Ever since I read the series Ladies of Manor by Roseanna M. White, I have devoured so many of her other books. Her books may be a little bit longer than most, but there is so much rich, historical detail within her stories. The characters are fully developed and I always end a book thinking, “There’s no way she could have left anything out of her story in order to make it shorter!” That’s something that not many authors are able to accomplish, so hats off to her for doing that!
A Name Unknown had me drawn in from the very first chapter. I tried to steal away for little pockets of time to read just a few pages before my children noticed I was missing. There were some things in this book that I never saw coming! I loved Rosemary and Peter and appreciated that neither were made out to be horrible villians. Yes, Rosemary was a thief, but she did have her reasons for why she was in that line of “work.” Peter was simply impossible to hate. There was not one unloveable thing about that man. His integrity, compassion, and even his stuttering endeared him to me. The scene from when a thief tries to steal something from Rosemary was simply beautiful. I appreciated the time that White spent in depicting her characters.
There were many times where I got so deep into the story that I forgot the time period! I had to keep turning to the back of the book to remind myself it was just before World War I. The time frame doesn’t actually set in on the reader until closer to the end of the book as the war is approaching. The whole book reminds the reader of Peter’s loyalty to Britain while holding his loyalty to Germany in question. However, the war actually approaches at the end, with Peter’s ties to the Crown fully explained.
My absolute favorite part of the book was actually the last few chapters. So much was revealed, explained, and there was so much mercy shown that it perfectly tied the book up for me.
For those who are looking for a new series to start, you’ll definitely want to check out this book. It’s the first in her new series, Shadows Over England. If you like fiction or historical fiction, you’ll absolutely love this book. While you’re reading, check out all of her other books. Each one is beautifully written.
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