectively and they both have secrets. This is one exciting adventure. Both Gwyn and Thad have secrets that they do not want the other to know for fear that it will separate them yet there is a romance brewing between them and these secrets are holding them back. Ms. White does a nice job of keeping that tension between the two of them throughout the whole story. "Whispers From The Shadows" is great fun to read. Ms. White has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. Her characters are wonderful and she gives them life and unique voices. I liked it a lot and am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."