A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1)

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1)

by Roseanna M. White

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Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary 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 concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441231215
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Shadows Over England , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 149,310
File size: 6 MB

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.
Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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A Name Unknown 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Roseanna M. White. I have read a few of her books and knew this one would be just as fabulous. The plot was original and well thought out. The characters were well developed and lovable, well except for the villains of course. Rosemary Gresham is a thief in London and is hired to steal a man's identity; to prove he is a traitor to England. When she meets Peter Holstein, she isn't sure the money is worth the lies she would have to tell to "prove" him a traitor. Rosemary is hired by Peter to clean of his atrociously messy library in the hopes of finding evidence that he is a citizen of England and to prove he is not a traitor. In the meantime, Rosemary hopes she finds the opposite so she can bring home the big, fat payroll from the mysterious Mr. V. This is a wonderfully written book centered around events prior to WWI. Rosemary is quite a character and shows herself to be quite resourceful in bringing Peter's library, and his life, to rights. If you love intrigue, history, and romance, then you will love this book. Enjoy! I won this book and was not required to provide a positive review, but I do so voluntarily.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
A story to get thoroughly wrapped up in without even realizing it. Rosemary is from a world of orphans and thieves in London. Peter is from a well to do family of property, and a friend of the King of England. Rosemary isn't a simple thief, she's more of a grifter. She's quite intelligent and is hired to act as a librarian, go to Peter's home and find proof that he's a German spy. But he's not a spy. He has a personal reason for being somewhat reclusive, and his ancestors were from Germany. He’s a Gentleman, and Rosemary and her “family” have learned not to trust Gentlemen so it makes it easier for her to take the job. Peter believes that he was born in England, but those records are not easy to find, since his family saved every bit of correspondence over the years and their manor home has a huge room full of books – many with his family in them. Rosemary has earned a reputation as being the best at what she does, and Mr. V comes to her for the job at Peter’s house. She taught herself German for another “project” and learned in a short amount of time how to act as a librarian. It's interesting that Rosemary doesn't try to make up a story about herself, but instead talks of her "Family" by name. It's Peter who is keeping something well hidden. There's great depth to the story that while you become more endeared to the unveiling of the characters, it gives you much to ponder. A layering of mysteries, spies and danger that keeps you hooked. Also one of the best laid out lessons of becoming a Christian I’ve read in a novel. Excellent read that you will love every minute of. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White is the first installment in her Shadows Over England series. What a beginning! Rosemary Gresham is a thief from the streets of London, hired to determine if wealthy Peter Holstein is loyal to England or Germany. She poses as a librarian to gain access to his home. It’s the start of World War 1 and tension is running high. Ms. White wove a highly entertaining story. I loved the fact that it was set in a huge home library. I would love to spend my days there. I stayed up late to finish the book. Peter was the perfect hero. I loved how he interacted with the other characters. And when he finally convinced Rosemary that God loved her was the perfect ending. I can’t wait to read the next book. I highly recommend anything written by Ms. White.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
