Ring of Secrets

Ring of Secrets

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by Roseanna M. White
     
 

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This exciting romantic spy novel from Roseanna M. White combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the Revolutionary War.

Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements

Overview

This exciting romantic spy novel from Roseanna M. White combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the Revolutionary War.

Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she's caught, if she's hung for espionage…well, she won't be. Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade: the wonders of invisible ink, drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.

Both believers…and both committed to a separate cause. Will their faith in God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Historical fiction at its very best!”
Kathleen E. Belongia, lanehillhouse.blogspot.com

“Intriguing storyline, suspense at every turn, wonderfully and complexly developed characters, and a heart-rending, beautiful romance. I loved every word and am counting the days for the next book in the series. Can't go wrong with Roseanna White.”
—Joanne Sher, ACFW Midwest Zone Director

“Author Roseanna White has done it again—she has produced a masterful historical fiction work that keeps the reader riveted. As a lover of historical fiction, this novel delighted me. One very important piece of the story—that Ms. White presents with a ring of authenticity—is the element of faith. In many novels, the element of faith seems rather arbitrary and feels forced. Ring of Secrets presents a faith that not only naturally fits into the story line, but may well inspire readers in their trust in the Lord.”
Julie Coleman, author of Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women

Ring of Secrets was a pleasant read, and I’ll definitely be reading the other books in the series.”
Hayden Wand, atreeabookandabreeze.blogspot.com

Ring of Secrets held me enthralled the whole way through.”
Anne Baxter Campbell, pewperspective.blogspot.com

"Ring of Secrets is a wonderfully satisfying story in every way. The characters are original and real-to-life, and they actually have lives beyond the romance plotline. I appreciated the fact that every chapter didn’t end with a dramatic cliffhanger like some authors are in the habit of doing, because I didn’t feel emotionally manipulated into reading on—I genuinely wanted to keep reading simply because I cared about the relatable characters and their lives. I was also very excited to read a novel centered around an historical organization that I’ve never before encountered in fiction. This book isn’t just another romance novel – it is honest literature. I eagerly await the next book in the Culper Ring Series."
Sapphire Feltner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736951005
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Series:
Culper Ring Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
189,237
File size:
978 KB

Meet the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels under the Betsy Ross flag hanging above her desk, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When she isn't writing fiction, she's editing it for WhiteFire Publishing or reviewing it for the Christian Review of Books, both of which she cofounded with her husband. www.roseannawhite.com

