There are a couple quotes I'd love to share, but I don't want to spoil anything or ruin the fun of finding them yourself, so I'll refrain . . . this time.
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?
As Europe moved closer to World War I, 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.
When danger and suspicion 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.
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. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
My Review: 4 stars
A Name Unknown is the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors and I was so looking forward to reading it! I’ve very much enjoyed Ms. White’s previous book, since first discovering her Culper Ring series, and have been eagerly anticipating this one. A heroine who happens to be a thief, looking to steal a man’s name? Yes, please! I just had to know how that could possibly work out! I can happily say that I enjoyed this book, though there were a couple things I might’ve changed.
As always, Ms. White’s writing is excellent! I love her writing style, the way she describes things, how she brings her characters to life, and the unique story lines always found between the covers of her books. I do confess that it took me a bit to really get into the story, but once I did, I found myself rushing to the end. I don’t believe I’ve read any books set in England just before the start of WWI and I was fascinated by the history and the rising tensions regarding one’s nationality. It’s obvious the amount of research the author put into the story and I loved the historical background and details. And I quite liked the characters Ms. White introduced in this story. From Peter’s friends, to Rosemary’s family, to some of the town’s people. I’m very curious as to who’s story will be next and am hoping at least a few of these delightful people will be back!
Rosemary Gresham is definitely a unique heroine! A thief, tasked with learning where Peter Holstein’s loyalty lies, she masquerades as a librarian. Despite her questionable employment, I liked Rosemary from the first. Her love for her family is obvious within just a page or two and I admired her desire to see them cared for, even if it meant doing something that began to rub on her conscience. I had to laugh at her quick wit and occasionally quick temper, as well as smile over her defense of those who can’t defend themselves. Rosemary is a survivor with a cynical outlook on life, until meeting Peter, someone who seems to be a genuinely kind person. I loved watching her forced out of her element and having to adjust her preconceived notions.
Peter Holstein is an excellent hero for Rosemary. He is patient, kind, a willing listener, and someone who sees her for who she truly is. He refuses to let her hide herself. They are both very observant, occupational hazards, and note things about the other that they would generally prefer to keep hidden. I loved his quirkiness, his tendency to get distracted and completely ignore everything going on around him, his faith, and even his faltering speech, for it’s something that has made him a compassionate person. He defies Rosemary’s expectations of the upper-class, while she helps him see the world and his writing from another perspective.
My favorite part of this story was either the romance between Rosemary and Peter, (which is so sweet!) or the faith woven throughout. Peter truly tries to live his faith and it plays into every decision he makes, and how he treats those around him. There is wisdom found within the pages of this story that touched my heart.
My only negative comment was that I found part of the ending a bit contrived, with too many characters in play and a couple belated plot twists that I didn’t think necessary to tie up loose ends. Despite that, I did love the final chapter and was laughing and smiling as I turned the last page.
You can purchase a copy here.
As I'm sure you'd like me to just get on with the giveaway details, I'll put you out of your misery now. :)
Ms. White is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown, along with 2 dozen cookies!! Click below to enter! And be sure to leave me a comment to gain 9 extra entries!
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July 19: Blogging With Carol
July 20: A Reader’s Brain
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Oh, and one last thing! One of Rosemary Gresham's favorite cookies is a ginger fairing (I'm wondering if they're the ones pictured above) and we have the recipe for them! So it's listed below, as well! If you make them, please let me know how they turn out! I've not had the chance to try them, yet.
100 grams butter, cold and diced
225 grams all-purpose flour
¼ heaping teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
1 heaping teaspoon ginger
2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice
100 grams superfine (caster) sugar
4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.
In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.
Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.