Ahhh this book!! First of all, the characters!! They were all so distinct and well developed, and they all have such interesting backstories! Rosemary is a orphan who seems to have mastered the 'art' of thievery. Master of disguises, she is able to fit into high society in order to steal valuable things. Although she dislikes reading, she disguises herself as a librarian to investigate Peter. She is there to organize his library (which is very soothing to read about!) and they learn to communicate, despite Peter's speech impediment. It also portrays friendship very well. Peter's friends are his very best friends, and they stand beside him and advise him of everything, and Elowyen is simply adorable. In the same vein, Rosemary's 'family'/friends are absolutely to be adored! This book doesn't fit the Christian Fiction stereotype at all, and it is very refreshing! There is a romance that happens, but it feels natural and although a bit rushed, it feels like it was meant to be. In addition, the plot twists keep the action interesting. The character development throughout was also amazing to see! The gospel was also very clearly presented, which is not something people usually see in Christian fiction either. The one downside to A Name Unknown is that it's over 400 pages, and it's a little bit slow in the middle, but it is so worth it! My Rating- 9/10 Points earned- Cute, adorable, well developed characters Libraries and writing Interesting back story to both characters Mystery and suspense Adorable side families Great portrayal of friendship Not too much romance Christianity and gospel very well presented British talk!! *heart eyes* Points lost- A little bit slow in parts and on the long side Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free physical copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion; I was not required to provide a positive review. This post originally appeared on: https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/book-review-a-name-unknown-by-roseanna-m-white/
MarisaD More than 1 year ago
A Name Unknown is a book after my own heart for so many reasons. A writer hero; a librarian heroine; an English setting; a cover with books on the front; a wartime background; and two leading characters who are beautifully broken and redeemed by Christ's love and each other. I could not have asked for a more perfect book, and once again Roseanna White has proven why her stories remain among my favorites.  White's books are ones I read regardless of whether or not I know what the story will be about, but as I was familiar with the blurb for this story, I was called foremost to it because of its complexity. Each of the three previous stories I've read by this author were complex--one of the many reasons I enjoy her books so much--but A Name Unknown upped the ante in how White tied mystery, history, intrigue, romance, and faith into one plot so well. Every piece of backstory, every nuance described in the moment, every thought the characters had to themselves came together to show redemption, solve a mystery, and help the characters grow. I prefer novels that are longer and in-depth, so for A Name Unknown  to be a lengthier story for these reasons pleased me to no end.  My favorite aspect of A Name Unknown is the soft blending of history and romance. I'm an Anglophile, so I was thrilled to come across actual people and historical instances of British history in this book--especially in one scene where the Prince of Wales and hero Peter have a humorous moment with the heroine. I loved being immersed in the fiction world while experiencing through Peter and Rosemary what it must have been like to be in the throes of pre-World War One Britain. As for the romance, I'd yet to read a novel with such a slow burn of attraction and relationship-building until I read A Name Unknown. This romance was beautifully written, and oh how that build up in the scene where the characters experienced their first kiss. That was a perfect example of how a chaste relationship can still be full of attraction and how just a subtle nod to the physical can be satisfactory on the page or screen. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some authors are good writers. Other authors are exquisite writers. Roseanna White is one such author. A long time fan, I was smiling before I even flipped to the first page. Her books are the kind I think about months after I put them back on the shelf, remembering each sweet or suspenseful moment, lingering over the memory of love and loss, heartache and healing, mystery and romance. Both Peter and Rosemary are delightfully unconventional characters. A thief and a stuttering novelist? Yes, please! I greatly enjoyed a break from many of the stereotypical heroes and heroines, and am completely enamored with the way she crafted them. Her description was especially brilliant. I could hear Peter's stuttering when he was distressed and Rosemary's Cockney accent slipping through when she was angry—she did an excellent job with interspersing just enough of both so as to define their personalities, but not enough to overwhelm the reader. And Peter. *sigh* Did I mention Peter? He's giving Brice from The Reluctant Duchess a run for his money as being my favorite Roseanna White hero. Ah well, I suppose I can two favorites. Right?
