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    This is an incredible historical romance!

    I was enthralled by the fact that this book in set in 1914 Edwardian England. This is a period that I have rarely seen novels written about. That means that it drew me into a new era for me. It captivated me. I love both of the main characters. They are vastly different from each other and they both have very deep secrets that they are concealing. Though they both live in England their worlds are at opposite ends of the spectrum. They are so wonderfully well developed that I was able to connect with both of them from the beginning. I quickly found things about their lives to sympathize with. The hint of mystery and suspense that flows through the book was well crafted. I was caught up from very early on in trying to figure out who Mr. V was as well as the identity of the person harassing Peter Holstein. I’m already looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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    * CLEVER & CAPTIVATING *

    I LOVED this book. In short, two very different worlds collide in London, 1914, when a so-called city librarian goes to work for an introverted gentleman at his country estate and when the world is on the brink of war with suspicions running high. // The story of Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein is so cleverly written. It kept me guessing, laughing out loud, and choking back lumps as tears streamed down my face. // Because of Rosemary’s background, she is the perfect person to send undercover into the home of Peter Holstein, and discover if his allegiance is to the Germans or to England. After all, he has the ear of King George.// Peter is a gentleman and a man of God. He also comes from a family of packrats who never ever toss a scrap of paper out! When a stranger shows up on his doorstep offering to help him find his family documents, buried somewhere within the home which will finally put to rest where his allegiance lies, he fully believes it is simply part of God’s plan and has no reason not to trust her. // Rosemary must stay in character, avoid danger at multiple turns, keep her growing friendship with Peter at bay, and provide for and protect her own family from a distance. // I was so moved in chapter 10 when Peter says he writes prayers for others so they can have no doubt he is praying for them as he said he would. I do the very same thing! And later when a certain someone has their head resting in an unexpected someone’s lap in the cottage, I was moved to tears. // Favorite Quote – Ch. 23 “Don’t wait around for life to happen to you, Peter. Give it a good chase.”// Tea Moment - Ch 4: Tea sloshed from her cup as she poured it, but that was only to be expected. “How does anyone live like this?” Willa poked a finger at the tea service. “Happily I should think.” Rosemary opened the little bowl by the teapot and let out an involuntary squeak. Sugar!” And it wasn’t even Christmas.// 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. Read: 7/28&29/2017 SERIES: Shadows Over England A Name Unknown – Book #1 July 2017 A Song Unheard – Book #2 January 2018 An Hour Unspent – Book #3 tba
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    Fantastic read!

    This book is a fantastic story that will keep you on your toes second guessing everything you thought you knew about everything. It is a delight to read and was so very hard to put down. I never wanted it to be over. Looking forward to reading the sequal.
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    A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

    A Name Unknown # 1 Shadows Over England by Roseanna M. White I love the setting...1914, London, where we meet Rosemary Gresham and Peter Holstein and a whole host of colorful characters that bring this story to life. I can just picture the very second when Rosemary—who is the “librarian” that came to arrange Peter’s disastrous library, or “cave”, and locate important journals/documents for him—was shown the infamous library and her disbelief and shock. Oh my, the thoughts that must have run through her mind and the impossibility of the job before her in the time allotted! She is also very curious about what Peter is typing away at all day, everyday, in his study and is so secretive about. Of course, Rosemary has her own secrets she is keeping closely hidden. Of all the characters, Peter is my favorite. His integrity, honesty and faith are so much a part of him as is his breathing. If only others would look past the stuttering and get to know him, they too would see his true heart as Rosemary has come to. I think when Rosemary walked into Peter’s door, she was searching for something, other than what she was sent to find...or Someone...and as Peter shares the love of Christ, she is able to see the love of God in action (won’t say more, don’t want to spoil anything) which certainly caused turmoil within her heart and mind. Another favorite character is little Elowyn. We don’t see a lot of her, but she is precious and adores Peter...whom she is “going to marry when she gets older”, she declares. There are characters with evil intentions and I tried to figure out who they were and who the mysterious Mr. V. was and what he was really after. A Name Unknown 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, those who are street wise and those who are not, 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 appreciate the inspirational elements of the story, especially the life-lessons about prayer and letting God change us. Some of the quotes I found especially meaningful in regards to a person’s name, one in particular: ….page 327, “...My father told me that all a man has is his name..I’ve realized there’s only one name that matters..And it’s Christian..Christ-follower..If I am that, then I am all I need to be…” ~I received a copy of this book from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
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    All a man has is his name

    A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White is an amazingly captivating World War I romance. Rosemary Gresham is a young woman who has grown up on the streets of London in a survival of the fittest kind of life. She provides for her family of twelve urchin orphans by being a thief, a good thief, one of the best in England--blending in and taking things from the 'rich blokes'. With the promise of a large sum of money, she has been commissioned as a librarian to basically spy on Peter Holstein, a rich bloke with a German name. Can she find evidence to name him a spy? As the storms of war between England and Germany gather, an Englishman having a German name and ties with Germany is a suspicious individual. Will his silver spoon protect him when war breaks out? If he is a spy, he is a master at it. Why does he have access to the king? What is the secret he desperately tries to keep from all but a chosen few? What will he do when he finds out who she really is? The author has given her vibrant characters depth and realism and portrayed their inner feelings profoundly allowing those emotions to resonate within the reader. I love how the author has Rosemary and Peter communicating through daily written notes even though they see each other all throughout the day. Rosemary sees how Peter believes in a God who hears prayers. Would God ever listen to her prayers or does he only answer the prayers of the rich? The journey of faith depicted is genuine, realistic and clear. Will Rosemary be able to learn that she alone cannot fix everything? The tidbits of the history of the WWI era expertly threaded through the book are an interesting addition. The story moves quickly with twists and turns to the plot and lots of action--finishing the book kept me up til the wee hours of the morning. I am really looking forward to the next book in this Shadows Over England series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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