Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

A Name Unknown
by: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764219269

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity to read and review her first novel in the Shadows Over England series, A Name Unknown.


She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
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 are no longer pickpockets-now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary's challenge of a lifetime comes when she's assigned to determine whether acertain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?
Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last nameand wants to prove his loyalty to the crown-so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.
Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth-about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

My Review:

I've only had the pleasure of reading a handful of Roseanna M. White's novels and have loved every single one of them. I'm glad I get to start a new series with A Name Unknown! One of the things I love about reading novels by various authors is that they have different writing styles and different things pull me in for each one. This was a slow read for me, but in a good way. There was so much to take in, to digest as you read, that I really had to focus. Sometimes books are a quick read, this one wasn't. Nothing wrong with that, and in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed!

I'm not a student of history, but I sure do enjoy reading about what it could've been like back then. When we meet Rosemary, she's being given a job that will help her "siblings" in a financial way that she can't turn down. She's a their raised on the streets of London, surviving by those means. If she can get this job done, they'll have food on the table.

When we first meet Peter, the man she's supposed to steal from, it's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that he's anything other than who he seems to be. Many of the towns people have labeled him a German traitor, and Rosemary is out to prove it.

I really loved all of the characters in the story. There were some I loved to hate and a couple that I was surprised I that I ended up liking. I wasn't a fan of his close friend, Gryff, but I began to like his as I kept reading. I loved Rosemary. In fact, towards the end of the book, I was actually crying because I loved her character so much! lol

I'm already looking forward to the next books in the series! I wish authors could write faster than I can ready. Waiting to read more about the characters you've gotten to know, especially in A Name Unknown, is a rather painful thing to do.

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 over a dozen 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. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.
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