A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1) - eBook
A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England Book #1) - eBook  -     By: Roseanna M. White
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781441231215
ISBN-13: 9781441231215
Series: Shadows Over England

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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?

Author Bio

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.

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  1. a walk through the pages
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Name Unknown
    July 21, 2017
    a walk through the pages
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Name Unknown #1.
    The latest from Roseanna M. White, entitled A Name Unknown, is set again in England. The year is 1919, just before the start of World War I. Rosemary Gresham grew up on the streets of London, learning how to pick pockets as a means to survive. Now in her twenties, she has moved on to larger fish. Rosemary's latest prize, 1000 pounds, is hers, if she is able to determine whether Peter Holstein is a true Englishman or actually a spy from Germany!

    Rosemary is able to gain entry into Peter's home by presenting herself as Rosemary Gresham, Librarian. Peter is in need of someone to organize his "out of control" library and Rosemary fits the bill! As you watch Rosemary begin to organize the library, you will see that she is also looking for evidence concerning Peter's loyalty. Soon you will realize that something is growing between Peter and Rosemary. You wonder if it will be merely friendship or something more!

    Follow this tale to the final page, as you wait to see if Peter will learn that Rosemary is actually a thief, and if Rosemary will learn that Peter is a well-known author!
  2. Kristen Willis
    Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best novels I've read lately!
    July 21, 2017
    Kristen Willis
    Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Name Unknown #1.
    Roseanna M. White's first book in her latest series, "Shadows over England", is truly a gem. Featuring a high end female thief and a wealthy (secret) author of a fiction adventure series, she has created a beautiful story of redemption and well illustrates that what is seen is not always the truth of the matter.

    Rosemary Gresham was orphaned at eight and forced to steal to eat. Over the years she has managed to create a large family - one not related in any way by blood, but of their shared need for survival. When she is 'hired' to find out where the loyalties of Peter Holstein lie - is it with England, or Germany? - she poses as a librarian to gain access to his house and life.

    Peter Holstein actually has dual citizenship, but chose England when he turned 18. As the country is on the brink of WWI, the questions and accusations against him grow louder, and Peter must locate the documents that prove his citizenship. He hires Rosemary to organize his library and family history, and find the items he needs -and in the process of this job, things begin to change for both of them.

    The plot points are layered without being tedious or clunky; the humor and mysteries are equally well done; and this is easily one of the best novels I've read lately. I can enthusiastically recommend this book!

    This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  3. EmilyAnne28
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Historical Romance
    July 21, 2017
    EmilyAnne28
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Name Unknown #1.
    Rosemary Gresham is one of the best, if not the best, thief in England. She grew up on the streets and that was the only way to survive. So when she is offered the highest-paying job she has seen this far, she takes it. She must infiltrate Peter Holstein's home and determine whether he really is a spy for Germany (he's half German, and it is 1914) as everyone thinks. So Rosemary moves into his estate manor as the librarian, sorting through his mountain of scrambled papers and books and spying every chance she gets.

    I loved A Name Unknown. It was quirky and historical. It made me laugh and yet feel grief for the characters' losses. A beautiful story through and through, and perhaps my favorite of the three of Roseanna M. White's books I have read.

    It takes place just before World War I begins. I never realized how much racism (is there a better word?) against the Germans existed even before the war. But international tensions were certainly high. It makes me fear a little for the events the characters must experience after the book ends. The war that killed an entire generation of men ... Yikes.

    Still, the romance was sweet throughout the story. Rosemary and Peter had a rocky start to their relationship at the beginning with the potential for everything to blow up in their faces because of the subterfuge. The possibilities made the story that much more interesting. And yet, Rosemary was a terrible spy. She just couldn't keep herself from sharing personal secrets to the man she liked, enemy or not. It made the romance succeed, but still. She may have made a terrific thief, but the spying required her to take on a false identity for an extended period of time, which she was not good at.

    I can say many more things about this book, but there isn't space. I truly enjoyed it and will perhaps read it again someday. I recommend it to those who love sweet historical romances.

    I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I did not receive compensation of any kind.
  4. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the start of this new series
    July 20, 2017
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for A Name Unknown #1.
    So, I just finished this book. It took several days of starting and being unable to finish it. But a slow period at work finally allowed me to absorb and live within the pages.

    Initially, the first chapters I wondered why there was so much talk and writing about a story that Peter was writing, but as the chapters developed further in the book, to be honest, I can't see the book without it. Peter, who stutters, has difficulty communicating with people in the typical manner. So he writes. He gets lost within himself as he writes and imagines himself in place of his characters. If anything, I could see that this is how most authors end up writing, so for me, it was a peak into their lives.

    A Name Unknown is about Rosemary Grisham and Peter Holstein. Rosemary, a thief, has been hired to prove that Peter is a traitor and remains loyal to Germany. This is during a time when anti-German sentiment is growing and in the meantime, Peter is looking for proof from his ancestry that he is loyal to England.

    Hired on as a librarian, Rosemary has to make sense out of the mess of the library while finding necessary documents. As time passes by, a friendship develops between the two. There is drama at points, and we are shown tenacity that Rosemary has in defending Peter against the villagers.

    Overall I really liked this book. There were so many details involved in the creation of the story, that to be honest, I skimmed over a lot of it. But, this will end up being a book that I will keep on my book case and read over and over and over again. It's in the same category as the Catherine Marshall books, Christy and Julie.

    Despite the lack of excessive dialogue within the book, there was enough to truly understand and be a part of the book. The descriptions and the way the words were woven captured my interest and intrigues me into reading more from Ms. White. My guess is, there will be a series based on the characters within this book and I look forward to reading them.

    I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
  5. Conniet1982
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great start to a new series
    July 20, 2017
    Conniet1982
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Name Unknown #1.
    This is the first book that I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. The characters are very well written. I loved Rosemary and following her journey. The book is well researched - and I learned a lot from reading it. I am excited to have caught this book as the first in the new series, and I am excited to read more. The setting sounds beautiful, and I felt that I was there.

    I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program, all opinions are my own.
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