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    ***WONDERFUL ENDING FOR THE ORPHAN THIEVES***

    London 1915 Barclay Pearce really should have been on the cover since this is his story. I grew to love him throughout the entire series. The eldest orphan, at 28 now, with sandy blond hair, who helped create a family out of mismatched street urchins is kind, generous and inquisitive. A wonderful big brother. He has come to know Christ and has given up his criminal ways except to benefit the Admiralty and assist the war effort. Aside from the lack of an English accent, my choice to represent him would be Chris Pine (of Wonder Woman, Star Trek). This time he is tasked with obtaining an invention from a clockmaker that could help turn the tides of the war in favor of England. But, he is not the only one interested in the invention and danger will come knocking. Evelina Manning is the clockmaker’s daughter. She has survived polio, with only an occasional issue in her leg. She is a strong-willed redhead and the apple of her Papa’s eye. She is engaged to Basil, a very wealthy gentleman destined for Parliament. I thought Megan Follows (actress from Anne of Avonlea – all grown up there, spunky redhead, Edwardian clothing in that role again, lacking an English accent, however not a problem as she does one in Reign) would make a perfect Evelina! Her mother and her aunt are exasperating and berate her constantly. In contrast, Barclay has a host of sisters and a few brothers who make up his extreme family and add a lot of dimension to each scene they are in. Their love and commitment to each other are fierce. I especially love Lucy in this book; strong determination, excellent cook/baker, who can get anyone to tell her anything and she blends her own tea! Yay Lucy!! Tea Quotes: Ch. 4. A cup of tea appeared before her, in the hand of the smiling Lucy. “Here you are, Miss Manning. Guests first.” “Oh, I—” “Do try it —I blend it myself.” Her almond eyes were so hopeful that she left Evelina no choice but to accept the cup with a smile. Ch. 6. “Well, I don’t care if there’s a shortage, I’ll not have tea without sugar, and this bowl is disastrously low. How am I to entertain with supplies like this?”(hahaha! Leave it to the rich to worry about sugar supplies for tea during a war.) Spiritual Moment: Ch 5. Would God answer such prayers? Or was it too underhanded for the Almighty to honor? Blast, but his faith business was complicated. Ch. 7 …the big leather book by his pallet on the floor made strange new truths ring in his chest. Ch. 9. If one viewed God like a master clockmaker, then every cog, every gear, every spring was important. Jaw Drop! End of Ch.10 Evelina does something SO UNEXPECTED I laughed and my jaw dropped open, rather wishing I could say to anyone who would care, “did you see that?!” But, no spoilers here folks. Trust me, it’s good!! This story touches on inventions, WWI including Zeppelins, intrigue, danger, Women’s Right to Vote, faith, family, healing, and romance. It is very well written and I enjoyed the entire series. It is my privilege to be included in Roseanna M. White’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation from BETHANY HOUSE PUBL. My opinion is my own. SERIES: Shadows Over England A Name Unknown – Book #1 July 2017 A Song Unheard – Book #2 January 2018 An Hour Unspent – Book #3 September 2018
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    An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

    An Hour Unspent #3 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White 1915, Poplar, London, England. We finally learn Barclay Pearce’s story! I love everything about Barclay, his devotion to his “family”, the manner in which they became a family, his tender heart toward those less fortunate, bravery, compassion, strength, weaknesses and growing faith. Even with such a wonderful family there is one thing Barclay does not have, a wife and children of his own. Will he ever find that with his background and current employment? Then he meets Evelina Manning, a clock maker’s daughter, and his life is never the same again. Evelina is another favorite in this book. She comes from a wealthy family and lives in an affluent neighborhood. However, she is not really happy and is caught up in attaining independence. She too has faced challenges in her life, a bit different than the challenges Barclay has faced, and has overcome some of those challenges. I love her heart for the women working in the factories as their husbands are fighting in the war and the way she helps them. Evelina is vulnerable and has self-doubts but ultimately finds she has strengths and value as well as she learns to trust God in all areas of her life. Evelina clearly sees the contrast with her own home life in comparison to Barclay and his family. I think she is seeing what makes a family a family. I for one enjoyed his family’s banter, fun, compassion and love they shared. The clock making terms and theme woven within the story-line is very interesting and adds a special element to the story. It also adds some suspense and intrigue in regards to the war (not saying how, don’t want to spoil anything). I love the vivid descriptions of the timepieces, clocks and history. I love the backstory regarding the mysterious Mr. V. An Hour Unspent is a fantastic Edwardian, historical romance, filled with mystery and intrigue, danger, fears and suspense, joys and sorrows, judgments and forgiveness, second chances, love and faith. We see first-hand contrasts between those with wealth and those living in poverty, fear and strength, those without faith and those with strong faith woven within the story-line and the characters lives. I love the historical aspects of the story and the author’s attention to detail brings the story to a level above others. I enjoyed the author’s historical notes giving us more details regarding this era. I appreciate the inspirational elements of the story, especially the life-lessons about trust, being used by God and how He uses our broken pieces in ways we never imagined. One favorite quote on page 382… “Well, the Lord uses even our broken pieces in the most remarkable ways, doesn’t He?” Indeed He does. While Barclay and Evelina’s story can be read as a stand alone, reading the first two books first will give the reader a deeper understanding of the characters that appear in the series. I am sorry to see this series end, but am hoping to see some of the characters from this series in future books. Mr. V. Margot. Hint, hint! ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
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    An Hour Unspent

