A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1)

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1)

by Roseanna M. White
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A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1) by Roseanna M. White

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
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 67,267
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 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 nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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A Name Unknown 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Espan_Rose 3 hours 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 1 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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.)
E_Espinoza 5 days ago
A Name Unknown, by Roseanna M. White, is the first novel in the Shadows over England series. In perfect proportions, Ms. White combines elements of history, mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance that effortlessly meld together to create a uniquely satisfying story that is both enjoyable and thought-provoking. With skill and insight reminiscent of Charles Dickens, Ms. White draws characters that are incredibly sympathetic in their frailties and failures. As WWI looms on the horizon, the characters grapple with who they are and who they are meant to be in a society that is on the verge of epic transformation. What they discover about themselves and each other is unexpected and poignant. In addition to relatable and complex characters, Ms. White skillfully includes themes that further elevate the novel and enhance the reading experience. The plight of the poor and the decisions and actions that arise from poverty are central themes in this novel, enriching the story and giving the reader plenty of ideas to ponder. Prejudice and judgments made from ignorance and inexperience are also themes that add depth and motivation to events and characters throughout the book. A Name Unknown is a well-paced, well-researched novel that quickly draws the reader into the story and easily holds the reader’s attention page after page. It is a book well-suited to readers of historical fiction who also enjoy a well-crafted mystery and appreciate a dash of romance as well. Ms. White has certainly created a compelling novel that is well worth the reader’s time and attention. It is quite easy for me to recommend this book wholeheartedly, and I eagerly await the release of the next book in this series. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review, whether positive or negative, are entirely my own.
LannieM 8 days ago
I recently finished reading A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White.  Oh, Rosemary, Rosemary, Rosemary, you sweet summer child. You had no idea what you were getting yourself into. Bless her heart. ;) I really enjoyed this novel. It has been a *while* since I enjoyed an inspirational romance this much. I know, I know. I am a tad bit critical, true, but still. Most novels in the genre these days have been, frankly, boring. I was starting to wonder if maybe it was time to move on to other things. (Grass is always greener, am I right?) When I saw that the author was organizing a blogger/influencer team (thank you Roseanna!), I thought to myself, "What the hay? Who will it hurt? Maybe me, but whatever. Looks interesting." Man, was I in for a ride! They say that the best things in life are worth the wait. Who "they" are, I have no idea, but it's true nonetheless. I waited a hot minute to get this book, but when it came, I devoured it like a starving child. I never knew I needed something this light and carefree yet also dark and deep and thought provoking. (You're probably thinking, "Dark and deep and thought provoking in a romance novel? Really, Alannie?" Sweetie, you must be new here.) This book was everything I wanted and more. It completely exceeded my expectations. Roseanna definitely has a skill for writing quality characters. Every single character (even background characters so deeply shrouded in obscurity) was excellently crafted. The heroine and hero were a perfect match, and I found their interactions to be the highlight of the novel. Rosemary was completely adorable, but Peter was a freaking gem. He's so completely oblivious yet endearing that it made me grin and blush like Sailor Moon. Needless to say, I was smitten.  Besides the actual characters themselves, I also found the character arcs to be flawless Rosemary's journey in particular was especially well done, and I felt like her journey to faith was a genuine and heartfelt experience. Some of you long-time readers may know how important this aspect is to me. In fact, it can often make or break a novel in this inspirational genre that I have a love/hate relationship with. Needless to say, I was very pleased with how things turned out in this story. For the first time in a while, I'm excited to see what the other novels in this series turn out to be. Hopefully as fun and spellbinding as this first one! I received this book from the author, but I was in no way required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own. 
