An Hour Unspent (Shadows Over England Book #3)

An Hour Unspent (Shadows Over England Book #3)

by Roseanna M. White

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Once London's top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker's daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can't help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge--and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina's father soon finds his whole family in danger--and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape.

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ISBN-13: 9781493412440
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Shadows Over England , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 88,327
File size: 7 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 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
Roseanna M. White 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. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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An Hour Unspent 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
CharJones2525 4 months ago
What a lovely Christian historical fiction-romance novel set in London! Third in a beloved series but definitely works as a standalone. Tells the compelling story of Barclay, a reformed thief brought in to help the Admiralty during WWI, and his love interest Evelina, daughter of the clockmaker whose important work he assists. Draws you fully in as the best fiction does and leaves you wanting more when the last page is closed. 5/5 Pub Date 04 Sep 2018. Available on Amazon. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
Bookluvr4vr More than 1 year ago
An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is a novel set in the early 1900s about a young woman, a daughter of a clock maker, Evenlyn Manning. Life has been very overwhelming due to the fact that Evenlyn's mother is always telling her she should be married and quit being picky on her suitors and that she should marry well. She is betrothed to a good man, but hesitates to love him. When Barclay Pearce, an under cover spy for the Admiralty of England and former thief, appears the day Evenlyn's betrothed breaks their engagement for the War, her world will began to spiral, as much as the World War continues outside on the English streets. Barclay Pearce, a man who is trying to correct his "evil" ways with the Lord's help and trying to find his lost brother, is told to meet with the clock maker, Evenlyn's farhter to get schematics for an secret mechanism that the German's want. Barclay Pearce soon becomes an apprentice for Mister Manning and a body guard for Evenlyn, due to her being attached by a mysterious figure on the street. As Barclay and Evenlyn become closer during their time together, Evenlyn soon realizes there are some mysterious things about Barclay and his past. Will Evenlyn open her heart and listen to Barclay and be understanding or will she be the cold-hearted person her mother tells her she is? Will Barclay be able to find the information he needs from Manning or will Barclay fail his under cover mission? Well... I'm not going to spoil this book for you. I want you to go out and find a copy.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
This is the third novel in the Shadows Over England series. I could not wait to read Barclay's story. He has been one of my favorite characters in all of these novels. I was not disappointing. Roseanna does such a wonderful job with her research for each of her stories. I love at the end when she tells us what is actually history and where she took liberties with her story. There are so many other wonderful characters to these stories that I would like to learn more about. One of my favorite books I have read this year.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly looking forward to Barclay Pierce’s story since being introduced to him in A Name Unknown. He is a charming thief with an absolute heart of gold and I was so pleased he finally got his happy ending. Evelina is a bit more subdued with her emotions and took a little longer to warm up to but she stole my heart as well. Roseanna M. White never disappoints and knows how to finish a series as strongly as she starts one. There was romance, intrigue and danger lurking around every corner and I could not put this book down. I would not suggest reading this series out of order as there are threads from the previous two books. I was so excited to learn Margot will be the heroine of the next book and absolutely can’t wait to delve deeper into the world of codebreaking! I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Roseanna White has delivered another impressive and historically fascinating story. Set in 1915 London, it made my heart pound when I read about the airships dropping their bombs. I was captured by the detailed war atmosphere and I could feel the tension and fear fueling much of the cast of characters emotions and mindsets. Barclay Pearce has undertaken great responsibilities with his ragtag family of orphans. I love how determined he is to instill a sense of security in each one and make sure that they are gently and lovingly cared for. He has a big heart, along with a compassionate and giving spirit. He has become one of my favorite fictional characters. There is so much more to this story, that I find it challenging to put the words on paper. Suffice it to say that if you are a fan of historical fiction filled with plenty of action, intrigue, forgiveness and renewal, you will enjoy An Hour Unspent, the thrilling conclusion to Shadows Over England series. I was provided a copy of the book from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I love reading Roseanna White's books. She combines history, intrigue, and romance in just the right measure to keep you reading far past your bedtime. Despite the lack of sleep, I wish I could give this more than five stars. I love the way the hero (Barclay) tries to amend his thieving ways. He's recently decided to follow Jesus, you see, and stealing doesn't exactly line up with the Bible. The problem is that V, a man in the Admiralty, employed him and his family to get things or information the Admiralty wants. And Evelina Manning. The cool, collected fiance' of the wealthy and prominent Basil Philibert, destined to be a political pundit. Exactly what mother and Aunt Beatrice wanted. When he breaks their engagement--in an armed forces uniform, no less--her carefully constructed world shatters. Get it. You know you want it. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher, but my opinions are my own.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. I could have rushed through it in order to have a review ready near the release date but this book had my attention and I wanted to savor every minute of the book. It is well written with lots of description. I felt like I was right there with the characters.. This is the third book in a series that has been awesome. It can stand alone but I think the reader will enjoy it more if they read the series in order. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. I was in no way required to leave a review be it good or bad. This review is solely my opinion.
