Would you like to know what deception, romance, and redemption have in common? Curious? All elements are found in Roseanna White’s newest release titled A Name Unknown.
About the book:
She’s out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
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 are no longer pickpockets-now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
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 doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and 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.
The quote above is one of my favorites from the story. A Name Unknown is a treasure of a novel. It’s enriched with gems that the reader unearths as the pages turn. And because I want stick with this treasure theme, I thought it’d be fun to assign each of my favorite factors with a precious metal, gem or something of the like. Here goes:
Rosemary Gresham: A pearl.
Rosemary is a thief, but a thief with a heart. I chose the pearl for her character equivalent because pearls are formed as a result of an oyster’s defense mechanism. Its beauty is formed because of layers and layers of defense. That’s Rosemary. She’s grown independent and wise only because of years and years of life on the harsh, aggressive streets of London. Her struggle for survival formed her inner core of strength and resilience. Yes, she has a tough shell, but when the rigid veneer is cracked open, a tender and precious heart is revealed. Oh, she has secrets. Hidden depths that go beyond the surface of her smile, but her love of family and blossoming affection for Peter is endearing and exquisite. I found myself rooting for her to see past her prejudice against the world and to trust in something, rather someone, other than herself for once.
Peter Holstein: Gold
Just as there is no known natural substance that can destroy gold, so it is with Peter Holstein. He’s loyal. He’s genuine. The world around him is changing, but his faith remains firm. What I love most about him is that at the time he meets Rosemary, he’s under the fiercest trial of his life, but still ministers to the intriguing librarian. When gold is placed in fire, it shines brighter, even to the point where it can reflect. Same with Peter. He’s in the midst of a test, and he reflects God to Rosemary. It’s all so very beautiful and touching.
The Plot: Tourmaline
Okay I chose this stone for the plot because of a couple factors. First of all, this rock is known as the “Electric Stone” because it holds an electric charge, and my oh my does this story carry some zing. The sparks between the two main characters ignite the page with a chemistry that is memorable. Also the tourmaline is highly magnetic! Ummm…yes!! This book magnetized my eyes to the page, keeping me turning the pages late into the night. Truly the twists and turns with this plot prompted a few gasps and several swoony sighs.
The Spiritual theme: Diamond
Like it could be anything else, right? The word diamond is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning unbreakable. Rosemary is introduced to the unbreakable love and mercy when she enters Cornwall, England. Peter is one of God’s prisms, refracting the light. It’s powerful. Strong. And flawlessly beautiful. I won’t give any spoilers away, because you need to read how Rosemary responds to not only Peter, but God.
A Name Unknown is a five-star read filled with intrigue, romance, and, best of all, grace.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the author:
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 the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.
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