SBMC More than 1 year ago
I am totally in love. This book clutched my heart from the beginning and hasn't let go, even though I've finished reading it a few hours ago. Ms. White is an amazing writer. I knew that already and she is one of my favorite authors, but she never ceases to amaze me with each new book she writes. Her writing is absolutely wonderful. The dialogue is convincing and flawless and extremely humorous. The rich European history at the core of the plot's premise is a fascinating gem under the beauty of the prose. The setting is somewhat familiar and not quite so as Ms. White takes us on a journey through the countryside of Cornwall at the cusp of WWI. The plot itself is unique as a highly skilled thief (and a woman, to boot!) is thrown together with a stuttering reclusive novelist as all of Europe swirls into war. And the characters! Oh my. They're so real and tangible. Peter Holstein is a man after my own heart. Such a true gentleman, faithful to God and his fellow human beings, gentle, funny, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, loyal, loving. His outward appearance is not much and, yes, he stutters. But who could not love this man?!?! And there is Rosie Gresham. An orphan and a thief. Yet there is a tender heart underneath that tough exterior that seeks to love and be loved. She's as loyal as you can get, extremely creative and bright, able to learn things quickly, compassionate but also practical. There is a mystery regarding a whole slew of secondary characters. There is plenty of suspense as Rosie tries to unearth Peter's ancestry. And there is a solid component of faith, salvation, and redemption woven into the story, especially as Rosie gets to know Peter better. What a delicious book that has all the components - romance, mystery, suspense - wrapped up in terrific writing and unforgettable characters! And the twists and turns in the plot will keep everyone guessing as to what will happen next. Can't wait for the next book in the series!! I borrowed this book out from the local library. I was not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would it be cheating to just say "Read it, it's awesome?" Yes? Ok, then. Let me start by saying I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher and am not required to write a positive review, but I am going to anyway because as Mikey always said "I really like it!" Roseanna blends together two different world, classes, viewpoints, faith outlooks, etc. beautifully in a story that teaches both main characters that we're never to old or young to learn and there is almost always a compromise if we allow ourselves an open mind and heart. I could not put it down and was constantly drawn to the "what comes next?" That said, it broaches on war, and while it does get into some of those elements, it is not overwhelming to the story. You can feel the constant tension and the uncertain future, and I think just a little taste of what life would have felt like full time during that time period. I'm eager to see where Roseanna takes the family.
Kishona More than 1 year ago
In Roseanna White's newest release, A Name Unknown, she gives us a riveting, unique plot helmed by realistic, engaging characters, including two of her most charming yet. While the book moves at a slightly slower pace than some of her other stories and is longer, pagewise, than most, Roseanna's initial "foundation-laying" for the characters is something you'll appreciate as the book moves along. Peter Holstein has an immediate vulnerability with a stutter that has left him insecure and guarded around people, but not unfriendly or unkind. His relationship with God has given him an inner strength that allows him to remain solid and secure in the storms he faces throughout the story. While he may not feel like the dashing hero he longs to be, or like the one that he writes about in his popular adventure novels, his humble, giving heart draws Rosemary. Rosemary Gresham herself is, as Peter describes her at one point, “delicate when it suits (her). Strong…always.” Growing up as a thief has taught her to be tough, wear a good mask, and to humor they share is pretty adorable, blossoming sweetly as they find a shared mission. As always, Roseanna White weaves the spiritual journey of her characters so well and so convictingly that her words become ministry in the midst of a great read, and A Name Unknown is another wonderful offering of Roseanna’s gifts that I know the Lord will use and one that you’ll enjoy as well. Note: I received an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. My review is only based on how much I enjoyed the book.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
A powerful book which I loved. Teaming up an author and a thief quite a combination. All forgiven by God. The one a shining witness of God's love and forgiveness. The characters became so real and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
“Shot in Darkness” by Heather Sunseri is the fourth book in the In Darkness series. While this is much shorter than the other novels, considering a novella, this will only leave the reader wanting more. This time Brooke isn’t even on a case, but we deal with Romeo. In fact, we finally learn who he is! FINALLY! Brooke is also struggling with deciding whether or not she wants to commit to Declan and to Kentucky. While I completely understand her reasoning, it was kind of annoying to see her deal with that for so long. I enjoyed that. Hopefully, she sticks with this decision and doesn’t decide to change her mind later. The romance is super cute. This book does contain one non-graphic and short pre-marital sex scene but is overall done well. There is also some bad language and drinking wine here and there so I would only suggest this series for older teens and adults. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. When I first started reading, I wasn’t planning on finishing it in one sitting, but that’s exactly what I ended up doing. This is indeed a fast page-turner. I need the next book ASAP because I need more! Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Great inspirational and historical novel by Roseanna M. White! A Name Unknown is the first book in her new series Shadows Over England. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more stories in this series. Rosemary Gresham has no family to claim except for the mismatched bunch of street urchins that have helped her survive since she was child. They've left the petty theft behind and have moved on to bigger and better crimes that target the upper-class society, but Rosemary is questioning staying in this lifestyle when she takes on the task of of stealing Peter Holstein's family history and name. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
AmyPutney More than 1 year ago
Roseanna's books are always must-reads for me (as in, as soon as they're out of the package, I start reading). Of course, Roseanna did not disappoint! I loved getting to know street-smart Rosemary and quiet, bookish Peter. This book gave a fascinating look at life in England just prior to WWI, and an illuminating look at how hard it must have been to be a loyal British subject with a German name during that tumultuous time. I can't wait to read Willa's story in book #2 (A Song Unheard) and see what happens next! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
I was totally intrigued by this story the moment I heard about it and first saw the cover. That curious fascination stayed with me through the entire book too. This was the first book by Roseanna White I’d had the privilege of reading. Now I understand why readers are always singing her praises. Rosemary was a strong character from the get-go and her gritty determination and bravery stole the show for me. I loved the natural conflict that arose from our heroine being a thief. She does what she must to survive and in the process discovers who she really is beyond the orphan. She’s passionate about her family and her work. It’s no surprise our hero is drawn to her. Peter is endearing throughout and offers a warmth to the story that otherwise contains some heavy topics in dark places. His nervous stutter made him down-to-earth and his mysterious secrets carried the story and its twists nicely. There were a few moments when the pace seemed a bit slow for me, but other than that I really enjoyed this historical fiction. The romance is light and the friendship is sweet. You might even be surprised at the ending. I know I was. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
With a mystery to solve and characters to champion, A Name Unknown is a delightful read! Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein are refreshingly unique in their characterization, and I loved the humor and wit of the banter they share. A cleverly crafted story line that combines elements of suspense and romance, White treats readers to a wonderful Edwardian experience. Engaging and entertaining, A Name Unknown leaves me eager to continue the Shadows Over England series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved A Name Unknown because it is so fresh and different. The first historical in White’s Shadows over England series, the plot takes place amid the background circumstances that eventually lead Great Britain into World War. Rosemary Gresham, a librarian by day and a thief by trade, finds herself troubled with her new employer. Peter Holstein is a man so private that people either love him or hate him because no one really knows what he’s about. Historically complex but not overwhelmed with historical details, White creates a story of private people struggling to make decisions that have the power to influence the fate of a nation. With fabulous characters and a complex plot, White weaves a masterful tale of suspense and fear, regret and loss and ultimately redemption. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White for my candid review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
In her last series, Roseanna M. White vaulted to the top of my automatic-read list of authors with her historical settings and vivid characters. I was also eager to read this novel because it is first in her new series and features a novelist as the hero. A book about a writer? Yes, please! The cast of characters is quite unique in this novel: a stuttering, secret novelist, an honorable spy-thief, a cranky barrister, a precocious young lady convinced she'll marry her uncle one day, and a whole family of orphans we only begin to know. And while the first two maintain their lead status within the book, each of the secondary characters are also well developed and help to populate the story, adding depth and texture to the plot. My faith was also strengthened by this novel—especially in regards to prayer. Sometimes that encouragement stemmed from Peter's written words and others from a memory he calls to mind, but each piece builds firmly upon Scripture and gives insight into the human experience that only wants to believe what can be seen with physical eyes. There is also a fair amount of social justice in here, with characters doing what they can to help others, simply because it is the right thing to do. I love how one person, in particular, gives in secret even when society knowing about his deeds could make his public life easier. In many ways, this book reminds me of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey because of the discussion of novels, but this time from the writer's perspective rather than the reader's. I appreciate how this book makes me think about reading and writing in different terms, questioning character