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
Oh where to even begin putting into words how much I adored this book?! Every time I think this author has written her best book ever she has to go and top it in a spectacular way. But regardless of the next masterpieces she creates I think this one may hold its spot as my favorite, because Barclay. I loved Barclay in the first two books, the protective big brother watching out for everyone. But getting to really know him in this book made me just melt into a puddle. The way he sacrificed for anyone who needed something without hesitation or giving a thought to the personal sacrifice. Everyone knew to go to Barclay with problems because he would do whatever he could to solve them, whether giving the coat off his back or risking his life to save another’s. And his honesty was inspiring, it would have been easy to sugar-coat who and what he’d been but he never did. He may have not told Evelina the full story at the start but he never lied about any of it. I absolutely loved the way Barclay took people in like family, he struggled to provide for himself but that didn’t stop him from collecting siblings and then doing whatever necessary to make sure they were provided for. And he didn’t just take care of their physical needs he opened his heart and loved them like they were blood. Watching him interact with his various siblings, being protective, teasing, and just caring about every little detail of their lives, made me smile so much as I read this book. Honestly I could go on about Barclay for days but I suppose I should move on... I loved Evelina as well, she hadn’t had an easy go of life, living through polio while her brother didn’t, learning to walk again, a distant and critical mother, a harsh aunt, and a painful rejection, but she stood resilient through it all. But with resiliency came walls, walls that Barclay seemed to easily get around, making her feel in ways she’d started to believe she was incapable of. I loved how accepting she was of Barclay’s unconventional family. Sure it surprised her at first but it wasn’t long till she was on the floor with them as if it were a normal occurrence. Barclay and Evelina’s romance was lovely to watch unfold. It started as a ploy but quickly turned into something more. Barclay was the first to realize it and his steadfast devotion and patience while Evelina figured out what it truly meant to love and be loved was just another sign of the great man he was. The cast of characters was again vast, due mostly in part to the beautiful family Barclay started and continually added to. I loved catching up with Rosie and Peter, Willa and Lukas, and seeing more of Margot. Evelina’s father was also a wonderful character. I really wish this series could be epically long and that each sibling could get their story because I just don’t want to say goodbye. Basically I loved every single thing about this book and this series and while I’m sad to say goodbye I can’t wait to see what else this brilliant author has for us! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
An Hour Unspent is the third book in Roseanna M. White's Shadows Over England series and definitely worth reading. Barclay Pearce once was a thief, but has left his past life behind in order to use his skills helping a nation at war. He has been keeping his eye on a talented engineer and one night finds himself rescuing the engineer's daughter from a mugging. Evelina Manning has always been independent, but her independence drives her fiance to call off their wedding and to enlist in the Army. After Barclay saves her from a mugging and shows up at her home to work with her father she is more than just a little intrigued, but they soon find themselves in danger wherever they turn and it might take Barclay's old skills to keep them safe. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Micaiah14 More than 1 year ago
Every book in this trilogy is delightful - unique and engaging and suspenseful. This family of thieves-turned-government agents (of a sort) is pure gold. I just can't get over what a fantastic idea it was to create a series around a family of orphans, bound together by choice, who suddenly find their lives changed! And then you add World War I. England. Refugees. Government spies. Did I already say it was delightful? (I ended up getting all three signed from Roseanna’s website, and now they’re sitting on my shelf and it makes me smile.) Things I liked: BARCLAY. Of course. Everyone wanted his story, right?! I was intrigued when I found out that An Hour Unspent would unravel his lovely character for us. And I loved him! He's like the perfect older brother. He was so well-rounded. And his heart for others...adorable. Seriously. The way he takes care of his entire family and then wants to reach out to others as well is what made him such a cool fictional hero. But he was realistic, too, not without flaws and doubt, but with a bravery that is so admirable! The whole family just GETS ME in the heart. ;) THE SETTING. I mean, everything. It’s fantastic. I haven’t read many books set in the first