She's out to steal his name, Will he steal her heart instead?
Hey Readers, I am so excited to share this book with you because it was written by one of my favorite authors, Roseanna M. White and it has definitely earned a place on my "Must Read List". A Name Unknown is Historical Fiction story set in Europe around the start of World War 1. I would recommend this book if you:
- have read any of Roseanna M. White's books,
- have read books by Kristi Ann Hunter and/or Sarah E Ladd,
- want to read an interesting story about a thief who set out to steal a name,
- want to start a new series.
So here is the story.
A Name Unknown is the story of Rosemary Gresham, An orphan who has been living on the streets in London for years. The only way she could find to support herself and her "family' (a band of orphan kids who all look out for each other) was to become a thief. So after years and years, Rosemary and her siblings had become very good at what they did, so good in fact that Rosemary attracted the attention of Mr. V. (An unknown client who stays in the shadows and knows a creepy amount of information about Rosemary and her siblings) When Mr. V. approached Rosemary with an offer that she could not refuse, she quickly agrees to his terms. The job seems easy; all she has to do is prove that Peter Holstein is loyal to Germany and not to Britain... She just has to steal his name.
Peter Holstein is tired of people judging him. Just because his last name is German, does not mean that he is not loyal to Britain, but because he avoids people and prefers living isolated, People have labeled him an enemy to his country. He was told that he needed to find some documents that proved that he was a British subject or he would be relocated for the duration of the war. When a “Librarian” named Rosemary Gresham approaches him looking for a job, he knew that God had sent her to help him. So he hires her immediately. Surely with her help, they should be able to find the papers that he was sure was hidden in “The Cave” (The Cave was his library, and he called it that because it was so full of books that it was actually one of the darkest rooms in the house) As Rosemary starts the daunting task of going through the library and sorting it, She is beyond frustrated that she cannot seem to find anything but old books and pieces of paper that Mr. Holstein writes gibberish on. But as time passes and Rosemary gets to know Peter, she finds that Peter is different than any Gentlemen she has ever met and though he may be strange and a hermit, she knows that he is good and is not the traitor people believe him to be. The problem was that Mr. V. hired her to prove that Peter was a traitor and to bring him evidence, but if she does not produce the evidence he requested, will Mr. V. harm her family or have them arrested?
But if she found evidence that she could use, could she live with herself if she were to present Peter as the traitor he is not?
So What Did I Think?
This is the first book in the Shadows Over England series and I am so excited about this series. The plot was intriguing with heartfelt struggles, bits of humor and of course a hint of romance. I loved the characters, Peter who is the perfect gentlemen, always looking out for others but sometimes living in another world and Rosemary who is a thief who struggles between what she has to do and what her family has always done and believing that God knew her name and could love her even though she was a thief. Her biggest struggle was the decision to turn in her friend or potentially end up in jail. Though the book was long ( 426 pages to be exact) it never dragged or seemed boring. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Historical Fiction. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars*****
Hey, Don't forget to check out Mrs White's other fantastic books, especially the Ladies of the Manor series ( one of my FAVORITE series) . Here is the link:
Happy Reading :)
I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.