A Name Unknown – Shadows Over England, Book 1

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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 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.

Book 1 in the Shadows Over England Series

1 review for A Name Unknown – Shadows Over England, Book 1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynda E.

    In her last series, Roseanna M. White vaulted to the top of my automatic-read list of authors with her historical settings and vivid characters. I was also eager to read this novel because it is first in her new series and features a novelist as the hero. A book about a writer? Yes, please!

    The cast of characters is quite unique in this novel: a stuttering, secret novelist, an honorable spy-thief, a cranky barrister, a precocious young lady convinced she’ll marry her uncle one day, and a whole family of orphans we only begin to know. And while the first two maintain their lead status within the book, each of the secondary characters are also well developed and help to populate the story, adding depth and texture to the plot.

    My faith was also strengthened by this novel—especially in regards to prayer. Sometimes that encouragement stemmed from Peter’s written words and others from a memory he calls to mind, but each piece builds firmly upon Scripture and gives insight into the human experience that only wants to believe what can be seen with physical eyes. There is also a fair amount of social justice in here, with characters doing what they can to help others, simply because it is the right thing to do. I love how one person, in particular, gives in secret even when society knowing about his deeds could make his public life easier.

    In many ways, this book reminds me of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey because of the discussion of novels, but this time from the writer’s perspective rather than the reader’s. I appreciate how this book makes me think about reading and writing in different terms, questioning character motivations and whether this villain was smart enough for our somewhat unconventional hero and heroine. Several times I found it a bit mind-bending, to be honest, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ways this novel forced me out of my reading box and helped me think about the products of an author’s imagination in different ways.

    This beginning to White’s new series is absolutely outstanding and ranks among my favorite for both storyline and characters. I recommend it very highly, especially for those who enjoy historical romance, but readers of suspense, mystery, and historical novels in general will doubtless find a new favorite writer after reading this novel.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.

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