A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England,#1) by Roseanna M. White (review by Cathy)

A Name Unknown

About the book:

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 concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

My review:

I loved this book!  I knew that I would as soon as I started reading it, but I didn’t realize how riveting it would be.

I loved Peter immediately with his out of control library, with books and papers piled on every surface.  I even found his stammer endearing.  It took a bit longer for me to warm up to Rosemary, even if she did make me smile a few times before I liked her.

There are twists and turns in the story that I didn’t expect, but ones I enjoyed.  The storyline is very interesting, but it’s a lengthy book and one that took several days to read.  I found the writing to be outstanding and already have the second book waiting to be read.

If you love historical fiction you need to read this one.  I received a copy from Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.



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