Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White #BookReview

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About "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 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.

My thoughts:

Roseanna takes the reader back into a period in history where a person is judged by their social standing. A name can mean good or bad depending on how the person is stereotyped. Even 
I assumed that Peter's housekeeper was prejudiced against Rosemary because of her social status, not because of her affection for her employer. Although Rosemary and Peter came from totally different backgrounds they do have some common morals, such as giving to others who are less fortunate and treating everyone with respect. Both also know that family is very important. The reader also realizes that not all thieves are alike, just like people with wealth are not all the same. This is an enchanting tale about two people who come from totally different worlds, one who doesn't have to worry about where his next meal is coming from while the other one has to steal in order to eat and to feed her family. 

This story satisfied my thirst for historical fiction and mystery. I learned a bit more about the time period and I didn't figure out how this story was going to end. I am delighted to know that there will be more adventures about Rosemary's family to read about because this is just the first book in this Shadows Over England series. Visit Roseanna here to learn more about her and the novel.

About Roseanna M. White:

Roseanna 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. Find out more about Roseanna M. at her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram,

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