I love it when a story transports me to another era, to another land. When the characters are so vivid that you forget they’re imaginary. When actual historical events are woven seamlessly into the engaging plot.
An Hour Unspent, by Roseanna M. White, contains all of these factors.
About the story:
Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge–and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger–and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape.
The hero, Barclay Pearce, was introduced in the first book of this series, A Name Unknown, and had cameos in the second story, A Song Unheard. He’s the eldest “brother” of the group complete with a protective streak and a penchant for novels. While we get glimpses of him in these books, In An Hour Unspent, we get an in-depth look at his insecurities and his strengths. At his vulnerable background and his authentic faith. His interactions with Evelina were both humorous and tender. I love when a hero is loyal, and that, my friend, is Barclay. His devotion is as reliable as Big Ben, and that was one of the reasons why I adored this story.
Evelina was an unforgettable heroine with a poignant character journey. And while us readers experience her struggles and her shortcomings, we also experience her growth and triumphs. The pairing of the prim Evelina with London’s notorious thief, Barclay, may seem illogical and impossible, but it’s truly beautiful and full of grace.
As a side note, the mysterious character V has a greater role in this story. I love that the author gives the reader a better glimpse into his life.
Besides the phenomenal romance thread, there are elements of suspense, mystery, and dashes of humor that only a talented author like Rosanna White could bring. Set all of this in front of the intriguing backdrop of WWI, and you have the workings of a spectacular story.
This final book of the series exceeded my expectations! I can’t wait to see what this author serves up next!
* I received a copy of the story from the author. These opinions are my own.
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About the author:
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.