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Aug 8, 2017

Summer Reads: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

Bethany House; 432 pages; $15.99; Blog Tour; Buy Link
Now available from Bethany House is the historical romance "A Name Unknown," book one in the Shadows Over England series, by Roseanna M. White.

While I do read novels set around WWII, my favorite historical fictions are the the ones set in the 1800s. By the cover alone for "A Name Unknown," I thought maybe the novel was set in the late 1800s, judging by what the woman on the cover is wearing and her hairstyle. However, as it turns out, I was wrong about what era the novel is set in. The novel is actually set around WWI. Despite being slightly disappointed with the era, I went ahead and read the novel. (Yes, I know! I should read the blurb before signing up to review it.)

Set in 1914, the novel centers on Rosemary Gresham, a young woman with no family. She learned how to live on the streets of London by picking pockets. Now as an adult, she finds herself working as a spy of sorts to find out whether or not a wealthy gentleman, Peter Holstein, is loyal to Britain or Germany.

Thanks to his German last name, Peter Gresham, an adventure novel writer, must find a way to prove to Britain that his loyalty is to the crown. He ends up hiring Rosemary (who is pretending to be an historian) to help find documents that proves he's in fact a Britain citizen. As they try to unravel Peter's past, sparks fly between them.

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Final Thoughts: Novels set around the WWI eras have never been my cup of tea, but I actually enjoyed reading A Name Unknown. While the novel is set in 1914, it's not really centered on WWI, though the war is in the backdrop; instead it focuses on a man trying to prove his loyalty to Britain. Mostly it's a historical drama, with a bit of romance tossed about.

Overall, A Name Unknown is a surprisingly well-written romance with likeable characters, intriguing dialogue, and detailed descriptions. While it wasn't a fast read (it's over 400 pages), the pacing flows really well, and I was able to read the novel in three days. I highly recommend the title to other readers.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.

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