A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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From the back cover: “Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets–instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she’s offered the challenge of a lifetime–determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

“As Europe moves ever 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 doorstep 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, 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 Review (contains minor spoilers!):

This was my first Roseanna M. White novel, and I very much enjoyed it. She did a masterful job of transporting me to Cornwall on the brink of World War I, where, though yet untouched by the horrors of war, still tensions were high. White used that atmosphere wonderfully, painting a charming and fairly realistic portrait.

Fans of Downtown Abbey will find much to enjoy in A Name Unknown. Her blend of characters, ranging from street urchins to royalty, allows the reader to see Edwardian England from differing perspectives and gives a nobility to them all.

My favorite part (here comes the spoiler, but not too much…) was definitely the scene with Prince Edward. I snorted, very indelicately, while reading this scene surrounded by a group of Ultra4 Racers in Sturgis, SD, waiting for my brother to finish (he’s a race photographer). At least I only got a few raised eyebrows and a snicker or two, not the bump on my head that Rosemary received!

And I know this is a weird thing to like about a book, but I really liked her dedication page:

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Isn’t it lovely? And so fitting with the story.

I sincerely recommend that you pick up a copy of A Name Unknown. Then pour a cuppa and snuggle in for a charming read.

Many thanks to Bethany House for the copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

A Lady’s Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes

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Elizabeth (Elys) Trelawny doesn’t want to marry the marquess her parents have chosen for her; she longs for love and freedom, not social status. So she escapes to the only place she’s ever known those feelings – her grandparents’ estate in Cornwall. On her way, however, she meets a stranger who both helps to keep her from the clutches of the marquess and changes her perspective on life. Elys must learn what is really important in life before she can truly discover the freedom and love she longs for.

A Lady’s Honor is a pleasant story of love versus greed, with some mystery and enough action to keep the story moving swiftly. Elys is searching for the freedom that comes from the unconditional love of Jesus, but doesn’t have any examples of that love in her own social circle. Her parents care nothing for God, only for ambition and social power. The marquess her parents want her to marry only loves her dowry, as do most of the men she was introduced to in her London seasons. Her grandparents claim to be followers of Jesus, but they are willing to turn their backs on their grandchildren, if those grandchildren have displeased them. The stranger, Rowan, claims to be doing all he can to follow God’s will, but she has been deceived by men’s claims of love before. She must learn that humans are weak creatures, that honor – as defined by society – is not worth hurting others for, and that only by following God will she ever find what she needs.

It is a nice book to curl up with on a snowy spring weekend.

I was given a free copy of this book from the BookLook Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my very own!