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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?
SBMV5 Stars Out Of 5a fantastic read by Roseanna M WhiteSeptember 16, 2017SBMVQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am totally in love. This book clutched my heart from the beginning and hasn't let go, even though I've finished reading it a few hours ago. Ms. White is an amazing writer. I knew that already and she is one of my favorite authors, but she never ceases to amaze me with each new book she writes.
Her writing is absolutely wonderful. The dialogue is convincing and flawless and extremely humorous. The rich European history at the core of the plot's premise is a fascinating gem under the beauty of the prose. The setting is somewhat familiar and not quite so as Ms. White takes us on a journey through the countryside of Cornwall at the cusp of WWI. The plot itself is unique as a highly skilled thief (and a woman, to boot!) is thrown together with a stuttering reclusive novelist as all of Europe swirls into war.
And the characters! Oh my. They're so real and tangible. Peter Holstein is a man after my own heart. Such a true gentleman, faithful to God and his fellow human beings, gentle, funny, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, loyal, loving. His outward appearance is not much and, yes, he stutters. But who could not love this man?!?!
And there is Rosie Gresham. An orphan and a thief. Yet there is a tender heart underneath that tough exterior that seeks to love and be loved. She's as loyal as you can get, extremely creative and bright, able to learn things quickly, compassionate but also practical.
There is a mystery regarding a whole slew of secondary characters. There is plenty of suspense as Rosie tries to unearth Peter's ancestry. And there is a solid component of faith, salvation, and redemption woven into the story, especially as Rosie gets to know Peter better.
What a delicious book that has all the components - romance, mystery, suspense - wrapped up in terrific writing and unforgettable characters! And the twists and turns in the plot will keep everyone guessing as to what will happen next. Can't wait for the next book in the series!!
I borrowed this book out from the local library. I was not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
KatG5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Read!!September 5, 2017KatGQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Would it be cheating to just say "Read it, it's awesome?" Yes? Ok, then. Let me start by saying I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher and am not required to write a positive review, but I am going to anyway because as Mikey always said "I really like it!" Roseanna blends together two different world, classes, viewpoints, faith outlooks, etc. beautifully in a story that teaches both main characters that we're never to old or young to learn and there is almost always a compromise if we allow ourselves an open mind and heart.
I could not put it down and was constantly drawn to the "what comes next?" That said, it broaches on war, and while it does get into some of those elements, it is not overwhelming to the story. You can feel the constant tension and the uncertain future, and I think just a little taste of what life would have felt like full time during that time period. I'm eager to see where Roseanna takes the family.
Nanc5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Read!September 5, 2017NancQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rosemary Gresham loves her family! She is willing to do whatever she can for them. They have all stolen and deceived to stay together and survive on the streets. She's been asked to spy on Peter Holstein to see if he's loyal to Germany or Britain. Peter has a library that is in chaos. And his proof of loyalty is in there somewhere. He needs someone to help organize it all. There begins the fun. Rosemary and Peter's story is such a fun one because of their character. It's a story I didn't want to put down, it had mystery too! Wondering what would happen and where did his loyalties really belong to? And who was behind wanting to know? So many questions that had to be answered as I read! And then Peter and Rosemary! Such a sweet story itself. They aren't your typical main characters. So well worth reading!
I received complimentary copy of this book. All views are my own.
WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Book of Love and ForgivenessSeptember 4, 2017WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A powerful book which I loved. Teaming up an author and a thief quite a combination. All forgiven by God. The one a shining witness of God's love and forgiveness. The characters became so real and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
Kishona LAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Wonderful Story from Roseanna WhiteSeptember 4, 2017Kishona LAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A world on the brink of the First World War. A London thief capable of infiltrating high society and hired for her most unusual mission. An awkward, solitary man who's name could instantly condemn him, but whose connections to the Crown have already brought plenty of enemies.
This is Roseanna White's newest release, A Name Unknown, the first book in her "Shadows Over London" series. In it she once again gives us a riveting, unique plot led by realistic, engaging characters, including two of her most charming yet.
While the book moves at a slightly slower pace than some of her other stories and is longer, pagewise, than most, Roseanna's initial "foundation-laying" for the characters is something you'll appreciate as the book moves along.
Peter Holstein has an immediate vulnerability with a stutter that has left him insecure and guarded around people, but not unfriendly or unkind. His relationship with God has given him an inner strength that allows him to remain solid and secure in the storms he faces throughout the story.
While he may not feel like the dashing hero he longs to be, or like the one that he writes about in his popular adventure novels, his humble, giving heart draws Rosemary.
Rosemary Gresham herself is, as Peter describes her at one point, "delicate when it suits (her). Strong...always." Growing up as a thief has taught her to be tough, wear a good mask, and to humor they share is pretty adorable, blossoming sweetly as they find a shared mission.
As always, Roseanna White weaves the spiritual journey of her characters so well and so convictingly that her words become ministry in the midst of a great read, and A Name Unknown is another wonderful offering of Roseanna's gifts that I know the Lord will use and one that you'll enjoy as well.
Note: I received an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. My review is only based on how much I enjoyed the book.