motivations and whether this villain was smart enough for our somewhat unconventional hero and heroine. Several times I found it a bit mind-bending, to be honest, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ways this novel forced me out of my reading box and helped me think about the products of an author's imagination in different ways. This beginning to White's new series is absolutely outstanding and ranks among my favorite for both storyline and characters. I recommend it very highly, especially for those who enjoy historical romance, but readers of suspense, mystery, and historical novels in general, will doubtless find a new favorite writer after reading this novel. I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Having read some of Roseanna M. White’s previous novels, I knew I was in for a treat with A Name Unknown. The cover is absolutely beautiful, and the premise was so fascinating. I loved the setting in Cornwall and London directly before the beginning of WWI. White’s descriptions and attention to detail are superb, showing obvious extensive research. The main characters, a stuttering novelist named Peter Holstein, and a talented thief named Rosemary Gresham, seem unlikely associates, but they are so vividly drawn and endearing that I was totally captivated by them and their story. The messages of redemption, forgiveness, and faith woven throughout the book added further dimension to it. Roseanna M. White’s talent for crafting a unique, memorable story makes her a favorite author of mine. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy clean, historical romantic fiction. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
BookGrace1 More than 1 year ago
THIS book. Strong heroine? Check. Sweet, realistic romance? Check. Faith Content? Check! I had read only a couple of Roseanna M White's before this one---which I liked, by the way. However, this one tops them both so that it shines in a brilliant, sun glaring light. (Not REALLY, so no worries. Eclipse glasses are not needed for the viewing of this book.) I loved the heroine of this story. She was witty, mentally strong, and street smart. She could take care of herself, and yet was still feminine. This is a balance that I think book heroines need to have more of, and Miss Rosemary Gresham is a prime example. Also, her story of redemption was sweet.
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
What a thrilling beginning to what promises to be an exciting trilogy! I love Roseanna White's stories, and her brilliant blend of mystery and intrigue with a sweet romance. I just adored Rosemary! She smart, capable, and just loves her family. She is willing to tackle any challenge in front of her, almost like a chameleon, but even a thief can have morals. Then there's Peter. Oh, adorable Peter. He's not your typical hero, and it makes him perfect. He's got a good heart, and a good ear, ready and willing to help his friends, especially prominent ones. But, with war looming, he has to find a way to prove his loyalty or risk facing being branded a traitor. Throw in a recluse author of thrilling adventure stories, a library just filled to the brim, including all floor space, and a mysterious employer with questionable intentions, and this story is a great read, and I cannot wait for the rest of the series!
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"Peter . . . tried not to be so impressed by a too-thin woman with a manner as inviting as a steel trap." (108) And how could one not be impressed? Not only with our main heroine, Rosemary, but the novel, A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White as a whole. This is the first of the Shadows Over England series, and I just can't wait for the rest! Be still my heart is right. A Name Unknown has everything a booknerd like myself want in a story. "Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief. . .." (7) Yes, even first lines that makes you go "hmmm." Who would've thought our heroine is a thief? The intrigue continues. Rosemary is resourceful, but it's Peter that captured my heart. "You're a blighted genius with brilliant ideas that people can't help but find intriguing and a gracious heart that presents them in a way that make you endearing rather than off-putting. You are a picture-perfect friend. "(185) And his friend I want to be. Once you meet him in A Name Unknown, trust me when I say you want to be his friend too. Why? Because of his complete goodness. It radiates out of him, and not just to those around him in the story, but right off the pages and straight into our hearts. The characters are just splendid and I look forward to meeting them again in the next novels. Then there's a matter of this: ". . .the room behind it (the door) bore a name he loved above most others - library. (28) The chamber stretched the whole width of the house. Shelves lined the walls, floor to towering ceiling. Lined with books, all of them. Then with books tacked in front of them. Books stacked on the floor. Books stacked on the chairs, the tables, lining the windowsills. Boxes of them. . ."(42) How could we just not fall in love with this book. I'm sure the gorgeous cover gave it a way a bit, but the words in this book utterly took my breath away and had me glued to it until the very end. Speaking of the cover, the books yes, but it was the model's expression that was simply perfect in catching a reader's eye. You'll want to read this book from the cover itself, but it's the story that confirms that you haven't made a mistake. A Name Unknown, hit all the right marks, including the beautiful message of self discovery, not based on gender, past, occupation or whatever, but just your heart. It was not preachy at all. It's a dose of revelation, as well as a nudge of guidance that we all need from time to time. "God will hear. He does not always answer in the way we want, but He always hears - and not just me. He hears anyone who comes to Him in humility. Anyone who is willing to let go the idea that they can fix it all on their own and instead submit to His will. That is when people see Him work. That is when miracles can happen. That is when lives are forever changed by His touch." (155) In all, A Name Unknown has it all. It's perfect with a little mystery going on, great characters to fall in love with, a romance that is so unlikely that it's so worth it, humor (check out that scene when Rosemary put Mrs. Gladstone "in her place"), and a message that shines beyond. Be still my heart it is. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
