Rosemary Gresham is a talented thief in 1914 London, but she has moved past picking pockets and instead targets high value items among the upper-class society. Her family and closet friends consist of a group of former urchins, so when she receives the opportunity to provide for them by determining whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or Germany, she accepts. Peter Holstein is awkward and solitary but his influence stretches far as he is a close friend of the king. His German last name, however, is causing strife during the rumbling of World War I. He hires Rosemary to investigate his family name and dig into his family’s past. As Peter and Rosemary each attempt to accomplish their own goals, danger in the background brings them together.
A great book to start a new series! I love the imperfections of the two main characters, particularly Peter’s stutter, a realistic characteristic that makes him more relatable. I liked the diverse group of Rosemary’s family and am looking forward to reading more about them. The Christian themes are also artfully and wonderfully intertwined without being preachy or obnoxious. I thought the beginning of the story was a little slow but the pace eventually picked up and became more interesting. This novel has romance, mystery, history, and faith. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.