A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance / WWI
Series: Shadows Over England, Book One
About the Book:
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 on 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?
Roseanna M. White is one of those authors who never ceases to amaze me. In fact, I have yet to come across a book she’s written that has not completely enamored my attention. “A Name Unknown” is the first tale in her newest series, Shadows Over England. As an avid bookworm, I fell in love with this easily. It’s a book that revolves around books! In fact, our heroine, Rosemary Gresham, is assigned to become a librarian where she has to organize an unorganized and messy library. If that hasn’t captured your attention, our hero, Peter Holstein, is a writer who is in the process of writing a sequel to his book and just so happens to be the very person that Rosemary is helping organize his library.
The writing is absolutely stunning. It’s as if you’re picking up an Edwardian classic and diving right into its contents. Mrs. White captures the attention immediately with her incredibly beautiful descriptions of the scenery and characters. This is an Edwardian story with unexpected twists and turns that will keep the paging moving until the very end.
The characters were completely relatable even though I’ve never gone through some of the things that they go through in the books. They had the perfect balance of mystery, realness, and real issues that tugged at the heartstrings while remaining unique and original. I love that Rosemary was a thief because that’s not something you read a lot about in Christian Fiction. I also loved that Peter was an author because we got to see some insight into how author’s think and write their novels.
This is a story about family, love, and history which makes this story so rich with an important faith message.
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.
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About Roseanna M. White
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 a slew of historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring.
Being educated at St. John’s College (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict.