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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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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.

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A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

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Lady Ella Myerston is not as naïve as her family thinks she is; she understands the danger her brother and friends have recently experienced due to the rare red diamonds, known as the Fire Eyes. She intends to rid the family of any connection to the diamonds once and for all, even if it takes her on a dangerous adventure across the Cotswolds. Lord James Cayton wishes to put his past behind him and start anew next to Ralin Castle, home to his memories from boyhood. However, when he manages to involve himself in the mess with the diamonds, he discovers he may have not as peaceful a future as he envisioned; at least, not if Lady Ella is involved in it.

When I initially started this novel, I was frustrated because I had not read the first book in the series and was lost as to the background for much of the plot. I would highly recommend you read this series in order. After that initial frustration, however, I did enjoy the novel. It has great historical details, interesting mysteries, and, of course, lovely (if predictable) romance, complete with witty dialogue. The pace is a little slower than the first two books but nonetheless the storyline wraps up well in this novel. The characters are likable and develop good growth throughout the story. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical romantic fiction, but only after reading the first two books in the series.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

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Lady Rowena Kinnaird is the heiress to a Scottish earldom but her life has never been easy. Growing up with a tremulous bond with her father, she seeks comfort in other relationships. When she is suddenly presented with a desperate situation, she is forced to accept a change in her station, thrusting her into a new world. Brice Myerston is still adjusting to his new role as the Duke of Nottingham after his father’s death. He enjoys flirting with manor-born ladies but something about the quiet, shy Lady Rowena draws him to her. However, he is also distracted by his recent possession of a rare treasure that brings threat and strife to his household. Both Rowena and Brice must trust each other to overcome their peculiar circumstances even as danger lurks in the background.

This novel is full of emotional circumstances, deep characters, and an interesting plot with twists and turns that create a story that is hard to put down. The writing is full of passion and develops the characters and the setting at a pace that allows the reader to truly understand and connect with the characters. I loved Rowena from page one; she posses a quiet strength despite rejections from old acquaintances and family members, emotions which are relatable. There is a fantastic development of healing and restoration of relationships and people. I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book in this series and did not have problems following this novel but I definitely think that reading the first one would enhance the reading experience. I highly recommend this book and this series!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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