World War, but Roseanna ties history into her novels without it becoming dry and stodgy (now that I used that word I’m thinking about The Great British Baking Show. Not joking.) The setting and time period came alive - they’re so vivid! The stories have pieces of actual history interwoven and that just makes me enjoy them all the more. They feel real and intricately done. Things I didn’t like as much: THE ROMANCE. So before I start, I want to say that I definitely liked the romance throughout this series. Barclay and Evelina's relationship progressed in a pretty realistic way. The depth was present. And the start to their unlikely duo? *laughs* So unexpected! I was just sitting there grinning and had to reread it. Just… *laughs again* Delightful. However, what I didn’t enjoy was the drama. I KNOW, I KNOW. Every romance has to have drama. But for some reason I was getting a bit frustrated with the drama in here? Mostly concerning Evelina. I loved the way Barclay thought about their relationship though. “I play for keeps.” HOW ADORABLE. That scene.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Who will triumph, Love or the enemy, during WWI? I've only read two books by Roseanna M. White, An Hour Unspent is the second, but I am already very much a fan. And I find myself wondering why I waited so long to check them out?! With the 100th anniversary of WWI occurring over the last 4 years there has been a surge in interest in The Great War. This interest has brought forth quite a few books, both fiction and non-fiction, and I have to say that of the fiction variety Shadows Over England has been one of my absolute favorites. Roseanna M. White's blend of romance and suspense against the backdrop of an England at war and the turmoil of social reform on the homefront is a winning combination. Her attention to historical detail is such that the reader honestly feels transported to the time and place. An Hour Unspent was a story that I greatly enjoyed. The setting and history are fascinating but it was the characters that really made it interesting. By turns I loved them, wanted to shake some sense into them, sympathized with their problems, and felt like giving a few of them a real comeuppance! I definitely recommend this particular book from Roseanna M. White as well as the series in general. Don't miss it! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"God saw him anyway, in complete clarity. So why try to hide? " (10) I've been anxiously awaiting Barclay Pearce's story since A Name Unknown, the first book in the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White. As the third and final book in the series, An Hour Unspent is worth the wait. Barclay will give Peter from A Name Unknown a run for his money as my favorite character in the series, but it was his journey, his disbelief, to his questions, his actions and to his faith that had me swooning. As head of a family of street orphans, it was interesting to see the change in him. Once we add in Evelina, it gave way to quite a complexity in plot, yet allowing us, readers to really be entertained and enthralled for both her and Barclay. The truth of the matter is that her story complements so well with Barclay's, creating contrast where due, but also the representing parallel symmetry and balance of love and choice. "Love. The thing worth fighting for. Worth fighting for. But more - worth living for." (401) To be honest, I'm a bit impartial to the author's stories ever since her Ladies of the Manor series, with difficulty in choosing a favorite. However, only after reading An Hour Unspent, am I really considering this may very well be my favorite. I loved every one of the books in this series, due to the underlying theme throughout that I can fully relate to. However, in An Hour Unspent, it perfectly balanced romance, humor and suspense with a message of faith that threaded through. Take your time and savor An Hour Unspent. Maybe even asked Barclay to "steal an hour for you!" *wink wink. 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.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This book has been a journey that I was sad to see end. It has a wonderful description of London in 1915. It was a time when war was prevalent and danger was everywhere. I enjoyed getting to know Lina and how passionate she is about the treatment of women. She has always wanted her independence but it wasn't easy . Lina has a good relationship with her father and I found her devotion to be sincere. Her mother can be somewhat of a snob at times and take her husband for granted. Does she not realize how brilliant he is? Can you imagine being on the brink of making something so important that could change how the war is fought? Someone recognizes how important his work is and will do anything to have it. I was excited to learn more about Barclay. He has had a hard life and I liked the background on him and how he became known as a thief. He is a driven man and now has changed his ways. He has been asked to help the war effort which will include working with Lina's father. The author does a great job of giving