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A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

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Willa Forsythe exchanged a family that abandoned her for a hodge-podge family that is all bonded together by their skills of thievery. When she is offered a big payday to perform a single job for a mysterious man during the height of World War I, she accepts without hesitation, knowing the cash will help her family. And the job does not seem difficult, as she will be required to spend time with a famous violinist. Lukas De Wilde fled war-torn Belgium and is raising money through his violin playing to earn his way back to save his mother and sister. Intrigued by the talented and mysterious Willa, he sets aside his worry for his family to focus on music. But soon Willa must make the choice to betray Lukas to save her own family, perhaps sacrificing her growing friendship in the process.

I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn into the story from page one and was intrigued during the entire plot. The author has such a creative writing style that pulled me in and allowed me to visualize the scenes with ease. I really liked the playful flirtation of the characters. I love strong women and this story has lots of talented, independent women who are revealed to be heroines during the novel. The history was thoroughly researched, the characters were complex, the spiritual content was deep, and the romance was charming. I think these books are best read in order so you can get background for all the characters, but that should be no hardship as the first book is also great! I highly recommend this novel and this series.

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

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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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