Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M White

Book review of A Name Unknown by Roseanna M White (Bethany House) by papertapepins

She's Out to Steal His Name. Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

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.

Rosemary is part of a family of orphans and urchins who banded together on the streets of London to survive and have done well enough for themselves to have a roof over their heads and some change in their pockets. Their marks, or targets, are ever increasingly wealthy and in the top echelons of society. They've learned how to blend in with the upper crust. When Rosemary is tasked with determining whether or not Peter Holstein is loyal to England or to Germany she shows up on his doorstep as a librarian answering his job offer to put his library to rights and in the meantime also help him find anything she can on his family history that may be lost in that dark cave of a room.

I don't want to give anything away so I won't spill any more details but while this wasn't as exciting as the Culper Ring series, it is still well written and certainly researched. The characters are complex and interesting and the whole idea is certainly not run of the mill. Fans of Julie Klassen will most likely really enjoy this regency era story.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Roseanna M. White

    Roseanna M. White

    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...
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