details about clock making and I could hear chimes in the background as he worked on his secret invention. Barclay will do whatever is necessary to fulfill his orders. There is intrigue and lots of danger in the story that keeps readers turning pages as fast as they can. When Lina's father is in danger, can she depend on Barclay to help her? What happens when Lina finds out that Barclay was a thief? Can she trust him to keep her safe? One of the things I really liked about the story was the relationships the characters had with each other. It was interesting to read how Lina and her mother had taken her father for granted for so many years. We can get so wrapped up in ourselves, that we forget to thank those who protect us and care for us. Barclay has some issues he needs to work through as well. His years of growing up without parents has taken a toll on him. He wants to help everyone but a part of him wants to be accepted as well. His selflessness could get him killed as he tries to help Lina and her father. I loved his humbleness and how deeply he loved those around him. He has become a changed man and he will do what is right even if it means sacrificing his life. Get ready for an explosive ending that will have you on the edge of your seat. I hate to see the story end, but the author has done an exceptional job of giving her readers a grand closure to an epic tale. " Love. The thing worth fighting for. Worth dying for. But more-worth living for'" I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Having read the two previous novels in the Shadows Over England series, I was so excited to be able to get to know Barclay even better. He is such a multi-faceted character. He is the glue that holds his family together. I loved that his "talents" as a thief had prepared him for excellence in the work he did for the Crown. The story seemed to build gradually as the realities of residing in London during World War I were presented. Then once the scene was set, the many plot twists one after another made this book so hard to put down. I continue to be impressed with Rosanna M. White's ability as an author. Not only did she tell a great story with characters that we loved, but her word choice as she wove the story was beautiful. Alternately, during an attack scene, I could feel the terror, and that feeling lasted for days. This story stands alone, yet is so much better after having read the two previous novels in the series. Anyone who loves historical romance, or World War I stories will enjoy this book. Since it is from Barclay's perspective, and full of intrigue and war, I believe men would enjoy this novel as well as the ladies. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The historical details, the mood, the setting, the characters, the message – all of it is perfection. Barclay is such a fabulous hero – i’ve loved him since book one and thoroughly enjoyed the journey that White took him on in his story. Watching him navigate his new faith in Christ as well as his new role as a ‘respectable thief’, working for the government to aid in the war efforts with his own special skill set. Evelina is such a marvelous match for him, and his family is exactly what she needs. The scene where she first meets them is so exquisitely written – I could hear the chatter and the clamor and the ‘family noise’ emanating from every corner of the page – a lovable chaos – the kind that Evelina has always dreamed of. I felt the scene from her perspective – as well as Barclay’s love for each member of his ragtag family. And Barclay and Evelina’s first kiss(es)?? Heaven, have mercy. I’ve still not recovered. The theme of clockmaking is intricately and seamlessly woven throughout the story (and – sidenote – I love Evelina’s dad and couldn’t help picturing him like Belle’s dad in Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast lol!). White crafts a tender message of a God who is the ultimate Clockmaker. Not one who puts the pieces together and then leaves us alone, but rather a true Clockmaker who is continually fine tuning his masterpieces, always working on them, because He loves them. Bottom Line: If we have to say goodbye to this ragamuffin band of thieves-turned-family, An Hour Unspent is the perfect sendoff. Flawed but endearing characters, a compelling message of hope, and enough suspense and adventure to keep you glued to the page. The romance is swoonworthy in its own right – with plenty of sparks and chemistry and knee-weakening kisses – but the love story White has written is even more poignant. A picture of family in its truest form – and a reminder of how deeply our Father loves us. This whole series is a must-read! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
