“A Name Unknown” ~ Book Review

Aug 21, 2017 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Roseanna White’s newest release, A Name UnknownThis is the first book of her newest series, “Shadows Over England.”


As is my custom, if I could ask Roseanna one question about A Name Unknown it would be — “How did you decide to make your main character a spy?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

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From the Back Cover:

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?


Rachel’s Back Talk: 

5 – award winning covers

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What a book filled with so much mystery and intrigue! I love how Roseanna’s books are filled with such the perfect combination of mystery, romance, faith, and historical fiction. Makes for a very satisfying read!

I loved Rosemary’s character so much! As you get into the story, you realize that the person she is is only because of her past. Rosemary had a lot of growing and learning to do through in this story, and it was rewarding as the reader to be able to read about those internal changes that she had to go through. I also loved her quirky librarian persona — I always seem to laugh out loud with Roseanna’s books!

And then there was Peter. At first, I wasn’t so sure that I like him very much, but then he gradually grew on me and I might have enjoyed the fact that he is a writer! As his true character began to show and he slowly let down his walls, Peter became a wonderful hero! I loved how Peter’s courage grew so that he could eventually stand up for himself and not merely stand by silently.


I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required — all opinions are my own.


Other books by Roseanna I will read next:

Ring of Secrets

A Song Unheard

Whispers from the Shadows

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