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Ring of Secrets 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
RachelleR More than 1 year ago
What I Loved I enjoyed this book so much. What I loved first was that I was plunged immediately into Winter's story. I knew right away she was keeping up a masquerade for a very important reason, that there's danger and intrigue and an important cause...and there's so much I didn't know. So I kept reading. In fact, I read the opening scene twice just to relish in the beauty of it. Not kidding. Winter's mask is a complicated one, but one she carries off so well. She has the entire city of New York believing her head is empty, when really she's spun such a web of secrecy that everyone is being caught up in it and furthering her cause (spying for Washington) without their even knowing it.  I really admired Winter from the first. She's experienced at pain and sorrow, but she doesn't let anything stop her. She knows why she's doing what she's doing, and she's not about to let anyone dissuade her. Enter Bennet Lane. May I say that the romance between these two is so very sweet? Bennet realizes as soon as he meets Winter that something's up. The fact that he doesn't see past her mask for a second is so romantic. Even better is the fact that Winter soon realizes he's partly chasing her because she's an intriguing mystery to him--which was a concern of mine at first, but, never fear, his affection for her soon finds much more solid ground. The whispers of danger throughout the book are never overdone. The espionage is always very straightforward and believable. I think that's what did me in and made me fall so hard for this book in the end. Everything seems like it really happened. I love that. What I Didn't Like As Much Let's see... The back-and-forth between the characters is great. White's writing style is simply superb and perfectly fits her genre. The story never sags. Winter's tenacity kept me turning pages. Bennet's pursuit of her is pristine and so well-developed...I especially enjoyed that he and his rival suitor became friends. (I'm going through facets of the book in my mind, but the only thing I remember rolling my eyes over was that one point Winter has three men vying for her. Love triangles don't bother me a mite, but three different men falling for one woman is a little much. But that's more whining personal preference than anything else, so I'll move on.) Why I Recommend This Book White has created a cast of characters I'm going to very much enjoy following through the rest of the series. A spy ring that continues for generations? Perfect historical fiction.  My favorite part of the book was when Bennet had a secret of his own to share. That scene was so well-done!! This book is going on my favorite's list. I highly recommend it.
Stephanie_Morrill More than 1 year ago
I love all Roseanna White's books, and this one is no exception. The historical details of the Culper Ring are fascinating, and it's inspiring to read how everyday people made choices that protected our country. I love Winter, but my favorite character was Bennet. I found both his spiritual doubts and bumbling ways with the ladies endearing. Ring of Secrets is a great story and will appeal to readers hungry for something fresh in the historical romance genre.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Roseanna White has given the reader much food for thought in her latest novel entitled "Ring of Secrets." In this novel set in the Revolutionary War period, we meet Winter Reeves, an aristocratic orphan woman who lives with her grandparents. The grandparents have but one wish: to rid themselves of their granddaughter via an opportunistic marriage. Winter has other goals in mind. Unbeknown to the grandparents, Winter's father is alive and serving in the Patriot army. Winter has elected to become involved in a highly dangerous spy ring in New York. She is a rebel who plays the fool and no one suspects her involvement until Bennet Lane returns to town. He also is not what he seems. He claims an identity as a Yale professor which he is. In truth, his mission is to find spies who threaten to undermine British goals of domination over the Colonials. This is a charming story of intrigue and history as well as a profound human character study. The characters are earthy and believable and they facilitate the coming alive of historical fiction. The dynamics between members of the spy ring are fascinating and the interactions between Winter and her various suitors are captivating. In particular, the dynamics between Winter and Bennet will hold the reader spellbound and wanting more information. Information is seemingly teased from the characters so that the reader is unsure of the outcome at any given time. Most readers will love this endearing story.
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
I love every book that Roseanna White writes, and her latest---Ring of Secrets Book 1 of the Culper Ring Series---met all my expectations for riveting, high quality, fast-paced Christian fiction with a strong spiritual thread. Ring of Secrets is the kind of book you pass on to your mother, your grandmother and your sixteen-year-old niece knowing they will thoroughly enjoy it. My mother couldn’t put it down until she finished it in almost one sitting. I took three sittings. Roseanna White has a way of writing in such a witty and intelligent manner that delights my British soul. And yet, this is a book about American patriot spies conspiring to bring down the British tyranny during the War of Independence. It is also a lovely romance between the British hero, Bennet Lane who is attempting to flush out the Patriot spy, not realizing that the woman with whom he is falling in love is that very spy, Winter Reeves. Ring of Secrets is a beautiful and yet fun literary dance of espionage, romance, wit, all sparkling with laughter and the deepest emotions of a young woman’s heart. I give it 5/5 stars and highly recommend it. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Oh, I think I'm going to love this Culper Ring Series. Book 1, Ring of Secrets, held me enthralled the whole way through. Winter Reeves hides a number of secrets. She's the daughter of patriot Colonel Reeves; she's not nearly as vapid as she appears; and, as the granddaughter of prominent loyalists in New York, she's privy to way too many stray words spoken by Brittish military officers. Bennett Lane has a secret or two of his own. Not that he's a Yale professor--everyone knows that. Or that he's the heir to a wealthy Brittish Lord--that too is well known. And that he cannot put two logical words together in front of the fairer sex is his constant bane. However, he must keep his real purpose in New York close to his vest. He tracks the patriots' movements and locates their hiding places and hidden messages. He's discovered part of Winter's secret. In an unguarded moment her eyes revealed her intelligence and wit, and she has captivated him. More, his ineptitude in front of females seems to evaporate in her presence.