    Love this author. Have enjoyed this series. The history is interesting. the characters show many sdes of life true to the time and setting of the story. Humor and drama and compasion are all part of the story
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    Tale of Two Families in Midst of WWI Intrigue

    An Hour Unspent. Prior to reading the book, I was convinced this was a very awkward title. Having finished the book, book three in Rosanna M. White’s Shadows Over England, I now applaud the author her doubly apt title. Who could not fall in love with White’s portrayal of Barclay Pearce, an ex-thief, now spying for the English? He is constantly trying to square his new-found faith with the deception required to perform for his country. However, what really draws the reader into Barclay Pearce is the way he is so compassionate for others. He cares for almost anyone needy around him. He has even built his own family, chock-full of “adopted siblings” who have chosen to belong to each other. They care for each other, laugh with each other, and love each other. While not in the least bit related by blood, they would die for each other if need be. Pearce’s family is very reminiscent of the O’Malley family group created by Dee Henderson. Evalina “Lina” Manning falls in love with this noble thief, but then waffles over who he really is. One of them deserves someone much better than the other. Quotables: “And if the Master Clockmaker took such care with each cog, shouldn’t said cogs have the good sense to obey him when they felt that nudge?” “There’s no such thing as too late. Not with God.” Intrigue in World War I; regrets of a splintered blood family vs. the riches of a cobbled family that values its members; knowing who you are; and seeking God, are all themes of this new favorite book of mine. Don’t miss Rosanna M. White’s An Hour Unspent. ( Note: I have not yet read the first two books. This story stood well on its own.) I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to leave a review and all opinions are my own.
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    Third book in Shadows Over England series

    An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is the third book in Shadows Over England series. Barclay Pearce has given up a life of crime and now uses his talents to help his country win the war. Barclay’s latest assignment is clockmaker, Cecil Manning who has an invention that would give England’s flying men an edge over Germany’s pilots. On the way to the Manning residence, Barclay saves a woman from a mugging. The woman turns out to be Evelina Manning, the clockmaker’s daughter. Barclay is intrigued by the independent woman and perplexed by the identity of her mugger. Evelina is shocked when her fiancé, Basil ends their engagement three weeks before the wedding and learns that he has enlisted in the army. Basil tells Evelina that she lacks warmth and the last thing he wants is a marriage like their parents. Evelina never thought that standing up for a woman’s right to vote and for safe working conditions would drive away Basil. She dreads telling her mother about the broken engagement. Barclay works with Mr. Manning on his invention in the evenings and makes a point of arriving early to spend time the clockmaker’s fiery daughter. It seems that someone else is interested in Mr. Manning’s device, and they will go to great lengths to acquire it. Barclay will need to dig deep into his bag of tricks if he is to complete this assignment and keep the Manning family safe. An Hour Unspent is an intriguing novel. It begins in May of 1915 when England is at war with Germany. I recommend reading the books in Shadows Over England series in order. Each book builds upon the previous one and it will provide you a better understanding about the family and its members. The characters from A Name Unknown and A Song Unheard appear in this installment along with the rest of Barclay’s family. I enjoyed getting to know more about Barclay who is the head of his family. He has given up a life of crime, has become a Christian and is reading the Bible. When he is asked to acquire an item, he has a moral dilemma. There is only one way to get it and it is not legal. Barclay’s faith continues to grow as does his character. Barclay is issued a new challenge to steal an hour from Big Ben and the solution is unique (and practical). Barclay decides to follow the mysterious Mr. V one evening. Readers get to know a little more about enigmatic man. I thought An Hour Unspent was well-written and researched. The author captured the time-period with the character’s speech, clothing, items available, conveyances, books, music and the environment (descriptions of Poplar, the buildings). Ms. White provides detailed descriptions that brings the scenes to life. I wish, though, that the pace had been a little peppier (it drags along sometimes). Unique historical events are included in the story and it was fascinating to learn the origins of Rolex. Wrist watches were considered a newfangled idea that would not catch on. The mystery is captivating with its many twists and turns. I was happy the author provided an epilogue. An Hour Unspent combines a thought out plot along with great characters, drama, suspense, humor, romance, friendship, family, and faith.
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