An Hour Unspent. Prior to reading the book, I was convinced this was a very awkward title. Having finished the book, book three in Rosanna M. White’s Shadows Over England, I now applaud the author her doubly apt title. Who could not fall in love with White’s portrayal of Barclay Pearce, an ex-thief, now spying for the English? He is constantly trying to square his new-found faith with the deception required to perform for his country. However, what really draws the reader into Barclay Pearce is the way he is so compassionate for others. He cares for almost anyone needy around him. He has even built his own family, chock-full of “adopted siblings” who have chosen to belong to each other. They care for each other, laugh with each other, and love each other. While not in the least bit related by blood, they would die for each other if need be. Pearce’s family is very reminiscent of the O’Malley family group created by Dee Henderson. Evalina “Lina” Manning falls in love with this noble thief, but then waffles over who he really is. One of them deserves someone much better than the other. Quotables: “And if the Master Clockmaker took such care with each cog, shouldn’t said cogs have the good sense to obey him when they felt that nudge?” “There’s no such thing as too late. Not with God.” Intrigue in World War I; regrets of a splintered blood family vs. the riches of a cobbled family that values its members; knowing who you are; and seeking God, are all themes of this new favorite book of mine. Don’t miss Rosanna M. White’s An Hour Unspent. ( Note: I have not yet read the first two books. This story stood well on its own.) I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to leave a review and all opinions are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
An Hour Unspent is book number three in the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White. Roseanna has outdone herself again, she has written another book that is better than the last. I am a lover of historical fiction. This story practically came to life before my eyes. Be sure to get your copy of An Hour Unspent today.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We are back in WWI England, and lucky for us back with some old friends! I love the play the author uses on the title of this book, sounds impossible, until you find out how it is done! We are given some non-stop action, and some new characters to enjoy, or not, but the book becomes a page-turner as we look for answers, and hope that all will survive to the end. Now this is the third book in this series, but can be reads alone, there is enough information given, but you might want to treat yourself to the others. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
KatsCorner More than 1 year ago
Oh, Barclay. I always love the mysterious types, especially this one who has melted my heart over the past two books caring for his siblings. His heart is so compassionate, even if a bit misguided, a bit of a Robin Hood. I can’t fault him; in the same place, I think I’d have acted similarly. But, we’ve had glimpses of him changing over in the first two in the series and I fell in love a little more getting inside of his head and heart over the course of this story. He’s a redeemable bad boy, but was only a bad boy because he was taking care of others with his giant compassionate heart; what’s not to love? I wasn’t sure what to think of Evelina, especially at first, but she grows so much other the course of the story and comes into her own. I did get frustrated with her how she loved or thought she knew others so much and then just doubted them; I found it aggravating. But the way she dove into the family, embracing them, and testing her wings of independence, she changed. So while I was frustrated at the start, by the end I thought she was a good addition. So far as I know, no more books in this series are planned, but I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to keep getting to know this boisterous chosen family. And as we head into National Adoption Month, a topic which is close to my heart, I just want to wrap up in their fictional world and be chosen to be a part of their family too. I was provided a copy of this story and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible novel set during WWI in London! This is a standalone story within a series. There is a core nucleus of characters that are in all three books. Their lives are ongoing and progress as anyone’s life will. Each book has one of these characters as the central figure of the story. I adore the main characters in this book! We’ve learned a lot about Barclay Pearce in the previous books in this series. But this book focuses on him and his background. We learn more about what formed him as he was growing up. His loyalty to family is fantastic. I also appreciate the fact that he is striving to learn to rely on God. Evelina Manning’s whole demeanor has been formed by tragic health issues as a child. How her parents reacted in the aftermath has truly affected the whole family and how they interact with each other. I loved seeing how Evelina and her parents grow and work through issues that have been held inside for years. The plot of this book is very intricately woven. I was caught up in the little mysteries that all tied together into a wonderful story of intrigue. One of my favorite aspects of the story is the deep look as to what makes a family. Is it simply the blood flowing through people’s veins? Or is it a choice to stick together to face whatever comes up? I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