MrsTina42MR 9 days ago
A Name Unknown # 1 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White I love the setting...1914, London, where we meet Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein and a whole host of colorful characters that bring this story to life. I can just picture the very second when Rosemary—who is the “librarian” that came to arrange Peter’s disastrous library, or “cave”, and locate important journals/documents for him—was shown the infamous library and her disbelief and shock. Oh my, the thoughts that must have run through her mind and the impossibility of the job before her in the time allotted! She is also very curious about what Peter is typing away at all day, everyday, in his study and is so secretive about. Of course, Rosemary has her own secrets she is keeping closely hidden. Of all the characters, Peter is my favorite. His integrity, honesty and faith are so much a part of him as is his breathing. If only others would look past the stuttering and get to know him, they too would see his true heart as Rosemary has come to. I think when Rosemary walked into Peter’s door, she was searching for something, other than what she was sent to find...or Someone...and as Peter shares the love of Christ, she is able to see the love of God in action (won’t say more, don’t want to spoil anything) which certainly caused turmoil within her heart and mind. Another favorite character is little Elowyn. We don’t see a lot of her, but she is precious and adores Peter...whom she is “going to marry when she gets older”, she declares. There are characters with evil intentions and I tried to figure out who they were and who the mysterious Mr. V. was and what he was really after. A Name Unknown is a fantastic Edwardian, historical romance, filled with mystery and intrigue, danger, fears and suspense, joys and sorrows, judgments and forgiveness, second chances, love and faith. We see first-hand contrasts between those with wealth and those living in poverty, those who are street wise and those who are not, fear and strength, those without faith and those with strong faith woven within the story-line and the characters lives. I love the historical aspects of the story and the author’s attention to detail brings the story to a level above others. I appreciate the inspirational elements of the story, especially the life-lessons about prayer and letting God change us. Some of the quotes I found especially meaningful in regards to a person’s name, one in particular: ….page 327, “...My father told me that all a man has is his name..I’ve realized there’s only one name that matters..And it’s Christian..Christ-follower..If I am that, then I am all I need to be…” ~I received a copy of this book from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
ReginaFujitani 9 days ago
A Name Unknown by Roseanne White This book was amazing! It was right up this book lover’s expectations! Who couldn’t love a book that has an amazing cover like this one? And the mystery behind the models look? Ahhh! It draws you in immediately!! Rosemary is quite the character. She is a talented thief and orphan living on the streets of London. She has a ‘family of orphans’ that live with her. Peter is a delightful character. He has a secret. Peter has lived a hermit’s life but that changes when Rosemary comes to work for him. I loved both of these characters. I loved how their characters came to life as the story unfolded, especially, Rosemary’s. Her life is transformed as she works and lives under Peters care. She finds God in the midst of love. Peter sees a new life in himself. This is one story you do not want to miss! Roseanna White strikes gold with this story! Disclosure statement: 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.
WishEnd 11 days ago
A NAME UNKNOWN is a story sure to pull readers in from the beginning and never let go. They won't be able to resist the likable characters, beautiful setting, and intriguing plot with danger, suspense, tests of faith, and romance. This is one story not to be missed! I loved this story! Loved it!! Every. Single. Page! I loved the characters who were unique and complex. They were also quite charming with their imperfections and talents. I couldn't help but fall in love with Rosemary and Peter. I loved how their relationship begins and develops. I loved how the staff and Peter's friends, as well as other side characters came alive. I also loved all the small things, the meaningful looks, the walks, the sweet moments, the heartbreaking ones, and the fierce moments when Rosemary or Peter take action. The characters definitely won me over in this story! This is the second book I've read set in Cornwall, England this week, and I loved the setting both times. I could picture the small country town, the sprawling gardens of the manor house, the rugged cliffs with the ocean breeze, the mist that comes in the morning... I loved how the setting added additional charm to the story. Now let's talk about the plot... I found it to be completely intriguing. Here is this thief-turned-librarian trying to find proof of someone being a traitor who is constantly trying to be this new persona while also trying to be as genuine as possible to pull off the job. She is pitted against this gentleman who is intelligent, somewhat of a recluse, extremely kind, has a stuttering issue, is also refined (he is a member of the upper class), and who is also strong and confident. The contrasts were quite marked between the two of them, but I found this just added to the story more and made them work so well together. I loved the whole mystery and underlying suspense. You can feel the danger lurking through the whole story. I wasn't sure exactly who were the villains and who could be trusted. The ending has a few twists that kept things interesting as well. Other elements of the story were very well done. There was a strong inspirational element. It was part of the story I enjoyed as it was woven through well. It also felt genuine, especially for these characters. The romance was really beautiful and I appreciated that it was a slow build, but also had plenty of chemistry between these two characters in the end. This story brought out all the feels and I loved that it drew all these emotions from me. In the end, was it what I wished for? This story has it all: great characters, superb writing, a beautiful and charming setting, inspiring and sweet moments, danger and intrigue, and a very sweet romance. Highly recommended! Content: Some violence and innuendo, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
SignGirl58 11 days ago
Wow! Rosesanna M. White has such talent for transporting the reader into the mind of her characters! In another of White's books, I thought she must have been from that country or had a fascination for that time period because everything seemed so realistic. The truth? She just researches her stories VERY well! Get ready for a wild ride within the lives of a street thief and a stuttering novelist in "A Name Unknown"! I was transported into this story and didn't want it to end; it was that entertaining and entrancing! Amazing start to White's Shadows Over England series and I will be sure to get each following book for my bookshelf! (And I can end my sentences with periods, but I am that excited about this book!) Don't delay in adding "A Name Unknown" to your library, even if your library is full! I received a complimentary copy of "A Name Unknown" from the author for my honest opinion.
