Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review - A Name Unknown


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 a certain 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 name and 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.


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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I found this to be an exceptional book and loved the setting and the characters! I have never read a book set at the time period before WWI in England and really enjoyed the whole experience.

We are introduced to Rosemary and her mysterious assignment in the first pages. She is clever because she has had to be to survive. After her parents die, she creates a family, of sorts, with other children like herself. They learn to steal to survive and Rosemary becomes the best at this. This leads to a big job that will change her life.

Rosemary is sent to Peter's home to find out where his loyalties lie. Is he a German sympathizer or loyal to England? I love the character of Peter because he's such a quiet soul. He's an introvert who struggles with getting to know others or to letting them into his life. He doesn't like change, either, so it interesting to see his interaction with Rosemary who is anything but an introvert.

The romance part of this book is done very nicely with the relationship between Rosemary and Peter developing over time. It was very realistically done and it made me cheer them on because I knew they should be together. There is also the wonderful way the gospel is shown in the story - again in a wonderfully realistic way.

I enjoyed this book so much! When I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what was going to happen next. It's a lovely book and I hope that there will be more to come! I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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