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Peter Holstein is of German descent and writes books under a pen name. In the months leading up to the start of World War I, he considers changing his name permanently to prove his loyalty to England, but must first prove his land holdings and citizenship. Rosemary Gresham survives by blending into upper-class society and stealing high-value items. For her next heist, she pretends she is a historian and offers to help Peter trace his family history. He hires her to find his family documents. As she gets to know him, she begins to see she is going down the wrong path and must decide if she should finally change her way of life.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Shadows Over England
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?
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Spies and danger just before the war.March 12, 2018Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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. Hes 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 Peters 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 Ive 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 Commissions 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.
Sandra Burson5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadFebruary 8, 2018Sandra BursonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every time I read a book by this author, I think Oh this is my favorite. To say I enjoyed this book would be putting it mildly. I love everything about the way Roseanna M. White writes. This is the first of her new series, Shadows Over England. I won't go into the plot of the story, you can read that from the publishers description above. Roseanna has written a page turner. You will not want to put this one down. It contains spy's, traitors, a beautiful and talented thief, along with her unusual street family. Not to mention a recluse of a mystery writer. As with her other books, Roseanna weaves her faith and moral lessons into the story so naturally. I found myself laughing at parts and tearing up at others. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I can't wait to read the others and learn more about this usually family.
KimP5 Stars Out Of 5Historical Fiction at it's Best!February 1, 2018KimPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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. Its 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 cant wait to read the next book. I highly recommend anything written by Ms. White.
homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Highly recommend!!!January 30, 2018homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was gifted this book last year but life happened and it stayed in my TBR far too long. This definitely deserved to be a Top Reads of 2017! Roseanna White has an incredibly distinctive voice and that makes it is easy to hear the passion for whatever topic she is writing about, whether it is a Word of the Week blog post or a novel about a thief looking to steal a man's name. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious.
A Name Unknown pulled me into a world I know nothing about (cannot even fathom what it is like to have to steal in order to survive) and moved my heart to compassion for this band of orphans turned-into-a-family who feel they have no other recourse. Rosemary, a thief and oldest "sibling" is hired by Peter, a recluse, to organize his disheveled and haphazard library in the hopes of finding some extremely important but misplaced documents in order to prove his loyalty to England.
The story takes place over many, many, months which I enjoyed immensely. The characters had time to formulate deep and meaningful relationships. But oh, the questions that beg to be answered! Who exactly is Peter-- a German sympathizer or a loyal Englishman? Rosemary cannot figure him out. Their scenes are some of the best Roseanna has written. Then there is the mysterious Mr V. His identity is a humdinger! I loved the entire plot filled with twists and turns and faith and family layers that kept me glued to my seat until the last page turned. I smiled in satisfaction and then realized I have the next book in the series so I can just keep right on going into Willa's adventure. I am one happy reader! :-)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review. No compensation has been received.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Edwardian RomanceOctober 22, 2017IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Im always in two minds about Christian novels that have one character who, lets say, has issues with honesty. Its a basic tenet of the Christian faith, so an author who chooses such a character is often starting off on the wrong foot.
Im also in two minds about novels in which one of the main characters is a novelistit seems to break the fourth wall, as well as being a somewhat clich application of the writing principle, to write what you know. But A Name Unknown quickly overcame both these possible issues.
Rosemary Gresham is a needs-must thief who has survived on the streets since she was orphaned at the age of eight. Shes now built up a family of misfit orphans who rely on her to provide for them, Robin Hood-style. Her latest assignment, from the mysterious Mr V, is to infiltrate the Cornwall home of Mr Peter Holstein and prove he is not the loyal Englishman he pretends to be. This is important, as England is on the cusp of war with Germany, what we know as World War One.
Peter Holstein might be German by birth and by heritage, but hes as English as the King when it comes to his loyalties. If only he could prove it. He knows the documents are in the library, but the library is dark and cramped, filled with the books, letters, and boxes of generations. He needs a librarian to make some sense of it. Enter Rosemary Gresham
A Name Unknown is historical romance with suspense elements. And its Christian, although the author favours Peter Holsteins brand of Christian fiction:
"Hed certainly never poured a whole sermon into his novelsthat would hardly be right in an adventure storythe ideas still snuck in. The readers got the message. Those letters in the attic assured him they did."
The ideas do more than sneak in. Peter is a Christian who prays, whose faith injects everything he does. Hes an excellent hero, even if hes not the clich hero of the adventure novels popular with the Edwardian public.
There were a couple of factual glitches that only a non-American would notice, but these were minor and more than compensated for by the outstanding writing. Roseanna M White is a brilliant writer, and Ill be looking forward to the sequel to A Name Unknown.
Recommended for fans of Edwardian-era Christian romance. Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.