KathleenDenly More than 1 year ago
Why This Book: I have been a fan of Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series since I read book one, A Name Unknown. First Impressions: Having gotten to know Barclay through the previous two books in the series, it didn’t take much to snag my attention with this opening, but that isn’t to say it wouldn’t have caught my attention otherwise. Well-written and intriguing, I immediately wanted to know more about where Barclay was and what he was doing. The backdrop of espionage, social unrest, and racial tensions in war-time England only added to the page-turning urge. Main Characters: Barclay Pearce – Head of a group – or as they call themselves, “family” – of former street thieves turned government spies, Barclay serves as a sort of father figure/ elder brother figure to the other members of the “family.” He is loyal, intelligent, kind, and, of course, handsome. Fully worthy of his role as the lead in this story, Barclay isn’t without his faults. Which, of course, is why I loved him. Mr. V – A mysterious man, Mr. V has served as the family’s contact with the government throughout the series. It is wonderful to get to know a tiny bit more about him in this book than in the previous two. Cecil Manning – Something of a genius and a clockmaker (and toy maker, and inventor), Cecil is head of the Manning family although his relationship with his wife leaves that somewhat debatable. Beloved by his daughter and sought by his country’s government, Cecil is a character I loved rooting for. Evelina Manning – Cecil’s daughter, Evelina is highly intelligent in her own right and nothing if not passionate. Her burning desire to change the wrong in the world around her makes her an easy character to love, despite some rather questionable behavior at one point in the book that made me want to shake her just a bit and give her a good-old-fashioned talking to. Judith Manning – Cecil’s wife and Evelina’s mother, Judith is a complicated woman and not someone you immediately want to invite over to tea. That said, I enjoyed her role in this story – especially regarding the surprises. Emotional Engagement & Pacing of the Story: As I said, this book had me from page one and the tension ratcheted up seamlessly from there. At no point did I want to put the book down and more than once I experienced a strong emotional reaction to something a character said, did, or experienced. (See the character descriptions for just a teeny hint of that.) Elements I especially liked/disliked: As with the first two books, this story is set against the backdrop of World War I and I thoroughly enjoyed the additional true historical elements Roseanna was able to organically incorporate into this story. I truly felt as though I’d been there, experiencing the thrill and fear along with the characters. I honestly can’t think of a single thing I disliked about this novel. Theme: I think, even more than the previous two books, this novel really focused on what it means to be a family. It also presents the question of how far we are willing or even should go for love. Other issues touched on include racism, prejudice, and identity. Ending: Thoroughly satisfying and just the right length to wrap up all those little details fans of the series could hope for. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Please note that I was given a complimentary copy of this book but I was not required to write a positive review. This review is 100% my own and 100% sincere!
aaslaug More than 1 year ago
I knew I was going to love Barclay's story from the moment I knew there was a Barclay Pearce. This excellent thief, big brother extraordinaire, man-as-real-as-they-come is everything worth waiting for, and so was his story.  Roseanna M. White has a rare skill when it comes to storytelling, and an even rarer ability to weave the Gospel like threads of gold through her stories. Unimposing, ever present, glinting only when the sunlight strikes it. An Hour Unspent is no exception to either talent.  This third book in the Shadow Over England Series explores the truth of family, of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. And I dare you to finish it without fighting back the urge to gather up every lonely child into your arms, feed and clothe even your enemy, and to never put your loved ones at risk when it's within your power to improve your chances. Also, don't fight that urge. It might carry risks. But with the greatest risks.... (I'll let you figure that one out). Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, even if I also purchased the (stunningly beautiful) audiobook. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
What an interesting story! Once London’s top thief, Barclay has turned his skills to help his nation by helping a clockmaker with a project that could definitely give them an upper hand. Intrigue, mystery, war as it affects their home, London and family drama.. I loved Barclay’s story. I was gifted a copy. My review is voluntary..
SBMC More than 1 year ago
"But perhaps if one viewed God like a master clockmaker, then every cog, every gear, every spring was important. If one was out of line, no matter how small and insignificant, the entire device would fail." Roseanna White never fails to deliver high-quality, well-researched, and intensely gripping inspirational historical romance. This book is number 3 in the Shadows Over England series and can definitely be read as a stand-alone, though I highly recommend the other two books for background stories of Rosie/Peter and Will/Lukas and just for the sheer joy of reading such well-written novels. The dialogue in this book is quite clever and witty. There is great history, such as women's suffrage movement in England and the birth of watch making from clock making, weaved into the fabric of the story. There is a good dose of intrigue and suspense and World War I espionage expertly mixed into great writing, intricate plot, and vividly memorable characters. There is even an intimate look at poverty, orphanhood, and racism that is still relevant today. The romance in the book is tender, the theme of faith and sacrificial love is real and down-to-earth, and emotions are so raw yet eloquent that quite a few scenes in the book made me cry. I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of Barclay until this book. But he has changed dramatically since the beginning of the series and his noble character shines clearly in this story as he realizes whom God wants him to be. He's an incredible man - resolved to turn away from his life of thievery, resourceful, intelligent, devoted to his family, so so tender and loving, and exquisitely sweet even if a little too overprotective. He has such a big heart and Evelina can't help but fall in love with him. Evelina is a polio-surviver, brilliant, stubborn, and independent yet unsure of who she is. As the daughter of a renowned clock and toy maker, she feels like one of her father's automatons. When one of her father's ingenious designs brings the Navy's attention and Barclay to her family's door, sparks fly even as they all become entrenched in the dealings of war. I really enjoyed the roles that Rosie/Peter and Willa/Lukas had in this book and loved being the witness to their happy unions. The mysterious V - Barclay's boss - actually reveals himself in this book and we learn about who he was and who he is now, which is so satisfying. And it's incredibly fun to see how Barclay actually steals an hour from the Big Ben! I am so sad that the series has come to an end. It would have been wonderful to read about each and every one of Barclay's adopted siblings... but there is a new series on the horizon so I'm waiting in anticipation for the first book! I received a copy of the book from Baker Publishing Group via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
*4.5 stars There is something about orphans who have risen above that intrigues me. From Oliver Twist to little orphan Annie, the hand they were dealt in life didn't determine their outcome. This is Barclay Pierce. What I love is that he not only found a way to survive on his own in the world, but he took in others and adopted them as his own as well. Even though money was tight, he couldn't turned an abandoned youngster away. Throughout the story Barclay wrestles with guilt over the thieving he did in his past, but as a reader you can also see that the Lord has certainly done a work in his heart and that he has worked hard to turn his life around. What's interesting is that he still does some of what he used to, but the difference is that he is now doing it to help the war effort. I appreciate how the author approached Barclay's attitude towards this. Think of it this way: we all know that lying is a sin. But think back to WWII for example, when people would hide Jews in their homes to save them from the Nazis. If a soldier came to their home and asked if they were harboring Jews-- the truth would be yes, but to save the people's lives they would deny it. Is a lie to save another's life truly a sin? Although not as extreme of an example, this is essentially the same type of question the author is posing for this story--if Barclay is stealing for "the good guys" now, is it still sinning? What I like about this is that the author presents the issue in a way that makes the reader think about it. Another piece I really liked about the story is that no family is painted as perfect--they all have a level of brokenness. Wealth nor poverty determine if a family will be happy or not. Biology or circumstance are both able to create family. Not only do spouses enter a marriage with baggage of their own, but as a family the traumas in this life can leave permanent scars. I don't want to say too much about this so that I don't spoil anything in the story, but I'll simply admit that my perception of certain characters changed the more I learned about them and the obstacles they faced in their lives. Overall I really enjoyed this story and would recommend to fans of historical fiction. This is the 3rd book in the series but it was the first I've read. While I was easily able to read it as a stand-alone, I also believe I would have enjoyed the first two books and wish I read them first. I would have liked to read more about Barclay's backstory along with the other orphans who'd adopted each other. It's certainly an intriguing series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit Tours and NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.