LoraineN 11 days ago
This was my first book by this author and now I am going to go back and read her other series. I loved the story and the characters. This was mystery, intrigue, history, and romance at its best. Full review at my website. I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
OntoHerBookshelf 14 days ago
This is such a unique book! I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and though I flew through it, I am ready to jump back in and start the journey again. Rosemary Gresham isn’t your normal romance-novel heroine. She’s sassy and street-smart and a thief. Her motives aren’t for Peter’s good, but as she learns that he doesn’t live up to his stereotype, her heart starts to change. The changes wrought in Rosemary are gradual and realistic, and the struggles she faces as she understands God’s love for her were moving. Going from always being told that she’s trash, to comprehending the great love and value she has in Christ was beautiful to read. Peter is a hero to look up to. He reaches out to Rosemary, writing to her about faith and Christ and what it means to be a Christian. His limitations, a speech impediment, do hold him back, but he learns to fight past those. He’s not perfect, not by any means, but how he responds to his own failures as well as those of others made him even more endearing. This story is jam-packed with characters that come alive, their motives unclear, their secrets many. It’s filled with danger, suspense, history, faith, and romance. In fact, I would say that it’s everything I enjoy reading in a book. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
busymomoftwo 15 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book had the perfect balance of an unlikely friendship, romance, mystery, deception, intrigue and faith. The author did a good job developing characters through the progression of the story, continuing to reveal things about some of the characters right up to the end of the story. Rosemary and Peter are an unconventional pair, she is poor, opinionated, streetwise and independent, and full of doubt when it comes to faith, he is rich, inclined to not speak his thoughts, has friends that look to him for advise and is strong in his faith. As the story unfolds, the reader starts to recognize the growing relationship between them and may even know they are falling in love before they do. Through her vivid descriptions of the settings, both internal and external, the author is able to transport the reader to another time and place. Her story was so engaging and that I found myself not wanting to put the book down, resulting in me yet again staying up later than I should simply so I can read a little more. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. A complimentary review copy was provided, all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I have enjoyed each of Roseanne's books immensely, so I was thrilled to get a hold of a copy of this book! This series is off to a wonderful start, I enjoyed the characters and the intrigue surrounding the time of their story, which is set in 1914 when England was on the cusp of World War I. This book revealed some interesting history about the king of the time and how anyone with a German surname was under suspicion. This is an excellent story to pick up! I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, as Roseanne's characters are very realistic and go through a lot of growth through the course of the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
ARS8 16 days ago
I have not read a Roseanna M. White book yet that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. A Name Unknown her newest and the start to what looks to become a fun and thought provoking series, was a book that I just savored. There were so many moving parts in the story and it was so well told that I had no idea which way this story was going to go, except for the love story. This is one of those love stories that you realize the characters are in love before they do. And what a delight to watch their love for one another be realized. However, there is much more to this story than the romance. We have the country of Britain on the brink of World War I. There are spies, espionage, patriots, and madmen. We still have the problem of the distinction of classes. We have pickpockets and thieves. We have love for one’s country and family. There is a library that plays an important role in the story and two very interesting characters that neither are quite what they seem. A thief and a nobleman, but who really steals what? An unconventional pair; Rosemary’s spunkiness and streetwise ways verses Peter’s caring and steadfast ways. As always the gospel message was delivered throughout the entire story, a subtle reminder of just whom Jesus hung out with while living here on earth. The author notes were very interesting and again I learned some new history and I hope this series lasts as long as possible, as every one of the ‘brothers and sisters’ would have an interesting story to tell. I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
SusanKC 17 days ago
Easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Find a comfortable chair and allow this story to draw you into the lovely setting of Cornwall, England. Roseanna White has introduced her readers to a lovely cast of characters in this new series. The series centers around a "family" that consists of a group of orphans that have relied upon thievery to survive. As the beginning of WWI is getting closer, the mysterious Mr. V has hired Rosemary Gresham to discover whether Peter Holstein's loyalties lie with England or Germany. Rosemary gains entry into Holstein's household by posing as a librarian. (I think the book cover is exquisite.) White's historical research is obvious in describing the political tension that prevailed in England at this pre-WWI time. The loyalties of those with German ties were questioned, even those of the royal family. I love the "sometimes feminine, but always strong" Rosemary. The witty banter between her and Peter provided many laugh-out-loud moments. Their friendship slowly develops as they work together to discover the truth of Peter's family past. Can they learn to trust each other, sharing secrets that will leave them both exposed to rejection? This story has it all: romance, suspense, espionage and some unexpected twists at the end. But I was most drawn to the delightful cast of characters, endearing for their strengths and flaws. This story caused me to laugh and cry, one scene in particular tugged at my heart. The thread of God's love and grace is not forced but woven seamlessly throughout the story. This is White at her best! I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Bibliophile-Reviews 17 days ago
I seriously think that Roseanna has a time machine. She must travel back to each year and place that she writes about to give it such authenticity. A Name Unknown is beautifully crafted with raw and organic characters that will capture any historical fiction fan’s heart. Books like this book are a once in a lifetime read, you will be transported in the time machine to the streets of London,with a charming Rosemary. I loved that she was a “librarian” as that is a profession I have held and loved dearly. She is strong opinionated character that at some points probably drove the author to talking out loud. I mean this as she flies off the pages into your mind,and certainly into Peter’s home and heart.One aspect this author always does perfectly is her research, I swear I could smell the streets, and the fog of London. I really loved the conflict for Peter of England v. Germany, his heritage and ultimately the outcome of Rosemary’s mission. The details were great and made me more curious for the time period. I was blown away, knowing that the book would amazing but didn’t know it would be so mind blowing that I would be speechless. Another highly successful new series for Roseanna M. White.
Carol-Kelley 17 days ago
Rosemary is a thief who has been hired to discover where the wealthy and secretive Peter Holstein loyalties are. Is he loyal to England or to Germany? Intrigue and lies all come to a head and Rosemary has to decide if she can live the life she has always know or help Peter discover the truth. I loved this book, it's a wonderful story with romance and redemption. I can't wait to read more in this new series. Roseanna White is a wonderful author one of my favorites and keeps you reading into the late night hours. I received this book from the author/publisher for my honest review and all opinions are my own.
RachsRamblings 17 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So many reads lately seem to follow a typical pattern. This one was a bit different, and thus a refreshing change from the expected. This book combines the lives of rich and poor, and it gives a great view of both. The reader ends up with empathy for both, and I found myself, at least, understanding both sides of the coin. Rosemary is a terrific heroine. I really connected with her. She is torn in the direction of the right of her heart with the logic of her mind. I find that a common dilemma. I loved that the hero had an infirmity, and that his looks, muscles, etc were not in the picture in what made him attractive or an excellent male lead. It has a tremendous plot, lovely story, and a faith theme that's strong and flows so smoothly through the book. This was a definite page turner for me! Several twists and turns and surprises await the reader. I had a terrible time putting it down. I highly recommend this novel, and it has earned a place on my forever shelves! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST 18 days ago
The author gives a glimpse into the life of those that are unseen in London, those that have fallen through the cracks, the street urchins, and the year is 1914, and war is looming. One of those urchins has grown up to be a professional lock picker, pick pocket, and now a librarian, huh? Yes, she is being paid megabucks, at least for her, to be a librarian for a wealthy recluse, and of German ancestry, and that is why Rosemary is there. The recluse is Peter Holstein, and he has many secrets, but he sure does seem to be a loyal Englishman, but why is he constantly in a room typing? Then we have some people, these exist everywhere and at any time, that feed on hate and evil, they are here and causing all kinds of problems. With her family, and you will be surprised at the use of the name family, depending on her Rosemary takes her job to heart and tries to find out if Peter is loyal to Germany. What she finds is going to surprise everyone, and then there is more to come, things are not as we perceive, and surprises abound. Loved how we are brought into the time and period of just prior to WWI and watch as known events unfold in their everyday life. Keep reading there is a lovely epilogue at the end, and enjoy! I received this book through Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
MelissaGH 18 days ago
Incredible story filled with mystery, intrigue, possible danger, adventure, friendships and more. In this story, the author gives each character personality and physical descriptions that are realistic and made me feel as if I could see the people in front of me. Each page of the story is filled with excitement and gave me the desire to know what happened next. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading all books by this author. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher and this is my personal honest opinion.