JulieReader More than 1 year ago
Author Roseanna White has done it again—she has produced a masterful historical fiction work that keeps the reader riveted. As a lover of historical fiction, this novel delighted me. Her careful research lent a ring of authenticity to this fictional group of Revolutionary War spies, the setting, and inter-weaving of historical and fictional characters.  Winter Reeves is using her societal engagements as an opportunity to ferret out military knowledge to pass on to the Revolutionary Army’s commander in chief. Several of her contemporaries are caught and hanged as spies by the British forces. Also complicating her resolve is an attraction and developing relationship with another American spy—this one appearing to work on behalf of the British. The tension of her dangerous work paired with the lure of an unexpected love makes for a great story line. Ms. White keeps the reader on the edge of her seat until the end when the tension finally resolves. One other very important piece of the story—that again Ms. White presents with a ring of authenticity—is the element of faith. The protagonist relies on her relationship with God in believable fashion, and her example leads her love interest to do the same. In many novels, the element of faith seems rather arbitrary and feels forced. “Ring of Secrets,” presents a faith that not only naturally fits into the story line, but may well inspire readers in their trust in the Lord. I give “Ring of Secrets” a hearty five stars—you will enjoy reading this book!
GodBlessAmericaJB More than 1 year ago
My praise goes out to Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White, which is set during the Revolutionary War. I was quickly drawn into the book by the main characters, Miss Winter Reeves and Mr. Bennett Lane. Winter is forced to live with her grandparents in New York City after her mother dies and her father goes off to fight for the Patriots. She pretends to be a "flighty" young women with no opinions or beliefs of her own. She soon meets Mr. Bennett Lane who becomes clumsy and tongue tied in the company of young women. When he meets Winter he is drawn to her and not that way at all. He very quickly realizes that Winter is not what she appears to be even though she has others fooled. I enjoyed the history, intrigue, humor and romance in Ring of Secrets and look forward to the next book in the Culper Ring series. This book deserves 5 out of 5 star. I received this book from Net Galley and Harvest House Publishing for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for my review.
TheReadingMom More than 1 year ago
Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White begins the Culper Ring Series where danger, intrigue and espionage reign in this historical fiction set in 1779. Winter Reeves resides with her aristocratic British Loyalist grandparents while hiding her American Patriot views. Winter has the perfect cover playing the part of the silly socialite during social events. She keeps her ears open and passes along important information to her childhood friend who is part of General Washington’s spy ring. But she unintentionally captures the interest and heart of a Yale Professor whose main goal is to hunt out General Washington’s spy… Both are determined and committed to their cause but will love change the course of events? You can’t help adoring Winter’s faith, courage and determination! This is an intriguing series and I can’t wait to share my reviews of Whispers from the Shadows, book 2 of the Culper Ring Series with you (you’ll find an excerpt of it at the end of the story)! I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
SapphireF More than 1 year ago
“Ring of Secrets” by Roseanna M. White is a wonderfully satisfying story in every way. The characters are original and real-to-life, and they actually have lives beyond the romance plotline. I appreciated the fact that every chapter didn’t end with a dramatic cliffhanger like some authors are in the habit of doing, because I didn’t feel emotionally manipulated into reading on – I genuinely wanted to keep reading simply because I cared about the relatable characters and their lives. I was also very excited to read a novel centered around an historical organization that I’ve never before encountered in fiction. This book isn’t just another romance novel – it is honest literature. I eagerly await the next book is Roseanna M. White’s Culper Ring Series.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
Places you there with Winter.   "After checking over her shoulder to be sure no one watched, Winter stole down the dark, narrow steps and into the forgotten cellar that had been a mass of cobwebs when they first discovered it a year ago.  Now it smelled of citrus and wax, and the lamp she lit glowed rich and warm upon scavenged, scarred tables and once broken chairs. The shelves Freeman had built for her already held a variety of homemade invisible ink.  Lemon juice dilute was her top choice, because of its fragrance and because it developed under heat more quickly than the others. She had also tried the onion juice as well as the honey water..... "  From Ring of Secrets,  chapter five.  "When I decided to explore the world of America's first spy ring, I had the expected visions of cloaks and daggers, grand adventure and suspense. Invisible ink and drop locations, cover stories and daring men.... I instead learned about the reality of a group of people determined to do what they could...getting little thanks and no money for their efforts. America's first spies were just people. Untrained, common people who wanted to do the right thing, who rose to the challenge. And who went through each day afraid their next letter to Washington would be their last."  This is what Roseanna White writes in her authors note at the end of Ring of Secrets. {I truly would recommend that you read the authors note first, as what Roseanna says there is fascinating and sets the stage for her book.}  "I love little more than redefining history through fictional characters who interact with historical figures, which is what I did in this story."   I did not discover the author's note until I was done the book, so I had not read these words. However, Roseanna White succeeded in her goal for this novel because this is what I had written for my review:  Ring of Secrets is a tapestry woven from the stories of true historical people and fictional characters who are crafted so carefully you think they could have lived in New York in 1779. The writing in Ring of Secrets places you there in the story quite well, sweeping you inside a time of secrets and questions, where loyalties are tested.  I will be keeping an eye out for the second volume of this series, and perhaps I will have the chance to review it as well for Harvest House.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
markwmcintire More than 1 year ago
Roseanna always tells a great story. In "Ring of Secrets" she offers up a delicious story filled with superb characters. Mark
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