Here’s the thing. This book isn’t a surprise on every page. And yet it is. I could have told you from the synopsis almost everything that would happen. None of it was a surprise. But you know what? It all was. Roseanna White is that good. The characters, the plot, the twists, everything—I called them. I think anyone could, really. But Ms. White sends you on a journey through this story that makes you surprised at what you already expected. That is some seriously good writing. She gives you just enough description to hold you in place but without so much that your senses are overwhelmed with it to the detriment of the story. Characterization? SPOT ON. I loved what she did with all of the characters. They were perfectly imperfect, wonderfully original, yet relatable and sympathetic. But the spiritual element is what I want to focus on most in this book. Ms. White does a beautiful job of showing a man whose heart is completely in the hands of the Lord, who is a “good” man because of the Lord, and a flawed man because of himself. She shows faith and love for the Lord as interchangeable elements of trust in Jesus—of yielding our wills to His. And she does every single bit of it so naturally, so beautifully, that not once did I rush reading through it. I lingered, absorbed, savored. Historical anachronisms? None. Boring bits? Nada. Critique? Only one. The next book isn’t out yet. I think what is so beautiful about this book is that it opens with an unreliable narrator and closes with that problem solved. Recommended for everyone who just loves good fiction. As for me, I’m dying to read the sequel.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing, beautiful writing and compelling to read with this series of the drama upper-class romance and this series also giving us to adventure, explore and learn about the historical Christian life of during World War I, that engaging a lovable of characters. If you discovery all this story it will taking you to the most of the loved exploring to the hearts and minds of these characters from two very different worlds and finding where they’d have common ground. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for this review. 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 is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her series set in Britain. She makes her home in the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The beginning of a new series is always exciting, especially if it is from a favorite author. A Name Unknown is the first book in the Shadows Over England series from Rosanna M. White. It's an historical fiction series that is set during the World War I era. The overriding theme is that of redemption. The heroine is a thief and feels as if there is no other recourse for herself and those she cares for. The hero also leads a secret life but much more upright than that of the heroine. They both need freedom from the trappings that have ensnared them. But freedom can only come if they are willing to risk telling the truth. I enjoyed this fictional journey with these new characters. The setting is fascinating and the details kept me quickly turning the pages just to see how it was all going to turn out. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment even though I know that war is brewing. This is a complete story but I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. Will the rest of the family be redeemed? I certainly hope so! If you like a book that builds as it goes then this book is for you. As the story unfolds you find out more and more about the characters and the background that lead up to the characters being where they are and what shaped them. The backdrop of impending war leads to the need to quickly solve the mystery. It was a quick read that left me wanting more . . . in a good way! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put down this fantastic, fast-paced, story! From the very beginning, I found myself fully immersed in Rosemary’s story. Filled with mystery and intrigue and woven with golden threads of the truth of the matchless love of God. Rosemary is an easy character to cheer for. From the very beginning, I felt deeply for her plight and cheered as she began to learn who God really is, and how much He loves her. Rosemary is searching for clues that will prove that Peter is either loyal to Germany or to Great Britain. Will she find what she is looking for in time? Peter is a bit of a recluse, hiding away in his study typing on his typewriter all day. Peter is more comfortable with the characters in his stories than his neighbors in the village. Being of German descent, and the fact that he spends most of his time hidden away, leads some to question his loyalty. Could the active imagination of his neighbors, and the talk in the pub lead to his downfall? This book is one that you will not want to miss. With an amazing library that book-lovers will appreciate, a mystery to uncover, and the strong threads of faith, I highly recommend this delightful page turning story! (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.)