Jaina_ireadtilldawn 19 days ago
I was a little wary of reading A Name Unknown because I get rather frustrated with the cheesy, unrealistic nature of a lot of historical fiction novels (and most especially Christian historical fiction novels). I really liked the premise, though, so I decided to take the plunge and review it. And I'm very glad I did. While the writing was indeed slightly cheesy in parts (mainly in the few–rather skippable–scenes where the characters were talking/writing about religion), I was impressed by how normal A Name Unknown really was. I didn't read it thinking "ick, this is cringe-worthy but it's fluffy enough that I'm enjoying it;" rather, I was so engaged by the story and its characters that I wasn't really thinking anything to myself at all. I believe I can unequivocally say that A Name Unknown is not only the best Christian fiction novel I've read in a very long time, but it's also straight-up one of the best romances I've read in a while. I think a huge reason for this is the male lead. Most books feature male protagonists who are handsome and brooding, rich and intelligent, well-spoken and clever. Peter Holstein is many of these things–he's middlingly handsome, quite wealthy, very smart, and extremely clever–but all of this is hidden from the world by his terrible stutter. That's right, Peter has a stutter. Like, a really bad one. And I love that, because it makes him so much more real and vulnerable. I mean, the man communicates important things to people by letters because he can't make his tongue trip out all the right words! Peter is also definitely not some high-society golden boy: he's basically scorned by everyone but a close few, because his family and last name tie him too closely to the hated Germans (the book's set during the lead-up to WWI, a fascinating time I know far too little about). I also love that we get to watch Peter and Rosemary develop a very natural relationship over the course of over 400 pages–there's zero insta-love involved. They don't look at each other for the first time and get a strange spike in their heartbeat, they don't find themselves yearning to be close to each other, they don't rush to fall in love with someone they just met because they're physically attracted to them. During the first half of the book their relationship grows carefully, slowly, respectably, and genuinely. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Now for a few negatives. I have to say, A Name Unknown does fall for the usual trap of having the characters start saying stupid, unrealistic things after things have developed a bit: Rosemary and Peter express their high opinions of each other in terms that are way too frank, for example. The only other bad dialogue comes in once or twice when Rosemary is supposed to be showing off her street smarts and cleverness–her dialogue in those scenes reads more like something from a movie than anything from real life. Come to think of it, Peter was a little too perfect as well. But I'm really not complaining too loudly. He's a sweet, humble bookworm, for crying out loud. A bookworm and an author. And they grow to know each other by reading books and talking about them, which is like my ideal romance. So I'm just going to make a passing reference to the political stuff that I've completely ignored (and which was actually quite fascinating, by the way!) and end the review here. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TrixiO 19 days ago
“Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief, but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight” (opening line) It was this delicious premise that I anticipated a good story. And that it was, indeed! Rosemary isn't your typical thief, pickpocket, or undercover spy (if you will). She's a chameleon who changes to whatever is necessary to get the job done. Her latest escapade is posing as a lowly librarian in order to prove Peter Holstein is disloyal to the Crown and a stanch German only loyal to his country. They are on opposite ends of the spectrum, he a recluse and she an outgoing strong woman. As you can well imagine, this causes quite a bit of conflict between the two and sparks fly. I had no idea how the author was ever going to get these two together! But she's a master of the story and does it brilliantly. Peter is not your typical hero in a book. He's got a quiet strength that few people see and a faith to sustain him in any situation. He also suffers from the infernal stuttering that annoys him to no end & he carries a secret only his closest friend Gryff knows. He's a likable fellow, but misunderstood by many people due to his heritage and even a few who hate him for being German, especially with talk of war around the corner. He has to be my favorite character! I also wondered if some of his idiosyncrasies didn't reflect that of the author herself, a delightful mix of uncertainty and bold assurance no man could dampen. I enjoyed his faith in God, he's never overly preachy, but leads by example and word. Even the King has his ear! There's a whole cast of characters to get to know and add their own personalities and depth. A few I didn't care for and a few I did, but that's with any novel one would read. I'd say this is a well-rounded story with a mash-up and differing characters, a bit of mystery, a bit of adventure (you'll find out by reading) and a inkling of romance. There was only a few things I didn't like as much. The pace was slower than what I normally care to read, but not because for the lack of good writing. It made it a bit difficult for me to really get into the story as much as I wanted to. The length was a bit longer for my taste and may have factored into my less than enthusiastic usual devouring of this authors books. And the romance was barely hinted at until almost the very end. This may have been because the author meant for other elements to take precedence over the romance and I'm fine with that. I guess being a hopeless romantic, I like at least a simmering of it under the surface throughout the story. These factors in no way affected my love for this author as I have read her Ladies of the Manor series and thoroughly enjoyed each one. I still highly recommend this book and look forward to the next installment to the Shadows over England series! *I was provided a complimentary copy by Bethany House Publishers on the authors behalf. No favorable review was required and all opinions expressed her are my own. *