This begins much like a simple love story, and then it weaves into a tense revolutionary spy novel. It kept me on the edge for the entire second half of the book, with a twist at the end that I did not see coming. Winter relies on prayer for comfort and answers. She feels that the Lord has put her in Tory territory for the purpose of assisting the Patriots, so she befriends British soldiers passing on the information they allow to slip. It starts slow, but has so many twists and turns that it keeps the reader engaged. I love the way she weaves actual historical figures into the story. The continuing theme of following man’s plan vs. God’s plan runs through the story. This story is fun, tense and historically educational. I definitely recommend it to readers of romantic suspense of historical romance. Enjoy.  Received from NetGalley.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This story happens during the American Revolutionary War time, and living in NYC. We live it all with Winter Reeves, and we walk with her as an aristocrat, as a spy, as a victim, and as a stupid girl! Above all she wants to do what God wants her to do. I had a hard time with the Grandparents, The Hamptons, that she lived with. How could they be so cruel? She is their only Grandchild. They are verbally and physically abusive, and I could hardly believe what they did to her. This so called Grandfather has given Winter an ultimatum, she must marry and get out of their house, and of course they have to approve of the man she marries. Colonel Fairchild of the British Army is very smitten with her, and until she meets Bennet Lane, she figures she will marry him. Bennet Lane is more prosperous, so her Grandparents refuse the Colonel. We attend beautiful Balls, and go shopping with Winter, and all the while her ears are attuned to finding information she can pass to General Washington. We also meet the famous traitor Benedict Arnold! Throughout it all you will wonder who Winter will end up with, or is she going to be caught as a spy? Will either the Colonel or Bennet turn her in if they find out? An excellent story rich with American history. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Roseanna M. White in her new book, “Ring Of Secrets” Book One in the Culper Ring series published by Harvest House Publishers introduces us to Winter Reeves From the back cover: Love has no place in a world of spies. 1779–Winter Reeves is an aristocratic American Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the British Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she’s caught, she will be executed for espionage, but she prays the Lord’s protection will sustain her, and Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade–the wonders of invisible ink, secret drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover. Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the city’s elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored. Both are determined to prevail at any cost…and each is committed to a separate cause. Will God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart? I won’t ever know for sure but I think it is possible that Ms. White saw the same History Channel documentary where they talked about Washington’s spies, The Culper Ring and the invisible ink written on already written letters between the lines which is where we get the expression from. This is one exciting adventure. Both Winter and Bennet have an agenda which is opposed to one another yet there is a romance brewing between them. Ms. White does a nice job of keeping that tension between the two of them throughout the whole story. “Ring of Secrets” 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.”
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Roseanna White pens an intriguing story set in the Revolutionary War, where we meet Winter Reeves—a young lady who lives with her wealthy grandparents in New York. Winter’s mother died and her father is serving in the Patriot army. Winter also believes in the cause her father is fighting for, but she must keep her convictions secret. Her best friend in New York is an agent in the Culper Ring and he asked for her help. Winter is acting like an unintelligent girl, so that people will easily share secret information with her. People are convinced she’s stupid—a perfect cover to get important information. Colonel Fairchild of the British army is courting Winter. He likes how she is and he thinks it is harmless to share information about the British army with her…of course he has no idea that she actually is a Patriot spy. Bennet Lane comes back to his childhood home in New York to search for the Patriot spy among the elite. He needs a cover to attend balls and parties and therefore starts courting Winter. He finds out that she is smarter than she let on. He finds her intriguing and mysterious. So he tries to find out what secret she hides. Will he be able to unravel the secrets about Winter? Now Winter has two men courting her. Winter starts to like Bennet more than Fairchild…but she needs Fairchild for her spying activities. She knows very well that when she’d choose for Bennet then she must tell him where her loyalties lay, and then she’d probably loose him for good. So she decides it’s best to keep her feelings under control. Can Winter keep her spying activities secret? And what choice will she make when her grandparents give her an ultimatum to get married within 6 months time, or else she must leave their house? I really enjoyed this first book in the Culper Ring Series. I liked the clever plot, the enjoyable writing style, the suspense, romance, and historical detail. I actually learned a thing or two about American history. Good job, Roseanna!
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful opening to a new series by Roseanna M. White! I haven’t read just a whole lot of books set in the Revolutionary War, so I was looking forward immensely to the this book and to the upcoming ones. While I did end up preferring Roseanna’s Biblical fiction (the only one I’ve read is Jewel of Persia, and I loved it!), this book was very enjoyable as well. It’s a spy story through and through, with suspense and mystery blended seamlessly. The heroine, a girl named Winter, was someone easy to identify and empathize with, and the story felt very real and accurate. It was clear the Roseanna must have done some serious research for this book, and no doubt, series! However, just because a book is historically accurate doesn’t mean it’s boring, right? Avid readers know this. The historical accuracy and realistic characters didn’t detract from the story in the least. There were even a few real historical characters too! Always a good thing. This is a delightful story that will make the Culper Ring (the spy ring the story centers on and is named after) ever memorable. **I received this book from Harvest House Publishers in return for an honest review. I was not obligated to post a positive review, nor was I recompensed for this review in any way. All opinions and thoughts are my own.**